► Richard Hammond’s Workshop started on 18 October on discovery+
► The Grand Tour star has created a new classic workshop
► And Hammond could work on your car, thanks to Sky VIP
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Motoring TV star and serial classic car owner Richard Hammond has a brand new series streaming on discovery+. Episodes air weekly, with the second instalment on tonight (Monday 25 October), and episode one can be found on Sky’s catch-up services.
Richard Hammond’s Workshop follows the former Top Gear host as he sidelines his jet-setting motoring lifestyle to build up a car restoration business, named The Smallest Cog, in Herefordshire.
Richard said: ‘I’ve spent 25 years critiquing other people’s cars and now I’m putting my own work out there.
‘This is a real business, a real project and I really hope people enjoy watching the highs and inevitable lows throughout the series!’
And one lucky car enthusiast will get to visit The Smallest Cog workshop with a guest and have Richard and his crew work on their car – courtesy of the Sky VIP loyalty programme. Read on for more details or, if you’re a Sky customer who can’t wait to enter, download the My Sky app here.
This year, over a million people can enjoy a VIP experience with Sky VIP. Whether you fancy rubbing shoulders with A-listers or meeting your sporting heroes, Sky VIP can make those experiences come to life. Head to the My Sky app to find out more.
Hammond’s restoration business
Earlier in 2021 Richard announced that he’d gone it alone and started a classic car restoration business called The Smallest Cog.
The inspiration behind the venture comes from Richard’s grandfather, who was a coachbuilder at Jensen and Mulliners (Birmingham).
He’s gone into business with father and son craftsmen, Neil and Anthony Greenhouse. The pair had previously worked on Richard’s classics and he was so enamoured by the quality, he decided to start working with them.
How serious is Richard? He auctioned off five motorbikes and three classic cars (including a Lotus Esprit Sport 350 for heaven’s sake) in order to raise £230,000 to aid the cashflow of the business.
What can we expect from the series?
We’ve already watched the first episode and can reveal it’s a more thoughtful and heartfelt approach than Top Gear addicts might expect, with a surprising number of family interviews and a few money worries.
That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of nitty gritty car stuff. Anthony and Neil are given a good amount of on-screen time to explain mechanical bits.
In the first episode you’ll see a Bond Bug that’s in for several pernickety fixes while Richard and his family head to Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in his Jaguar E-Type Convertible (above). In episode two Richard buys a 1970 Jensen Interceptor in order to turn it back to factory specification. Then all three attend the London Classic Car show in order to showcase the business.
Sky Q customers can also get 12 months of discovery+ free. To find out more and to enter for your chance to win a day with Hammond, head to the My Sky app.
Ever watched Richard on TV and thought, ‘he’s the man to help out with my pride and joy’? Well now’s your chance.
One fortunate winner will be picked to spend the day with Richard in his workshop, working on their own car. Transport for your car, overnight accommodation, and all travel and expenses are included.
CAR magazine is not responsible for running or administration of the competition and entrants release it from any liability in relation to their participation in the competition.
Sky customers can apply for this here.