Richard Hammond’s Workshop is back for a new series and will be following the presenter’s progress as he gets to grips with the classic car restoration business that he set up over a year ago.
Richard Hammond’s Workshop season 1, which aired in 2021, showed The Grand Tour presenter fulfilling a lifelong ambition of starting his restoration and repair workshop, The Smallest Cog, near their home within Herefordshire.
Striving to learn the business from the ground up, Richard teamed up with car ‘wonder-family’ Neil, Anthony and Andrew Greenhouse.
However, a year into trading and Richard is starting to fret when the company is still not turning a profit.
Here in an exclusive interview along with Richard, we tell you everything you need in order to know about the new collection which gives an insight into the trials plus tribulations facing the former Top Gear presenter as well because providing a peek into his family life with wife Mindy and their teenage daughters, Izzy and Willow…
Richard Hammond’s Workshop — release date
The new series will air on Monday, October 17 on Discovery + along with ten hour-long episodes to follow.
Richard Hammond’s Workshop — what happens in the collection?
The particular all-new episodes will see the particular team get a crash course in racing, see Richard’s wife, Mindy, investigate her husband’s business management skills and also follow Richard since he tries to impress prospective clients at a high-end car event.
Meanwhile, the dad-of-two will be taking on one of his biggest challenges yet as he tries in order to teach their younger daughter, Willow, how to drive.
Rich Hammond’s Course — what does Richard get up to within the opening episode?
The first episode of the new series sees Richard having to deal with some unwelcome furry guests in his class (earning him a ticking off from his wife Mindy), taking a trip in order to the Lake District to see his best mate, Les, and throwing himself in to the classic vehicle rally, the Herefordshire Trials, where things get very muddy… and a little bit stuck.
Read our exclusive interview with Richard here…
What were your preconceptions before starting the business and how would a person say things are panning out?
Richard Hammond: “I had this idea that it was all going to be idyllic, that will I’d have a nice little workshop plus I’d be able to go within and roll my sleeves up and learn how to paint cars and how to do all the real craftwork just like my grandfather used to do. That’s one of the reasons I started it, my grandfather was a coach-builder.
“However, We quickly discovered that the company side of it tends in order to take over plus trying to make it work is really, really hard! ”
“I’m not a business person it transpires. I’m the television presenter so it’s been quite a lot of effort and 1 heck associated with a big learning curve. I wish I’d known beforehand that it would become one bottomless pit of money! inch
What was your spouse Mindy’s reaction when you first said you were going ahead along with the brand new enterprise?
“I think she supported the concept but the girl also knows me well enough to understand I probably wouldn’t end up being able to carry it off as smoothly as the concept can be delivered! She steps in throughout the series, which usually of course means the lady steps in reality too because this series will be real life, it’s what’s actually happening within our day-to-day life. ”
In the first episode all of us see you heading to the particular Lake District where you meet your friend Les. What’s special regarding that part of the world to you?
“Buttermere is usually my favourite place in the world. I actually first went there when I was 17 in order to do the walk on my own with my dog. I stayed in Sykes Farm Campsite and one day I was sitting in the Bridge Hotel beer garden having a single pint associated with beer because that’s all I could afford. A sheep broke to the backyard and the sheep dog immediately hid under the bench which made everyone laugh. That’s when I got chatting to Les and we’ve been best friends ever since. Buttermere is sort of our spiritual home. ”
What is the biggest adrenaline rush you experience during this new series?
“Well I mean it’s not The Grand Tour — I’m not going to be driving down mountains or anything, the particular adrenaline rush is in trying to make the business work and realizing ‘Oh God, I’ve got to find more money to put in this! ‘. There’s lots of stuff happening though, we all do some vintage car trialing plus later on within the collection I decide to launch a race team because I think it will certainly be a good way of getting attention to the workshop. You’ll see how that goes! It takes the particular odd unexpected twist and turn along the way. ”
And we’re also going in order to help you teach your child Willow to drive. Was that quite the challenge?
“I’m not sure exactly how much We taught the girl in the particular end. She’s a perfectly competent driver but I actually don’t know how much I had to add to the experience. Neither of my children will listen to me! It’s funny, I’ve done all the driving in the world but as far because they’re concerned I’m just dad and what do I know. And to be fair, with my record, they’re probably right. (Richard experienced more than his reasonable share associated with crashes throughout his Top Gear days). My top tip on teaching a teenager to drive is get a driving instructor. inch
What are your memories of taking your own driving test and did you pass 1st time?
“No, I failed first time. I learnt in my dad’s Astra plus took the particular test within Harrogate, North Yorkshire where I was living. The examiner has been very fierce and I was scared of her. We approached a light just as it had gone amber and she stated, ‘Proceed since you normally would’ so I thought, ‘Right, I’ll give it a boot-full then’ and he or she failed me personally which had been fair enough. We passed the second period round. ”
Elaborate been your own favourite vehicle to come through your course doors so far?
“My friend Les’s Riley is definitely kind associated with exciting and the Alva that we’ve been working for a long time can be thrilling. We’ve got a lovely Porsche in at the moment as well but it’s the stories as much as the particular cars that are special. For example there’s an old Tuk that will somebody brought back from Sri Lanka and we obtained that going again therefore that he could take his lad in order to school in it. ”
Will we be seeing your Great Tour co-presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson paying a visit to your class?
“No. They don’t really like old cars. James certainly doesn’t and Jeremy’s not keen either. Wayne did arrive round with regard to a visit and introduced his bike to the workshop but that was almost all off-camera. ”
Richard Hammond’s Workshop airs from Mon, October seventeen on Breakthrough +