Does Hammond have what it takes to run a restoration business?
Obvious answer is yes but let's take a trip down memory lane before his new show airs
Richard Hammond is a man of many talents and the co-founder of this lively automotive website. His upcoming show, "Richard Hammond's Workshop", will delve into the world of classic car restoration to restore barn finds and abandoned gems to their former glory. Is Hammond ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead? Let's explore his experience with car restoration and appreciate a recent project of his.
Restoring the Jaguar XK150
Hammond had been working on a Jaguar XK150 during the pandemic and it seemed quite promising. The bodywork was is pristine condition, panel gaps were "pin-sharp" and the grey paintwork was eyecandy. However, restoration of the car's internals were incomplete. Unfortunately, Hammond disregarded his mechanic's advice and took the English icon on a French holiday, resulting in the need for some major repairs.
Remember the Cheap Porsche Challenge?
Despite the mechanical misadventures of the XK150, we can conclude that Hammond knows how to restore the appearance of a neglected classic... or does he? The modifications he made to some vehicles on Top Gear would suggest the contrary. You may recall the hand-painted flames and black bonnet he added onto his 1980 Porsche 924 on the "Cheap Porsche Challenge", which made it an eyesore.
Talent runs in the family
Hammond's grandfather was an automotive craftsmanship who worked at both Mulliner and Jensen before retiring. Hammond believes he may have inherited some of this skill, which we hope to see reflected in the show. Despite some of the restoration mishaps, we are truly excited to see what the man can do to put a smile on our faces. Whether it's restoring a 2002 Fiat Multipla or a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, Richard Hammond's Workshop should be quite the spectacle.