Richard Hammond discusses working from home, a new auto restoration show, and the reintroduction of The Grand Tour.
PRESENTER ON TELEVISION With his inventive new automobile restoration show, Richard Hammond says he’s been on a “hell of a ride.”
On The Grand Tour and Top Gear, the 51-year-old is known for destroying expensive automobiles rather than restoring them to their former glory.
He nearly died when his rocket-powered car crashed, leaving him with terrible brain injuries, and he recently survived with minor injuries when his electric car exploded into flames on a hill climb.
Richard Hammond’s Workshop, a new Discovery+ show, follows him as he sets up a new business with auto restorers Neil and Anthony Greenhouse, and he battles accountants, clients, and his family.
He also acknowledges that he has already depleted his retirement money by thousands of pounds.
“It was a rough ride,” he admitted. “The focus of the event shifted away from the repairs and toward setting up the workshop.
“From starting in Neil’s small workshop to moving into a gorgeous new huge one, it’s turned out to be a heck of a ride.”
He says he’s “still working” on persuading his wife Mindy that the endeavor is worthy.
“Coming home is one of the show’s themes,” he concluded.
“For the past 25 years, I’ve lived out of my bag. With my washbag slung over my arm, I’d go across a landing. Stuff was pointless to unpack it because I was departing in a few days.” For 13 years, Hammond, also known as The Hamster, travelled the world with Jeremy Clarkson and James May for the BBC show Top Gear, and since 2016 for Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour.
He stated, ” “It’s difficult to reintegrate into the rest of the house because you’re so selfish when you’re traveling across the world.
“Then you get home to your family and realize that all these other people have more essential demands and needs than mine.”
Hammond, who has two kids, said he’d “realised how much he’d missed” family life and how much Mindy, a Sunday Express columnist, had been up to in his absence.
“I always did it as a profession to support my family first and foremost,” he explained, “but it meant that I had to be away a lot.”
“I’ve had a lot of fun attempting to reintegrate into that family. They’ve been wonderful, and they’ve welcomed me back.
“It’s not an easy task. “Brinkwire Summary News,” I’d written.