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Richard Hammond won’t compete with Jeremy Clarkson despite launching new show

Richard Hammond has described the business behind Richard Hammond’s Workshop as being a ‘genuine passion project’ that started before the idea of a TV show

Richard and Jeremy were pals on Top Gear for over a decade

Richard Hammond has admitted he will never try to compete with Jeremy Clarkson despite launching a new car show this week.

The former Top Gear presenters sparked a close bond on the hit show alongside James May.

Now Richard, 51, has launched a new car show while Jeremy, 61, focuses on his farm business and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire presenting duties.

Richard’s new series is called Richard Hammond’s Workshop and revolved around the car enthusiast’s attempts to build a successful car restoration business.

He described the business as a “genuine passion project” and revealed that it started before the idea for the programme.

He explained that the duo helping him are father and son and have been restoring his cars for years.



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Richard decided he wanted to create a workspace worthy of their efforts and set about making it. He said that, while the cameras are rolling, it’s very much “not a produced TV show”.

Speaking to The Sun about any potential similarities to Jeremy’s shows, the presenter said: “This show, it’s a slightly different kind of show I suspect, it’s got a slightly different feel to it.”

“What I’m trying to say is that I would never try and compete with Jeremy on a TV show because he is Jeremy Clarkson, but it’s interesting that those parallels were happening at the same time.









“He is genuinely and, genuinely always has been, passionate about his farm and I’ve always been passionate about classic cars and the restoration of them.”

In July, Richard’s other co-presenter on Top Gear and The Grand Tour James May joked that the star was “out of date”.

James, 58, was speaking about their Grand Tour series and said: “It’s not difficult to be modern when with those two, because they are quite tweedy and entrenched.



Richard Hammond doesn’t want to compete with Jeremy Clarkson
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“They do a lot of wandering around the countryside shooting at things and Hammond collects classic cars and wears his waistcoat, and I think Jeremy yearns for the return of the class system and probably hates the internet.

“Everybody thinks I’m a traditionalist, but actually I can’t stand all that stuff.”

He added: “We are so different we shouldn’t really associate with each other. On paper we should hate one another but it works as a television show.”

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