Richard Hammond recently showed off his new studio behind his business, The smallest cog, and his show, Richard Hammond’s studio. And while the work itself is enough to pique our interest, it’s the extra mojo the Grand Tour presenter has added to the design of the building that takes us into feature-writing territory.
In a fitting tribute to his love for classic automobiles, he took a quintessentially British car and added his well-known design to what would be a fairly drab area of the workshop. A Mini Cooper, which has obviously been decommissioned, now acts as rails designed to look like a Tamiya kit car, and it was all built by our very own Richard Hammond.
He explained to fans the idea behind it in a recent video on DriveTribe:
“There is one part of the workshop that I particularly wanted to show today, and that is what I consider to be the most important, the most significant and the most intelligent.
“I feel this in large part because I did it.”
Its balconies are wrapped in beautiful rails formed from recognizable parts of the classic British car. The front bumper sits proudly next to a hood, all painted in a light gray tinged with blue. The former Top Gear presenter tells us he arranged all the parts himself, had them shot blasted by a company in the same industrial area and welded it all together with a number of small metal cones before finishing it off. with a powder coating.
Now these look like ready-to-pull parts to build your very own Mini Cooper model, and that’s exactly what the presenter wanted:
“You look at these frames and you recognize where they come from,” he told the camera. “If you were here late at night having a few beers, I want you to watch it and get your fingers itchy thinking ‘Oh, I could break all these pieces off and make a real car out of it.'”
It’s safe to say that Hammond is in his element, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next.