The Grand Tour star Richard Hammond is promoting his assortment of traditional automobiles for a whole bunch of 1000’s of kilos to fund his new TV present.
The previous Top Gear presenter will use the proceeds from the sale of the eight motors to assist a automobile restoration enterprise, The Smallest Cog.
Mr Hammond will flip the enterprise into a brand new TV present known as Richard Hammond’s Workshop, which is able to air on Discovery Plus later this yr.
A number of of the traditional automobiles Mr Hammond is promoting are private favourites of his.
They embody a ‘a lot liked’ 1959 Bentley S2 that was inherited from his household, a surprising 1969 Porsche 911T, a 1927 Sunbeam Mannequin 2 bike and a traditional 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 which is one among solely 48 ever constructed.
Additionally featured within the assortment is a 1932 Velocette KSS Mk1 and a extremely collectable 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1.
Richard Hammond and his assortment of three automobiles and 5 bikes. Proceeds from the eight automobiles, which features a ‘a lot liked’ 1959 Bentley S2 inherited from his household, will assist a automobile restoration enterprise, the Smallest Cog. The ex-High Gear star’s new enterprise exploit will likely be given a brand new documentary collection, Richard Hammond’s Workshop, which is able to air on Discovery Pus later this yr
Final month, he introduced on Instagram that he was taking a ‘monetary danger’ with the brand new enterprise.
He stated: ‘I’ve taken the plunge, I am taking a danger, I am placing my cash the place my mouth is.
‘I am organising a traditional automobile restoration workshop for actual, and Discovery Plus are gonna be following my makes an attempt to take action.
‘It will be touchdown later this yr so maintain a watch out for my new workshop present on Discovery Plus.’
The legendary Porsche 911 is the longest manufacturing run sports activities automobile of all time. Porsche requested coachbuilder German car producer Karmann of Osnabrück, for whom that they had a longstanding relationship, with serving to with manufacturing, beginning in 1966 with the 912. In 1968, whereas Porsche was engaged on prototypes of the forthcoming long-wheelbase 911, Karmann began constructing the 911T. Karman was concerned of their manufacturing for just one yr, throughout which era the Osnabrück agency constructed 3,561 911Ts
Hammond is promoting his ‘a lot liked’ 1959 Bentley S2 inherited from his household. A journey oozing pure luxurious, the extravagant S2 Continental was a high-performance variant of the Bentley S2, which was produced till 1962. The automobile’s particular coach-built body and ‘higher-than-standard’ efficiency ranges due to light-weight physique development, strong engines and excessive gear ratios simply distinguish continental fashions from ‘common’ Bentley fashions. They included lavish upgrades like press button window lifts, electrical rear window demisters, electrically operated journey management, power-assisted steering, up to date and extra versatile AC and totally computerized transmission
In 1998 Lotus launched the Esprit Sport 350 on the Birmingham Auto Present. Enhancements included brakes, carbon-fiber wing, and magnesium wheels. The end result was probably the most technologically superior road-going Esprit supercar up to now, with a prime velocity of 175 mph. Launched within the early 1970’s, manufacturing started in 1976 and concluded in 2004. Primarily based on the Lotus Europa, it was given the title Esprit consistent with the normal Lotus ‘E’ naming commonplace. The Esprit has been featured in motion pictures similar to Fairly Girl, 007, and Primary Intuition
With a terrific racing heritage, Moto Guzzi blew the racing world away with their distinctive V8 racer within the Fifties. Designed to tackle Ducati, they rotated their V motor to be a transverse mounted throughout the body unit. It got here with one entrance brake linked to the rear grasp cylinder and the opposite working off of the entrance grasp cylinder. Moto Guzzi checked out engineering from a distinct perspective and challenged the motorcycling world with their positive engineering
The eight automobiles Richard ‘The Hamster’ Hammond is auctioning on August 1
- 1969 Porsche 911T
- 1927 Sunbeam Mannequin 2 bike
- 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350
- Velocette KSS Mk1
- 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans
- Ford RS200
- Two bikes that he purchased for his fortieth and fiftieth birthday can even be included however have not been named as of but
Mr Hammond, 51, is promoting the automobiles with no reserve at Silverstone Auctioneers, of Ashorne, Warwickshire.
He stated: ‘The irony of me supporting my new traditional automobile restoration enterprise by promoting a few of my very own traditional automobile assortment isn’t wasted on me.
‘It’s with a really heavy coronary heart that they go, as they’ve an excessive amount of private sentimental worth, however they are going to be funding the long run growth of the enterprise and giving life again to numerous different traditional automobiles.’
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, stated: ‘We’re delighted to have Richard each attending our sale on 1 August but in addition becoming a member of us on the podium to introduce the gathering.
‘These automobiles clearly have a particular place in his coronary heart, so I am certain it will be a day of combined feelings for him, however we’re assured we will ship a eager bidding viewers that may do his new enterprise proud.
‘We want him one of the best of luck.’
Hammond is one among Britain’s most recognised TV presenters fronting High Gear and now The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime with Jeremy Clarkson and James Might.
Typically known as ‘The Hamster’ by followers and his co-presenters on High Gear attributable to his title and comparatively small stature, Hammond virtually died in 2006 when his jet-powered Vampire dragster spun off a runway at greater than 288mph in a High Gear stunt.
The daddy-of-two later revealed he skilled melancholy, paranoia and reminiscence loss attributable to mind harm suffered.
The sale takes place on August 1 and Mr Hammond plans on attending the occasion.