FORMER Top Gear host Richard Hammond is searching for more staff at his Hereford car workshop, which features in an original TV show, as the business is expanding.

Hammond's car restoration business, called the Smallest Cog and based in Rotherwas, is filmed as part of a docuseries for Discovery Plus which is currently filming for series four.

The series, Richard Hammond's Workshop, follows the TV personality, who lives at Weston-under-Penyard near Ross-on-Wye, as he fulfills his lifelong ambition to run a classic car restoration and repair workshop.

It can be watched on Discovery Plus and Amazon Prime.

Hammond hired automotive "wonder-family" the Greenhouses, who previously worked at a garage in Allensmore.

But now he is searching for more professionals to work at the Smallest Cog, with a search for new talent taking place on Saturday, April 13. Recruits could be from Herefordshire or further afield as long as they are able to work at the Rotherwas-based workshop.

Richard Hammond said: "When I opened the business nearly three years ago I was worried there might be a downturn away from classic cars. On the contrary, the classic car industry is booming and we've just got busier. It's so exciting to be taking this next step of expanding the team.

"There's a skills shortage. If we're not careful some will start to be lost so we're especially keen on hearing from talented young people who have a passion for classic cars."

Speaking exclusively to the Hereford Times, Anthony Greenhouse said: "We're so busy at the moment. We're looking for fabricators, bodywork, sprayers and mechanics, so  it's a wide range of skills we're looking for but hopefully we're getting our name out there so we can actually find people."

Mr Greenhouse is originally from Hereford, and went on to open up about his personal life and the opportunities the Smallest Cog has given him and his family.

He said: "I've worked with dad since I left school. We became friends with Richard [Hammond] through doing his cars. We built up a relationship and Richard asked if we wanted to go into business. Now, we can work on amazing cars that we wouldn't have been able to reach before."

Hereford Times: Richard Hammond with the GreenhousesRichard Hammond with the Greenhouses (Image: Chimp Production)


As well as working in the TV side of the business, the mechanics at the Smallest Cog are full-time employees who work to restore vintage classic cars to restore to glory. 

They are looking for new talent to join them, but are emphasising that the ideal mechanics are those who are truly passionate about classic cars, not just people who want to meet Hammond.

Those who are hoping for a job at the Smallest Cog can come to an open day on Saturday, April 13. Arrive at 9.30am with your CV and a pair of overalls for a chance to join the team.

  • Make sure to visit from 9.30am on Saturday, April 13 for live coverage of the day and an inside look at the recruitment process for Richard Hammond's new mechanics.