We at TGRT like to bring you the motoring- and TG-related stories
that we know you are asking about.
One of the topics trending at the moment seems to be about Hammo and
what cars he drives. Obviously the TG community is interested in the
cars that all of the trio own, but there is something special about
Hammond and his love for the Porsche.
‘SHUT UP ABOUT YER GLORIFIED BEETLE!’
There is clearly no love lost between Clarkson and Porsche when it
comes to the bug-eyed 911’s air-cooled roots. Yet it’s taken more
than a little joshing from his co-presenter to deter Hammo from this
true automotive love. Indeed Hammo exhorts Jeremy to ‘persevere’
with his Porsche smoking pipe on one occasion.
In Top Gear Series 10 Episode 2, Richard races the Carrera 2S
against Clarkson in an Audi R8. What comes over is Hammo’s genuine
sensation of at-one-ness with the machine; an old-fashioned organic
feeling like the driver is both part of the car and intimately
involved in what the car is doing.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS – AND RUFUS
It’s quite amusing watching Hammo in an old clip from his pre-TG
pre-prosperity days on Men & Motors. He started his personal Porsche
ownership with a 1982 911SC called Rufus.
Dream Deals tells us that it had a sports pack, chin spoiler, front
fog lights and stone guards on the rear wheel arches. It also
sported 16″ cold-forged Fuchs alloys, a whale-tail spoiler, and a
3.0l flat-6 engine.
In Richard’s book On The Edge he makes some reference to this
vehicle in his account of his interview to get the job on Top Gear.
Despite being LHD and suffering from slight mildew, he wasn’t put
off, and moved on to a 928 by 2004, for ‘daily driving’.
KEEPING UP WITH THE MAYS – AND CLARKSONS
Clearly pining for that classic Ferdinand Porsche shape, Hammo
acquired a 2006 model 997 3.8l Carrera S, which May berates him for
in a rather amusing transmission blog clip on the BBC TG website.
When the trio went to the USA for the supercar roadtrip, Hammo was
the only one to ‘bring a knife to a gun fight’ by bringing a sports
car – the 911 GT3.
THE PRESENT AND BEYOND
Earlier in 2013, Hammond wrote in the Daily Record that he was on
his 3rd 911, so, providing he can count, it seems he is still with
that 997. Either that or he has changed again since the article was
published in March.
We know from May’s comparison of the latest 911 incarnation with the
Singer 911 (S20E5) that Hammond frowns upon the steering of the new
Porsches – and probably a few other details too. If you saw May’s
piece, you would have seen Hammond’s reaction. Being a 911 purist,
Hammo likes his Porsches old school.
We’ve asked Richard for an Autumn 2013 update on his Porsche
situation and will fill you in as soon as we have the juicy details.