Many things are changing in the car world. But not everything… Classics are still classics and always shall be. And some of the classic skills we use to restore, preserve and protect them haven’t changed either, though we’re not afraid to harness new technology and techniques if they offer a path to a better finish and a longer life for the car you care about.
The Smallest Cog workshop is rooted in passion for the job. Neil and his brother, Andrew, first restored a car together before they were old enough to buy a pint to celebrate finishing it. Neil went on to run his own workshop, eventually joined by his son, Anthony, whilst Andrew went on to hone his craft, restoring classics to concours standard. After Richard Hammond saw the quality of Neil and Anthony’s work restoring a few of his own cars, he asked them to join him in a new business in a new workshop. Andrew was the only person Neil would trust to bring the skills and attitude needed to complete the senior team and thus The Smallest Cog was born.
Whether it’s a priceless time capsule, a unique insight into the social and aesthetic mores of its day or just the car that first took you to school, a classic is a classic in the eyes of its owner and we respect that. They are as at home at their local car show as they are on the hallowed concours lawns – although they say that they do look daft in Panama hats – and understand that its what your car means to you that matters. And its your hopes and dreams for it that drive and steer them.