RICHARD Hammond is set to return to Somerset this summer to showcase former Top Gear cars at a new exhibition.

Hammond, who cut the ribbon at Taunton's new County Classics Museum in October last year, will appear at Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford on Monday, June 24.

He will be joined by Mike Fernie, co-host of the DriveTribe YouTube channel, which was founded by Top Gear trio Hammond, May, and Clarkson.

The new display will feature iconic TV cars including ‘Oliver’ the 1962 Opel Kadett driven by Richard in the Top Gear Botswana Special.

The exhibition will also feature a V10 engine and a mix of video displays, interactive features, behind the scenes stories, and a photo opportunity.

Read more: Richard Hammond opens Taunton County Classics Motor Museum


Other cars featured include a 1998 Mazda Mx-5 Mk2 owned by presenter Mike Fernie, a Buick Riviera from The Grand Tour: Lochdown episode, a Chevrolet SSR from the Eurocrash episode, and Richard Hammond’s  own 1968 ‘Bullitt’ Ford Mustang.

The exhibition comes off the back of the DriveTribe Live event which is set to happen for its second year on Sunday, June 23 - those attending will have exclusive first access to the new exhibition before it opens to all Museum visitors the following day.

“After the success of the live event last year here at the museum, we view this exhibition as a natural extension of our partnership, and we’re really pleased to offer fans, a chance to interact with what they see on screen in a real-life setting,” said Dave Murdoch, Managing Director at DriveTribe.

The exhibition is part of ongoing project to transform the Museum for multiple audiences, not just enthusiasts – telling the stories about how the car has impacted everyday lives since their inception.

“We’re always looking for ways to widen our audience and engage with new visitors,” said Museum Curator Dr Luca Hoare.

“We want motoring heritage to be accessible to as many people as possible. This innovative feature is an amazing opportunity for the Museum to access a significant new audience,” she added.