The former Top Gear host was among nearly 1,000 at Mattwood – a car show named in honour of Matt Pollard, who was diagnosed aged 19.
Guests at Goodwood, West Sussex, also included organiser and YouTuber Alex Kersten and Wheeler Dealers TV presenter Mike Brewer.
Matt said: “To arrive and see two of the most influential car people in the world, Richard Hammond and Mike Brewer, at a car show arranged for me was truly amazing.
“They were both lovely people and 10 times nicer than I could ever have imagined. It was quite overwhelming, I couldn’t believe it”.
Grand Tour star Richard, 52, told the Sunday People : “As soon as I found out about it I thought, ‘I’ve got to be there.’ We had a chat and talked about his love of cars.
“He’s a great lad with a bright sense of humour and he’s a proper inspiration. It felt tremendous to be part of it. He was full of joy for the whole day. It was genuinely moving.”
Alex and his video producer Rory McKie organised the festival in 12 days after Matt contacted him last month, asking if he could help him renovate a red Mk1 MX5. His dad Andy had bought the car after Alex inspired them by doing one up online.
Alex called in help from experts to carry out £10,000 in improvements before presenting the motor to Matt, who turned 20 last month, plus dad Andy, 54, and sister Livvi, 23.
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