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For some, he might me just an amateur bike rider hungry for fame, yet for some others he is the God of Racing. Here is a guy who swears by speed and racing- a little amiable, a lot colorful and off-course a basketful of controversy- a proud veteran of as much as 13 Isle of Man TT Podiums.
Born in England on November 04 1981, into a family of bikers and mechanics, Guy Martin started off his career by winning the International Gold Cup Race, the Irish 750cc Support Championship and continued to retain the title for three consecutive years, thus creating a niche for himself in the International Road Racing Events. His biggest shot to fame came with participating in the Isle of Man TT in the year 2005, where he was one of a kind rider to finish in the top six in all five of his races and is currently placed as the second fastest man to lap the course with a record speed of 129.816mph.
Proud Moments for Guy Martin
Fame knocked on his door in 1986 when he first won a slow bike competition at Kirmington School. Thereafter, in 2004, he debuted in the racing era by designing an engine that successfully finished on podium at the Senior TT. He went on to win his first hardcore race in 2005, the title to the Mid Antrim Open Race. The engineer in him also designed a bike engine in 2008 that landed in the fourth position at the Daytona 2000. With this fame, he was invited to drive for the Orange Pushbikes and Hope. In 2009, he managed to bag the winner title in the Southern 100 and finally in 2010, made a record by finishing 82nd in the Isle of Man Mountain Bike Race. In addition, Martin also rode for Wilson Craig in 2010, and was adjudged runner-up in the first Supersport race. Recently in 2013, he pulled out a brilliant stint to become the fastest on bicycle in an attempt to beat Dave Le Grys’s record of 110mph on a bicycle and also celebrated a podium in Le Mans World Endurance Round.
Guy Martin’s Rendezvous with the Media
With the buzz brewing up around Guy Martin, the media decided to splurge for the first time in 2011 when BBC One broadcasted “The Boat That Guy Built”, which saw him repairing a boat using techniques from the Industrial Revolution and surviving navigation through canal networks. A documentary film namely “TT3D Closer to the Edge” closely followed to give viewers a little insight into Guy’s mind- what a rider actually feels while risking it all. Channel 4 launched Guy big with “How Britain Worked” and “Speed with Guy Martin” where the veteran in every episode took up daredevil tasks of attempting to beat speed records. With the amazing response that hit this show, investors took to bookshelves with “Speed: How To Make Things Go Really Fast”, which would be a literary copy of Guy’s fearless escapades with speed.
Though, Martin swears on speed, yet his health records are stupendous, which gives out a clear message to ambitious racers and bikers-Safety First. It is easy to take that bike and jump into road racing events, but it takes a responsible rider to learn the basics, ride safely and let the fear turn into victory.