Guy Martin – how a humble boy from Lincolnshire made his name


Guy Martin’s name is familiar to most of Britain at this point, whether it’s his crazy attempts to break records or his career as a professional motorcycle racer.

From his attempt to break the land speed record to his latest efforts to create the best motocross track in the country, the Lincolnshire-born boy has had it all.

However, things have not always been easy. In 2010, he injured his back during the Isle of Man TT. A few years later, he would return to racing to break his back at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2015.

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After retiring from his illustrious racing career in 2017, Guy turned to other projects such as documentaries as well as other television work.

Having previously starred in the 2011 film, Closer to the Edge, which featured on the Isle of Man TT circuit, it wasn’t long before it started appearing much more frequently on our TV screens. .

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Guy has always been in mechanics from a young age, often spending a lot of time taking household items such as lawn mowers apart in an attempt to make them go faster as a child.

After leaving school at 16, he began an apprenticeship as a truck fitter and worked alongside his father Ian in his truck maintenance business.

In his spare time as a child he raced motorcycles and decided to take up sports after falling at the age of 18.

In 2004, at the age of 23, he joined the Uel Duncan Racing team and stayed there for a year before leaving.

Guy Martin in action at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, on a triple BSA 750 competing in the Classic 750cc Allcomers Race

For six years he raced for many teams before joining TAS Racing, now known as Tyco BMW, in 2010.

Later that year he was reportedly sadly involved in an accident at the Isle of Man TT that saw him injure his back and stay away from the racing world for some time.

Speaking about the 2012 incident, he said he felt he was not going to survive the crash, but was lucky to hit the wall at the right angle.

Only a year later, in 2011, he made a comeback to superbike racing and continued his successful career until a similar accident in 2015.

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After an impressive start to the season, Martin crashed in the Ulster Grand Prix, this time breaking his back and damaging his hand.

As a result, metal pins were inserted into his back and hands, and he was withdrawn from the hospital four days later.

Martin then retired from motorcycle racing in 2017. In an exclusive interview with Motorcycle News, he said: “The race was good for me, but I’m sick of it.

“You spend the first part of the year preparing for the season – testing, running, talking about it, and then starting all over again. It’s like Groundhog Day. It’s time to quit.”

Guy turned to television more after retiring from superbike racing in 2017
Guy turned to television more after retiring from superbike racing in 2017

He would later make a cameo appearance in 2019 in Tandragee before hanging up his helmet for good.

During his illustrious career, Guy managed to climb 17 podiums in TT.

While racing in a superbike, he started mountain biking and dipped his feet into the world of television.

He has competed in various mountain biking events, including the Tour Divide in 2016, which saw him cycle from Canada to New Mexico in just 18 days.

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Perhaps what Guy is most famous for now, however, is his appearances in various documentaries and TV series.

From “The Boat Guy Built” in 2011, he has appeared in 22 separate movies and TV shows that see him undertake a number of daring stunts in an effort to break world records and build unusual contraptions. .

Today, he holds five separate speed records, including fastest speed in a soapbox and highest speed on a wall of death.

However, the record that still alludes to Martin is the land speed record. His current records are:

  • Fastest speed on a gravity fed snow sled (83.49 mph)

  • Fastest speed in a soapbox (85.61 mph)

  • Highest speed on a wall of death (78.15 mph)

  • Fastest Hovercraft (75.21 mph)

  • Fastest Tractor (135,191 mph)

Guy Martin holds a number of speed-related records, such as the world's fastest tractor
Guy Martin holds a number of speed-related records, such as the world’s fastest tractor

In 2016, Guy was supposed to try to break the record at Bonneville Salt Flats in America, but sadly his dreams were dashed after the vehicle he was in on a trail was overturned.

The attempt was postponed and he still has not clinched the record.

Along with this, he also became a published author, writing three books about his life.

In his personal life, Guy has also taken on many challenges, such as buying the Marrowbone and Cleaver pub in Kirmington, Lincolnshire, which is run by his older sister.

He has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, although he refers to it as “guts load.”

He told the Sunday Times earlier this year: “It is true that I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, but I would say, ‘What a load of guts’.

“They’re trying to put names on it – ‘Oh, he’s like that because of that.’ Everyone’s different. We’re all different.”

Guy has also written a number of books during his career.
Guy has also written a number of books during his career.

Explaining why he asked for a diagnosis, Guy continued, “My girlfriend at the time persuaded me to see someone.

“I was turning her cookies, so she forced me – well, didn’t force me, but she said, ‘Shall we go see this psychologist? “

“Anyway, I sat there for a day, and it turned out to be a form of autism: Asperger’s syndrome.”

People with Asperger’s disease have difficulty with social interactions, narrow interests, distinctive strengths, and a need for routine.

It can also bring focus and persistence on a subject with attention to detail as well as an ability to recognize patterns.

Guy continued, “The way I see it is maybe that’s why I am the way I am. Maybe it’s all down to the autistic side. I don’t know.”

Now Guy has taken on his final challenge as he tries to create the world’s best motocross race track at Thoresway near Caistor.

With dreams of 10,000 people coming to see the professionals take to the track, he is certainly dreaming big in his latest adventure.

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