Lincolnshire born Guy Martin is a British motorcycle racer, television presenter, truck mechanic and hands-on engineer.
He was best known for his successful motorcycle road racing career, most notably for grabbing the headlines in the Isle of Man TT races but more recently his career has taken off in a different direction when he burst onto our television screens, presenting the popular series “The Boat that Guy Built” on BBC TV.
Guy’s mission was to fit out an old canal boat, with the help of his best mate Mave, using only the techniques and inventions from the Industrial Revolution. To start the project they decided the most important thing to be able to do was to make a cup of tea – Guy is famous for his love of tea and there is even a saying that he will pass anything on the road except a tea van! Their challenges include building a blast furnace and casting an iron pot, making a tin can, a loo and a mattress as well as weaving sheets and decorating their canal boat in the traditional style.
Known to have been called “The fastest man never to win the TT”, Guy’s motorcycle racing career began when he moved to Ireland and in his debut year won the ‘Cock o' the North’ and International Gold Cup races at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough as well as the Irish 750cc Support Championship. He came 7th in his first Senior TT race, setting the fastest lap by a newcomer.
In 2005 he was the only rider to finish all five of his TT races inside the top six.
He has raced for several teams including AIM Yamaha (2006) Hydrex Honda (2007-9) and Wilson Craig Honda (2010) when he went to the Isle of Man looking to achieve his first TT victory. But in the final race, the Senior TT, Guy he had a bad crash on the third lap, having led the race just before the first pit stop.
He was airlifted to Noble's Hospital in Douglas with chest injuries, suffering bruising to both lungs and minor fractures to his upper spine. He made an amazing recovery thanks on part to his irrepressible personality and his determination to get back to the sport he loves.