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Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Stephen Dav­i­son MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

Guy Martin was drained but de­lighted af­ter set­ting a new Wall of Death speed world record of 78.15mph on live tele­vi­sion on Easter Mon­day. Over 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple tuned into Chan­nel 4 to watch the Lin­colnshire man achieve the mo­men­tous mark with a dis­play of amaz­ing show­man­ship.

Òwhat a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing,ó Guy re­flected as he re­laxed with his dog Nigel im­me­di­ately af­ter the event. Òthe build­ing of the wall, keep­ing it all up, it is mas­sive. All the bosses from North One and Chan­nel 4 are here and I am happy for ev­ery­one.ó

Given his leg­endary in­ter­est in all things me­chan­i­cal, it was­nõt sur­pris­ing that Guyõs great­est sat­is­fac­tion came in achiev­ing the record on a bike that he built him­self.

Òfor me it was more that it was my bike,ó he smiled. ÒI spent a year build­ing it in the shed and it has­nõt given me any bother at all this week.ó

Guy built the Rob North-framed 750cc BSA triple at home, ma­chin­ing many of the parts him­self. The sus­pen­sion only had an inch of travel to help coun­ter­act the huge G forces cre­ated dur­ing the at­tempt.

How­ever Guy was quick to pay trib­ute to his me­chanic, Cammy Whit­worth, who has worked with him since his AIM Yamaha days and helped with the prepa­ra­tion in the run up to the at­tempt.

Òcammy took a week off work to help me,ó Guy ex­plained. ÒMY mind needed to be on the job of rid­ing the wall and I did­nõt need to think about the bike.ó

Ini­tially Guy had said he wanted to break the 80mph bar­rier, and al­though heõd achieved that speed dur­ing train­ing, on the night the huge G forces he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at over 70mph on the 37-me­tre di­am­e­ter wall pre­vented him from hit­ting that magic fig­ure.

ÒIT is all to do with the tim­ing of where you get on the throt­tle,ó the 34-year-old ex­plained. Òyou can only stand that G for so long and I greyed out straight away at 70,Ó Guy said af­ter the first of his three runs dur­ing the fi­nal record at­tempt.

ÒI came back in, re­set my­self and went again. I was al­right and got 78, then I greyed out but not as bad. I thought if I go again I will be even bet­ter.ó

Guy made an un­sched­uled third at­tempt and when he failed to bet­ter his ear­lier speed the head­strong racer wanted yet an­other go be­fore the TV crew stopped him.

ÒI re­ally fan­cied go­ing again,ó Guy ad­mit­ted. Òwhen you do owt like that you never have the fi­nal run, you think, ÔIÕLL just have one moreõ and then thatõs when it goes wrong. But when you are in that situation you never think that; you think I want to go again.ó

A yearõs prepa­ra­tion led up to the huge show­biz ex­trav­a­ganza that was all over in just a few short min­utes of ac­tion. But the last­ing im­pact of Guyõs achieve­ment will be the im­pres­sion it has left on the millions of view­ers who tuned in to watch.

ÒITÕS back to work to­mor­row,ó he said.

‘You can only stand that G for so long and I greyed out straight

away at 70mph’


With the world record achieved, the broad­cast comes to an abrupt end. Drained, Guy cuts through the crowds to his back-stage couch.

“You were funny, you were mar­vel­lous and we have had Tweets say­ing ‘I wish Guy Martin was my science teacher,’ an ec­static Chan­nel 4 ex­ec­u­tive gushes.

An ex­tra­or­di­nary day’s work com­pleted, Guy sups a mug of tea and tells me he will be back to truck me­chanic­ing in the morn­ing.

“I’ve got a Sca­nia R620 with a head­light that needs sort­ing,” he ex­plains.

Nigel is fast asleep.

Like a mod­ern day glad­i­a­tor, Guy en­ters the arena Wise words from men­tor Ken helps keep Guy’s head straight Guy did his warmup on an In­dian, be­fore switch­ing to his own BSA

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