Grimsby Telegraph

Guy Martin hints at 300mph land speed record attempt


- By LUKE GREEN @LukeGreenG­T1

PETROLHEAD Guy Martin looks set to attempt a new land speed record this year, aiming to be the first person to achieve a speed of 300mph on a motorbike.

In a social media post, the motorcycle racer turned TV personalit­y has hinted he will be embarking on the challenge soon as he is pictured stood next to his latest speed machine. He goes on to list a number of contributo­rs who have helped get the motorcycle ready as well as revealing he has been practising at airfields across the UK.

The Grimsby lorry mechanic said to his 1.2 million followers on Facebook: “From one airfield to another ... 2021 promises to be a year of answers to changes made and plenty of questions off the back of that, for the 300mph job. “Ta very to the following folk who have had a hand in the developmen­t of the tool.”

He then lists all the contributo­rs for their help and support.

Guy has tried reaching 300mph before. Fans eagerly watched his show Speed with Guy Martin where he missed out on hitting the mark on his Triumph motorbike, reaching 274.2mph on his best attempt.

The feat was previously achieved by German car makers Bugatti who reached a speed of 304mph in August 2019. Guy started racing motorbikes in 2003, managing a total of 17 podium finishes before retiring in 2017. No longer a p ro f e s s i o n a l motorcycle racer, he’s turned his hand to TV work.

This is Guy’s latest extreme challenge, having also tried to take on the world’s fastest toboggan to break the record for riding the world’s fastest bicycle.

His most recent show, “Guy Martin’s Battle of Britain”, pictured below, saw him take to the skies to train as a fighter pilot. and Speed With Guy Martin saw him attempt a number of different speed records in human and enginepowe­red vehicles.

The last show to air in the series was his previous attempt at breaking the land speed record on a Triumph motorcycle. The target was to reach a speed of 376.363mph at Bonneville Speedway in Utah, America. However, having not achieved the target, it seems Guy is ready to give it another go this year.

After the announceme­nt, fans congratula­ted Guy and wished him well for his new challenge.

One fan wrote “Well Guy, we all know that you put everything into every single thing you take on, good luck and please stay safe.

“I love watching you but you scare the hell out of me too.”

Another wrote “Good to see you still having a good go at everything champ.” Well wishes also came from people across the globe with one fan saying “All the very best from

New Zealand Guy.”

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Guy Martin has hinted he’s ready to try the 300mph land speed record challenge again.

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