British motorcycle racer Guy Martin will make his debut at this year’s Footman James Classic Motorbike Show held at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November. Guy, who is best known for his road racing career as well as his obsession with engineering, will meet motorcycle fans and sign autographs on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.
Guy started his career at Team Racing and made a successful debut in the Isle of Man TT. He later moved to AIM Yamaha where he competed in the British Supersport Championship before moving to Hydrex Honda. After four years at Hydrex Honda and a year with Wilson Craig Honda, Guy switched to Relentless Suzuki before joining Tyco Suzuki for the 2012 season. He also starred in the motorcycling documentary film TT3D: Closer to the Edge following the leading riders in the 2010 Isle of Man TT races.
Outside of motorcycle racing, having started messing with motors at the age of five – albeit a lawnmower, Guy has a passion for all things mechanical. He became a household name with the BBC1 Series ‘The Boat That Guy Built’ reaching nine million viewers a week. Guy’s new Channel 4 series ‘Building Britain’ is also set to be a huge success. Each week Guy will help a team of volunteers restore an iconic machine or building from Britain’s industrial past, and through each structure he will tell the story of a landmark in making the Britain we recognise today: the railways, the factories, the docks, the mines, the garden and the holiday.
Guy still works on the trucks, now for Moody International, likes a good cup of tea, driving his Transit van and wearing shorts all year. However as Guy has got older, his interests have also widened– in his words he has ‘evolved.’ Alongside the motorbike racing he is now also serious about racing mountain bikes, competing in 24-hour endurance races and downhill international races.
Visitors can find Guy on the Live Motorbike Stage where host Steve Berry will interview him about his career and the bikes he has in his own collection – and those he wants to add. There will also be a chance for visitors to ask their own questions in a Q&A session. Steve will also be interviewing motorcycle legends such as Mick Grant and Eric Boocock.
Ticket prices range from £10 when purchased in advance