Who is Guy Martin?

“How’s it going? I don’t like sitting on my arse, unless I'm driving. I get up at 5am and like to get out on my bike before work. When I'm pedalling, I think ‘I'm so lucky to be able to be out doing this.’ I'm addicted to work, I don’t like routine but I like things to be a certain way, if that makes sense. I like doing things my way, the right way. I've had my eyes opened for the last ten years or more and I'm still learning. I’m always looking for a new challenge but sometimes the challenges seem to find me. Keep at it, ta, Guy."

Lives in Lincolnshire with his missus, daughter and three dogs. Guy spent some time in Ireland working and racing but never lived more than 10 miles from where he grew up.

Guy is a lorry mechanic by trade earning an apprenticeship with Volvo when he was 16. Worked for various commercial vehicle companies, including his Dad’s business. He also worked on a local farm as a youngster and many more random odd jobs to earn enough for racing throughout the years.

Guy still works as a lorry mechanic, servicing and MOT work for a haulage company and also works for a local farm, ploughing, leading and any job he can get his hands on. Guy also has a busy engineering business building engines for competitive race teams. 

Guy started road racing on motorbikes in 2003, he still races on classic bikes now and then. In 2010 someone suggested he could do more than talk about motorbikes and he started doing some TV jobs. It's the opportunities Guy enjoys, the variation and meeting interesting folk and a few records along the way. No scripts, no bull shit, just get on with it!

Guy is working towards being the first man to 300mph on a standard bike and loves a bit of Motocross and Trials riding. Never a dull moment!



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Fastest speed on a gravity powered snow sled.

Grandvalira, Andorra
10th January, 2014

0.368 km/h
0.49 mph

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Fastest Speed
in a Soapbox

Mont Ventoux, France
16th October, 2014

0.78 km/h
0.61 mph

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Highest speed
on a Wall of Death

Mancy Airfield, UK
28th March, 2016

0.77 km/h
0.15 mph

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Loch Ken, UK
8th October, 2014

0.04 km/h
0.21 mph

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Commercial Vehicle

Nurburgring, Germany
October, 2018

0.28 mins

Other records

British motor pacing record – Pendine Sands - On a pushbike
112.94 mph (181.76 km/h)

World Human Powered Vehicle Association Guinness 24 hour land record – Men’s 24 Hour standing start - Goodwood
Multiple Rider: 565 miles

Film & Television

2010 Closer to the Edge.


First series 2010 The Boat that Guy Built

Followed by:

2012 How Britain Worked
2013- 2018 Speed with Guy Martin – 3 series of 4 Eps and 2x Formula 1 specials
2014 Guy Martin’s Spitfire
2014 Guy Martin’s Passion for Life
2015 Our Guy in India
2015 Guy Martin: Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber
2015 Our Guy in Latvia
2016 Guy Martin’s Wall of Death Live
2016 Our Guy in China
2017 WW1 Tank
2017 Guy Martin vs. the Robot Car
2018 Our Guy in Russia
2018 Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest Van?
2018 Guy Martin: Building Britain (online only)
2019 Guy Martin’s D-Day Landing
2019 Our Guy In Japan
2019 Guy Martin: World’s Fastest Tractor
2019 Guy Martin’s Great Escape
2020 Guy Martin’s Best Bits
2021 Guy Martin’s Battle of Britain
2021 Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest Electric Car?
2021 Guy’s Garage
2021 Guy Martin’s Lancaster Bomber
2023 Guy Martin’s Power Trip

Speed Series 1:
British motor pacing record – Pendine Sands
112.94 mph (181.76 km/h)
Fastest speed on a gravity powered snow sled - Grandvalira, Andorra 10th January, 2014
134.368 km/h / 83.49 mph

Speed Series 2:
World Human Powered Vehicle Association 24 hour land record – Men’s 24 Hour standing start - Goodwood
Multiple Rider: 565 miles
UK’s fastest hovercraft - Loch Ken, UK 8th October, 2014
121.04 km/h / 75.21 mph
World record for a gravity powered soapbox racer - Mont Ventoux, France 16th October, 2014
137.78 km/h / 85.61 mph

One-off specials:
Highest speed on a Wall of Death Manby Airfield, UK 28th March, 2016
125.77 km/h / 78.15 mph
Fastest lap of the Nürburgring in Transit van – Germany,  October, 2018
9 minutes 28 seconds
Fastest tractor: - 23 October 2019, Elvington
217.570 km/h (135.191 mph)


TT 2003 - 2017. 17 Podiums, Suzuki, Honda, BMW, Mugen, Triumph
Ulster GP - 11 wins
Armoy - 2 Wins
Cookstown - 5 wins
Le Mans 24 hour - 2nd place.
Pikes Peak class winner 2013
2016 - Present. Landspeed record with Triumph, aiming for 400 mph on two wheels. Fastest speed ever on a Triumph achieved - 274.2 mph
Tour Divide ; 2016, time: 18 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes

Books: Over 1 million sold!

2014 My Autobiography (Sunday Times best seller)
2015 When You Dead You Dead (Sunday Times best seller)
2016 Worms to Catch (Sunday Times best seller)
2018 We Need to Weaken the Mixture (Sunday Times best seller)
2021 Dead Men Don't Tell Tales (Sunday Times best seller)


Tens of thousands of pounds raised for Spinal Research through merchandise sales.


Too many to mention, not enough to stop him.

Other interests

John Deere Tractors