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He has since presented programmes on various engineering topics and the Channel 4 series Speed with Guy Martin when he set speed records in a variety of human and engine powered vehicles.

He has authored three books, and competed in mountain bike pedal-cycle races.

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Guy Martin (born 4 November 1981) is a British lorry-mechanic better known publicly as a motorcycle racer and a television personality.

Martin started racing in 1998, debuting on road circuits at the Isle of Man TT events in 2004, Martin starred in Closer to the Edge, a 2011 documentary on TT racing.

Martin had shown an interest in working on trucks as early as age 12.

As a child he was fascinated by engines, and would take apart lawnmowers to try to make them go faster.

In July 2015 it was confirmed that Martin was to be the pilot for Triumph Motorcycles' attempt on the motorcycle land speed record (World’s Fastest Motorcycle), at the time standing at 376.363 mph (605 km/h), set by Rocky Robinson in 2010.

The attempt was originally scheduled for August during the FIM event at Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.

His mother, Rita Kidals, was of Latvian heritage, her father having come to Britain in 1947 as a political refugee.

Soon after his birth, the family moved to a house outside the town, where they remained, having four children in total.

This was followed by Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead, released on 22 October 2015, and covering the previous year in diary format, from the 24-hour Solo World Mountain Bike Championship to the Isle of Man TT.

October 2016 saw the release of his latest book, titled "Guy Martin: Worms to Catch" featuring Guy's thoughts on the past year and upcoming challenges.

This switch to what was effectively a factory team meant the end of tuning his own equipment – for TAS he would simply be riding pre-prepared machines.

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