Isle of Man TT star, Guy Martin, will take part in the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb on 29th June held in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA. His aim is to set a new motorcycle speed record.
32-year old Martin from North Lincolnshire is even building his own bike, with reports suggesting a Suzuki GSX-R1100 engine equipped with a turbo charger mounted in a Martek frame, which could produce more than 325BHP!
Photo: Guy Martin launches off from the TT start line in 2013
2014 will be the 92nd running of the second oldest motorsport event in America. The 12.42 mile course climbs almost 5,000 feet up one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges with the finish line placed at 14,115 feet near the summit of ‘America’s Mountain’. There are 156 turns to negotiate and the current record was set two years ago by Carlin Dunne on a Ducati who is one of only two racers to have ever completed the climb in less than 10 minutes on a bike. The record stands at 9:52:819.
The 10-minute barrier was remarkably almost broken by an electric bike, also piloted by Dunne, last year.
Photo: Carlin Dunne on board the winning electric Lightning last year. Credit: Rob Miskowitch
Martin has only just released his autobiography, cunningly titled ‘Guy Martin – My Autobiography’ but is he’s successful in his bid then surely he’s got the first chapter to a second edition sorted.
Is there anything Guy Martin isn’t doing? From his Channel 4 ‘Speed’ TV series to the North West 200 and onwards to the Isle of Man TT, for a humble lorry mechanic he sure does have plenty of time off!
Photo: Guy contemplates his ride on water record attempt