IoM TT News
For those of you with the right TV access, the ever-popular Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin is about to become a prime time feature on BBC1 television.
With just weeks to go before the start of the 2011 Isle of Man TT fueled by Monster Energy – which gets under way on May 30 – one of the event’s best-known names, Guy Martin, is to be presented to a whole new audience.
Already famous among IoM TT motorcycle racing fans for his fast-talking Lincolnshire brogue, passion for tinkering with anything mechanical and dedication to racing, as well as a love of a good brew, Guy’s unique personality is set to be unleashed on prime-time BBC TV.
It has been confirmed the first program in the series will be broadcast on BBC 1 at 7:30pm on March 2, 2011.
The Boat That Guy Built is a six-part BBC series which follows Guy and his best mate Mark ‘Mave’ Davies as they attempt to fit out a narrow boat using the best British innovations from the Industrial Revolution.
Each half-hour BBC episode will see the 29-year-old trying to complete a mission using only his homemade version of historical gadgets, from blast furnaces to steam engines.
Along the way we see how he copes with using only historical methods to carry out every day tasks, from taking a shower to making beans on toast – and, inevitably, brewing up the perfect mug of tea!
Guy Martin is one of the Isle of Man TT’s most popular motorcycle riders, his easy-going style and passionate determination to win on the Mountain course earning him thousands of Superbike fans around the world.
Despite his best efforts, Guy is still yet to take his maiden win at the Isle of Man TT – but 2011 could finally be his year.
He has signed to one of the event’s most successful teams – Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing – and he must start as a favorite for victory in at least one of the five solo races.
After several strong races, Guy’s 2010 TT ended with a fiery 170 mph motorcycle crash during the Senior TT Race. Fortunately, he suffered relatively minor injuries – in fact he was back road racing by the Ulster Grand Prix just weeks later – and wasn’t put off his chief aim of finally taking to the top step of the podium at the TT.
North One Television’s CEO Neil Duncanson said: "We first met Guy in 2009 when we became involved with the TT Races and quickly realized that we had someone that was a real character. We had loads of fun filming with Guy and I’m sure that the show will appeal to a wide range of people and he’ll attract a whole new group of fans."
Isle of Man Economic Development Minister Allan Bell added: "This series will give the TT Races a real boost in terms of profile and is a great opportunity for us to further grow the event’s appeal and generate more visitors to the Isle of Man and the TT Races."