Fifth gear pinned and the thick end of 180 mph. Eyes focused on every minute detail of road ahead. Through villages, skimming kerbs – past lamp posts, stone walls and trees. Jumping for 30 metres or more, sucking rabbits from hedges. World class road racing’s a constant battle with a 210 bhp superbike that just wants to go in a straight line. This is what Guy does for fun.
Racing’s a buzz, not a job. But the adrenaline-fix passion doesn’t stop there. It also extends into the territory of lung-bursting, leg-burning mountain bike endurance events and vicious downhill races – like Mega Avalanche and Fort William. If it’s not a challenge to life, limb and sanity, then he’s just not interested.
As far as Guy’s concerned, the big picture’s not a career in TV or race team management but a life elbows deep in the guts of a Scania engine. The son of a truck mechanic remains a truck mechanic and will do for a long time yet. But Guy isn’t obsessed with only heavy-duty spanner work. He also possesses the expertise and finesse to meticulously assemble and tune cutting-edge racing bikes. Guy might be the only TT rider ever to set a lap record with an engine he tuned and built himself.
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