First ever museum display of Guy Martin’s motorcycles to open in April

Guy Martin

Published on 7 March 2016 by Tom Wadlow

The Grampian Transport Museum will exhibit some of Isle of Man TT legend Guy Martin’s most prized motorbikes and engines from April, the first ever exhibition of his machines.

Among the possessions on display include his turbo-charged Martek motorcycle, custom-built by Martin himself for the Pikes Peak hill climb in 2015. Another bespoke bike on show will be his 675 Daytona Triumph, used in the Supersport leg of last year’s TT event.

The champion racer’s most successful bike, his Suzuki GSXR 100 K3, will also be exhibited along with his most prized possession, a 1942 Rolls Royce Merlin engine (many of these were used in World War II aircrafts).

Anyone interested in seeing the collection should head to the GrampianTransportMuseum in Alford, Aberdeenshire. The centre is undergoing a £320,000-regeneration in time for the unveiling of Guy Martin’s exhibition.

Curator of the museum Mike Ward told the Press and Journal: “It is a fitting way to launch the new facility at the museum and we get to display a couple of really impressive items from his personal collection.

“It is certainly the first time we have ever had a Merlin engine. And we have three of his favourite racing motorcycles. It is a pretty stunning collection.

“It is the first time anywhere that anybody has presented an exhibition of Guy Martin’s engineering items. It is a real coup for us and the area.

“He has done some really exciting things. He is a real hands-on, practical guy and he is quite inspirational to young people. Our young engineers are beside themselves with excitement.”

In a quest to smash the Gravity Racer speed record of 84.4mph, Guy teamed up with engineers from SheffieldHallamUniversity to design, build and race in his own Gravity Car in 2014. Hurtling down a mountain road on Mont Ventoux – part of the popular Tour de France route – Martin went on to set the new gravity racer record at an astonishing 85.61mph. Despite smashing the existing record, he sought to reach 90mph and in doing so lost control of the vehicle on its final run, crashing spectacularly. The gravity racer, in its crashed condition, will also be on display throughout the 2016 season.

Visit www.gtm.org.uk for more information.