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Ryan Farquhar and Guy Martin on the grid for the Darren Lindsay Trophy Superbike race in Scarborough in 2008

Ryan Farquhar and Guy Martin on the grid for the Darren Lindsay Trophy Superbike race in Scarborough in 2008

Guy accepting one of his first trophies from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Guy accepting one of his first trophies from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Gary Jess

Gary Jess

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Ryan Farquhar and Guy Martin on the grid for the Darren Lindsay Trophy Superbike race in Scarborough in 2008

Ever wondered how the enigmatic Guy Martin's love affair with Irish road racing began… to the extent he competed around the world for 20 years on an Irish racing licence, which he holds to this day?

These days, Guy is more widely known for his quirky television persona that has brought him a massive cult following from programmes like The Boat That Guy Built and How Britain Worked.

Irish road racing fans can say without contradiction, however: "We knew him before he was famous."


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