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Guy Martin – Road Racer: Book Review

Stephen Davison’s latest publication Guy Martin – Road Racer, offers a unique pictorial look at one of road racing’s most loved and popular racers.

Since moving into roads competition in 2002, Kirmington’s Martin has gone from a rising roads star right up to now being a worldwide popular racer and TV personality, in amongst all the time remaining a truck mechanic.

All this and more, is covered in great detail in the latest book on the enigmatic 19 times international road race winners career.

Every chapter showcases an outside looking in perspective of the normally at present reclusive racer, profiling what makes him tick and how he’s developed from been a rider of raw talent to now an established top line racer, wanted by pretty much every leading international roads outfit.

What I gain from this book is a sense of the author’s respect for the 11 times Ulster GP winner, I also gain a question of if only Guy had perhaps changed a few things in his racing make up, including added racing commitment/higher concentration levels in comparison to his fellow front runners, then quite possibly in my opinion, at minimum 10 TT wins or above were a more than distinct possibility.

One cannot deny though he’s had a very successful roads career to date, winning tens of great races, competing and beating the likes of Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey plus riding for top teams such as TAS Racing, Hydrex Honda, AIM Racing, Uel Duncan Racing, Wilson Craig Racing and Smiths Racing.

Without a doubt one of author Stephen Davison’s best books alongside the likes of the much acclaimed Hard Roads, Road Racers and Ragged Edge, a personal favourite of mine, it’s a book that is a must for all real roads fans.

It’s also a must for sports aficionados who may have a vast interest in sporting personalities like Martin, plus for those who admire world class Photo Journalism.

Photo by Colourpoint Creative/Blackstaff Press

One of the keys to great books is gaining the sense afterwards of wanting to read it over and over again.

Guy Martin – Road Racer does this but not in the way you expect, it’s the type of publication you have to read at least twice before you become immersed in it.

Then after this, with the components of great pictures from racing, background and portrait perspectives mixing with the text and quotes, you begin to feel like you are reading a piece of art.

As Guy Martin says ‘Go Big or Go Home’ this is a publication that goes big and then some.

Words by Stevie Rial

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