Guy Martin signs with new team for TT
Celebrity truck fitter Guy Martin is back in the saddle, having just signed a deal with Honda Racing and he now has his sights set firmly on winning the Isle of Man TT.
Ending months of speculation, Martin told Commercial Motor ahead of the official announcement that he's going to have a break from TV, and will instead immerse himself in road racing.
"I have some unfinished business in the world of motorbikes," he said.
Martin said he'd be taking his commitment to Honda Racing seriously, and will devote far more time to practising than in previous years.
"Racing has always been on the side, but not any more", he said. "This is an unfinished chapter in my life. I'm going back to my roots. I want to win the TT."
Martin admited that an added benefit to getting back into racing is that it could well prolong his life.
"I've been riding on the road like a wanker," he admited. "And if I don't go back to racing they'll be scraping my testicles and intestines off the motorway."
Another bonus to having a break from TV presenting is that he'll have more time for his day job.
"First and foremost I'm a truck fitter, and always will be," said Martin, who works for Grimsby-based independent Scania dealer Moody International.
"This is the job I love, and this is the job I'll still be doing when I'm 60. I get up at 5.30am every morning and head into work, and still love every minute of it. I'm never happier than when I'm rebuilding an engine."
Martin will ride the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 at a pre-season test in Spain in March as well as further testing at Castle Combe. His first race will be at May's North West 200 and he is due to compete with the new team at the Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix .
• Martin, who last month purchased an Italian-spec 1995 Scania 143M, is hoping to bring it to the Convoy in the Park truck show, held at Donington Park on July 22-23.
Northwards buys new Schmitz Cargobull trailers to meet demand
The operator, based in Lerwick, has been buying Schmitz trailers since it was founded in 2002.
Northwards' new trailers will transport chilled fish products to the Scottish mainland, and are fitted with hold-down shackles to secure them on the 14-hour ferry journey across the North Sea.
The company said it expects the new additions to its 120-strong trailer fleet, to last at least 14 years.
Northwards commercial director Neil Leslie said: “We have been very impressed with Schmitz Cargobull trailers since we started buying them more than 10 years ago.
“Because of the excellent product quality, Schmitz Cargobull trailers offer a longer service life than conventionally expected. These new trailers are likely to last us for at least 14 years, which makes them superb value for money and a great investment.”