Guy Martin has starred in Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, film maker, Ross Casswell’s tribute to one of the iconic events in the world of motorsport, and possibly the most famous road race in the world, The Isle of Man TT. The film pays tribute to the unforgiving 220 Mile race, with insights from key members of the team.
The fourth entry in the 2011 Short Stories film making competition, “Isle of Man Tourist Trophy” takes viewers into the extreme world of Road Racing, a world which flies past at two hundred miles an hour. The Film makers have given us a stunning visual evocation of the sweeping landscape of the Isle of Man, and the extreme focus of the men and women who participate every year to test its roads.
The film will draw on the experiences of the Relentless Energy Drink Suzuki by TAS rider and bike icon, as well as TAS team boss Hector Neill, to highlight the contrast between the island’s usually tranquil nature, and the tense energy that invades for two weeks of carnage each and every year.
Martin has nine TT podium finishes to his name during his road racing career and the Lincolnshire man describes the attraction of the annual event.
“It goes from one extreme to another.” says Guy. “It goes from being the epicentre of the blue-rinse brigade to this mad motor biking place. Every man and his dog who have anything to do with motor biking come down and it all goes a bit crackers for a couple of weeks.”
The TT is unquestionably dangerous, with the riders travelling at 200mph through the country lanes, and TAS Team Manager Philip Neill knows that all too well.
“The consequences of a mistake can be so big, you’re not going to fall off on the TT and not expect to be badly injured”.
Guy Martin however is a man who knows all about the danger of the course and in true “no half measures” style, admits that the danger is part of the attraction. “I want to keep it dangerous, that’s what gives me the buzz”.