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Written the way he races: Smoothly follows the twists and turns, maintaining the pace along the way
on 30 July 2015
Guy Martin is a likeable, if unlikely, presenter of some TV work who seems unaffected by the presence of the camera. Far more important to him he is also a darned good motorcycle road-racer. To cap that he is a hard working truck fitter, and has been from day one of the journey that is his adult life. He can add accomplished author to his talents now.
On purchasing Guys autobiography I didn't know what to expect. Compared to my usual reading I would have considered this much less important to me. But Martin is a sincere and transparent fella that would never attempt to polish faeces. Nothing about his background suggests he should be able to write with simple eloquence, and yet he achieves just that. There are no big words in this book. The sentences are fairly short too, Despite this Martins words flow from the page to the readers head with delightful ease.
I am not a biker. I had no former appreciation of the appeal that draws a cult of road-racers. From having read Martin I think I gatta peek into their world, and their heads. Martin is no Steinbeck, but he manages to put flesh on the bones of the people who get a mention in this book, he does that with gentle suggestion, and no labouring of points. He has a grass roots appreciation of the psychology of road-racing and competition, and he conveys insights without ever mentioning anything a physiologist might. He describes circuits and the people he, is and was, out to beat, and it is all engaging stuff.
Martin makes his acknowledgements and grinds the odd axe Evidently he feels indebted to a number of loyal and supportive people, of that there is no doubt, and he clearly feels let down by a smaller number of others. Again there is no doubting that.
Along the twists and turns of his life there was a turning point came about because he screwed up. Very evidently he was deeply involved with the farmers daughter, Kate Lancaster. He cheated. News reached Kate. They split up. End of. It was the biggest crash of his career, and he has had some. He treats the event like a lot of water under burned bridge. No wearing of heart on sleeve. Nonetheless I could not help feeling sorry for the two of them. They had an understanding and a trust, Screwing around screwed the trust. Oh, Ms Lancaster, I am so sorry.