QUICK GUY: Motoring TV host Guy Martin (inset) has admitted driving an Aston Martin Vanquish at 290km/h on the Isle of Man, more than four times the village speed limit! Image: Facebook
DOUGLAS, Isle of Man - Police on the semi-independent Isle of Man off England's north-west coast are probing Guy Martin, a motorcycle racer and motoring journalist who admitted driving an Aston Martin at 290km/h on the island, according to the London Daily Mail.
The bushy-haired biker has a motoring show on the UK's Channel 4 TV called 'Speed with Guy Martin'. He wrote a feature for the UK's Sunday Times magazine in which he boasted about speeding through a country village on the island, home of the annual TT races.
Martin drove through the village of Sulby which has a speed limit of 65km/h and mentioned in his review that he saw the speedometer reach 290km/h after flooring the pedal.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition has a six-litre V12 engine capable of 380kW/620Nm and top speed of 295km/h, something Martin apparently came perilously close to achieving.
VIDEO: Guy Martin bikes at 320km/h on Isle of Man TT course
The Isle of Man is famous for having no speed restriction outside built-up areas where the limit is 65km/h. Martin, mentions in his review, according to the Daily Mail: 'I saw 290km/h (180mph) down Sulby Straight, one of the fastest sections of the (TT) course, and the car wasn't even in top gear."
FOUR-TIMES THE LIMIT
Isle of Man police will review the incident after Martin allegedly conceded driving at more than four times the speed limit.
WHEELS24 SAYS: South African motoring journalist also drive high-powered cars on public roads but are governed by the same rules as other road-users. We consider Martin's actions were stupid and reckless and should be condemned by the motoring media.
However, it does pose a very interesting question: How many other motoring writers break the speed limit (on public roads) but don't mention it in reviews?
For more on this story, read the full item on the Daily Mail.