Watch Guy Martin Take on David Coulthard at Silverstone

Yes, bike versus car comparisons are pretty boring and stupid – both machines have their advantages and disadvantages on the track that we’ve known about forever and a day. And yet, there’s always something special about seeing anything go up against a Formula 1 car – especially one from the V8 era. It’s hardly a fair fight, especially when it’s only a slightly worked BMW S 1000 RR against a multi-million dollar machine, but it’s entertaining nonetheless.

This event is part of an episode of Speed on the UK’s Channel 4 and features host Guy Martin with David Coulthard.  On first first glance the pair seem like polar opposites – Martin is as usual happy, jovial and difficult to understand while the Scottish Coulthard is dry and more reserved – but they’re both top racers who never quite really made it to the pinnacle of their respective fields. They are both however wonderful brand ambassadors and it’s always great so see them in their element.

The comparison as is par for the course with these things pretty convoluted – the S 1000 RR only had to complete three laps while the F1 car has to do four. And while you can probably still guess the outcome with that handicap, it’s nevertheless impressive to see a fairly stock motorcycle beat an F1 car off the line convincingly.

The circuit comparison is above but if you’re in the UK, you can watch the whole episode here.

Guy Martin and Triumph to Make World Land Speed Record Attempt

Obviously not content with the speeds reached at the Isle of Man TT, beloved racer and motorcycle personality Guy Martin will attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record at the salt flats of Bonneville, USA next month. The current record stands at 376.363 mph (605.698 kph) which is nearly double the top speed Martin reaches at the Isle of Man TT.

Guy Martin will be piloting (riding?) the 1,000 bhp Triumph Rocket Streamliner in his attempt to bring the record back to the United Kingdom after a 45 year absence. It is not expected Guy Martin will be able to assist the English cricket team in bringing the Ashes back any time soon, however.

Triumph has a long legacy of claiming the land speed record and held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970 with the exception of a brief 33-day period. The record-breaking Triumph streamliners of that period were Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph (395.28 km/h). Today’s bar, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).

The 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5′ long, 2′ wide and 3′ tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.

The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1955, when he reached the record breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.

With final testing scheduled at the Bonneville Salt Flats in mid-July, the record attempt will take place 24-27 August, 2015.