Guy’s Garage: Guy Martin transforms a coffee truck into a “mint” three-wheeled racing car
Channel 4’s new series Guy’s Garage will see the former motorcycle racer turn four classic cars into speed machines. In this episode, Guy and his work partner Cammy set out to transform a Piaggio Ape into a Proto Ape racing machine.
Guy and Cammy managed to lower the price to Â£ 250 by offering to remove the engine from the vehicle in a golf club parking lot.
After an initial hesitation about the vehicle, saying “it would have work to tear the skin off a rice pudding”, he decided to stick with the vehicle and turn it into a racing machine.
Controversially, Guy and Cammy installed a 1200 cc engine, rather than the 600 cc engine that is usually used in Italy for Proto Ape Racing.
Guy explained how difficult it was to find a place to practice piloting a three-wheeled vehicle.
“I’ve been doing motorcycle crashes for years now.”
After spending most of the morning upside down, Guy prepared to return to Italy, near San Marino, to compete in his first race.
He was even deprived of his right-hand man Cammy who was on duty at the British Superbike GP.
Guy’s Italian hosts were quite critical of what Guy had built, saying it was a ‘heart attack’.
More bad news was sent to him after the original race was canceled because erratic weather flooded the original track.
After bringing together seven competitors, Guy was forced to race on a motocross track, which neither he nor his tires had expected.
Halfway through the race, Guy’s Ape crashed and finally abandoned him, leaving the vehicle in a heap and Guy out of the race, but ended the race praising the sport saying, “It was perfect. . “
Guy’s Garage airs on Channel 4 at 9 p.m. every Monday.