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Guy visits MACC

23rd Sep 2020

Truck mechanic turned celebrity racing driver Guy Martin paid a visit to MACC Business Park on 20th September as part of his Project 300 preparations. Guy, a multiple Guinness World Record holder for speed related events, is looking to break the 300 mile per hour speed record on a conventional motorbike and found the 2,900-metre-long taxiway at Machrihanish perfect for some high-speed practice.

Dry, clear and still weather at sunrise created the perfect conditions that allowed for several practice runs on Guys custom built superbike. Early risers would have been treated to the wail of the 800+ brake horsepower bike making its way to an unconfirmed 279mph. The event is the latest of several record attempts using the former airbases impressive infrastructure starting in 1988 with Alan and Norman Clark attempting to break the speed record with a skier on a car roof to the flying Scotsman Graeme O’Bree’s record breaking human powered ‘Beastie’ bicycle.

MACC Business Park Manager, Malcolm McMillan said, “Its always exciting when we get called about using the site for record attempts, but its not possible without a big effort from the volunteers to make sure that everything goes safely so thank you to the 13 strong safety team and to the understanding MACC Business Park Tenants for accommodating Guy’s request. It was incredible to watch something cover thousands of meters in a matter of seconds. Guy was accompanied by his father and both were absolute stars, they could not have been more grateful and were very impressed with the areas scenery and hospitality.”




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