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Guy Martin is an F1 pit crew member for Williams now



Guy Martin is back in the news.

The PR wheel is spinning pretty fast for the international road racer, turned TV personality, and once more it’s over on 4-wheels.

The former truck mechanic has landed himself one of the most sort after jobs in F1 and will head out to Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix, as pit crew for Williams Martini Racing.

Williams will entertain Guy at their UK base to get him up to speed with the tasks he’ll need to perform during race weekend and he really will have pressure on his shoulders. An F1 race can be won or lost because of the mechanics. Although it’s safe to assume Guy’s role won’t be front and centre.

Heading out with the elite pit crew, Guy will help set up the garage (make tea) then assist the car crew to build the FW40 car (make tea) He’ll take on two 90 minute practice sessions on Friday, a further hour practice on Saturday before the three-stage qualifying and Sunday’s big race. Although the wording from Williams Martini does make us a little suspicious of his involvement in the actual Qualifying and Race sessions.

During the British GP, Williams pulled out the fastest pit stop of the season. Nailing a 2.02 second stop. Which is about as long as it takes Guy Martin to say “Anyone want a brew?”

Looking after Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll, it’s important that Guy gets this weekend right. The experience will be invaluable for his current focus, taking on the challenges of Pikes Peak.

They’ll be no slacking for Martin though, with Williams saying, “after the race a whole new day of work begins. It takes 10 hours to strip the car, take down the garage and pack everything away. Guy will be there until the end”

So if you are watching the Belgium GP this weekend, keep your eyes peeled and tweet us your Guy Martin F1 Spots. Or at least have an extra cuppa in his honour.

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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