A CSB moment.
Met him at races a few times, exactly what you see on the telly in real life.
A weird hybrid of Fred Dibnah and Steve McQueen.
After racing the Fort William DH enduro on the World Cup DH track and finishing on a Hardtail, i go for a post race slash before i seize up.
I am quite distinctive and easy to spot when racing back then (Hells Angel among MX'ers look)
So mid flow... squeeky voice "your the fella on a hardtail"
I kinda finish the business in hand and sort of recognise the voice.
Holy shit it's Guy Martin for real, in reality, i am very tired but Guy Martin is talking to me.....
GM your the fella on a hardtail, hats off to you, i couldn't do what you just did.
Me, your the fella that fireballs motor bikes at IOM at 180mph, i couldn't do that.
A bizarre encounter and post race chat ensued. GM summed up DH MTB as a bit of fun, at worst you break a leg or collar bone, serious injury is unlikely.
The hook with the IOM was a single mistake, error, and your dead, that was the rush. Make a mistake and your dead. He couldn't remember the fireball incident but was surprised not to be dead.
GM thinks i am nuts, i think he's nuts.
I still have a race time sheet with me in something like 94th and i punched a hole in the back of a leg while trying not to highside off the track at the deer fence crossing ( i touched the brakes)
GM is 95th and binned a factory hope/Orange/Fox bike and knocked himself out.
IOM racers are nuts.