Guy Martin Gets Away with Doing 290 KM/H in a 65 KM/H Zone

Back in April we reported on Guy Martin's adventures in the Isle of Man aboard an Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition. The TT racer was traveling between England and Ireland and thought to make a stop in Manx, to let the horsies loose around the Mountain Course.
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Though famed for allowing riders to race in times when the rest of the European countries started to ban motorcycle road competitions and instant speed limits, the Isle of Man is not all made of German autobahn.

That is, the roads in the Isle of Man DO have speed limits in certain areas. Inspector Derek Flint adds that "where there is no speed limit, road users should always be aware that there is a fine line between what is fast and what is dangerous."

Was Guy Martin aware he was in a restricted zone?

Still, Martin drove the Martin in a restricted-speed zone, with a limit set at 65 km/h (40 mph). He reached 290 km/h (180 mph) in the Sulby Straight area, and said that he felt that the car could go even higher.

It's unclear whether Martin was aware of the speed restrictions in the
area. After all, the Mountain Course is one of his "job sites", and during the TT, going as fast as humanly possible is the only thing that matters. Besides remaining alive, of course.

Island Police asked for guidance from the prosecutor, but in the end, no legal action was taken after the investigation was completed. This state of things must not be taken as an incentive to drive to the limit all the time, everywhere in the Isle of Man, but in a way, the solution lives up to the renown of the whole place: THE place to go if you feel like overdoing things.


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