Guy Martin makes electric motor from paper clips and magnet
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The new Channel 4 series Guy’s Garage will see the former motorcycle racer turn four classic cars into speed machines. From his garage in Grimsby, Guy Martin and his partner Cammy, turned an old Volvo 240 Estate into a car ready for folk racing: a “glorified banger rallycross” popular in Scandinavia.
Guy started his motoring career as an apprentice at a Volvo truck garage, where he said he stayed for years, calling it “a great job”.
He now owns two Volvo cars, a 1996 Volvo 850 T5 GLT which has been described as having “Geography teacher spec” and a two-door Volvo Amazon estate.
Guy started his folk racing journey in Sweden where he took part in a race to get his skills up to the test for his newest endeavour.
Whilst Cammy couldn’t get his hands on a Volvo 240 Estate, he did invest in a 1988 automatic saloon car, setting the garage back £1,200 and a trip four hours south to Dagenham.
After missing out on the perfect car, Guy and Cammy ran into another issue – they had ripped out a wire connecting the engine to the fuel pump.
The 85-horsepower vehicle was then stripped of all of its unnecessary weight to make it the ultimate folk racing powerhouse.
Guy looked to Mark Higgins to teach him the tricks of the trade of rallycross racing, with his extensive resume as three-time British Rallycross champion and for his work as a stunt driver for a number of James Bond films.
After a number of issues with switching gearboxes, Guy and Cammy looked elsewhere for a Volvo 240 GLT, with one just four miles from their garage.
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At first, they offered £1,300 for the manual vehicle, eventually upping their price to £1,850 for the motor.
The Volvo 240 was the first car to prioritise safety features in the 1970s and was named as the safest car on American roads in 1976.
With folk racing, however, cars need more than normal safety features, with the mechanics installing a roll cage and a makeshift exhaust.
After trialling the car, Guy said: “A big puff of blue smoke came out on that corner. She’s terminal.
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