It is what it is…and what is it?
Guy Martin (you know, the Isle of Man TT legend and all round nice bloke) fronts a gritty, witty, straight-up look at how an Orange Five is crafted.
Cut Media, who are MTBCut’s sister outfit (tax dodge? typo? broader appeal?), put this tasty edit together.
Inside the Orange Factory with Guy Martin
Cut Media’s insight into the world of Orange Bikes, presented by Guy Martin…
A dimly lit workshop in the centre of Halifax is an unlikely backdrop for an art studio, twisting and manipulating aluminium, forming complex shapes to create a pure simplicity – the bike frame.
Proper engineering is a dark art in a world of sterile outsourced manufacturing. A black box of production, it was about time someone gave an updated snapshot into the people and processes that bring an Orange bike to life.
Cockney, Francis and Toddy bend and join aluminium using timeless skill and modern ingenuity, but getting them to explain what they do is no easy task. In steps TT legend and engineering ambassador to the people, Guy Martin.
A man of mechanical dexterity and dubbed the modern day Fred Dibnah, Guy phrases the questions nobody else would think to ask. Not afraid to state the obvious, he disseminates each step and shows exactly how a Five goes together. Banter in the workplace? Just a bit boy…
Guy gets a TIG welding assessment, Vaughan lets him loose with a gun, and wielding an Allen key he gets candid on DH “cock measuring”.
The usual factory video? Produced and innovatively shot by the legends at Cut Media, this is no ordinary tour…
Who is Guy Martin?
Guy Martin is a British motorcycle racer and truck mechanic. Primarily a man of the road, he’s become one of the most talented riders and a constant favourite at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. His debut and podium spot in 2005 brought instant acclaim but continually risking his life, he refuses to become a corporate rider.
With wit, style and complete honesty, Guy has vexed an industry while he stays true to his roots. Charismatic and constantly enthusiastic, he’s become a star of the screens with TT3D – Closer to the Edge documenting what it takes to become the people’s champion.
Mainstream recognition came in March 2011 when Guy, along with childhood pal Mark Davis, renovated a narrow boat. The Boat that Guy Built aired on BBC One and with his constant enthusiasm for the industrial processes involved, he’s been christened the modern day Fred Dibnah.
Still working as a truck mechanic and an avid Orange fan, Cut Media thought he was the perfect man for the job…
Lee Mack’s version of “It is what it is”