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Guy Martin created a speedy version of the small Italian three-wheeler, Piaggio Ape, in the second episode of ‘Guy’s Garage’ on Channel 4 ‚ and not even a flooded racetrack postponing a race could dampen his spirits.

The motorcycle racer turned TV celebrity stars in the new four-part Channel 4 series, which was commissioned by North One TV, where he transforms iconic road vehicles into thoroughbred racing machines.

In his garage near Grimsby, he will be aided and abetted by his old friend and fellow mechanic Cameron “Camy” Whitworth and create four very different Frankenstein racers.

The first episode saw Guy transform a Volvo into a racing machine for Sweden’s competitive rallycross.

Guy tests a three-wheeled vehicle at Trent Raceway. | Photo: North One TV

Guy takes a Piaggio Ape for a spin on the driving range of a golf course before purchasing it. | Photo: North One TV

The second episode aired on November 29 and focused on the Piaggio Ape. Guy knows a lot about two and four wheels, but doesn’t have as much experience with three.

That doesn’t stop him from pulling out all the stops in his attempts create a speedy version of the Piaggio Ape, which is described as the “slowest vehicle to come out of Italy”.

In basic form, the Ape has 20 horsepower and a top speed of 40mph down hill. When he first tells Camy about the project he said they will “sling a bike engine in the back”, to which his best friend replies “that’s got hospital written all over it, hasn’t it?”

Guy heads to the small town of Carpegna in Italy, where he meets two local Proto Ape racers and takes a vehicle for a spin.

He then heads to Trent Raceway in Burton-on-Trent, where he drives a Robin Reliant, rolls it onto its roof and has a race.

He even wins a trophy saying: “I don’t keep many trophies, but I think I’m going to keep this one”.

Guy enjoys driving the Robin Reliant, rolling it onto its roof and using it in a race at Trent Raceway. | Photo: North One TV

He heads back to the garage to create his racing machine, but controversially instead of the 600cc engine used by Italians, he fits a 1000cc to his vehicle.

Guy makes his way back to the “heart of Ape racing country” in the middle of Italy near San Marino, some 1,400 miles from Grimsby.

Unfortunately, due to bad flooding of the track the race is postponed, but Guy’s newly made Italian friends create a small private race for him to compete in – find out how he got on by watching the episode on demand here.

Guy racing in his Piaggio Ape. | Photo: North One TV

Guy and Camy with their adaptation of a Piaggio Ape. | Photo: North One TV

Upcoming episodes

Episode 3 – Landrover – airing on December 6

Guy gets to grips with one of the most iconic and successful British cars of all time – the Land Rover Defender. He wants to build a super fast off-road machine capable of racing at speeds of up to 100mph.

Helped by expert racing Land Rover builder Dave Billings, their rusting heap slowly transforms into something amazing. Guy also competes in an ‘impossibly challenging’ Land Rover trials event.

Episode 4 – Trabant – airing on December 13

Guy choses an East German Cold War icon – the slow, basic and underpowered Trabant – for this challenge. After buying just about the only Trabant they could find in Britain, Guy and Camy give it a punishing test around the former motorcycle racer’s garden.

A 59-year-old man from Grimsby has been jailed for three years after so-called ‘paedophile hunters’ caught him on his way to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Brian Royston was intercepted by members of Elusive Child Protection Unit at a train station in Handforth, Cheshire on October 3, where he believed he was meeting up with a 13-year-old girl.

The paedophile hunter group then had a heated exchange with Royston about his intentions, all of which was caught on camera, before he was taken away by police.

Upon meeting Royston, the hunters ask him a series of questions in regards to his relationship with the alleged victim, who happened to be a decoy account, which he was unaware of.

It was discovered that he had packed condoms to meet the 13-year-old girl, highlighting his sexual intentions with her, before the hunters read out some of his explicit message exchanges.

You can watch the full 26 minute video of the group’s sting on Brian Royston by visiting their Facebook page.

Brian Royston, of Scartho Road in the North East Lincolnshire town, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, during a hearing at Chester Crown Court.

The 59-year-old was jailed for three years, half of which will be served on licence, and he will be placed on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

After his sentencing, Elusive Child Protection Unit, which has over 40,000 page likes on Facebook, said: “[It’s the] fastest turn around we have seen, charged and sentenced in under two months.

“Massive well done to all the team, including hunters and our faithful security, job well done guys!”

Lincolnshire musician Holy Humberstone has been nominated for the prestigious Rising Star award at the BRITs this year, an honour won by the likes of Adele and Sam Fender in previous years.

Humberstone, 21, has enjoyed another stellar year. Her stock continues to grow in the music industry, releasing her critically acclaimed second EP The Walls Are Way Too Thin earlier this month.

Her debut EP, Falling Asleep At The Wheel, was released in August 2020 and has amassed over 200 million collective streams to date.

Holly performed remotely from the middle of a road on the talk show. | Photo: The Late Late Show with James Corden on YouTube

The singer from Grantham has also made strides over in America, having performed on James Corden’s The Late Late Show in February, and played multiple shows Stateside in 2021 after signing a record deal with Interscope and Polydor Records.

She finished runner-up to rapper Pa Salieu in the BBC Sound Of 2021 list, as well as being nominated as an Ivor Novello future star this year, and playing huge slots at a host of major festivals, such as All Points East and Reading & Leeds.

Now, Holly will be up for the BRIT Award for Rising Star, formerly known as Critics’ Choice, alongside London-based artists Bree Runway and Lola Young.

The award comes with esteemed acclaim, having been previously won by megastars such as Adele, Florence & The Machine and Sam Smith.

If Holly were to win, she would be the first Lincolnshire artist to take home the award, and she already is the first singer from our county to be nominated for it.

Holly said on social media that she couldn’t believe her nomination, saying: “Pinching myself how is this even real! This is so cool! Nominated for an actual BRIT Award.”

You can listen to Holly’s latest release The Walls Are Way Too Thin EP on any streaming service by clicking here.

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