The Speedshop: BBC considering full series for custom bike build show

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The Speedshop could be in line to get a full series if viewer feedback and iPlayer performance are good enough. The show followed custom bike builder, Titch Cormack as he made an adapted off-roader for Parachute Regiment soldier and amputee, Chris.

The one-off show aired on Sunday, January 12 and was enjoyed by MCN readers who let us know in their droves what they thought.

"This needs to be made into a series, not just one programme," said Facebook user Simon Milner, while Stan Matthews said, "Well done the BBC, great programme, more of the same please."

"The BBC are analysing the views and audience feedback etc. and will base their decision to commission a series on that. We hope to hear soon," the show's producer, Grant Wardrop told MCN.

So, if you enjoyed the show, make sure you get as many people as possible to watch it on iPlayer and spread the word. Let’s get more bikes on the telly!

Ex-Special Forces custom bike builder gets BBC show

First published: 04 January 2020 by Ben Clarke

A new BBC 2 TV programme follows custom bike builder, Titch Cormack, as he attempts to create an off-roader with a difference. The bike is for his customer Chris, a Parachute Regiment soldier who recently had his right leg amputated.

Chris wants to use the bike to cross the Alps between France and Italy off-road, a trip Titch will try and help to make happen drawing on his 10 years of experience as a mobility expert in the Special Forces.

Titch sets about modifying a Honda FX650 Vigor to suit Chris’s needs with the help of his team; Billy, a mechanic and ex-Tank Regiment Commander, who suffered life changing injuries following an IED explosion in Afghanistan and Martin, a paint and fibreglass specialist.

Ex-Special Forces mobility expert turned custom builder Titch Cormack

The build runs into plenty of problems long before the team get to the Alps, something they need to do before the snow hits.

"For Chris, it’s more than just a motorcycle, it facilitates him getting back to his old self," says Titch. "It’s a big thing for him and I think that the guys realise that and that’s why they’ve put in the effort."

The show is called The Speedshop and will air on Sunday, January 12 at 8pm on BBC 2.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Assistant Editor (Motorcycling), hick for life, two cylinders max