Martin Bell – Owner
Martin is a true Cumbrian, born and bred in the County. After travelling extensively, he now admits that if he was never to leave the county again he would die a happy man.
Martin enjoyed 19 years working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) both in Cambridge and in Antarctica and has clocked up over 10 years living and working on the ice. A farmer’s son, Martin trained as an agricultural engineer in Cumbria, before finding his vocation working on the ice twenty years ago. During his interview, which happened to be by traverse manager Brian Newham, he said, “I want to work on vehicles in as hostile an environment possible” and the job was his!
Martin’s role at BAS changed considerably over the years, from vehicle mechanic to winter based commander at the Halley Research Station. Most recently he was deputy project manager on the Halley 6 rebuild project, looking after all things vehicle related until he decided to make a change in April 2012.
Since leaving BAS, Martin has been running his own motorcycle shop and workshop, MHB Motorcycles, in Cumbria. He has also had an official role with The Coldest Journey as their Chief Polar Planner, with responsibilities for logistics, specification, design and acting as general dogsbody!
Martin prides himself on Ranulph Fiennes claim that Martin is the only person to always answer his calls (whilst everyone else hides!).
Nowadays, Martin can be found with his faithful pup, Kenco, usually in and around MHB Motorcycles or out in the County visiting clients and friends alike.
Adrian Burton – Lead Mechanic.
Bertie has worked at MHB for eight years now and is an important part of the team here. He manages the workshops, servicing and stock levels in between riding his road and trail bikes around the Dales and Cumbria. A keen motorcyclist, Bertie can be found out on all kinds of bike around the Yorkshire Dales.
Paul Eastwood – Mechanic
Paul has worked in the motorcycle industry for his entire life, his knowledge about bikes is second to none. Here at MHB, he works with Bertie on repairs, servicing and new builds. He also deals with the quads and any random machinery that comes into our workshop. Another very keen motorcyclist, Paul owns several bikes and can be found out on the trails and roads around Cumbria and the Dales.