Geoff was a multiple motorcycle Grand Prix Road Racing World Champion.
In the 1950’s he won six World Championships and also Seven Isle of Man TT Titles. His name became synonymous with the famous “Manx Norton” motorcycle. He also was beloved in Italy for his rides on the 500cc Gilera, which gave him three consecutive world titles.
He was declared the first rider to lap the 37.73 mile Isle of Man course at 100mph, though this was later corrected to a mere 99.97mph!
Today, Geoff made his last lap of the famous Island Circuit when his coffin completed a tour around the roads on which he made his name. He was accompanied by his sons Mike and Peter, who followed the hearse on motorcycles, along with a whole procession of well wishers and supporters on all kinds of machines. It sounds like quite an appropriate send off, I trust Geoff approved!
Geoff Duke 29th March 1923 – 1st May 2015