Geoff Duke: 1923-2015
Geoff Duke, a six times TT winner and six times world champion, has died aged 92.
Making his name during the 1950s, Duke dominated on the Isle of Man while also claiming 350cc and 500cc championships. In 1953 he was made an oBe for his services to the motorcycling industry.
Although a Lancastrian by birth, the Island became Duke’s spiritual home and he set up business interests there following his retirement from racing. His son Peter founded Duke Video which has its headquarters in the capital Douglas.
Tributes to Duke have poured in, including those from within the motorcycle press. Classic Racer editor Malc Wheeler said: “If ever the word legend described anyone, it was Geoff Duke and what he achieved racing among, and being, one of the very best at what he did.”
for a full tribute to Duke check out the next issue of Classic Racer, on sale June 18.