Biker Geoff earns award

Friday, January 31, 2014


Biker Geoff earns award

Geoff Leather in action.


FUNERAL director Geoff Leather has had another successful season on his motorbike.

Geoff, 65, of Newport, rode his 1962 350cc Manx Norton to third in the Lansdowne Classic Series, and second in the over-60s category.

The series is by invitation only, and is dedicated to preserving the sights and sounds of historic Grand Prix racing. The ages of the riders ranges from 18 to over 70, and with many ex-champions still competing, many races have more than 40 entrants.

The series was held at circuits around the UK, as well as Chimay, Belgium, which is one of Geoff’s favourites, as it is held on closed public roads in the town. This year, after many attempts, Geoff won the 350cc class, and third overall.

In very hot conditions, he made a great start and finished more than 20 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

In November, Geoff attended the Lansdowne prize-giving in Meridian, near Birmingham and, as well as collecting his series trophies, was surprised with the Rider of the Year award.

This coming season, Geoff is not planning to race as much, though he is expected to race at Pembrey, Oulton Park, Donnington, Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Castle Coombe and Snetterton.

He will also be providing a classic bike to another IW biker, Peter Carr, of Lake, when his other racing commitments allow.

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