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On Monday 31st of August this year’s Classic TT will have added poignancy as Bruce Anstey, will go off as No 1 in the Classic Racer Magazine Lap of Honour on the 1950 Works Norton in a tribute to six-time TT winner Geoff Duke OBE. Bruce will be wearing a Davida Classic Helmet especially created for this occasion carrying the ‘Works’ Norton racing design.
” I asked Davida to recreate Dad’s Norton racing design on a Davida Classic for the 1950 ‘ Works’ Norton bike appearance at this years Classic TT… so it was authentic…. Dad had a great innings and I don’t think he’ll be forgotten very easily” – Peter Duke
Geoff’s son, Peter Duke will also ride the Lap of Honour on Duke’s 1955 Gilera wearing a Davida Classic from the Racing Series, carrying his Dad’s distinctive Red Rose racing design.
On Sunday 30th August Peter Duke will also ride the 1950 ‘Works’ Norton at the Festival of Jurby wearing the ‘Works’ Norton Davida Classic.
The 1950 ‘Works’ Norton owned by Mr Peter Bloore and restored in New Zealand by Ken McIntosh and McIntosh Racing, This is the only 1950 ‘works’ Norton in original condition that exists in the world.
The only surviving 1950 ‘Works’ Norton was rebuilt by McIntosh Racing in New Zealand using the only original 1950 ‘Works’ frame found at Beaulieu Autojumble by the owner, Peter Bloore and his subsequent 30 year search for the missing parts.
A service of remembrance will also be held for Geoff Duke on Sunday 30th of August at St Ninian’s Church, Douglas. The service starts at 6.30pm and is open to all. A screen and PA system will relay the service to those outside if necessary.
Both the replica Davida Classic helmets will be placed on the petrol tanks of the 1950 Works Norton and the Gilera inside the church during the memorial service on Sunday.
Geoff, who won seven races on the Mountain Course in a stellar career that included six World Champion titles, passed away on the 1st of May at the age of 92.
The Duke Marketing Stand can be found behind the granstand and will be have a range of Davida helmets, D4vi9A Visors & Gloves and Aviator Retro Standard Goggles for sale.
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