Geoff Duke’s final lap of the Isle of Man TT was completed on Sunday ahead of a private family funeral this week.
Motorcycling legend Duke, who won seven races on the Mountain Course in a stellar career that included six World Championship titles, passed away on May 1 at the age of 92.
A hearse carrying his coffin left the Grandstand in the afternoon to complete a final tour of the 37.73-mile circuit where he made his name.
Geoff’s sons, Peter and Mike, followed the hearse on motorbikes while other family members joined the lap in cars.
Speaking ahead of the procession, Geoff’s eldest son Peter said: “Mike and I think dad would have really appreciated a last run around the course. It’s not going to be 10mph cortege, we’ll stick to the speed limits but we’re going to open it up a bit over the Mountain. Dad would definitely have liked that.”
Duke’s TT victories, first for Norton and later Gilera, helped to secure his place as a household name in the 1950s, becoming the first true superstar of motorcycle racing.
Reflecting the importance of his place in post-war motorsport, national newspapers including the London Times, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian all carried obituaries in the wake of his death.
Douglas Borough Council have confirmed that flags on buildings in the town will be lowered to half-mast on the day of the funeral. Duke was awarded the freedom of the borough in 2003.
His family have asked that any donations in Geoff’s memory are made to the TT Riders Association, c/o Frances Thorp, Mountain View, Glen Maye, IM5 3B.