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Geoff Tanner

Record type: Motorsport Biographies

Biography: Age 33, Geoff Tanner is a motor cycle mechanic and comes from Walthamtstow, London. His first acquaintance with the Mountain course was in 1954, when he was fifth in the Junior Clubman's race; later that same year he rode a Norton into fourth place in the Junior Manx.

In 1955 he did the "September Double", winning both Junior winning both Junior and Senior Manx Grand Prix races—breaking the race and lap records in each. In the Senior race he became the first "Manx" winner to average over 90 m.p.h.

In the 1956 T.T. races, Geoff was a second lap retirement in both Junior and Senior races. In the former the cause was engine trouble whilst in the latter he was reported "touring in at Keppel." In 1957 he was seventh in the Junior T.T. at 90.23 m.p.h. (Silver Replica) and 28th in the Senior (Bronze) atter coasting home from about Kate's Cottage.

Geoff's last appearance in the T.T. was in 1958. Norton mounted, he finished third in the Junior at 91.54 m.p.h., with a Silver Replica, of course, but had to retire in the second lap of the Senior. This year's Lightweight T.T. will be his first race on a 250 c.c. machine. (TT Special, 16 June 1961, p18)

Competed in

RacePositionTimeSpeedMachine
1961 Senior TTRNorton
1961 Junior TTRNorton
1958 Senior TTRNorton
1958 Junior TT32:53:06.4091.54Norton
1957 Senior TT283:31:38.8085.57Norton
1957 Junior TT72:55:37.6090.23Norton
1956 Senior TTRNorton
1956 Junior TTRNorton
1955 Senior MGP12:28:39.0091.38Norton
1955 Junior MGP12:33:33.0088.46Norton
1954 Senior MGPR0Norton
1954 Junior MGP42:42:07.0083.78Norton
1954 Clubman Junior TT51:51:04.0081.54Norton

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