Geoff Barry
Page updated 29-Dec-2013

Geoff Barry finished 4th in the 1974 Production TT on an 850 Gus Kuhn Norton.

The Book of Motorcycle Road Racing Champions [ISBN 090458380] described Geoff Barry: Began racing 1964 at Cadwell on his 350 BSA roadster. Natural talent made him Cadwell Clubman's Champion. Most consistent TT record, winning two or three replicas every year since IoM debut in 1969 until 1976, when he was out of luck: twice awarded Joe Craig Memorial Trophy (1971 & 1974) for best aggregate performance in TT events. On short circuits he is especially successful at Cadwell and Scarborough. One of the most sound and skilful of todays 'amateurs', Geoff's racing philosophy is "I race for enjoyment, and I always ride within my limits." Powerfully built, he is an expert weight-lifter and also a studious reader.

Motor Cycle 2.7.1977

Geoff Barry, one of road racing's most respected riders, died after crashing in the Killinchy 150 on the Dundrod circuit in June 1977.

Thirty-four-year old Barry, who worked as a physicist for Rolls-Royce in Derby, was racing a Sid Griffiths-sponsored 750cc Yamaha in the main event. On the previous lap he set a new lap record for the Ulster circuit and was disputing the lead with Ron Haslam when he crashed into a bank.

In addition to racing for Sid Griffiths, Barry was a member of the Honda Britain endurance racing team for whom he had finished fifth with Tony Rutter in the Nurburgring round of the Coup d'Endurance the previous weekend.

His career spanned 13 years and during that time he had a long association with Nottingham butcher Charley Oakley who provided Geoff with some of the most competitive four-stroke machinery in the country. He persevered with four-strokes until 1975 when he began his very successful career on two-strokes.

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