|Geoff Manning Memorial|
Right - Geoff and the XK120 at Whenuapai. From left Ross Jensen, Sir Tom Clark, Geoff Manning standing
Right - Geoff Manning competing in a Classic Trial at Pukekohe in 2004
Barbara Manning holding the Geoff Manning Trophy with the the first two trophy winners. 2010 Winner Wayne Rowlands left and 2009 winner Russell Goodwin right
Geoff Manning owns a special place in hearts of New Zealand motorsport fans and in particular with those who now enjoy the motorsport facilities at Hampton Downs
It was Geoff's dream that there would be a modern international standard motor racing facility in the Auckland region. Over a number of years Geoff with his wife Barbara searched for a suitable site around the Auckland area, finally locating the Hampton Downs land that was taken up and developed by his associates Tony Roberts and Chris Watson. Sadly Geoff passed away in 2005 and did not see the Hampton Downs circuit completed.
The Geoff Manning Memorial celebrates Geoff's life long involvement with motorsport that included years at the pinnacle of the sport. As a race mechanic Geoff worked for Frank Williams and Graham Hill. In 1966 he was head mechanic at Le Mans for Fords GT40 programme when Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon were to win the event. In recent years Geoff was well known as a motorsport competitor racing a Formula Junior Volpini and occasionally an XK120 roadster.
The Geoff Manning Memorial was competed for, for the first time in 2009 at the first classic motorsport meeting held on the new Hampton Downs circuit. It will continue to be competed for each year at a major classic meeting at the circuit. The winner of the memorial event will be awarded the Geoff Manning Trophy. A trophy made from the original steering wheel of Geoff's Volpini FJ. The trophy is presented in his memory by his wife Barbara Manning
The format of the memorial event may change over the years but the event is initially being run as a classic trial as Geoff had a double link with the event. Firstly he was President of the the Thoroughbred and Classic Car Owners Club when they brought trialing to New Zealand and secondly as a Classic Trial competitor.
|Geoff Manning Memorial Trophy Winners|
|2009||Russsell Goodwin - Classic Trial Club Lotus Monza Meeting - Hampton Downs|
|2010||Wayne Rowlands - Historic Racing Club Tasman Revival Meeting - Hampton Downs|
|2011||Tony Ramlose - Historic Racing Club Legends of Speed Meeting - Hampton Downs|
|2012||Russell Goodwin - Historic Racing Club Legends of Speed Meeting - Hampton Downs|
|2013||Peter O'Sullivan - Historic Racing Club Legends of Speed Meeting - Hampton Downs|
|2014||Peter O'Sullivan - Historic Racing Club Legends of Speed Meeting - Hampton Downs|