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Born in Auckland in 1936 and now living in the Waikato Hugh's racing career began with 350 and 500cc in NZ before heading overseas to Britain where competed on four-stroke AJS and Norton machines.

First race at IOM in 1960 on a Manx Norton.

He won the 50cc British Championship in 1962 and competed in a number of 125cc GP events for the Suzuki factory team

Won the lightweight 125cc TT class at Isle of Mann TT in 1963, won the 50cc class in 64 with other 2nd and 3rd placed results in 65 and 66. only Graeme Crosby with three has won more on the Island

Raced for the factory Suzuki team in the 50cc and 125cc GP classes between 1963 and 1965 in the period when Japanese manufacturers began to dominate GP racing. Won both classes convincingly in '63 with 10 victories and only being off the podium on two seperate occasions.

Won the 50cc in '64 (after battling against the new v5 Hondas) and racing Suzuki's re-designed 125cc twin in 1965 he won the 125cc championship again.

During his GP racing career he took 4 titles with a total 25 Grand Prix victories in all and 'officially' retired in 1966.

Since then however has continued to be involved in the classics racing scene in New Zealand and was inducted into the NZ Sports hall of fame in 1995.

- Japanese GP domination in the 60's, still today - the "look in Geoff Perry's eyes" - Inducted into the NZ Sports hall of fame in 1995 - handling diffs between manxs - kiwi on the helmet


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