Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Time Out: Geoff McManus, Group Managing Director at Harlaxton Engineering Services

The week is winding down once again and that means it’s time for another ‘Time Out’. This installation’s quick fire questions are answered by Geoff McManus, Group Managing Director at Harlaxton Engineering Services, who it turns out is automotive mad…

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?                                          Following an intense week providing leadership to a successful group of companies I am looking forward to some downtime this weekend to relax and rebalance. Priority 1 is to get changed out of the suit and into something more casual to enjoy what hopefully will be an extension of this excellent weather we have recently experienced. Did anyone say beer garden…?

What is your hobby?                                                                                                       I’m automotive mad, whether it be motorbikes, cars or other machinery. I enjoy nothing more than breaking out the tools and solving practical problems with the radio on whilst getting my hands dirty.

What is your favourite movie?                                                                                       Wild Hogs which features an all-star cast including Tim Allen and co. who take a satirical yet comedic view of the biking fraternity, bound in leather and riding choppers is my favourite.

Second in line is the The Worlds Fastest Indian, the true story of Burt Monroe who took an old motorbike to race at the salt flats in 1967. A story of resilience and determination it acts a poignant reminder that you only have one life to live to the fullest, and not to delay your dreams until it’s too late.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?                                                                                                                         In a different life I think I would have enjoyed being custodian to the swimming pigs at Big Major Cay in the Bahamas. What a great way to spend a lifetime with nature by day and then relax at a beach home in the evenings.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?                                                   Flying. My youthful self-imagines how great it would be to avoid the A1 and A46 daily. Just imagine how much more effective we could be if unshackled from the archaic constraints of a disruptive travel network.

What is your favourite genre of music?                                                                           I’m pretty eclectic and music is so consumable these days that it can vary from month to month. Top of the pops in the car at the moment is Tokio Myers and London Grammar, whilst I can’t beat Ministry of Sound retro anthems when exercising.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?                                   I’d love to go back to 1707 to view the Parliament of Great Britain being formed and understand whether the committees desires at that time reflect what we have Today. I’m a big fan of democracy, however it can only ever be as successful as the moral compass and perception of the world of those whom administer it.

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