A passion for motor racing runs deep in the veins of the Mannapperumas. It was Mr. Sumanapala Mannapperuma, who is fondly known as ‘Manam’ in the racing fraternity, that first appeared in a motor car race in 1969 driving a 1500cc car.
During the 1970’s Manam proved himself to be a top racing driver gaining numerous victories in the salon car events. The joyful cheers he received from the thrilled crowds who were entertained by his electrifying driving skills encouraged Manam to do his very best. He frequently made it to the podium as the winner in both tarmac, gravel tracks and hill climb events.
These achievements urged him into taking part in the fast single seater formula type racing events.