Name: Gary Smith aka Kiwiboy
City and Country of Origin: Feilding, New Zealand
Family: Linda & Graeme (Mum & Dad), Julie (Sister), Megan & Lauren (Daughters), Tatjana (Partner)
What does your family think of your racing? It’s in my DNA as Dad was a professional speedway rider. It has been a whole family sport since I was a kid and it has been great to race classic bikes with my dad all over Europe and share so many adventures.
Professional Life: Automotive and Industrial Paint Sales Manager
Favorite Race Bike Growing up:_Kawasaki KX80
What was your first race, and what kind of bike was it: 8 Years old on a YZ80 E in a local club race in New Zealand
What do you like about racing in the U.S.: Never Raced here before but I am sure it is going to be awesome. Big thanks to everyone that has helped make this event happen and particularly my sponsors Rick Nabers and Mark Wilson. Also to Jim Wilson for the secret pre-race coaching session.
What would you like to see in the U.S.: Really looking forward to cramming as much in as we can in 3 weeks whilst in California and Oregon and expecting to cover 3-4000 miles in the process.
As with all motor racing it is the people you meet and the stories you take home to share (or not as the case may be) that live in your heart forever
What American food or drink would you like to have while you are here?
Looking forward to sampling some of the Napa Valley wines
What would you like to take home that symbolizes your experience with racing here in the Don Matthews? A huge smile, new friends, experiences and stories to tell
Awards and accomplishments: Various New Zealand Championships as a Schoolboy. Three times British Greeves Championship .
What would you like to say to the Americans and other racers? Kei te heke mai a Gday mai i raro, ka mihi ki a koe mo to maatau whenua me to iwi. Ka mau tonu taku kirikiri ka maru.
Alternatively in English if your Maori is not up to scratch -
G'day from down under and thank you for having me to your amazing country and race.
Rest assured my throttle will be wound tight
How many times have you been to the Don Mathews?
DMCZWC Virgin so please be gentle with me
City and Country of Origin: Palmerston North , New Zealand
Family: Wife Theresa, Children Shannon & Ryan
What does your family think of your racing? A good way to see parts of the country we may not normally go to & have a weekend away.
Professional Life: Former toolmaker, currently plastics technician in a milk bottle factory
Favorite Race Bike Growing up: What was your first race, and what kind of bike was it: First round of the VMX series in Fielding NZ 8 years ago riding a 1973 CZ380 – my current race
What do you like about racing in the U.S.:
This will be my first time & I really appreciate the opportunity. A special thanks to Jim Palmus for building a bike for the event
What would you like to see in the U.S.: A different part of California, have only been to Disneyland a few times & LA with a trip to see Bertus the last time I was there
What American food or drink would you like to have while you are here? I guess I’ll see what takes my fancy when I see it
What would you like to take home that symbolizes your experience with racing here in the Don Matthews?
A huge smile, new friends & being able to put a face to names
Awards and accomplishments: Pre75 open series champion once, generally on the podium Currently Pre75 open & Pre78 open #2 on the same
What would you like to say to the Americans and other racers? Looking forward to getting to meet a few different people that I’ve met through this page
How many times have you been to the Don Matthews? First time