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Gary Smith

  

Name: Gary Smith aka Kiwiboy 

Age: 47

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




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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 

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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 .

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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 

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Tony Smith

 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