Advancing the sport of motorcycling

MNZ Life Member Nomination

Criteria for Life Membership Nomination:

  •     These are prestigious honours that are not awarded lightly nor earned of right.  They are  awarded for long, well documented and meritorious service.
  •   Recipients must have during their time, advanced or improved the sport of Motorcycling significantly, such that their contribution is widely recognised as outstanding.
  •    Recipients ideally should be life members at club level before being considered at national level.

Nomination Process:

Please complete the below nomination form with relevant details on the individual.  Include as much material as you can to give the Board a complete understanding of their involvement and contribution to the sport.

MNZ Life Member Nomination Form

Criteria and Guidelines for Life Membership and Life Membership Nomination

MNZ Life Members

Mr Robin Atkins
Mr Errol Conaghan
Mr Bob Cooke
Mr Dave Craig
Mr Jim Doherty
Mr Gerald Dyer
Mr Tim Gibbes
Mr Trevor Heaphy
Mr Noel McCutcheon
Mr Del Morgan
Mr Murray Perry JP
Mrs Sandra Perry
Mrs Frances Scammell
Mr Neil Ritchie
Mrs Carmen Davidson
Mr Robert Grover

Robin Atkins

Robin AtkinsI rode my first event at age 13 on a BSA Bantom at Ocean Beach (Hawkes Bay) then rode Scrambles (MX).  I joined the Napier Motor Racing Cub in 1955 then played at Speedway at Meanee.  I then went to Sidecars and Road Racing.  I shifted to Tokoroa where I founded the South Waikato Motorcycle Club in 1967and joined the Hamilton Motorcycle Club. 
I became a Steward for Auto Cycle Union in 1968 and did 21 years running Trail Rides in Kinleith Forrest to raise funds for the South Waikato Clubs Motocross track and grounds.  I become more involved in Road Racing but in 1978 I had a bad crash in the Marboro Series which finished my racing so I got engaged in administration. 
I started an event for 4 stroke Motocross and called it Thunder Cross which is now the 4 stroke nationals.  I got the rules entered into the rule book at Conference then I got Supercross going and the same for the rules.  I became a FIM Steward for 10 years in the 80's & 90's and have been a Senior Steward for many years.

Bob Cooke

Bob CookeMy involvement with the ACU (Now) MNZ started  in 1961 as the District Steward for Nelson and that role was kept until 2003.

I have now served 54 years as a Steward in many changing roles.

I attended my first ACU Conference in the mid 60’s as an Observer for the Nelson NMCC and become Nelson Conference Delegate in 1971 and I have been in that role on and off for many years.

I became a Life member of MNZ in 2005 and I have enjoyed that role with many of my Life members.

I have always been a critic of the Rule Book ( Manual of Motorcycle Sport) for a very long time and I am still doing my best to update the Sporting Rules for the benefit of Officials and the Competitors.

I have met so many nice people within the sport and those memories will live on with me. 

Gerald Dyer

Gerald DyerI was born in England in 1929 and came to New Zealand in January 1950.  Joining the Southland Motorcycle Club in 1952.  I have remained a member of the club ever since, being made a life member in 1981.  During that time I have served as a committee member, treasurer and two spells as secretary.

After returning from a visit to the U.K including a trip to the Isle of Man TT I got my competition licence in 1964 and have taken part in most aspects of racing in Southland.

Being appointed District Steward in 1967.  After retiring from farming in 1190 I again became secretary for 7 years, then retiring from that to again become the Southland District Steward.  I am now also a Grade 4 Steward and a Grade 4 Clerk of the Course.

During this time the club acquired its existing grounds which have been developed into a top grade MX Mini MX track.  Also on the same grounds a speedway was built and is now one of the best in New Zealand.


I was born in England in 1929 and came to New Zealand in January 1950.  Joining the Southland Motorcycle Club in 1952.  I have remained a member of the club ever since, being made a life member in 1981.  During that time I have served as a committee member, treasurer and two spells as secretary.

After returning from a visit to the U.K including a trip to the Isle of Man TT I got my competition licence in 1964 and have taken part in most aspects of racing in Southland.

Being appointed District Steward in 1967.  After retiring from farming in 1190 I again became secretary for 7 years, then retiring from that to again become the Southland District Steward.  I am now also a Grade 4 Steward and a Grade 4 Clerk of the Course.

During this time the club acquired its existing grounds which have been developed into a top grade MX Mini MX track.  Also on the same grounds a speedway was built and is now one of the best in New Zealand.

Tim Gibbes

Tim Gibbes


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Trevor Heaphy

T HeaphyI first got involved in the sport when I joined the Auckland Motor Cycle Club Inc in 1974, assisting as a Flag Marshal, until I started road racing on a home built Yamaha 350 in 1977. My first race was a Marlboro Series 350 race amongst all the visiting International riders (you wouldn’t get away with that now, but times were different then!) This was upgraded to a TZ250C in 1979, which was sold in 1982, at which point I became more involved in the organisational side of things, initially at a club level. I became a Club Steward in 1985, progressing to Assistant District Steward in 1986 and have been a Steward continuously since then, culminating in being made a Senior Steward in 2009.

Over the years, I have made the odd foray back into competition on a range of machines, including 250 and 350 Production and Clubman’s class on a 1989 RS250 Honda. However, during this time I have remained more involved as an Official and have held several roles within MNZ (and prior to that the NZACU). These include Board member 1991- 1994 and 2008/9, Road Race Commissioner 1992 - 94 and 2001 - 04, R/R Commission Member 1997 – 2001. My main role within AMCC has been as Clerk of the Course, which I have carried out since the mid 1980’s including every Paeroa Street Race since the first one in 1991. I was made Life Member of the club in 1990 and Life Member of MNZ in 2015.

 

MURRAY PERRY (JP Ret.)

IMG_0084 resizedMy first interest in motorcycling was when I was 16 years old and purchased a 350cc BSA grass tracker.  I rode it with little or no success earning the title of ‘rain drops’ (often falling).

Great friends with Hugh Anderson and Ginger Molloy, attending many meetings with them as a gopher.

Got into stock car racing for several years until retiring and returning to my love and interest of motorcycling.

Started the Huntly Motor Cycle Club along with Peter Watkins.  I’m very proud to be a Life Member of the Huntly Club where during my time with the club I become a club steward, amongst many other roles in the club, until invited to become the Waikato District Steward by the NZACU.  

Later ended up marrying the newly appointed Secretary of the NZACU.

Held the Waikato District Steward role for about twenty years, after which I became a Senior Steward.

Sat the Federation International Motocyclisme Clerk of the Course ticket which I held for 9 years during which time I was Clerk of the Course for 4 World Superbike Championship Rounds held at Manfeild in 1988,89,90 and 92.

Went on to serve on the MNZ Board for a short period as the Road Race representative. 

I was Series Steward for the Road Race Championship for many years, and spent about 17 Boxing Days stewarding at Cemetery Circuit including my honeymoon in 1986.

It was a pleasure to be a foundation member getting Paeroa Street Road Race up and running and was Steward at the event for about 15 years.

Until my retirement from ‘hands on’ assisting the sport (due to eye sight problems) I served as the Health and Safety Commissioner for more than eight years.

The greatest reward for me was meeting so many good people in our sport and making lifelong friends.


SANDRA PERRY

FB_IMG_1534134401181Born into the sport of motorcycling because my father Bill Tinker was a competitor in scrambles and speedway.  I attended my first AGM with him in the 70’s hosted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club when Sir Dove Meyer Robinson was the Club Patron.

In the mid 1970’s I worked for the NZACU administration when Max Cleverly was the boss. Later I moved to become the Secretary of the Speedway Control Board of the NZACU – speedway was run by the NZACU back in those days.  In 1981 I was conned into moving to become the NZACU Secretary.  I wasn’t convinced I wanted to leave speedway because solos and sidecars were such a passion, and still are today.  Anyway I stayed in the role which evolved over the years from a secretary role to Executive Director, and CEO until 31st March 2000 when some in the sport wanted me out for new blood and plans to grow the sport. I absolutely loved the role, the best job anyone could wish for. 

During the 80’s and early 90’s the sport was on a high with 6000 licenced members, 1000 permitted events and more than 80 clubs.  At that time a staff of three managed all this.  We moved over to a computer system in the 80’s and changed our name from the New Zealand Auto Cycle Union to Motorcycling New Zealand.  We joined the Federation International Motocyclisme having previously obtained International licences for riders from the ACU England.

The highlights of my time at MNZ were many. The four World Superbike rounds at Manfeild, (the first one had us in a sweat) but we did it.  The Federation International Motocyclisme World Congress in 1991 – another major sweat for the Board, and three staff. What an experience.

I was lucky enough to become the Secretary for Asia Pacific and have lifelong friends from many of the Asian Federations.  Asia Pacific allowed NZ, Australia and the Asian countries to compete together.  I remember taking Josh Coppins to Thailand (he was probably about 17 then).  I saw this red Ferrari belonging to one of the officials and told him to sit in the drivers seat and I would take a photo and send back to NZ saying this was the winners prize.  (Sadly times are more serious these days)  I became a delegate to the FIM along with Errol Conoghan and was fortunate enough to become elected as an FIM delegate on the FIM Touring Commission.  We assisted to organise tours from America to NZ and prepared a touring booklet to assist bikers travel in our country.

Such a big part of my life and luckily hubby Murray has the same passion.

At the 2004 New Zealand Motorcycle Awards I was awarded the Ivan Mauger Speedway Award for services rendered to speedway in New Zealand, a huge honour.

We continue to have contact with many riders, officials, and friends made during our era and those we shared such a big part of our life with.  Memories are forever.

CARMEN DAVIDSON

Carmen Davidson

Carmen was introduced to Motocross though her youngest son who started racing as a Mini rider.

Her involvement was fostered through her involvement with the Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club Her family has been deeply involved with MOMCC – with her late husband Bryan holding the position of President for over 10 years.

Carmen was the Race Secretary of the NZ Motocross Grand Prix, more widely referred to as the “Woodville” Motocross, for an excess of 10 years. Bryan was the Event Manager - so a real family commitment.  She was a true pioneer of the Schools’ Motocross in the Lower North Island as well as being the initiative behind the MOMCC Ability Based MX event known as the Mighty Manawatu’s.

Carmen is a Life Member of the Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club.

Bryan became involved with MNZ as a Sporting Commissioner, and Carmen followed the relationship with MNZ some years later when standing for a position on the MNZ Board.

Her tenure on the Governance Board ran for 5 terms (10 years)  - and for a period she also held the Board position of Chief Governance Officer. Carmen’s calm & deliberate manner during her time on the Board was a huge asset for MNZ and the Board.


ROBERT GROVER

Robert GroverI have been involved in the sport of motorcycling for a very long time and has held an ACU/MNZ licence for over 50 years and I still compete today.

I started racing on motocross bikes before moving to road racing, even competing in the Isle of Man TT event.

A member of the Central Hawkes Bay Motorcycle club since it was founded in 1976 and was the first person to be awarded a life membership in 1990. I have been a club captain for over 30 years and also served as the club’s president.

In 1999 I was honoured by being awarded the “freedom of the Wanganui Cemetery Circuit” having competed in this even since the 1960’s.

A national grade steward and clerk of course and has represented MNZ at a club and national level for over 30 years.

Been a member on the protest panel in road racing and has also been selected as a rider’s representative at many events.

I am a well-respected member of the motorcycling fraternity and has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he is always willing to share with any rider or official.

2018 – Awarded Services to Motorcycling New Zealand

2019 – Awarded Life Membership to Motorcycling New Zealand