Advancing the sport of motorcycling

Tim Gibbes, head & shoulders

Born: 1933 -

Inducted into MNZ Hall of Fame: 2016

First to introduce electronic timing to MNZ events, he did this with his own money and raised the standard of our events to World class by hosting these on the World Wide Web.  This was state of the art when he pioneered it first in 1999.

Tim was the first team manager for a New Zealand ISDE team, New Zealand had never previously had a team at this he event, Tim took the team behind the iron curtain at a time of cold war supremacy in 1982 to Czechoslovakia.

Tim was also the first team manager for the New Zealand Motocross of Nations team.  He took a team to the United States of America, the team consisted of three teenagers who were ‘unknowns’ at the time to the World of Motocross, but who were quickly launched onto the world stage through the leadership of Tim.  The team were:  Darryll King, Shayne King and Daryl Atkins.

Tim brought the name ‘Motocross’ from events held in other countries, he was the first event organiser to use this name at events in New Zealand.   He was also organised the first ever International Motocross in New Zealand, bringing International riders to the event some of who were world class competitors of that era and names that would subsequently become ‘Kiwi’ favourites.

Woodville Motocross was created by Tim from a patch of his ‘in-laws’ farm at Woodville, Tim designed and engineered a world class facility still being used for the unique one-off annual event, which now has New Zealand Grand Prix status.

Tim was also the Motocross Commissioner for a period of time, during this tenure he lifted the profile of Motocross amongst his piers, he also held motocross workshops, forums and ensured the on-going role of Motocross Commissioner.

In addition to this Tim was also a world class rider, he competed for Australia, for works and factory races teams as an International motocross rider.

Tim did however continued to race overseas once he was a ‘Kiwi”, this included competitions in Japan and the USA.

Tim was also a professional test rider for International companies in New Zealand.  The included tyre testing for global brands with tyre manufacturers bringing their prototype tyres and executives to New Zealand, as a result of this we were the first to see special tyres before other countries around the world.  This was done under the utmost secrecy and the unquestioned honesty and loyalty of Tim.