As reported yesterday, Tony Smith from Palmerston North and Gary Smith formerly from Fielding have been competing at The Don Matthews CZ World Championships in Marysville, California, and have successfully concluded the event with a World Title and two class wins between them! Gary won the World CZ 500cc class title in the expert under-50’s class, and Tony won the intermediate class.
Gary, who was riding in two classes, also won the pre-1970 250cc expert class, and also ‘accidentally’ competed in a Legends Race, finishing in a very respectable second place against John Desoto and Gary Jones, to name a few.
The event was a fantastic experience, with the Kiwi boys rubbing shoulders with Jaroslav Falta, Brad Lackey, Mary Tripes, Jim Wilson… and banging bars with some of the best riders in the world. Both Gary and Tony enjoyed the event so much they are already planning return visits to defend their titles! Out of a field of 361 riders, the two Kiwi lads definitely left a lasting impression. Congratulations on the wins from the team here at DRD, you’ve made the whole country very proud.
Photos by JD Art Wrk, and Gary Smith