Tim Hart was one of the South Bay moto heads who dominated action at Irwindale, Ascot, Lions Raceway and Saddleback. He was unique in his look, an orange Bell Star ribboned with white crosshatches. Tim had the look, long hair, a flair for getting great starts and along with Billy Payne, helped to give Maico’s the mark of a So Cal machine that dominated the action. In the early seventies his photos in Cycle News and Motorcycle Weekly photos were as regular as lunch. Tim went on to race nationally as a privateer on a Maico in 1971. Yamaha hired the Torrance California racer in 1973 and he went on to win the 125 opener at Hangtown in 1975, infamous as the mud race that stopped Marty Smith from winning every national that year. He went on to win one more 125 National and a 250 at Lake Whitney, Texas. Born in 1949, Tim grew up in Torrance, California and spent the entirety in the South Bay. He was 67 years old when he passed away.


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