Paul was recognised for his contributions to motorcycle design and engineering.
His work behind the scenes in the sport has been remarkable. A former racer himself, he built and developed bike frames, suspension and engines that rivalled even the work done by the factory teams, assisting several riders to become world champions.
Paul’s career took him to the United States and then the United Kingdom where he helped Kiwi riders Richard Scoular, Des Barry and Richard Scott to considerable success when racing at the Isle of Man, North West 200 and F1 and F2 World Championship events. He later joined the famous Kenny Roberts Factory Yamaha Team. Paul also assisted Bill Buckley in 1999 and 2000 with his BSL 500 GP project.
Fellow honouree Tim Gibbes has been heavily involved in motorcycling most of his life and he still plays a vital part in the sport today, being named as an Ambassador to NZ Motorcycle Sport.
Paul and Tim have been great friends over the years, both sharing an extensive passion for motorcycling. Tim runs the Motorcycle Sport NZ website and Eyemagnet has been developing a new and updated site to better serve Tim and the motorcycling community.
The entire team at Eyemagnet would like to congratulate both Paul and Tim on their outstanding achievement.
Several video recordings of the event can be found here.