For the September edition of Motorcycling Australia’s (MA) monthly e-newsletter, we had the pleasure of speaking with prior MA board member and Motorcycling South Australia president, Ivan Golding, whose love of the sport and in particular Speedway, has cemented his name into the industry as a well known and highly respected Official. Golding ran MA through how he got hooked onto motorsports and what motivates him to continue volunteering.
What got you into motorsport?
Friends got me into the sport and riding back in 1957.
How long have you been a volunteer with MA?
I’ve been volunteering 1983. This is also when I became the President of the Motorcycle Speedway Club. Following on this, I then became the Motorcycling South Australian president from 1995-2012.
What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?
Meeting different people and seeing juniors develop into senior riders. I’ve seen Leigh Adams and Jason Crump grow up and progress from a junior to a senior rider. Watching these riders grow and mature gives me a kick and that’s what keeps me going.
Most memorable moment whilst volunteering with MA?
I’ve been a level 4 MA official since 1994 and I’ve been an FIM official from 1996-2012.
The Australian Sidecar Speedway Championship title in 1999 is one of my memorable moments as a volunteer. It was the first major meeting I did, and it’s just stuck with me and kept me going all these years.
Best advice you’ve been given?
Be patient. Read your rule book.
Speedway for sure.
Gillman Speedway Stadium has to be the best track. I might be biased but it is the best track. I also think that back in it’s heyday, Mildura Olympic Park Speedway Track was a great track to referee on.
As a spectator (for which it’s been many many years), I think one of my favourite tracks would have to be Kurri Kurri Speedway in Loxford.
Favourite rider of all time is both Phil Crump and Todd Wiltshire. They are both gentlemen, who were prepared to travel no matter the distance and they never winged about anything.
What 2018 event are you most excited for?
I’m really excited for The Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship in early January 2019. We’ve never had five rounds before, so 2019 will be bigger and better than ever! We have a new track on board and a new venue that will hold an Australian title so it’s super exciting to be spreading the word on Speedway across a greater number of communities.
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