Topic: Roy Alexander Lovell (1958-1990)

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Tauranga Motorcycle Club president Roy Alexander Lovell died on 19 July 1990 in Tauranga Hospital. He was seriously injured at Whanganui on 10 June 1990 whilst sidecar racing at Cemetery Circuit. Roy had his accident whilst I was flatting with him in Manson Street, Greerton - Debbie McCauley (19 July 2016).

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Roy Alexander Lovell was born on 12 September 1958, the eldest of six children. Educated at Tauranga, he left school at the age of fifteen to join his father's painting and decorating business.

A workmate with a motorbike kindled Roy's interest and, cleaning out his bank account, he purchased his first motorbike.

Roy joined the Tauranga Motorcycle Club when he was in his early 20s in order to qualify for a racing licence. He met former motorcycle racer Alan Collison and began racing at Baypark and at street events. He later gave racing away and concentrated on working on his bikes.

In around 1983 Roy was elected onto the committee of the Tauranga Motorcycle Club, revitalising the club with his enthusiasm. He was also assistant to the district stewart of the Auto Cycle Union (motorcycling's ruling body) and a regular at meetings of the road safety council.

He swapped his van for an old sidecar in 1989, working with Geoff Knight to fix up the Suzuki GT750cc powered sidecar.

Roy's favourite racing circuit was Cemetery Circuit in Whanganui. Cemetery Circuit is a tight one-mile street circuit that circles the old town cemetery.

On 10 June 1990 Roy and Geoff (acting as swinger) had already raced in two races, receiving fifth and fourth placings.

During the third and final race of the day, the wheel on the unit lifted on a corner and the bike went out of control. Roy was seriously injured, breaking his neck and falling into a coma. He was taken to Whanganui Base Hospital. Geoff Knight had been thrown clear during the accident, escaping with an ankle injury.

Roy was transferred to Tauranga Hospital during the five and a half weeks he was in a coma. He died there, aged 31, on 19 July 1990. 

His funeral service was held at St Enoch's Presbyterian Church in 16th Avenue, Tauranga, on Monday 23 July at 2pm.

Roy was cremated Pyes Pa Cemetery.

Later in 1990 Roy's mother Eileen presented the Roy Lovell Memorial Trophy for Most Improved Rider to its first recipient. Auckland motorcycle racer Clayton Bush received it at the end of the Tauranga Motorcycle Club's road race meeting at Baypark.


Sources:

Bay of Plenty Times (1990). Bikes Roy's greatest love.

Bay of Plenty Times (1990). Motorcycle stalwart Lovell dies.

Bay of Plenty Times (1990). Death Notices.

Bay of Plenty Times (1990). Auckland man takes Lovell trophy home.

Tauranga Cemetery Database.

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Roy Alexander Lovell (1958-1990)


Year:1990
First Names:Roy Alexander
Last Name:Lovell
Date of Birth:12 September 1958
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:19 July 1990
Place of death:Tauranga Hospital, New Zealand
Place of burial:Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga
Occupation:painter & decorator
Fathers name:John Lovell
Mothers name:Eileen Lovell