Tim Hart passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, and with him passed a part of motocross history, Tim Hart was born on Christmas day in 1949 and grew up in Torrance, California, and lived there his whole life, right up to his death, at age 67. Many young American motocross racers remember Tim Hart railing berms on a square barrel Maico at all the local SoCal tracks. Tim’s Bell Star helmet was a fixture on the AMA National circuit in the early seventies.
Hart raced a privateer Maico in the Trans-AMA series in 1971-72, before being hired by factory Yamaha in 1973 and staying through 1975. Hart won a 250 National at Lake Whitney and a pair of 125 Nationals, one at Mid-Ohio in 1974 and at Hangtown in ’75. Despite finishing second in 1975 to Marty Smith in the 125 Championship series, Hart’s Yamaha contract was not renewed. Following an unremarkable year as a Can-Am mounted privateer, Hart retired from racing at the end of 1976. He settled into a life as a longshoreman, working the controls of a crane, loading and unloading shipping containers.