Tony the Tiger Still Fast After All These Years
Meiring keeping his racing local these days
by staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tony the T: always a happy and smiling face at the track.
image by Biff Ludington

Former factory Kawasaki road racer Tony Meiring is still going fast and winning races and championships today, even though it's on a local level. Meiring just earned the overall #1 plate in flat track racing for AMA District 36 (Northern California and Nevada).

Meiring, who raced flat track as an amateur, was a road racer by the time he turned pro.

"I'm working full time, getting old," Meiring joked when talking about his life when he showed up to race an AMA Pro Flat Track race over a year ago in Sacramento. "This is second pro dirt track race I've ever done in my life. I did dirt track all the way up until I was 15 and then I went roadracing. I'm just racing to have fun. I'm having a good time."

Meiring, who shared the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award with Bryan Smith back in 1999, made the GNC2 main and finished 15th that day.

Meiring earned a factory Kawasaki 600 Supersport ride in 2001 after scoring AMA 750 Supersport podiums on a privateer bike tuned by his dad. With his nickname of "Tony the Tiger", his line for autographs was always one of the longest at the road races stacked with kids wanting his poster.

Today Tony and his beautiful wife Amanda recently celebrated the arrival of a baby boy.


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