Motocross Legend Miller

1977 Mr Motocross - Ivan Miller
New Zealand rider Ivan Miller won two Australian Motocross Titles and finished runner-up twice during the 1970s (Photo: Peter Kitchingman)

Ivan Miller - The Flying Kiwi

New Zealand rider Ivan Miller first rode in Australia in 1967 when he was part of the 1967/68 International Motocross series that toured across Australia and New Zealand. 

He was a regular member of this tour and also competed in the Australian Championships on at least four occasions – winning two Australian Motocross Titles and finishing runner-up twice.

Riding a Husqvarna, Miller won two Australian Titles at Clarendon in South Australia in September 1971 – up against a high quality field. 

That was the year the Internationals arrived early in Australia for the next tour and the riders included Jim Aird (Scotland), Randy and Tony Owen (England), Australian Champion Gary Flood (Victoria), and Laurie Alderton (NSW).

International Series Winner
Miller beat the cream of the crop. He won both the premiere 500cc and Unlimited classes ahead of Randy Owen (UK) and Gary Flood (VIC), making it a clean sweep for the Husqvarnas at Clarendon. 

Miller was at his peak during this period.  In addition to his two Australian titles, he also won the 1971/72 International Motocross series.

Miller also contested the Australian Championships on 16 November 1975, at the South Arm Road circuit in Sanford, Tasmania.

This was another year when Australia was invaded by many International motocross racers. 

But on this occasion, they included newly crowned World 125cc Champion Gaston Rahier, another Suzuki factory rider Gerard Camal, and riders from England, Italy, Denmark and Sweden.

At these championships, and now riding for Yamaha, Miller came second in the 250 class between the Belgium’s Rahier and Camal.  Miller also finished third in the Unlimited class behind Rahier and Victor Allen (UK, Bultaco). 

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Ivan Miller NZ winner of the 1971/72 Australia New Zealand International Motocross Series

In 1977 Miller contested the Mr Motocross Series, finishing third on 177 points behind the winner Anthony Gunter (Suzuki, 191 points) and Gall (Yamaha, 179 points).

Miller rode a Suzuki that year and was the Runner-up 500cc Australian Champion at Acusa Park in South Australia, finishing ahead of Yamaha rider Graeme Smythe (WA).

Ivan Miller – Winner of the 1971/72 Australia New Zealand International Motocross Series

Miller in action - Video and photo gallery

Miller wins the Unlimited class at the 1971 Australian Titles at Clarendon

2M Trailer – 1971/72 International Motocross Series, featuring Miller

12M  Documentary – 1971/72 International Motocross Series

Ivan Miller NZ in action during the 1971/72 International Motocross Series
1971 International Motocross Herne Hill - Perry Lakes promotion Ivan Miller and Jimmy Aird

[Left] Ivan Miller NZ in action during the 1971/72 International Motocross Series and (Above] competing in a wheelstand competition against Jim Aird at Perry  Lakes in 1971 to promote the coming Herne Hill International Motocross event.

Miller's key career highlights
in Australia

1971
Australian 500cc Champion, Clarendon (SA)
Australian Unlimited Champion

1971/72
Overall series winner – Australia New Zealand International Motocross Tour

1975
Runner-up 250cc Australian Championships, Sanford (TAS)
3rd Unlimited class Australian Championships

1977
3rd Mr Motocross Series
Runner-up 500cc Australian Champion at Acusa Park (SA)

Ivan Miller in action

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