Andre De Kock
Motorsport Editor
5 minute read
27 May 2020
6:35 am

Dave Petersen: Two-wheel masterclass

Andre De Kock

His life changed dramatically in 1979 when he immigrated to South Africa.

Dave Petersen (left) is now a respected motor racing analyst.

Multiple national championship winner, Grand Prix contender, successful international team manager and ultra-capable motorsport television producer. These are just some of the achievements that made Dave Petersen, at the age of 65, one of motorcycle racing's local legends. Rhodesian-born Petersen started racing at the age of 14, riding a 1949 Velocette in the junior class of the Rhodesian Dirt Track Series. He soon progressed to the Rhodesian National Dirt Track and National Motocross series, riding a Yamaha 360. In 1976 he began long circuit racing on a Yamaha 250, winning the Rhodesian National title both that year and the next,...