Tim Stephens AKA “MR ROCK” is the circuit owner of The Rock Raceway and president of (WOMZA) World Of Motorsport ZA.
The humble circuit owner has dedicated his life to build a motor sport complex that would probably be the best that any South African has ever seen.
Not only has Tim given the community a venue that hosts all forms of Motorsport on one property but he has also given the competitors freedom of choice when he introduced WOMZA (World of Motorsport ZA). WOMZA has strict rules and safety features in place that allows competitors to exercise their favourite motorsport category with a sound structure in place.
Many people have come and gone with all good ideas and promises, yet no financial backing to support or uphold their pipe dreams. Tim has managed to build what he started out as a vision, and made it a reality under his own steam.
Tim started out by revamping the Oval and the facilities around the property. Tim built his house and offices for WOMZA (World Of Motorsport ZA.) Construction also began for the RC Remote control circuit, Free Style Park and Motor Cross circuits. Then in 2005 Tim decided to re tar the oval and Rock Raceway was born.
To date Rock Raceway has grown and still is growing as Tim finds ways to improve the circuit and property for all to enjoy.
Tim has a unique way of hosting events and it is totally different to that of any other circuit owner’s way of doing it in South Africa. Tim always ensures that the spectator is welcomed personally and made to feel that they are at home to the night’s proceedings.
Tim was the first person who stuck his hand up and ensured the sport of Drifting would be catered for in Africa and he built the first purposeful circuit for Drifting in Africa to accommodate the sideways sport with the assistance of WOMZA’, A unique form of drag racing has been introduced to Rock Raceway and South Africa. The 1/8th mile drag strip runs out of the oval. The circuit has no timing devices, just pucker old fashioned heads up racing, for the petrol heads who enjoy racing their daily drive down the strip.
The dynamic circuit also boasts with various options as karting, Pocket Bikes, Circuit racing for Formula N and Legend Racing cars, Drifting, Street Drags and Hotrods. The venue also lends it’s self to sound off & show & shine shows, outdoor exhibits and cars shows. Corporate days are also on the cards for companies wanting to do team building and socialising.
Rolling up his sleeves Tim is not scared to jump in and do the work, a master of many trades and a talented racing driver too, Tim finds ways to make improvements to the venue for the benefit of others to enjoy, he will always put others first before himself.
Tim is very passionate when it comes to his members, supporters, sponsors and followers. Like a ritual Tim will log onto his Face book site to wish every person who has a birthday on the day, answer any questions or just to have a chat to whoever contacts him. Tim makes a point to spend time with his fans.
Promoters can take a page out from Tim’s book when it comes to spending time with the people who support his venue. With a smile even through tough times Tim keeps his head held high and if you down he will find a way to put a smile on your face. Spend a day with Tim and he will have you in stitches with laughter, put a microphone in Tim’s hand and he’s got the crowds hanging on every word from his lips, a pro on a microphone, a friend and a loyal and honest true gentleman. Mr Rock – you Rock no wonder the fans are mad about you.
Tim’s Chariot: Nissan R33 Skyline & Nissan S14 Silvia
Chariot Specs: Nissan R33 2.5L Turbo The Silvia has a V8 Lexus Motor with a mother of a turbo mounted in the boot
Sponsors: Max My Ride Magazine & Kenda Tyres
Achievements: WOMZA top SA3 for 4 years in a row in Drifting.
Likes: Fresh new tyres, challenging racing and The Rock fans. Oh and Tim also likes a good laugh if he doesn’t make you laugh first.
Dislikes: Rainy days and people not having fun.