Legendary Scottish racer Niall Mackenzie honoured with special road in his name at Knockhill Circuit

Niall Mackenzie poses with the sign for Mackenzie Drive at Knockhill
Niall Mackenzie poses with the sign for Mackenzie Drive at Knockhill

Three time British Superbike champion and 500cc Grand Prix podium finisher Niall Mackenzie has been honoured with his own road name at Knockhill Racing Circuit, in Scotland.

The road leading into the 1.3-mile Fife racing venue will now be known as Mackenzie Drive and was launched following the Stirling rider’s 40-year connection with the track.

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“The very existence of Knockhill paved the way for my fantastic life, never mind the incredible fun and memories over the past 40 years with you guys,” Mackenzie said during the road reveal. “The family is blown away and chuffed to bits with ‘Mackenzie Drive’ so this really is the icing on the cake.”

Niall Mackenzie on the podium taking his first British Superbike crown

Niall attended a special opening ceremony alongside son and former National Superstock 1000 champion, Taylor Mackenzie. He was also joined by Circuit Owner, Jillian Shedden and Director of Events, Stuart Gray.

“It’s our pleasure,” Shedden added, “a small token to thank you for all you have done for us and to mark the amazing achievements of all of the Mackenzie family.”

Niall Mackenzie is the President of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club, and hosts his own trackday events at the circuit across the year. He is also active in the support of younger up and coming Scottish motorcycle racers.

Niall Mackenzie racing his Cadbury's Boost Yamaha BSB bike

He achieved seven podiums and a pole position across 104 races in the 500cc two-stroke Grand Prix premier class across the 1980s and 90s, riding for iconic teams including Marlboro Yamaha, and Lucky Strike Suzuki.

He then returned to the UK to win three BSB titles for Yamaha between 1996 and 1998. For more on the circuit, visit knockhill.com now.