Board of Directors Awards

Board of Directors Awards

Identifying members who best serve the AMA's mission

The AMA Board of Directors Awards recognize the individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership, uncommon excellence, and dedication to the AMA mission of promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.
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AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award

This annual award acknowledges the highest level of service to the AMA in any area of activity.

AMA Bessie Stringfield Award

This award is presented annually to an individual who has been instrumental in bringing emerging markets into the world of motorcycling.

AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award

This award is presented annually to an individual or organization that generates good publicity for motorcycling.

AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award

The AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle and...

AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award

The AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle...

Friend of the AMA Award

This award is presented to one or more in the motorcycling community who have strongly supported the AMA mission and its programs.

AMA mourns passing of Tom White, motorcycling icon

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer was beloved philanthropist

AMA Press Release

Tom White passed away on Nov. 2, 2017.

Tom White, a motorcycle racer, philanthropist and historian and the co-founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties, succumbed to cancer today, Nov. 2, at his home. He was 68.

"Tom White was one of the great people in motorcycling," said Rob Dingman, president and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association. "In addition to his personal accomplishments on the track and in the business community, Tom was a wonderful person and a joy to be near."

In addition to founding White Brothers Cycle Specialties, Mr. White created the World Vet MX Championship and the World Four-Stroke Championship, established the Early Years of Motocross Museum and competed as AMA National No. 80 in flat-track competition from 1971 to 1976.

Mr. White was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014.

"While we mourn the loss of an incredible human being, we also celebrate his life, his achievements, his passion for motorcycles, and his love of friends and family," the White family said in a statement. "We hope that Tom's life story serves as inspiration to everyone that fierce determination and good will can yield a life extraordinarily well lived."

White Brothers grew into a $40 million-a-year company that employed nearly 200 employees at its peak, the family said. Mr. White sold the business in 2000, turning his attention toward restoring and collecting vintage motocross bikes, culminating in the Early Years of Motocross Museum, situated on his family's property in Orange County, Calif.

Mr. White's lasting contributions also included the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the person or persons who have made the largest impact on the growth of motocross in America.

Mr. White's family said that he enjoyed announcing motorcycle races during the past several years at the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. This year, Mr. White was honored with a monument along Glen Helen's Walk of Fame.

Mr. White also volunteered many years as an announcer at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, an annual fundraiser for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. His family said that he will be honored in a memorial service to be announced at a future date.