Tom White's biographical video shown at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Tom White is an acclaimed racer, founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties and a lifetime advocate of motorcycling and the sport of motocross.
White first tasted motorcycling at the age of 15. By the time he was in his early 20s, White was ranked among the top 100 motorcycle racers in America, earning AMA National No. 80. Soon after, he founded White Brothers Cycle Specialties in 1975, which became one of the top off-road motorcycle accessory companies in America. When White sold the company in 2000, the firm listed more than 30,000 products.
Today, White feeds his passion by racing motocross, working as a race announcer, and serving as owner and curator of the Early Years of Motocross Museum in Villa Park, Calif., which features 160 motorcycles and related displays.
White's lasting contributions also include 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, and creating the World Veteran MX Championship and the World Four-Stroke Championship, which has become the World Two-Stroke Championship.
"How does a kid that couldn't even make it around the block on a Honda 50 without hitting a parked Cadillac end up in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame?" White said. "I'm not sure, but I know how it makes me feel! I want to dance, jump for joy, hug every friend that helped me along the path, and I want to ride my motorcycle -- well, motorcycles, as I have a few."
"I want to cry and pray -- with lots of thanks to give to my parents for paying to fix the friend's Honda 50 and still allowing me to buy a motorcycle."
He continued: "This is special for me because it comes from my peers in the industry and existing Hall of Famers. I am humbled to think that my heroes, these great people of the sport, believe that I'm worthy of this acknowledgement of my life and career."