Story by Heather Wilson
Photo by Jeff Guciardo
Tom White was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014, but his service to industry dates back much further and includes his business: White Brothers Cycle Specialties, which he founded in 1975.
It grew to be one of the largest off-road accessory companies in the United States. White sold the company in 2000.
White’s service to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days alone dates back a decade.
“I’ve been attending the event for 12 years, and hope to be here at least 12 more,” White said. “I’ve been announcing [motocross races and awards] for 10 [years]. There is nothing like this event. I heard about it years ago and being a collector and having my museum, I wanted to come and see if there might be anything I wanted to purchase.”
White said he remembers coming over the hill into Lexington, Ohio – the site of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days – and seeing “a gigantic sea of motorhomes, trucks and motorcycles.”
And like many other motorcyclists, White has made many friends because of motorcycles.
“Having 25-plus years in the industry, I came here and people knew me because of my White Brothers business,” he said. “I guess they wanted to meet the guy they bought parts from.”
White says he strolled around the swap meet on Friday, July 8, and “came real close to buying a 1974 Maico GP501.”
He thinks the best way to experience AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is to bring an old bike – whether you compete on it or just ride it around.
“Make it a challenge to buy something in the swap meet on Friday and race it on Saturday,” White said.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days continues through Sunday, July 10.
The weekend includes the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at www.midohio.com or at the gate. Admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For more about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see www.facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Financial contributors include Moto Armory, Nationwide Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Old Bike Barn, Iron Pony/Pony Powersports and Sena Technologies Inc.