PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Tom White, acclaimed racer, White Brothers Cycle Specialties founder and a lifetime advocate of motorcycling and the sport of motocross, has been elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
White, who was elected to the Ambassador/Industry category, will be inducted at the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 17, at the AMA National Convention in Orlando, Fla.
"Few have done more to advance the sport of motocross racing, and the history of motocross racing, than Tom White," said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. "By virtue of his early racing success, his long and successful career in motorcycling, his personal dedication to promoting both the past and present of this great sport and his selfless dedication to the Hall of Fame on the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board, Tom White is personally responsible for improving the experience and opportunity for motocross racers and motorcyclists of all ages."
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. He founded White Brothers Cycle Specialties in 1975. .
Today, White feeds his passion by racing motocross, as a race announcer, and as owner and curator of the Early Years of Motocross Museum in in Villa Park, Calif., which features 160 motorcycles and related displays.
"There is no higher honor in motorcycling than being inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," White said. "This is special because it comes from your 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. It's a real testimony that if you love motorcycling enough, sooner or later people will notice."
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.
"I've always had the attitude that we as an industry need to work together for a common goal, and that's to make this activity of motorcycling so cool that everyone wants to do it," White said. "I'm probably most proud for carrying on after the sale of my company. I've been able to spend a lot of positive energy to promote the sport.
"One of my goals has been to make more of today's motorcyclists more appreciative and aware of the pioneers and trailblazers of the past, and I'm blessed that I've been in a position where I've been able to do that."
From an AMA press release. Dealernews photo