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 Tom White, famed motorcycle racer, business owner, philanthropist, and historian
and my former employer and good friend, passed away in November a er a courageous battle against cancer. He was 68.
Tom was raised near the ocean in Huntington Beach, California, where he grew up sur ng before discovering his life-long passion: motorcycles. He soon found his niche in  at track racing, eventually earning national number 80 as a professional.
that employed nearly 200 employees   including product launches, professional   White was due to receive the pre igious
Story amended by Hal Sanguinetti • Photos © Motocross Action Magazine
 at its peak. White sold White Brothers in 2000, and turned his attention towards re oring and collecting vintage motocross bikes.
Over the next decade, White’s collection grew to over 170 motorcycles, including a variety of unique models from brands such as Husqvarna, CZ, Maico, Bultaco, BSA, and others. White believed his e orts were but one piece of a greater indu ry initiative to ensure the hi ory and legacy of motorcycle racing in the United States remained intact and relevant for future generations of racers and fans.
racing media gatherings, as well as numerous charity fundraising e orts.
In addition to his role as a motorcycle hi orian, White discovered another passion over the pa  few decades: announcing motorcycle races (after li ening to me for 26 years of putting on his races LOL). White became the announcer of the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, one of his greate  joys. In 2017, White was honored with a monument along Glen Helen’s Walk of Fame. White also served as the announcer for many professional races throughout the United States, reveling in the thrill of all disciplines of motorcycle racing.
Dick Hammer lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Trailblazers Motorcycle Club.
“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,” says the White family. “We hope that Tom’s life  ory serves as inspiration to everyone that  erce determination and good will can yield a life extraordinarily well lived.”
Tom White passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, along several of his favorite motorcycles. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, dear friends, and motorcycle enthusia s around the
   In 1976, White founded Tom White’s
Cycle Specialties, which would
later become White Brothers Cycle
Specialties when White partnered with
his twin brother, Dan. Over the next 25
years, White Brothers would grow into
a nearly $40 million-a-year company   ho  to motorcycle indu ry events   Hall of Fame in 2014, and in 2018,
White’s Early Years of Motocross Museum, located on his family’s private property in Orange County, California, is not open to the public, but it has played
White was inducted into the AMA   world. I will miss him tremendously. v
   Tom White at Ascot 41 years ago.
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