The motorcycling world is in mourning over the recent passing of a legend. Tom White, who was a co-founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties (recently bought out by Vance & Hines), passed away due to cancer Nov. 2 at the age of 68. Tom competed in flat track competition from 1971 to 1976 as AMA National Number 80 and was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014.
Tom Was a Motorcycling Legend and Member of the AMA Hall of Fame
Rob Dingman, president and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association, eulogized White recently with the following words: “Tom White was one of the great people in motorcycling. 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.”
Being a co-founder of White Brothers and a legend on the track weren’t all he was known for, though. White also created the World Vet MX Championship and the World Four-Stroke Championship. In addition, he established the Early Years of Motocross Museum and was a motorcycling historian and philanthropist.
“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,” read a statement issued by the White family shortly after his passing. “We hope that Tom’s life story serves as an inspiration to everyone that fierce determination and good will can yield a life extraordinarily well-lived.”