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11/2/2017 1:52 PM

I understand he passed today.

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11/2/2017 1:57 PM

Sad to hear.

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11/2/2017 1:58 PM

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TOM WHITE PASSES AWAY AT 68

November 2, 2017 - Orange County, California - Tom White, famed motorcycle racer, business owner, philanthropist, and historian, has passed away after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 68.

Tom was raised near the ocean in Huntington Beach, California, where he grew up surfing before discovering his life-long passion: motorcycles. He soon found his niche in flat track racing, eventually earning national number 80 as a professional.

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 that employed nearly 200 employees at its peak. White sold White Brothers in 2000, and turned his attention towards restoring 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 efforts were but one piece of a greater industry initiative to ensure the history and legacy of motorcycle racing in the United States remained intact and relevant for future generations of racers and fans.

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 host to motorcycle industry events including product launches, professional racing media gatherings, as well as numerous charity fundraising efforts.

In addition to his role as a motorcycle historian, White discovered another passion over the past few decades: announcing motorcycle races. White became the announcer of the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, one of his greatest 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.

In 2014, White was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. And in 2018, White is due to receive the prestigious 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 story serves as inspiration to everyone that fierce 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 enthusiasts around the world.

White will be honored in a memorial service to be announced at a future date.

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11/2/2017 2:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/2/2017 2:06 PM

I personally expected Tom to be around longer than this. Damn!

He spoke(wrote) to me a couple months ago and sounded like he was in a somewhat good place for the time being.

He said he knew where he was going.

He was a very good man as well as an excellent representative of Christ.

Condolences to his family.

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11/2/2017 2:14 PM

Oh man this is sad to hear. RIP Tom , and thank you for all you did in this industry.

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11/2/2017 2:17 PM

The man has done so much for Moto.

He will be missed.

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11/2/2017 2:26 PM

A man among men and such a great part of this sport. RIP and best wishes to his family. Really a sad day for motorcycling.

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11/2/2017 2:31 PM

R.I.P- an icon in the sport and a very sad thing to learn.

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11/2/2017 2:37 PM

RIP Tom, a true icon in this sport.

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11/2/2017 2:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/2/2017 2:39 PM

SOOOO SAD TO HEAR>

Great guy met him at A1 and was hoping to see him again

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11/2/2017 2:40 PM

A true legend. My respects to his family.

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11/2/2017 2:51 PM

Sad news.
Godspeed Mr. White.

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11/2/2017 3:16 PM

Godspeed.
cancer is the devil. my mom passed away from it in her early 40s.. my uncle just found out Monday he has it. never smoked a day in his life. active ate right etc.in great shape, very healthy lifestyle. I hate the word more everyday.

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11/2/2017 3:20 PM

fck. My heart dropped upon seeing this thread title. I'm 34yrs old and born and raised on the east coast; I've never even been to California. Yet, I felt like I already knew Tom White.

Rest in Peace, Tom. Thank you for creating a legacy that will never be forgotten in the moto world..

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11/2/2017 3:28 PM

Sorry to hear. Rest in peace Tom.

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11/2/2017 3:29 PM

Oh no! I'm so sad for the family and friends!

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11/2/2017 3:29 PM

May Tom be in Heaven serving the Lord.

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11/2/2017 3:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/2/2017 3:44 PM

So very sorry to hear. Godspeed and May he Rest In Peace. Hopefully his family can find peace as well.
I was fortunate enough a few years ago to attend one of his Bikes and Burgers fundraiser/open house nights. Tom and wife both accepted us as friends immediately. I feel honored to have known him. RIP brother.

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11/2/2017 3:40 PM

I met Tom White not long after he called me an "idiot" in front of 1,000+ spectators....

...while announcing the 2005-06? Adelanto Grand Prix, I was leading the race on lap 1 and stopped at the infamous water jump, threw my goggles into the crowd and took a swan dive into the water. Tom said "I apologize to the family and friends of #484, Doug Redding, but what kind of an idiot throws away the lead to goof off at the water jump". What he didn't know was that the year earlier my best friend permanently disabled himself crashing on that jump, and I was honoring him while he sat in the bleachers off Bartlett ave, watching the race. Later, when I would tell people the story about TW calling me an idiot, the response was overwhelming "well, you must have deserved it because Tom White is a great dude". So his reputation proceeded him.It was a couple years later, I was racing REM and found Tom, explained the "idiot" moment at AGP and how I was honoring my friend, etc. Tom had some laughs, apologized and we became friends.

Tom would always take time to comment on my son's wrestling photos and other things on Facebook; chat at races, etc., I thought that was really great for a guy of his status. He just took the time for others.

RIP - he was one of the great ones.

Doug

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11/2/2017 3:48 PM

Rest In Peace Tom! Prayers to his family. Honored to have known him. A huge loss to our MX community, he will be missed.

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11/2/2017 4:04 PM

RIP Tom

Man was a fighter till the end. The vid of him getting that Indian flat track bike brought tears to my eyes. Here’s one narrated by the great Larry Huffman and made by Todd Huffman



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11/2/2017 4:10 PM

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11/2/2017 4:15 PM

He was a great man and will be missed.

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11/2/2017 4:40 PM

Rest in peace Mr.White, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our sport.

You will be missed.

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11/2/2017 4:48 PM

Damn, that is sad to hear. He was a heck of a nice guy....RIP

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11/2/2017 4:58 PM

RIP Tom. Great man to represent motorcycling overall. Met him a couple of times throughout my travels. He gave me a tour of his museum one time and was blown away. Will be missed!

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11/2/2017 5:05 PM

Rest in peace Tom!

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11/2/2017 5:13 PM

douglasredding wrote:

I met Tom White not long after he called me an "idiot" in front of 1,000+ spectators....

...while announcing the 2005-06? Adelanto Grand Prix, I was leading the race on lap 1 and stopped at the infamous water jump, threw my goggles into the crowd and took a swan dive into the water. Tom said "I apologize to the family and friends of #484, Doug Redding, but what kind of an idiot throws away the lead to goof off at the water jump". What he didn't know was that the year earlier my best friend permanently disabled himself crashing on that jump, and I was honoring him while he sat in the bleachers off Bartlett ave, watching the race. Later, when I would tell people the story about TW calling me an idiot, the response was overwhelming "well, you must have deserved it because Tom White is a great dude". So his reputation proceeded him.It was a couple years later, I was racing REM and found Tom, explained the "idiot" moment at AGP and how I was honoring my friend, etc. Tom had some laughs, apologized and we became friends.

Tom would always take time to comment on my son's wrestling photos and other things on Facebook; chat at races, etc., I thought that was really great for a guy of his status. He just took the time for others.

RIP - he was one of the great ones.

Doug

That is an AWESOME story! Thank you for sharing.

Rest in piece Mr. White.

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11/2/2017 5:24 PM

jimmie wrote:

I personally expected Tom to be around longer than this. Damn!

He spoke(wrote) to me a couple months ago and sounded like he was in a somewhat good place for the time being.

He said he knew where he was going.

He was a very good man as well as an excellent representative of Christ.

Condolences to his family.

Man, this made me so happy to read in such a sad time.

RIP Tom.

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11/2/2017 6:51 PM

I'm at the track and just did a few twilight solo soul laps on the REM track. My own way of celebrating a life well lived. A little bit of motocross left with Tom and the sport will never be the same.

I can't believe I'll never get to hear him run a riders meeting or announce. That was way too quick!

Thank you for everything you did for the sport.
Thank you, goodbye and RIP - Race In Peace Tom White

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