GRAND OPENING: TOM WHITE’S EARLY YEARS OF MOTOCROSS MUSEUM

June 5, 2006
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TOM WHITE’S EARLY YEARS OF MOTOCROSS MUSEUM.

It wasn’t actually a Grand Opening and it isn’t exactly a museum, but former White Brothers’ owner Tom White invited 100 of his closest friends to view his private collection of vintage motorcycles.

ALAN AND SHARON OLSON.

Housed in a 6500 square-foot, two-story, wood-beamed building, Tom has over 80 of the most historic motocross bikes ever built. Although Tom’s collection focuses on pre-1974 motocross bikes, the display is highlight by bikes as far back as the ?50s and includes a few late ?70s machines.

GEORGE KOHLER INSPECTS THE HUSKY VIKING.

The heart of the collection the a very rare Husky twin-cylinder 500cc Viking (one of only three made), a 1968 Suzuki TM250 twin-piper, a Czech-built ESO 500 four-stroke, a Hungarian-built White Tornado (sold in Europe as a Pannonia), a Yankee Z500, one of every pre-74 Husqvarna’s made, a 1953 Sunbeam S7 Deluxe, a Maico GS 125 Rotary Valve MXer, Tom white’s personal XR750 dirt tracker from his AMA Grand National days, Gary Jones’ Mexican-built Ammex 250MX and a raft of BSA’s, Greeves, CZ’s and Rickman’s.

THE GROUND FLOOR.

On hand for Tom’s barbecue and bike show were AMA Mechanic of the Year Alan Olson (Chad Reed’s Supercross mechanic and a nine-time World Vet Champion), Twin Air founder Frans Munsters, Catalina Grand Prix winner and BSA factory rider Feet Minert, four-time AMA 250 National Champion Gary Jones, ATK designer Horst Leitner, Brembo’s John Anderson, former ATV Champion Donny Luce, REM’s Frank Thomason, motocross pioneer Don Jones and about 80 other industry types.

THE TWIN-PIPE SUZUKI TM250.

Tom plans to open his collection up in the future to once-a-month “Burger and Bike Nights,” where the public can sign up to come and spend the evening in the museum listening to celebrity speakers, enjoying the bikes and having a barbecue.


ATK FOUNDER HORST LEITNER.


TOM WHITE WELCOMES THE CROWD.

BSA FACTORY RIDER FEETS MINERT.



GARY JONES AND SON JUSTIN.

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