The 2018 AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious of the awards and is presented posthumously to Tom White (1949-2017), a motorcycle racer and co-founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties who went on the become a noted historian, philanthropist and the founder of the Early Years of Motocross Museum. White was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014. “Tom White was one of the great people in motorcycling,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “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.”
Wearing AMA National No. 80 in flat-track competition from 1971 to 1976, White co-founded White Brothers Cycle Specialties in 1975 and later created the World Vet MX Championship and the World Four-Stroke Championship. White’s lasting contributions also included the creation of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, which recognizes annually those who have made the largest impact on the growth of motocross in America. The Early Years of Motocross Museum was White’s pride and joy, which today features 160 historic motorcycles and related displays.
Even in retirement White was a fixture on the racing scene, racing and announcing motorcycle races at the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. In 2017, White was honored with a monument along Glen Helen’s Walk of Fame.
In addition to his many achievements, White donated untold hours of service to the AMA and as a board member of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. For many years he was a stand-out announcer at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, an annual fundraiser for the Hall of Fame.
“The White family is truly humbled and grateful to be receiving this award on Tom’s behalf,” said Tom’s daughter Kristin Anderson. “The AMA was an organization Tom was proud to work diligently with. He had a deep love and respect for all of its members. Tom’s passion for motorcycling ran deep and he would be truly honored to be receiving the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you to the AMA for extending this honor.”
Editors note; Tom will also be receiving the Dick Hammer Award from the Trailblazers at their banquet in April—but the Trailblazers announced the award while Tom was still alive to make sure that he knew how loved he was by his dirt track peers.