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Snapshots from the Tom White Celebration of Life

| 17 November 2017 11:46 am

Tom White Celebration of Life
Glen Helen Raceway

Story and Photos by Harald Zechner
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, NOV. 11, 2017

Tom White will be missed.

Tom White will be missed.

The Tom White Celebration of Life was remarkable. Held at his favorite track, with motorcycles, fans and friends on a glorious, warm fall morning, it was a celebration he would have been proud of.

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Those who came to honor this man gathered for one last farewell to the motorcycle racer, businessman, museum owner, AMA Hall of Famer, and Trailblazers Dick Hammer Award recipient. The man with the smile. A gentleman’s gentleman. Tom White touched many hands.

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The celebration was held in the Raceway Museum, and large pictures of White were everywhere. Several motorcycles were also on display. This was all very fitting, as Tom loved Glen Helen. Announcing, racing, hanging out, sponsoring racers – this was his second home.

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The place was filled to capacity. Every seat was full, and people lined the walls and sat on the floor. Speakers spoke, videos played, stories were shared.

The tales told of his beginnings, his flat-track adventures, the start of White Brothers, the joy of his Early Years of Motocross Museum, and the love of his family. It was moving, for sure. A tribute deserving of the man.

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When it was over there, was a Memorial Ride, and many had brought machines so they could participate. They rode a last lap around Tom’s beloved Glen Helen track. It was very moving.

Walt Fulton, three-time Daytona winner and a factory racer for Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson.

Walt Fulton, three-time Daytona winner and a factory racer for Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson.

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Others stayed in the Museum for more stories and memories. A food table with hot dogs, salad, and other items got a workout. Lives change, people drift, so it was a pleasure seeing old friends again but it was sad saying goodbye to Tom White.

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We will miss you, Tom. God bless, and put in a good word for us mortals. After all, we will be joining your heavenly team sooner or later, my friend.
– Howie Zechner

The author says farewell to a good man.

The author says farewell to a good man.

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