TOM WHITE TO BE HONORED BY THE TRAILBLAZERS

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Tom White at the 1975 Ascot TT National. He was in a podium position on his Harley XR750 when the crank blew. It was the closest he ever came to a Grand National podium because a couple weeks later he broke his arm badly and retired to start the White Brothers.

The TrailBlazers Motorcyle Club, one of the most prestigious racing organization in America, just announced that Tom White will be awarded their top honor at next year’s Trailblazer’s banquet. The Dick Hammer Award is the highest honor that the 73-year-old club has to give. It was named after motorcycle racing legend Dick Hammer and has been presented for the last 18 years to racers and tuners who demonstrate “Drive, Determination and Desire.” There is a perpetual trophy and Tom White’s name will be added to it this coming year.

For Tom White it is a greater honor than his being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame because Tom started as a Grand National dirt track racer before becoming a motocrosser, business man, philanthropist, race promoter, announcer, sponsor and museum owner. Tom says that he grew up admiring the men whose names are on the Dick Hammer Award.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE DICK HAMMER AWARD
2000…Dick Hammer
2001…Gene Romero
2002…Joe Leonard
2003…Everett Brashear
2004…Tom Cates
2005…Dick Mann
2006…Bud Ekins
2007…Skip Van Leeuwen
2008…Dennis Mahan
2009…Malcolm Smith
2010…Dan Gurney
2011…Ralph White
2012…Sammy Tanner
2013…Ed Kretz, Jr.
2014…Kenny Roberts
2015…C.H. Wheat
2016…Keith Mashburn
2017…Dave Ekins
2018…Tom White