The day after the USGP film Premiere, Keith Lynas, Flying Mike Brown and I were invited to view Tom White’s superb collection of early years Motocross bikes and memorabilia. Situated in a specially constructed barn at his beautiful house in Anaheim Hills, everywhere you look are great bikes, pictures and information centred on 1960 to 1975, when Motocross was introduced to an eager American public.
Tom White and his brother Dan built White Brothers Inc. from a garage based cottage industry into one of the main players in off-road motorcycle sport. Initially based on hop up parts for the popular Yamaha XT four strokes, they developed their own range of exhausts, cams etc and sponsored many of the fast West Coast riders, inc the late Marty Moates. A few years ago they received an offer they couldn’t refuse from MAG (Motorcycle Aftermarket Group) and sold their shareholdings. Tom is still retained to the MAG Board as advisor for their off-road and sports market’s and still rides motocross every weekend at the popular Saturday REM races at Glen Helen. Since moving into semi retirement, Tom has been able to indulge his passion for collecting and documenting the early years of Motocross. Tom became close friends with the late Edison Dye, who brought motocross and European riders to the USA for his Inter Am Series and to sell and market Husqvarna Motorcycles he imported. In recent years Edison had lived in a care home and Tom would regularly take him out to his chosen restaurant, enjoy a meal , a bottle of his favourite Merlot wine, listening to tales of Bickers, Hallman , Robert and how the sport developed. Upon his death, Edison gave his collection of memorabilia, records etc to Tom for the museum.
The first bike we stumbled upon was an old ISDT JAWA enduro machine.
Next to catch my eye was a great example of an early square barrel Maico, one of my first bikes back in 1973.
Tom has a penchant for Swedish machines and has some great examples of early Husqvarna and Monark 4 strokes.
As well as all the great machines, the walls are filled with great photo’s, old posters, quotes etc.
Spotted an Original On any Sunday film poster, signed by the cast!
An early version of a Yamaha Flat tracker !
Did you know that Bob Hannah once slept with Jennifer Anniston?, we have photographic proof!
A couple of later bikes had sneaked in there like Mike Kiedrowski’s championship winning KX125cc and Joel Robert’s Puch 370cc
Original Suzuki motocross bike and some interesting memorabilia.
Original Greeves scrambles bike
The day before Tom White had bid $5000 at the USGP Film Premiere in San Diego for my original painting of Marty Moates at Carlsbad. White Bros. had sponsored Marty and this will have pride of place in Tom’s Museum office.
If you are ever lucky enough to get an invite to Tom’s Museum then drop everything, even your intimate date with Angelina Jolie, a Ferrari F1 test drive, Beatles re-union concert, nothing can come close to the treasures that you will uncover in Tom’s barn.
Many thanks to Tom for his hospitality, Keith Lynas & Flying Mike Brown for the great company on a day I will cherish forever!