By Jon Ortner
In memory of the late Tom White—his friends, competitors, business associates, and peers converged on Glen Helen Raceway to honor Tom’s legacy. And Tom White had some very powerful friends as evident by the attendance of Roger and Karina DeCoster, Keith McCarty and Jim Perry from Yamaha, Malcom Smith, KTM’s John Hines, Suzuki’s Kevin Foley, Glen Helen’s National Promoter Bud Feldkamp, EKS Brand Goggles’ Rich Taylor, N2Dirt’s Brian Bolding, Josh from TBT Racing, Tom and Mike Webb, Mark Tilly and Ron Lawson from Dirt Bike Magazine, Clark and Lois Jones of Noleen, motorcycle executive Brian Farnsworth, stuntman Mark Doneldson, Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton, famous photographer Dennis “Ketchup” Cox, REM’s Frank Thomason, Swedish racer Bengt Johansson, White Brothers Sheri Ridenour, CMC’s Stu Peters, Billy & Suzy Mercier and hundreds more.
You know that you were somebody when Malcolm Smith and Roger “The Man” DeCoster show up. These living legends have positively influenced generations of dirt bike riders and motocross racers, globally. Photo by Jon Ortner
The day was amazing for the hardcore motocross riders in attendance. The day began with three full hours of open riding on both the Glen Helen National Track, and the REM motocross track. Then, the procession went inside the Glen Helen Museum with moving tributes from friends and family, along with videos of Tom sharing his passion for motorcycles. Then, the event moved out to the world famous Glen Helen National track where some five hundred motocross riders rode a beautiful tribute lap to honor our legend, Tom White. What follows are photos of the day, with friendly faces that knew and loved the great TW.
Hollywood icon, actor, stuntman and supporter of everything with wheels. Pasha Afshar is an REM regular who is working on a new movie about motocross that is in post-production. Pasha brought out his recently finished Yamaha RD350 for people to see. Photo by Jon Ortner
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