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Motorcycle Racing Visionaries to Be Inducted to AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

June 29th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Wendy Black
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame recently announced two more inductees for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Tom White, noted racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; and George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala. 
White is a lifelong advocate of motorcycling and the sport of motocross. He’s been racing since his teens and was ranked among the top 100 motorcycle racers in America. In 1975, he founded White Brothers Cycle Specialties, a leading off-road motorcycle accessory company. Today, White owns and curates the Early Years of Motocross Museum in Villa Park, Calif. 
"Few have done more to advance the sport of motocross racing, and the history of motocross racing, than Tom White," said Ken Ford, of the Hall of Fame executive committee.
"By virtue of his early racing success, his long and successful career in motorcycling, his personal dedication to promoting both the past and present of this great sport and his selfless dedication to the Hall of Fame on the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board, Tom White is personally responsible for improving the experience and opportunity for motocross racers and motorcyclists of all ages." 

Inductee Barber is also a highly respected supporter of motorcycling and motorcycle racing. His  early motorsports history began with racing Porsches but he later became intrigued with motorcycles. As a result, he built a personal collection that eventually evolved into a museum. Today, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum displays more than 1,400 motorcycles, and thousands of motorcycle racing fans visit the Barber Motorsports Park annually.
"George Barber's incredible collection of motorcycles at his museum, as well as his world-class racing facility, are evidence of a love for the history of motorcycling and an appreciation for the passion we all share," said Ford. "His significant investment of time, energy and money has produced a world-class shrine to the design, manufacture and enjoyment of motorcycles."
Both White and Barber were elected to the Ambassador/Industry category and will be inducted at the 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday, Oct. 17, in Orlando, Fla. They are the second and third members, respectively, of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2014 to be announced. They join previously announced inductee, motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers. The remaining 2014 inductees will be announced in random order in the coming weeks. 
Tags: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Barber Motorsports Park, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, George Barber, Ken Ford, Motocross, Motorcycle Racing, Motorsports, Pierre Karsmakers, Tom White, Villa Park, White Brothers Cycle Specialties

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