#21 Tom Banks
North Versailles, PA
1921 Harley Davidson
“THE LIFESTYLE RUNS THROUGH MY BLOOD. I WAS BORN INTO IT AND I NEVER LOOKED BACK.”
That very statement exemplifies Tom Banks, “it’s in my blood.” My father, P.R. (Dick) Banks, was the owner of an Indian Motorcycle dealership, and avid flat track racer, in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area during the 1950’s and 60’s. My brothers and I gained a passion for classic American made motorcycles from hanging around with our father and close family friend, Bob Hart. Mr. Hart has been a mentor to me my entire life, but played an even bigger role in my life after my father passed away at a very young age. Mr. Hart, (who is now in his 80’s) and I still ride together. In the summer of 2017, along with some close friends, we made a 600-mile trip through the Appalachian Mountains.
My success as an entrepreneur has allowed me the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, and other regions of the globe, to collect and showcase some impressive American Made Classics. My collection is proudly displayed and can be viewed in person or in a virtual museum that can be found by visiting my website at www.banksbrothersmotorcycles.com.
During the 2018 Cannonball, I will be riding a 1921 Harley JD, with a 74 CI. twin engine. I am very grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Cannonball and have the chance to ride across the Country with fellow club members that share the same passion for bikes that I do. Of course, my goal is to complete the entire trek, but that may be easier said than done!
“With my drive, passion and support from family and friends, I will chase the sun across this great country of ours from coast to coast, while enjoying every moment of the entire experience. I am thankful for everyone and every experience that I have encountered in my life, good or bad, they have made me who I am, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”