He was the winner of the 1982 Indiana Governor's Cup and Tri-Cities Columbia Cup with Bob Steil's "The Squire Shop".
Tom won twelve unlimited hydroplane races between 1988 and 1990 with Bernie Little's "Miss Budweiser". He won the Unlimited title in 1988. He won the 1989 and 1990 APBA Gold Cup races (at San Diego and Detroit) with the "Miss Budweiser". He raised the world lap speed record to 160 mph in 1990 at Evansville, Indiana
He is a seven time World Champion in Unlimited, Grand Prix and other inboard Hydroplane classes. He was the first driver to win a Gold Cup event in a cabover design Unlimited Hydroplane. The design is presently the only style hull in use today. He was also the first driver to win the APBA Gold Cup using a Turbo Allison engine, and also the last driver to win a Gold Cup using the Allison power plant.He was inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions in 1988. He was inducted into the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame in 1997. The same year he was a TV commentator for the ESPN-2 broadcasts of Unlimited races.
Tom also took a shot at auto racing. He drove USAC Super Vees from 1977 through 1981 and raced USAC Midgets from 1982 through 1991. He also competed in the NASCAR Sportsmen Series.Tom D'Eath is the son of the late Al D'Eath, who raced Unlimited Hydroplanes and midgets in the 1940's and 1950's.#
He heads ups the APBA's Vintage & Historical Division which was founded in 1994.