We have to start somewhere, and for Tom White, this 1967 Greeves Challenger was the starting point of his immaculate collection of vintage motocross, off-road, flat track and roadracing machines.

“Back in 1984 we were at an event,” White relates, “and we saw this Greeves for sale. My son, Brad, who was about 6 at the time, said to me, “Dad, we should buy that bike and restore it,” White recalls. “So we did buy it. I never really thought it was going to be the start of what we have now. Later I just realized that when it came to preserving all of this great motocross history, nobody was doing a very good job.”

And when Tom White has taken on a project, it almost always ends up as a job well done. This 1967 Challenger is proof. Sort of the zenith of Bert Greeves’ competitive efforts, the Challenger was far ahead of its peers in terms of innovation if not always execution. The British-built machine sported components such as an aluminum I-beam frame and a leading-link fork that were considered radical for a production dirtbike in that era, and the brand enjoyed success in Europe with factory riders Dave Bickers, Bryan Wade and in America with Gary Bailey, who later became known as “The Professor of Motocross.” It helped to make Greeves the most popular motocross brand in America in the sport’s formative years, but the rest of Europe started to catch on, and soon lighter and faster machines from Husqvarna and CZ overshadowed Greeves, which went out of business in the early 1970s.

  • James Stewart

    Wow… just wow. Had not heard about the Tom White diagnosis – that’s a damn shame – but it sounds like he’s going out the right way… WFO !!!

    Thanks guys. I hope Editor in Chief Street Squid Duke didn’t get too bored with all those DIRT BIKES!

    • Kevin Duke

      Hey, not fair, I rode dirt for 10 years before I got my first streetbike!

      • James Stewart

        Then stop wheelieing all those KTM Dukes around – and go test a 450 SX-F at Glen Helen. Be sure to post video of your triple jumps or your X-rays from the San Bernadino ER if you case it. 🙂 At least it will make a better story than hitting a pebble on your roller blades…

  • panthercity

    I bought the second DT-1 in Wyoming from Bixby Lawn Mowers. Loved that bike. It was SO narrow compared to almost anything available at the time.