Van Hammel, a freshman in high school, began working on cars and motorcycles out of his backyard in Baldwin, IL. Van starts working part-time at Sparta Suzuki in Sparta, IL and continues to race motorcycles as a hobby.
Van is hired to work at Bollmeier Yamaha in Coulterville, IL where they sold and repaired mostly race bikes and three-wheelers.
Van received a pay raise, and was earning $3.00 / hour as a mechanic.
Van graduates High School and begins working full time at Bollmeier Yamaha.
Although, “full time” meant 8 months out of the year as the business operating hours mainly revolved around race season.
Bollmeier Yamaha is put up for sale, and Van and his father Alan purchase the building and franchise rights - becoming Van’s Yamaha.
Van ran the shop by himself with a little help from his then-girlfriend.
Van builds a building at 1811 N. Market St. in Sparta, IL where the business stayed for 23 years.
Van’s Yamaha purchases the Polaris franchise, changing the name to Van’s Yamaha – Polaris, Inc.
As the market shifted from motorcycles to ATVs and UTVs, the business outgrew the building again and a larger store was needed.
Van purchases the vacant land next to Walmart for the new building.
The building at 1811 N. Market Street is sold, and the business temporarily moves into the Sparta strip-mall while construction on the new building is progressing.
Construction is complete on the new building location at 1506 N. Market St in Sparta, IL - only ½ mile south of the previous location.
Van’s Yamaha-Polaris, Inc. is officially renamed to Van’s Motorsports.
Van’s Motorsports becomes an authorized U-Haul Dealer.
Van’s Motorsports acquires the Honda franchise after Meyers Cycle Sales in Percy, IL closes.
Van’s Motorsports is constantly growing and making improvements to serve you better! We appreciate YOU being here with us on this amazing journey!