About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

1978

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

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.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

1979

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

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.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

1981

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

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.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

1984

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

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.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

1985

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Van builds a building at 1811 N. Market St. in Sparta, IL where the business stayed for 23 years.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

1987

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

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.

 

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

2003

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Van purchases the vacant land next to Walmart for the new building.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

2009

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

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.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

2011

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Construction is complete on the new building location at 1506 N. Market St in Sparta, IL - only ½ mile south of the previous location.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

2014

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Van’s Yamaha-Polaris, Inc. is officially renamed to Van’s Motorsports.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

2016

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Van’s Motorsports becomes an authorized U-Haul Dealer.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

2017

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Van’s Motorsports acquires the Honda franchise after Meyers Cycle Sales in Percy, IL closes.

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

...Present

About Van's Motorsports in Sparta, IL

Van’s Motorsports is constantly growing and making improvements to serve you better! We appreciate YOU being here with us on this amazing journey!

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