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From missiles to karts

Bill Van Tichelt graduated from the San Luis Obispo campus of Cal Poly in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering; he was 21 years of age. Up until then Bill was involved with racing motorbikes which he had both modified and prepared. Upon graduation Van Tichelt went to work in the Research and Development Department of the Frebank Company in Glendale, California. While there Bill led the design and development of a snap action mechanism for a pressure switch that was utilized by NASA in the production of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
Bill Peacock designed Van Tech Mark 1 circa 1961. Photo: Bill Peacock
Replica of a Mark 2 Van Tech/Homelite XP1000 circa 1963.
A replica of a 1963 Mark 2 Van Tech powered by dual McCulloch MC7s. Photo: Frank Weir

In 1960 Bill along with his father Bill Van Tichelt Senior formed Van Tech Engineering located on North Liberty in Visalia, California. Van Tech initially began as a design and production shop of specialized hardware for the missile industry.

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In this issue: Resounding success 2019 is marked by the exploits of Lorenzo Travisanutto. Thanks to the back-to-back world championships and to the victory of the European title, he enters by right into world karting history, among heavyweights. And for the new season, a new challenge looms near together with the Tony Kart Racing Team. RACING ROK CUP INTERNATIONAL FINAL EASYKART INTERNATIONAL GRAND FINALS FROM KART TO F1 F2, THE LAST STEP INTERVIEW KEES VAN DE GRINT LEGENDARY KART Tony Kart Mitox LEGEND Van Tech Kart CLOSE UP MARIJN KREMERS, RICCARDO LONGHI, EMILIEN DENNER, KAJUS SIKSNELIS