MX | ROADRACE | KARTING | MOPED
Do we need to say more? Probably not. But for those of you who are very interested and want to know a bit more, we've written some nice stories for you to read when you're done preparing your bike and engine for the weekend :)
To specifically answer the question 'what's it all about' we can be very short: going faster on track. How do we achieve that? Well, by creating high performance parts for 2-stroke race engines, based on our many years of experience and technical knowledge. We develop, test and manufacture them. So, we clearly make parts for 2-strokes, and they are meant for these awesome racing sports;
But that's not it, we also even made parts for remote control large scale cars, jut to name another category. So, if it's a 2-stroke and it's all about racing, it gets our well-deserved attention.
So far, our VHM parts have brought us 14 world titles and 11 European titles and many, many National titles. In it to win it!
Our core services are the matters that keep us very busy in our minds, by always searching for new ideas and better performance:
To offer a better total service, we also sell a wide range of aftermarket engine parts as an authorized distributor of many quality brands. Even for some 4-stroke engines.
We are passionate about racing and we could talk about it round the clock. So if you are in need of advice of our VHM parts, don't hesitate to call us. We're happy to answer your questions!
Officially founded in 1995, VHM was born from Ad's passion for racing. It resulted as a spin-off from a turning & milling company, which means that a firm technical base was present. Both in producing and material knowledge as in racing itself by competing in Go-karts for many years. Forthcoming of this particular background, VHM started developing special 2-stroke tuning parts in close collaboration with top drivers and teams.
Unofficially speaking though, it could be argued that VHM existed, in thought, many years before the above mentioned milestone. In the early 90's, Ad already created the first 'VHM' carburettor, mounted on a Go-Kart. It came, it won and it was banished sadly enough. Moving away from his childhood fourwheel addiction, Ad started drawing concepts for a Motocross carburettor. Together with Theo, this project of a MX throttle body was extended and became the first official VHM project.
After pioneering with new carburettor concepts, the focus turned to the cylinder head in 1997. As a landmark, the VHM cylinder heads were colored golden. Up until today, the golden cylinder head is still clearly recognizable and became well-known in the 2-stroke race world.
Besides the motocross discipline, VHM also enlarged it's 2-stroke area of interest to the roadrace. Cylinder heads, extended tieplates and footrest, floatchamber and brake disc carrier were developed for Playlife-Liegeois Team's 125cc GP bike, with which Massao Azuma took 5 GP 125cc wins and an overall 3th place in the standings in 1999.
A year later, VHM could welcome its first World title 125cc Motocross with Grant Langston in 2000, driving around with the shiney golden VHM head on his KTM machine.
In 2002, a project was set up to design superior crankshafts for the MotoGP classes. Only a year later, in 2003, Jorge Lorenzo won the 125cc GP of Rio de Janeiro with this VHM beating heart and golden head, driving for Derbi Team. In 2004, Jorge added 3 additional wins with our VHM crankshaft.
In 2003, VHM also started acting as a distributor for other high-end race brands, such as V-force, Hinson and Afam. In this way, we're better able to facilitate the whishes and requests of our customers.
After the carburettor, cylinder head and crankshaft projects, a 4th new project was started: designing VHM reed valves for motocross engines. A range was created for KTM 50SX, 65SX, Kawasaki KX65 and KX85.
In 2006 we moved to our current building with slick appearance at industrial area 'De Vlonder' in our hometown Boekel. The building was newly designed and built including a special workshop area, storage, offices and soundproof Dyno room.
In 2007 VHM started modifying OEM crankshafts based on our years of experience of developing and designing our own cranks. The modified crankshafts have a great effect on the behaviour and handling of the engines, whether for motocross, roadrace or karting. Another new project this year went back to our roots: developing carburettors for 125cc kart engines KF2 and KF3. The VHM J3 carburettor for the junior KF3 class and the S2 for the senior KF2 class were officially homologated and approved by the CIK-FIA. Meanwhile our distributor range of aftermarket brands expanded with Vertex, Hotrods, Athena, HGS and Suterclutch.
In 2008 VHM gained it's first of many to follow Junior Motocross World and European Titles with Jeffrey Herlings in the 85cc category. End of 2008, VHM shortly became the importer of Quantya electric motorcycles for the Benelux. In 2010, this was handed over.
It started out small and grew out to become one of our top products: VHM pistons. In 2009 the first drawings and prototypes were made. Many years of developing and testing followed to eventually come to a fascinating, made from one billet piece, high performing and longevity piston. The VHM billet piston kits were officially announced and sold for the first time in 2013.
In the following years, ProX, JE piston, NGK and Twin Air were addded to our selection of aftermarket brands.
Another special project started in 2013, by drawing a new concept for a 125cc shifter kart engine. This engine was called the VHM EK1. The crankcase milled from one block of aluminium, gearbox from existing Modena engine, prototype exhaust pipe by PS Tuning, cast cylinder, VHM cylinder head, piston and insert.
End of 2015, we've implemented an ERP system for our internal organisation, in 2017 we've added VHM merchandise to our assortment, and from 2018 we're offering our customers the possibility to order through our webshop!