B. VAN DYNE
B. Van Dyne II, has devoted his career beginning in 1968 to building
engines and developing engine systems and controls for race teams and
aerospace companies. His experience ranges from stock block
race engines made for racing Turbo Offenhausers and Cosworth
engines to hi-tech piston engines for high altitude military aircraft.
During Van Dyne's over 47 years in the race engine business - 8 at
Traco Engineering, 10 at Drake Engineering, 2 at Leading
and currently with Van Dyne Engineering, he has been directly
involved with many championships and engine development projects.
Indianapolis 500 winner 1972 - 159 Drake-Offenhauser Turbo
Trans Am Champions 1968, 69, 71, 72 - 302 Chevy, 305 AMC
Formula 5000 Champions 1969, 71 - 302 Chevy
24Hrs overall winner 1969 - 302
IROC Camaro Series 1974 ,75 - 350 Chevy
USAC Silver Crown Champions 1978, 89 - 333 & 355 Chevy
Turkey Night Grand Prix Winner 1994 - 166 Van Dyne
APBA Modfied Catamaran Champion 1999 - 510 Pontiacs
USAC Western States Midget Champions1998, 99, 2000, 05 , 06 -
166 Van Dyne
BCRA Midget Champions 2001, 02, 03, 09 - 166 Van Dyne
SCTA, BNI Bonneville AA/FS Record Holder 2003 - 502 Pontiac
Numerous other racing and
development projects include:
Chevrolet engines for Sprint
Cars, Silver Crown, Road Racing, Offshore and Circle Boats.
Formula Mondial Cosworth BDA engines, Cosworth DFV Fomula One
IMSA GTU & GTO Mazda Rotary 12A & 13B, BMW,
Porsche, and Merkur engines.
Super Vee engines & component development.
Drake V-8 Indy engine development.
NASCAR AMC Matador engine development and NASCAR Ford Truck
FIA Endurance Ferrari 512 M engines.
Remote Pilot Vehicle engines, gearbox, and variable pitch
prop design and development.
Gurney Weslake V-12 Formula One engines and Weslake Ford V-8
Offenhauser and other Vintage Race and Historic engines.
Prototype proprietary 6 liter 6 cyl Diesel engine manufacture
Systems development for a Hydrogen fueled engine.
Manufacture Drake Water Pumps for Chevrolet IRL,Dodge
NASCAR,Cadillac Le Mans engines.
CNG Fuel System development for a CNG fueled Corvette program.
December 2001,Stewart B. Van Dyne II,and son Stewart B.(TRES) Van
Dyne III announced the purchase of Drake Engineering (the
Drake-Offenhauser Engine manufacturer) to be merged in to the
manufacturing facility of VAN DYNE ENGINEERING. The purchase included
all Drawings, Patterns,Tooling, Machinery, Parts Inventory,and
Naming Rights to continue the manufacture of the DRAKE,
OFFENHAUSER, and Drake-Offenhauser engines and parts. The over 75
year legacy of engine and parts manufacturing has merged well
with the Van Dyne Engineering experience in ENGINE SYSTEMS
DEVELOPMENT for Aerospace, Industrial, and Race
This also included the legacy of 26 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINS for the
engines and now we have 33 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINS with our
Indy 500 Winning Sunoco - Penske Car Driven by Mark Donohue with
Turbo Offenhauser Engine
Built by Stewart Van Dyne (right of Mark) and Eddie
Hanson While at Traco Engineering
B. "TRES" VAN DYNE
III is a veteran of the race car engine building industry. Tres has
honed his skills while working along side his father, STEWART
B. VAN DYNE
II, at family owned Van Dyne Engineering in Huntington Beach, CA
specializing in building race engines for Midget, Sprint Car, Circle
boat, and Offshore racing applications as well as vintage Offenhauser
engines. Van Dyne Engineering also serves as a consultant in the
development of hi-tech piston engines for high altitude unmanned
is also an accomplished Crew Chief and has been instrumental in USAC
Midget Championships with Wally Pankratz in 2000 and Jerome Rodela in
2005 and 2006. Tres received the Joe Lynch Award for Mechanical
Achievement in 2000.
Nick Chevello and Owner - Crew Chief Tres Van Dyne
Win 2015 Gerhardt Classic 100
Lap Midget Race
|OVER 100 CONTINUOUS YEARS OF
AND MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE BY
- OFFENHAUSER - DRAKE - MEYER & DRAKE - DRAKE-OFFY -
- Harry Miller opens HARRY A. MILLER MFG. CO. to design and manufacture
carburetors and fuel pumps. Miller also manufactured engine parts to
customers' engines for performance and endurance.
1913 - Fred Offenhauser joins Miller as shop manager.
1919 - Leo Goossen joins Miller as designer-draftsman.
1921 - Miller manufactures Miller 183 8 cylinder engines.
1928 - Louis Meyer as a rookie wins INDY 500 with a Miller engine. Dale
Drake is crew-chief.
1933 - Fred Offenhauser starts OFFENHAUSER ENGINEERING CO. Continues to
manufacture the Miller engine. Louis Meyer wins INDY 500 again with
Dale Drake as crew-chief.
1934 - Offenhauser and Goossen design and manufacture the fabulous 4
cylinder 91 cid OFFY Midget engine. This engine was in production and a
winner until the early 1970's.
1936 - Louis Meyer with Dale Drake as crew-chief, again win the INDY
500 for the third time.
1937 - Dale Drake opens a shop and manufactures DRAKE 2
cylinder midget engines.
1945 - Dale Drake along with now partner Louis Meyer formed DALE DRAKE
1946 - Louis Meyer and Dale Drake buy out Fred Offenhauser .In the sale
Fred dedicated the names 'OFFENHAUSER' and 'OFFY' to them in the bill
1949 - The engines were still called 'OFFENHAUSER' or 'OFFY'
but they changed the corporation to MEYER & DRAKE ENGINEERING
1965 - Dale, Eve,and John Drake bought out Louis Meyer. Ford Motor Co.
had wanted Meyer & Drake to handle sales and service on the
Ford 255 DOHC Indy engine, but Dale and John wanted to continue with
the Offy and supercharge it. The company name changed to DRAKE
ENGINEERING & SALES CORP., Aka DRAKE-OFFY. LOUIS MEYER
INC. was Louie's new company to service and sell the Ford Indy engine.
1968 - Stewart Van Dyne starts to work TRACO ENGINEERING.
1971 - While at Traco, Stewart would pick up parts at Drake for Davey
Crockett, who was in charge of the Offy department at
Traco. Stewart became fast friends with Dale, Eve,
and John Drake along with Leo Goossen, Walter Sobraske and many others.
John Drake starts on DRAKE JET DRIVE for boats.
1972 - Stewart Van Dyne and Eddie Hanson take over the Offy Department
at Traco. Both had just turned 24 years old. This is their first time
as the engine builders for the Mark Donahue-Penske Racing Indy 500
Team. That Mark Donahue-Penske car with the Van Dyne-Hanson built
engine wins the 1972 Indy 500. Dale Drake dies.
- Hans Hermann while working for GM OPEL in Germany, meets Stewart at
Traco to purchase Chevy V8 parts for a project at OPEL.
1974 - Leo Goossen dies.
1975 - Hans Hermann moves to the USA. Doing consultant work, he stops
by Drake to see if he could rent the Dyno to run an engine on.
John Drake hires Hans to take over the Engineering Dept.
1976 - John Drake, George Salih, and Hans Hermann ask Stewart Van Dyne
to join them at Drake to help with manufacturing and
development of a new Indy engine: the DT 160 DRAKE V8. Stewart becomes
Manager of Research and Development.
1977 - Drake produces all engine parts to convert RABBIT engines for
SUPER VEE Mini Indy competition and prepares Chevys for USAC Silver
1979 - V8 over budget. Drake takes in job shop work to stay alive.
Drake needs to downsize. A group makes offer to
purchase most of machine shop. They want to keep the shop
where it is. John and Stewart build a wall and downsize the Drake
side to about 8000 feet, keeping some offices, engineering office and
room. Stewart becomes Vice President.
1980 - John Drake, Stewart Van Dyne, and Hans Hermann design and
manufacture a few 48 cid inline 3 cylinder engines for an
Unmanned Air Vehicle prototype project. MAZDA CORP. has Drake preparing
rotory engines for IMSA use. Drake starts a Motorsport Division to
supply performance engine and chassis parts for water cooled Volkswagen
High Performance street and race products. Also preparing Chevys for
front running USAC Silver Crown cars.
1983 - John, Stewart, and Hans Design and manufacture a air cooled 31
cid 2 cylinder engine for a prototype Unmanned Air Vehicle.
Also design and manufacture a 16 valve head to fit the Rabbit
engine for midget use.
1984 - Shelby has Drake design and manufacture a few 16 valve heads for
a Dodge 4 cylinder engine.
1985 - McLaren Engines has Drake design and manufacture some prototype
3 valve and 4 valve heads for the Buick V6.
1986 - John, Stewart, and Hans consult on design of a new 4 cylinder
engine to be used for an Unmanned Air Vehicle,to be
manufactured at Leading Systems Inc.
1987 - Stewart leaves Drake to manage all mechanical assembly,engine
development, and gearbox development for a UAV at Leading Systems.
John, Hans,and Bob Armas design and manufacture prototype 4 valve heads
to fit Chevy V8.
1988 - Stewart opens VAN DYNE ENGINEERING while working at Leading
Systems.Hires Bob Armas to run shop during the day. Stewart works at
Van Dyne nights and weekends. Offenhauser engines for vintage cars.
sprint cars, road racing, and boats. Fords for sprint cars and
road racing. Lamborghini and Ferrari for street.Tres Van Dyne, at 7
years old, helps dad build a 159 Offenhauser engine.
1989 - Stewart leaves Leading Systems to work at Van Dyne full time.
John Drake sends a customer with two 220 Offys to be prepared for
vintage Formula One car.
1990 - Van Dyne makes castings and manufactures parts for
vintage Gurney/Weslake V12 engines to fit Eagle Formula One
1991 - Van Dyne oversees design and manufacture of a starter and clutch
assembly to be used on Midget,Sprint, and Silver Crown Cars.
1992 - John Drake brings the big Offenhauser and Drake V8 patterns
and drawings to Van Dyne for safe keeping and combined use.
John keeps midget Offenhauser patterns as he is manufacturing a batch
of parts to build some 110 Offenhauser engines. Drake designs and
manufactures water pumps to be used on small block
Chevy and Ford engines. Van Dyne helps John test water pumps
1993 - Van Dyne designs and manufactures cam drive water pumps for
clockwise or counter clockwise rotation.
1994 - Drake continues with 110 Offy engine part production and water
1996 - General Motors has Drake manufacture water pumps for the new
Aurora IRL Indy Engines.
1999 - Dodge has Drake manufacture water pumps for their NASCAR engine
2000 - John Drake and Stewart Van Dyne start talks about Van Dyne
Engineering acquiring Drake Engineering and merging it into
Van Dynes manufacturing facility.
2001 - Stewart and Tres Van Dyne purchase all of Drake
Engineerings Drawings, Patterns, Tooling, Machinery,
Parts Inventory, along with Naming Rights of
DRAKE, OFFENHAUSER, MEYER & DRAKE, and
engines, parts and components to continue manufacturing.
2002 - General Motors has Van Dyne tool up to manufacture a new water
pump for the Chevrolet 03 IRL Indy Engines. Van Dyne manufactures water
pumps for Dodge, along with engine parts for 255 and 270 Offys.
2004 - Van Dyne consults on a new 6 cylinder opposed 6 liter diesel
engine design for a aerospace co. to be used on a UAV project.
- Van Dyne receives diesel engine parts from aerospace
co. Had to modify most of the major parts ,because
of interference, and manufacture many more.
2006 - While working on the diesel engine project, another UAV company
has Van Dyne design a Dry Sump Oil System, for an engine they
were using, and do some durability testing on the dyno. Diesel
engine will run after New Years.
2007 - Diesel runs on dyno and is a complete success, engine shuts off
with a switch. Redesign starts on DT 160 Drake V8 to be used
for Bonneville and Hot Rods. Increased capacity to 183 cid or
up to 200 cid supercharged, turbocharged, or normally
aspirated. New version to be named VAN DYNE-Offenhauser 183 V8.
- Van Dyne manufactures Stellite faced Inconel valves, for engines
running on dry fuels, to retard wear on seats and valve faces.
2009 - Continue to manufacture our brands of engine parts:Van Dyne,
Drake, Offenhauser, Drake-Offenhauser, and soon to be released the VAN
DYNE-Offenhauser 183 V8, a
- The OFFENHAUSER,and Drake-Offenhauser engines and parts have now
manufactured for over 75 years. Our engines have won the INDY
500 26 times and water pumps have won 33
times. We will have to
see what the year 2010 brings.
engines and engine systems development including components such as
water pumps and fuel
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