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  • Oct 06, 2021


Van’s Motorsports in Sparta, Illinois, has transitioned from founders Allen and Van Hammel to Alan and Brad Holzhauer of Holzhauer Pro Motorsports. Established in 1984 when Van Hammel and his father Allen purchased the former Bollmeier Yamaha, they expanded operations to include Polaris in 1987. To keep up with the growing business, Van built two facilities in 1985 and 2011. He believes loyal Van’s customers will remain in good hands with Holzhauer’s in a deal handled by Performance Brokerage Services.

Holzhauer Pro Motorsports is committed to providing their customers with the highest level of service and has earned a reputation of having one of the most elite service departments in the Midwest. The group’s “RIGHT TIME THE FIRST TIME” slogan and customer satisfaction is their #1 priority. Polaris customers in Nashville, Illinois, and the surrounding areas will benefit from Holzhauer Pro Motorsports’ professionalism. 

“Having acquired a Harley-Davidson dealership from George Chaconas in the recent past, and with my father having worked with Performance Brokerage Services over many years, I reached out to George to help us,” explains Brad Holzhauer. “George and Courtney Bernhard did an excellent job on helping us work through the negotiations and the closing process to purchase Van’s Motorsports with Polaris to relocate to our existing dealership. I look forward to working with them again in the near future!”

“Our firm has worked with the Holzhauer’s for many years,” adds Chaconas. “Only a few years ago, I helped Brad Holzhauer and his family acquire Frieze Harley-Davidson in O’Fallon, Illinois.” Over the past 5 years, Performance Brokerage Services has represented more than 250 dealerships, making it the highest volume automotive and motorcycle dealership brokerage firm in North America.

“It has been a privilege and honor to help them acquire Van’s Motorsports, which included the Polaris franchise. I want to thank them and wish them great success and look forward to helping them continue to grow in the near future. I am also very grateful to Van for giving us the opportunity to help him retire.”

Following the sale, Van commented, “If I had to rate my experience with Courtney Bernhard of Performance Brokerage Services on a scale of 1 to 10, she would receive a 100! She worked between the buyer and me, and we came to a fair price for both sides. I will admit, when Courtney first called me about having a buyer for my business, I kind of blew her off and told her to call me next week, as I thought it was a scam. 

“The next week she called back, and I was still extremely apprehensive. You don't just get a call from people wanting to buy your business every day! From that point on, Courtney did everything. She dealt with the title work, the manufacturer approval — she did it all! This transaction was fast, painless and professional. I can't say enough good about Courtney and Performance Brokerage Services.”

Holzhauer Pro Motorsports is now handling Polaris products and service at Holzhauer Auto Mall in Nashville, Illinois.

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