Did you know Skip was born in Orange City, Iowa? (a huge Dutch population) His family moved to Southern California and Skip took up motorcycles. His early days were spent racing with his friend Dick Hammer. Both riders improved and soon became top expert racers.
Skip appears in On Any Sunday and On Any Sunday Part 2. Skip's mother hated that he raced motorcycles, and he told her, he'd quit once he made the "Expert" ranking. Van won his first expert race against all his heros . . and was hooked. He won at Castle Rock and Ascot. A favorite among riders due to his friendly on (and off) the track personality.
Van Leeuwen preferred TTs, Short Tracks, Scrambles and the tight turns of a road race over dirt miles. He went on to form his own motorcycle parts company.
Skip was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.