Russ’s first hill climb was at Mann Hill promoted by Indianapolis Motorcycle Club in 1964 he was riding a 1947 Harley Knuclehead. He participated in amateur hill climbs in the Midwest area until turning Pro hill climber in 1995. Russ Vander Veen won 1995 Pro Hill Climb Rookie of the year. He has also won pro hillclimber from 1995 to 2005, allowing him to be placed at #9 in national plate number.
In 2006, his rider Joe Stanley wins national Pro Climb in Middlebury, Indiana. In 2007, his rider Brad Frentz wins national Pro Climb in Steel City, Pennsylvania. All bike engines were built by Indianapolis Southside Harley. Starting with Deb Moore who built the Knucklehead. Then, Jerry Herbertz who built Hot Sportsters. Lastly, Bob Schulteti who built the XR 750 Nitro bike from scratch creating the bike engine with his own ideas.