John MacKichan, born December 19, 1944 in Charleston, WV, was living in Ocala, FL when the family moved to Nebraska in 1965, making Lincoln his home. His foray into racing started with hot rods that he then drag raced on the strip in Jacksonville, FL.
After obtaining his B.S. in Vocational Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Machine Tool Technology Certificate from Milford-SCC, he began employment at Square D Corporation as a Plant Engineer and retired as the Fabrication Manager in 2004. John then became the Curator of the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed.
During his years at Square D, he was involved with Carson Smith’s Indy car and Pikes Peak Hill Climb vehicles. Later, while helping with the Don Garlits Bonneville Streamliner, his real passion surfaced.
John and Tim Schulz began planning and building their own streamliner in 1988 and solicited help from everyone who stepped into their shop. Their goal was Wendover, UT and the August, 1989 Bonneville speed runs. John designed and fabricated much of the MacKichan/Schulz Bonneville Streamliner, including the front suspension, steering, front aluminum wheels, chute release linkage, rear end, tail stabilizer, driver controls and canopy hinges as well as the long hydraulic floating trailer bed used to carry the streamliner to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Powered by a small-block Chevrolet engine (either 302 or 350 cu. In.), the car pushes through the air with minimum frontal area. Its dimensions are 26 feet long, 29 inches tall and 27 inches wide.
To date, the car’s fastest record run is 328 mph in the C/BGS Class in 2000. Tim Schulz builds the engines, oversees body work, and has the thrill of driving their creation.
John continues to network with the Utah Sal Flats Racing Association, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb members, and other automotive organizations on various issues.
John has always been quick to mention all the dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who have helped in his endeavors.