chief designer is John Bicht. This is a quick overview of his
broad range of fascinating work since 1972. Clicking on
some of the pictures will get you a bigger version. Some will take you
to other of our web pages.
32 years of designing solutions to tough or unusual technical requirements.
1972 to 1979, while in England
Designed single seat Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic racing cars
for DRL Engineering (Hawke) and himself.
At Hawke he assisted David Lazenby. The later Atlantic project was
his re-creation of a Lotus 69.
a specific overview of his racing try http://www.vintagegarage.com/hbicht1.html
and subsequent pages.
leaving DRL he went to work for Ogle
Design Ltd. which at the time
was the largest industrial design company in England. There
sole mechanical designer - in charge of providing the same
innovation in mechanical products as the other designers
did with visuals. In the early days he conceived,designed
and oversaw the construction of the complete mechanicals
Lucas Electric. The work ran to 12 patents.
also conceived,designed and oversaw the the
crash protection structure for English Army Land
The same for the emergency door for the then new Hong
Kong commuter train.
unique child seat belt buckle, truck cab structures,
and much more.
even designed a thing for the first STAR WARS movie.
was making (not designing) stuff for the movie and it turned
out that the front landing gear for one of the two
fighter planes hadn't been designed yet. He did it. Visible
for a few seconds in the background! Big
Did a huge amount of R & D into micro-vibration and the problems
of playing records.
Created a new exotic hifi component and sold the project to Mission
Named by them the Mission 774 Pick-up arm, it remains a hifi classic
as far away as Russia.
During the time he wrote several technical articles describing the
in the USA in 1980
He continued the micro-vibration research - including novel measurement
and created a prototype record player.
- 84 for Jade Corp.
Hired out of the blue by the
Jade Corporation who was lacking a bit of innovative talent - he conceived
and designed a semiconductor assembly machine of then outrageous performance
per hour - four
a time he ran Jade's engineering department, and he started and managed
Jade's computer machine controls department.
As a result, he participated in all machine projects while he was there.
working with partners
new company, Versa Dynamics, was created to seek venture capital
for a Robotics business. This never took flight. So a variety of
contract projects ensued.
designed and built a high-speed part counter for the AMP Corporation,
plus several new machine concepts also for AMP.
Created new design concepts for Olympic Bobsleds but could not get the
outside capital necessary. It was going to be a big project.
for his own company
Created the Versa Dynamics record players Model 1 and Model 2. With the
latest upgrades these are still considered by some as the
pinnacle of record players.
During this period he also built a 70 foot 4 axis television gantry for
the short lived Gannet News TV program.
He later did considerable research into the problems of making CDs sound
good. This eventually led to the next product creations.
new company spun out of Versa Dynamics - Versalab.
Research showed that the RFI that came with digitial audio, and
ambient RFI created considerable problems in sound quality. He
conceived, designed and built a line
new products to alleviate the problems.
Conceived, designed and built a new line of products for the photographic
darkroom, including the PRINT WASHER
and then the very popular PARALLEL
John finished several years of fundamental research into extremely fine
control of the espresso brewing process resulting in the Versalab M3 espresso
Continuing with refining the espresso process, he conceived the remarkable
'Precision Packer'. Now
replaced by the Espresso PRESS.
And then a very wonderful Espresso grinder.