As a child, he was a kite runner and a tool maker. “I used to have a buddy Tom Tytler,” Bechtold said. “His parents were sweethearts. They would let us use their basement and we had that basement full of everything that anyone ever threw out.” He added, “We had everything pulled apart down there because we were going to make something new, something better.” He and Tytler were able to build their own “go karts” from old lawn mowers. They took he engines off the mowers and attached old wagon wheels. Even without a brake system, the two kids were happy with the go karts. “At least they went! You know we figured out the brake part later. Just all that kind of craziness,“ he said.