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Five Star Race Car Bodies Corporate History

Five Star Race Car Bodies, a division of Five Star Fabricating, Inc. was formed by Fran Prestay and Carl Schultz in the late 1970s in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. It began as a side job for the two in response to a need for innovative sheet metal products in the stock car racing industry. Fran owned an auto service shop across from Carl’s local plumbing and heating business, and after a rough night at the local short track, Fran asked Carl to produce a set of sheet metal fenders for his car since finding stock parts in the salvage yard was difficult and time consuming.

The new fenders were a hit with other racers, who wanted them for their own cars. Seeing an opportunity and eager to accept a challenge, Carl and Fran began producing components for the 1979 Camaro. Word of mouth and a small ad in Stock Car Racing magazine led to a tremendous response from racers across the country.

From that ’79 Camaro body, the product line quickly diversified and expanded to include tough and durable thermoformed polypropylene, light weight hand-laid fiberglass, and advanced composite race car body components, moving Five Star to the forefront of the industry. We are experts in manufacturing large, complex composite body panels that require both structural integrity and aesthetic quality.

After becoming an industry leader in formed windows from existing branded polycarbonate, our engineers devised improvements in material composition and coatings which led to the development of our own superior line of polycarbonate. Five Star premium racing windows are the #1 windows used in all motorsports, creating new standards in toughness, durability and weather resistance.


Five Star has been privately owned by the Schultz family since 2010. We lead the industry in manufacturing with over 100 employees and close to 185,000 square feet of floor space dedicated to the design, manufacture, and distribution of body panels, windows and accessories.

Auto racing is such a great sport, and as we celebrate our 35th year in business we want to thank the racers, promoters, owners, pit crews and fans for your support over the years!

Five Star continues to be dedicated to innovation. As we accept large, more advanced projects and emerge into new markets and industries, we will continue to maintain our deep roots in auto racing, putting our experience and expertise to work for you, our valued customers, by providing durable, high quality parts for years to come!




   >> To continue in the forefront of creating original body designs and innovative body accessories.
   >> To continue to maintain a huge inventory for immediate shipment.
   >> To consistently offer uncompromising quality.
   >> To provide the ultimate in service to each and every one of our valued customers.

This unwavering philosophy has built Five Star's reputation for over 35 years and ensures that we will maintain our leadership in the automotive racing industry now & in the future.




Five Star is committed to total customer satisfaction by supplying consistent high quality, best in class products at competitive prices.


    WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS COMMITMENT BY:
  • Continual innovation of original products, technologies, processes and ideas.
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work place while protecting the environment we live in.
  • Continued training and education, applying best practices in all areas of work.
  • Solving problems using a team approach while never settling for, or accepting, mediocrity.
  • Open-mindedness towards change, diversity and growth.
  • Ensuring that Five Star’s Quality Management System is maintained and reviewed for improvement on a regular basis.







Sustainability at Five Star Race Car Bodies: Green and Safe

Five Star Fabricating is committed to environmental excellence through the implementation of its environmental protection, product stewardship and regulatory compliance programs.

As a leader in environmental best practices within the race car industry, Five Star maintains fully permitted and licensed manufacturing facilities, fulfilling our customers' manufacturing demands while ensuring full compliance with the following laws:

  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act

Five Star is proud of its continuous commitment to these and other regulatory initiatives to provide our customers with uninterrupted delivery of products manufactured in full compliance with all regulatory standards while minimizing environmental impacts and providing for the protection of the environment, our neighbors and our employees.


 

Five Star actively participates in post-industrial recycling by collecting and recycling scrap, waste, and parts that don’t pass quality inspection.