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.