RaceQuip was founded in 1975 by John Schneider in Columbus, Ohio. For over 35 years RaceQuip has enjoyed a reputation for putting out the best auto racing safety equipment available while building virtually all of its products in the USA. SafeQuip was formed in 1987 to build high quality and affordable safety equipment in Irmo, South Carolina. SafeQuip had been owned and operated by Tim Lee since 1995.
In 2006, both brands were purchased by Vesta Motorsports USA, Inc., led by longtime motorsports entrepreneur Patrick Utt. Experience is vital in the racing safety industry, so they retained some of the best and brightest people to design, produce, and market their products. The merger of the two great safety equipment brands provides a wide range of products for racers of all kinds.
As they go forward, Vesta will build all products branded as RaceQuip. Racers worldwide can now look to the RaceQuip name for all their motorsports safety needs. The RaceQuip brand will carry on the tradition of premium materials, designs, and features while catering to the budget conscious grassroots racer.
In order to better serve their customers they have maintained U.S. production in “The Custom Shop” located in Irmo, South Carolina. This facility combines the capability to produce RaceQuip products to exacting standards while also offering custom built suits and embroidery for the discriminating racer. In addition to the South Carolina facility, RaceQuip products are built to their US-quality design standards in their overseas cut-and-sew manufacturing facilities. The combination of multiple manufacturing facilities both in the U.S.A. and overseas allows RaceQuip to deliver products for every level of racer regardless of experience or budget. Their mission is to carry on the tradition of delivering “the best value in driver protection”.
Be sure to stop by and see the RaceQuip team at the Charlotte Racers Expo… and pick up some of their products from one of their dealers who will be there selling, too.