Founded in 1964 as a part-time venture in George Lane’s garage, Lane Automotive has become a speed equipment industry phenomenon. Since the days when local racers lined up to buy racing parts at that tiny, one man shop, the company has grown and is comprised of four separate divisions. One thing has remained the same throughout the years of growth at Lane Automotive: the desire to provide the best parts and the best service at competitive prices.
Known the world over as a premier supplier of performance parts and accessories for racers, hot rodders, truck and off-road enthusiasts, Lane Automotive’s divisions include Motor State Distributing, Allstar Performance, Lane Collectables, and the Lane Automotive Showroom. Today, the company serves customers around the world from a 153,000 square foot warehouse/office complex located in Watervliet, Michigan, at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Michigan 140.
Lane Automotive looks to the future, and the ever-changing challenges of meeting the needs of the traditional speed equipment market. Product lines are continually being added as new parts and accessories are developed and introduced to the public. The 21st century is here... and Lane Automotive is ready!
Since it was founded as a division of Lane Automotive in 1971, Motor State Distributing has become one of the country's premier wholesale automotive speed equipment and accessory distributors. Motor State was one of the first warehouse distributors to provide wholesale speed equipment to jobbers, engine builders and chassis fabricators in the Midwest. Today, Motor State Distributing services customers around the world with more than 570 performance and racing product lines and over 80,000 in stock part numbers. The company has two separate sales divisions, one dedicated to domestic sales and the other to servicing international customers. Daily shipments leave our docks via UPS, Federal Express and a fleet of company operated trucks. Motor State was a proud recipient of the prestigious SEMA Warehouse Distributor of the Year Award in 1991, 1993, 2003, 2008 and again in 2011.
Potential customers are invited to contact the New Accounts Manager for information on becoming a member of the Motor State Distributing Team.
One of the most expensive and time-consuming aspects of any race car or hot rod build-up is the acquisition and/or fabrication of the many small brackets, linkages, fittings and specialized tools needed to complete the project. We asked ourselves what could be done to make this aspect of car construction quicker, easier and less expensive. The answer: the Allstar Performance line of hot rod hardware. Presented in its own colorful catalog, the Allstar line is an outstanding collection of parts and accessories designed to work well and save the car builder money. Many popular Allstar parts are "one-off" designs, not to be found anywhere else. Capably manufactured for us by skilled craftsmen, many of whom are racers themselves, Allstar parts represent a wise investment.
The popularity of collectable die cast scale models prompted the formation of the Lane Collectables Division in the mid-1990's. Originally geared to replicas of famous NASCAR race cars, the market gradually expanded to include well detailed models of hot rods, muscle cars, sports cars and trucks.
In 1997, the Lane Collectables Division began commissioning its own exclusive, limited production collectables called the Exact Detail Series. The first Exact Detail project was based on the 1965-66 Ford Mustang fastback, yielding several stunning replications of the famous Shelby G.T. 350. The second Exact Detail Series entry, the 1967-68 Chevrolet Camaro was also warmly received by the collectable community. Today, several versions of other Exact Detail models have been produced including a 1967-68 Pontiac Firebird, 1970-72 Oldsmobile, 1967-68 Shelby, 1965 and 1970 Chevelle. Many Exact Detail classics have sold out and are highly sought after by discerning die cast collectors.