Rock West Composites Acquires Custom Coachwerks’ Assets and Forms Rock West Racing

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Rock West Composites is expanding its portfolio of composite products by adding a kit car company to its portfolio. With a staff experienced in precision manufacturing using advanced materials, the company believes it can provide high-end, yet affordable, quality products to the component car marketplace, while meeting its objective of providing a growing and diverse product line to its customer base.

550 Spyder Replica

550 Spyder Replica

I have admired this era of cars and enjoyed them as both accurate/classical reproductions and as resto rods. Our strategy will focus on producing kits with both options.

Rock West Composites has purchased some of the assets of Custom Coachwerks, formally Thunder Ranch, and has formed a new subsidiary, Rock West Racing. The new Racing division will produce 50’s and 60’s classic component car models, including Spyders and Speedsters. Rock West Racing is headquartered in San Diego with manufacturing facilities in both El Cajon, California and West Jordan, Utah.

The Rock West Composites and Rock West Racing personnel have extensive experience in advanced composites for the Aerospace, Industrial, and Sporting Goods markets. They currently produce racing products such as the Hans safety device, carbon fiber drive shafts, and structural composites for racing vehicles, wheelie bars, and suspension components. Rock West Racing is a natural extension of their current product offering according to CEO, Jim Gormican.

“I was a customer of Thunder Ranch and have really enjoyed my Spyder,” said Jim Gormican, CEO. “I have admired this era of cars and enjoyed them as both accurate/classical reproductions and as resto rods. Our strategy will focus on producing kits with both options.” Acknowledging the heritage and contributions of Custom Coachwerks and cars formally produced by Thunder Ranch, this new team brings engineering, manufacturing, and business expertise to the kit car market. Rock West Racing is currently upgrading and retooling the existing facility, and Rock West Composites plans to leverage this business into additional composite racing products.

Rock West has over 80,000 sq. ft. of facilities in San Diego, CA and West Jordan, UT. For more information on the new subsidiary, visit

About Rock West Composites
Rock West Composites provides stock composite products for purchase online, as well as custom engineered and manufactured products to its customers. Standard offerings include a wide variety of carbon fiber tubing, plates, and complementary accessories. Custom products that service a variety of markets and applications can be manufactured to customer specifications using filament winding, roll wrap, resin infusion, and pressure molding processes. Rock West Composites’ manufacturing is located in West Jordan, Utah.

About the Rock West Enterprise
Rock West is an employee-owned business comprised of individual but integrated companies that service diverse markets including aerospace, defense, medical, automotive racing, energy, and sporting goods. The companies utilize advanced materials for high-technology applications, and the Rock West team brings engineering expertise, in-depth composites knowledge, manufacturing, and assembly capability to its customers. Rock West is headquartered in San Diego, California and has facilities in Santa Barbara and El Cajon, California and West Jordan, Utah.

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