Words And Photos: Brandon Flannery
Since 1958, Quarter Master has been leading the way with top-quality products racers can depend on to get them into victory lane. Ed Stoffels founded the company making chassis for quarter-mile drag racing, hence the name “Quarter Master.” A passionate racer and machinist, he quickly found success making multi-plate style clutches as well.
Multi-plate style clutches were popular in Europe and proving to be a viable option for various racing scenes in the early 1970s. Their high demand and scarcity in the US inspired Ed to develop and produce his own style. Quarter Master concentrated heavily on the circle track market, and by 1976, the company had evolved into a full manufacturing and service company, and an industry leader of clutches and related components.
Quarter Master’s circle track products expanded into quick-change gears for midget and stock cars, flywheels, driveshafts, starters, and other components. With a proven track record for the highest quality and reliability, it has blossomed in other markets including asphalt short track, road racing, open wheel, dirt short track, and driving schools. The company is also deeply involved with many racing series such as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Truck, and Grand National East & West series and sponsors a wide range of other racing series like IMCA, USMTS, and CRA, to name a few.
Located in Lake Zurich, Illinois, Quarter Master prides itself on having a tight-knit group of dedicated employees who put quality first, and many of them are racers themselves. Every product is subjected to rigorous quality control inspection before it ships. It officially certifies many parts for various racing bodies, which often require exacting tolerances or specifications.
We stopped by their facility for the 10-cent tour and were impressed with the staff’s hospitality and commitment to quality. Sales and technical advisors George Hovsepian and Geoff Tickes answer the phones non-stop and are two of the nicest guys you will meet. They took the time to extend the same efforts to answer our questions as they would for any of their customers. With outstanding customer service, quality products, and an innovative drive for the future, it’s easy to see why racers choose Quarter Master. Check out the tour photos.