Original founder, Max Crawford’s, career in the motorsports industry began in 1966 in his homeland of New Zealand, where he raced a variety of cars while apprenticing as a mechanic. This experience combined with the subsequent ownership with his wife, Jan, of Max Crawford Motors, Ltd. and their race team was their first entre into this highly competitive field.
It was while working with the Porsche 962 that Max began the development and application of carbon fiber and composite technology, which coupled with aerodynamic packaging brought victory to the team.
After moving to North Carolina in 1988, Max and Jan established Max Crawford Composites, to pursue the full-time development of composite technology and aerodynamics. With ingenuity and perseverance, Max Crawford Composites became a premiere composite manufacturer to the motorsports industry. By 1990, they pioneered the introduction of autoclaved composite laminates to the American racing industry as the first US, privately owned, non-aerospace company to build a complete composite car, the Mazda RX7-92P, for competition in the IMSA series.
In 1996, they founded Crawford & Crawford Composites, Inc. supplying composite components and structural repair services to major American and European composite chassis manufacturers and motorsports teams. They have designed, engineered, and supplied components to the major racing series including IMSA, Grand-Am, ALMS, Indy Car, and NASCAR.
In 2012, Max was honored for his exceptional contributions to the motorsports industry with induction into the Road Racing Drivers Club, a US organization comprised of many of America’s and Europe’s most successful drivers and leading industry professionals.
Today, Crawford Composites is applying its rich knowledge of composite technology and 30 years of proven expertise in design, engineering, and manufacturing to other industries as well; military, medical, automotive, and industrial.