Fueled Customs, located at 403 South CP Ave. in Lake Mills, WI, opened its doors in August 2016 when Eric Baneck and Steve Goemans, who were employees at Cruisin Auto Body, purchased the business.
Both Baneck and Goemans have had an interest in cars since a young age.
“This means the world to us,” Baneck and Goemans said of getting the awards in an email to the Leader Feb. 25. “It tells us we are doing something right. We love to build on the recognition and feedback we get from car shows to help us grow and continue to move in the right direction.”
The weekend of Feb. 23—24, Baneck brought home the Best in Class award for his 1967 C10 truck and the Best Overall Street award at the World of Wheels show in Milwaukee. Street Achievement Awards are presented to streetable vehicles, especially those competing in “Street Competition,” where offered, at International Show Car Association-sanctioned events.
The business was also awarded for a restoration it completed last fall on a 1941 Buick, which received a Best in Class award. The car was also Best Restored of the show.
The passion for restoring a forgotten or neglected car is what keeps the young business owners going.
This is the second year the business has gone to the show. It was also awarded last year.
“We love to take a vehicle that might have been discarded or forgotten or neglected and turn it into something both we and the owner can appreciate for years to come. We also enjoy the challenge of creating a vehicle that is eye-appealing and unique in ways that many people may not notice at first glance.”
The main focus of the business is on auto restoration and fabrication, but they also do collision repair on late model vehicles.
Baneck has almost 15 years’ experience in the industry and attended WyoTech College. Goemans has almost nine years’ experience in the industry and attended MATC.
Other employees include James Weide, painter and body tech, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and Guy Schraufnagel, fabricator. Both employees were brought on in April 2017 and have been a big part of the reason for their success, Baneck and Goemans said.
The owners thanked the community for their kindness and support.
“All the people behind the scenes such as our upholsterer Inside Rides, chrome shop Custom Plating Specialist, our pinstriper Willie Osborne, engine builder Tiry’s Race Engines, powder coater Spectrum Coating and specialized mechanical work from Steve’s Car & Truck,” they said.