They took turns riding Harry's Nimbus Two Thousand, which was easily the best broom; Ron's old Shooting Star was often outstripped by passing butterflies.
-- Practicing Quidditch in a small paddock near the Burrow (CS4)
A racing broom manufactured by Universal Brooms Ltd. Shooting Stars were a very popular broom when introduced in 1955 as they were then the most inexpensive racing broom on the market. However, as the broom got older, it had a unfortunate tendency to lose height and speed and the company went out of business in 1978. (QA9)
Harry Potter rode a Shooting Star while deciding which broomstick to buy after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed. (PA10) It was necessary for Harry to continue to use one of the school's Shooting Star brooms while Professor McGonagall tested the Firebolt broomstick that had been sent anonymously to Harry for Christmas. (PA12)