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GSRA Puts On Exciting Car Show For “Honor Flight”

July 28, 2021, by Rod Worley

GSRA and Summit Racing car show on July 24th 2021

Summer weekends in Atlanta always produce a bevy of car events that duke it out for our attention.
But when Georgia Street Rod Association (GSRA) has their annual Honor Flight show, we know where we’re headed.

For years, GSRA has answered the call and supplied unwavering support for our veterans through their Honor Flight benefit car show.
This year was no exception.

Among the many activities on tap was a raffle for a Summit Racing tool chest. Valued at over $900, it garnered the attention of many.

The drawing will be held on October 17th at the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In addition, door prizes, goody bags, and more greeted the multitude of attending car enthusiasts.

And yes, we do mean multitude.

Third-generation Red Corvette coupeDavid – 1969 Monza Red Corvette coupe

Georgia Street Rod Association

Georgia Street Road Association logo in black and white

GSRA Always Delivers

The event was in full swing when we arrived, and the parking area was reaching near capacity. The Georgia Street Rod Association (GSRA) has decades of experience and an active base of over 500 members to organize events of this size.

Judging by the crowds, they were going to need it.

To get the inside scoop on the inner workings of the show, we tracked down the always energetic Tina Schumacher. Tina’s the editor of GSRA’s in-house print & digital magazine, StreetTalk.

Official magazine of GSRA is StreetTalk
StreetTalk – Official GSRA magazine
Tina Schumacher – Editor

Deeper Insights

Rod Worley – Editor – Tina, we were excited to see such a strong turnout to support our veterans at the Summit Racing Equipment Retail Super Store. Do you have the car registration numbers?

Tina Schumacher – Editor of StreetTalk Magazine – We had 217 paid car show entrants.

This was our largest show yet, and we truly appreciate everyone who came out to support our veterans and Summit Racing Equipment’s strong support for our veterans and for the car hobby.

Rod Worley – Judging by the turnout, this had to be an intense sales day for Summit.

Tina Schumacher – I would say yes, judging by the number of shoppers walking back to their cars with bags and boxes of Summit merchandise.

Rod Worley – As I recall, GSRA has been raising funds for Honor Flight for several years. Could you briefly share what Honor Flight does and how long it takes to plan an event of this size?

Tina Schumacher – This is the sixth year that GSRA has raised money for Honor Flight, the non-profit that takes WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans on a trip to Washington DC to see the monuments honoring their service to our country.

The 2020 show was Covid canceled, but we still were able to raise money and send donation checks to Honor Flight-Conyers and to Middle Georgia Honor Flight.

As far as planning goes, it takes about four months. We have the basic plans in place, and then right after each show, we review what worked and what should be changed for the next year.

First Generation Snowcrest White Corvette convertible
Sharon & Jay -1959 Snowcrest White roadster

Third-generation Millie Miglia Red Corvette roadster
Charlie – 1973 Millie Miglia Red roadster

Eighth-generation Corvette coupe in Accelerate Yellow color
Barbara – 2020 Accelerate Yellow coupe

Race cars over head inside the Summit Racing showroom
Inside Summit Racing Equipment retail superstore
McDonough, Ga

Corvette & Summit Racing

While every car racer and enthusiast has heard of Summit Racing Equipment, few realize the significance the Corvette brand had in its creation.
In 1968 a young engineer named Paul D. Sergi, Sr. was the proud owner of a 1967 427 big-block Corvette.

Like most young car enthusiasts, he looked for parts to make his stock Corvette even faster and more powerful.
In his search for aftermarket parts, he made manufacturing connections to get the parts he wanted at a discount.

Well, from there, it wasn’t long before the word got out to his drag racing buddies who also wanted discount go-fast parts.
So soon, Summit Racing Equipment began as a part-time parts business in Stow, Ohio.

Word spread quickly, and by 1970, they needed to move to a larger store in Akron, Ohio.
Back then, product lines offered include Holley, Mallory, Hurst, and Mickey Thompson.

Today, Summit Racing has expanded its product line to over 1,500 manufacturers.
In addition, new motorsports sponsorships have been announced for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS),
Sports Car Club of America® (SCCA) Road Racing Program, and European Drag Racing Series (EDRS).

And to think, this global business started from a young man’s need for speed in a 1967 Corvette.

Sixth-generation Crystal Red Corvette coupe
Larry – 2013 Crystal Red Grand Sport coupe

Amazing Corvettes Club

Third-generation Corvette coupe in Corvette Light Beige
Will – 1979 Corvette Light Beige coupe

Sixth-generation Cyber Gray Metallic Corvette coupe
Rick – 2013 Grand Sport Cyber Gray Metallic coupe

Seventh-generation Grand Sport Corvette coupe
Shane – 2017 Arctic White Grand Sport coupe

President of Peach State Corvette Association

Seventh-generation 2017 Z06 yellow Corvette
Jan & Chuck – 2017 Z06 edition in Corvette Racing Yellow
Peach State Corvette Association

Peach State Corvette Association

Several Atlanta area Corvette clubs made the journey to the Summit event, including those from the fun-loving Peach State Corvette Association.

Since 1979, this southern Atlanta association has always been about sharing the enjoyment, adventure, and fellowship from Corvette ownership.

As you may recall, Ed Tillirson founded this not-for-profit organization with a quorum of South Atlanta members from an existing Marietta club.

In addition to being club president, Ed was also co-editor of Vette Views Magazine.

We had a blast talking to PSCA members and seeing their beautiful Corvettes. Look for an in-depth article on this club soon.

Eighth-generation White Corvette coupe
Dawn – 2020 Arctic White coupe
Peach State Corvette Association

Second-generation Rally Red Corvette coupe
Bob – 1966 Rally Red coupe
Peach State Corvette Association

Supporting A Worthy Cause

Car shows like the Honor Flight event give us the privilege of honoring our nation’s veterans.
We’re thankful for the Georgia Street Rod Association taking on the daunting challenge of logistics and organization.

Special thanks also to Summit Racing Equipment.
Their unwavering support of those who’ve fought to defend our country doesn’t go unnoticed by racing and car enthusiasts.

For those lucky enough to attend, GSRA put on an exciting car show at the Summit Racing Equipment Retail Super Store located in McDonough, Ga.

*Special Note* You can still make a donation to Honor Flight by visiting the GSRA website, Click on the donation button and select Honor Flight to make your contribution. You can also donate by check (indicate GSRA Honor Flight Car Show) and mail to Barry Schumacher, GSRA treasurer, 2160 Soaring Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30044.

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