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A seller of aftermarket performance parts, founded in 1968.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Summit Racing Equipment page on 25 February 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Summit Racing Equipment is the world’s largest mail order automotive performance equipment company, with thousands of performance parts, aftermarket accessories, tools and garage equipment, collectibles, and stock replacement parts to choose from. The company stocks parts for cars (race, street, daily driver) and trucks/SUVs (street, performance, off-road).

1968

Summit Racing Equipment was started in 1968, as a part-time, one-person business operated out of a spare bedroom. The owner and founder is an engineer with a passion for fast cars - especially Corvettes.

1969-1987

In 1969, Summit Racing Equipment opened its first store in Akron, Ohio. The company's early product line included performance parts from Accel, Holley, Mallory, Hurst, Mickey Thompson, and other "big names". Throughout the 70s and 80s, Summit Racing Equipment continued to grow, and the company’s Summit Racing Catalog grew from an annual buyers guide to a bi-monthly publication.

1992-1999

In 1992, the company moved its headquarters to a larger facility at 1200 Southeast Avenue in Tallmadge, Ohio. With a larger Retail Store and Distribution Center, the company expanded its product offering to include truck, SUV, and Jeep-specific parts.

The company's growth was guided by simple mandates: be a price leader (lowest price) and gain market share from major competitors. This was done through intense examination of competitive pricing, advertising pages in top automotive enthusiast magazines, providing free shipping, and creating a private label credit card (the Summit Speed Card).

In 1998, Summit Racing Equipment opened a second Retail Store and Distribution Center in Sparks, Nevada. That location enabled customers in the western United States to receive parts in one to two days via ground shipping.

To keep up with the high demand for performance and styling parts, the company doubled the size of its facility in 1999. With the new space, Summit Racing Equipment could stock millions of parts from hundreds of manufacturers.

2002-2007

In 2002, the doors of Summit Racing Equipment's new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) Retail Super Store opened in Tallmadge, Ohio. The store is a destination for enthusiasts, with thousands of parts on display, legendary vehicles like Don Garlits' Swamp Rat 32, plus customer-built vehicles on display. A third location, in McDonough, Georgia, opened in 2006. That location solidified the company’s ability to ship throughout most of the United States within 1–2 days via ground shipping.

In 2007, Summit Racing Equipment acquired Genuine Hotrod Hardware from Gary Case, a direct mail company specializing in apparel, decor, gifts and other hot rod lifestyle products.

In 2015, Summit Racing Equipment launched Truepart Select, its line of OEM replacement starters and alternators.

Ray Tatko is the current President of Summit Racing Equipment.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
1 August 2015New MSD DynaForce Starters and Alternators Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
16 December 2015New As Seen on PowerNation TV Part at Summit Racing Equipment: GFORCE Arm RestraintsSummit Racing Equipment
22 December 2015New at Summit Racing Equipment: Daytona Twin Tec Fuel Injection Controllers and Ignition Parts for Harley-Davidson® MotorcyclesSummit Racing Equipment
29 December 2015New at Summit Racing Equipment: TMI Sport R Pro-Series Seats, ECG Heat Gun Kits, and Summit Racing Vacuum Pump KitSummit Racing Equipment
30 December 2015New at Summit Racing Equipment: Holley Dominator SP CarburetorsSummit Racing Equipment
5 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Corsa Performance Exhaust Systems for 2015 Dodge ChallengerSummit Racing Equipment
7 January 2016New at Summit Racing: Ridetech StreetGrip Suspension Systems for Camaro/Firebird and GM A-BodySummit Racing Equipment
8 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Hypertech Max Energy 2.0 Power ProgrammerSummit Racing Equipment
9 January 2016New As Seen on PowerNation TV Product: Royal Purple Max-Clean Fuel System CleanerSummit Racing Equipment
11 January 2016New at Summit Racing: DieselRx® Fuel SumpSummit Racing Equipment
11 January 2016Now Available at Summit Racing Equipment: Centerforce Steel and Aluminum FlywheelsSummit Racing Equipment
12 January 2016Ten Factory Replacement Axle Shafts from Summit Racing Equipment: Better Than OEM at a Great PriceSummit Racing Equipment
13 January 2016The Newest Performance Parts Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
14 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: AiM Sports Data AcquisitionSummit Racing Equipment
14 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: E3 Racing Spark PlugsSummit Racing Equipment
15 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Richmond Gear Super T-10 and Super T- 10 Plus TransmissionsSummit Racing Equipment
15 January 2016New at Summit Racing: Richmond Gear Super T-10 and Super T-10 Plus TransmissionsSummit Racing Equipment
18 January 2016Screen Stars: The Cars Featured in Summit Racing Equipment's New TV CommercialsSummit Racing Equipment
21 January 2016New As Seen on PowernNation TV Parts at Summit Racing: Auto Metal Direct Body Panels for 1967-69 CamaroSummit Racing Equipment
21 January 2016New Racing Safety Gear Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
23 January 2016Greg Anderson and Jason Line Pleased with Summit Racing Camaros after Testing with New EFI SystemSummit Racing Equipment
25 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: AJE SuspensionSummit Racing Equipment
28 January 2016The Newest Parts for Trucks and Tow Vehicles Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
29 January 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Warn VR10000 Series WinchesSummit Racing Equipment
2 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Race Gas Fuel ConcentrateSummit Racing Equipment
2 February 2016New at Summit Racing: QA1 Suspension Handling KitsSummit Racing Equipment
4 February 2016Now Available at Summit Racing: New Mahle PowerPak Piston and Ring KitsSummit Racing Equipment
8 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Winters Sidewinder Automatic ShiftersSummit Racing Equipment
8 February 2016Now at Summit Racing Equipment: Auburn Gear Ring and Pinion Gear Sets and Installation KitsSummit Racing Equipment
9 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: King LS Performance BearingsSummit Racing Equipment
11 February 2016Newest High Performance Parts Now Available at Summit Racing Equipment, TheSummit Racing Equipment
11 February 2016Now at Summit Racing Equipment: POWERTRAX Grip Extreme Traction SystemsSummit Racing Equipment
12 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: FiTech Go EFI SystemsSummit Racing Equipment
14 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: NOS Sniper Nitrous SystemsSummit Racing Equipment
14 February 2016News From Summit Racing Equipment: EPA Proposal May Outlaw Many Race CarsSummit Racing Equipment
15 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Professional Products Ignition Coil PacksSummit Racing Equipment
19 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Finish Line Dream Dart Parts ComboSummit Racing Equipment
19 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Trailer Gear to Safely Transport Race Cars and Other VehiclesSummit Racing Equipment
23 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Trans-Dapt Swap-in-a-Box LS Engine Swap KitsSummit Racing Equipment
19 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Viking Air ToolsSummit Racing Equipment
25 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: AFR Titon Intake Manifolds for Small Block ChevySummit Racing Equipment
25 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Off-Road Gear for Jeep Wrangler JKSummit Racing Equipment
26 February 2016News from Summit Racing Equipment: EPA Reopens Public Comment on Proposed Race Car RuleSummit Racing Equipment
27 February 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Hardcore Horsepower Big Torque 565 Chevy Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
1 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Eibach Pro-Truck ShocksSummit Racing Equipment
2 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Hotchkis Sway BarsSummit Racing Equipment
2 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: QuickTrick Alignment Turn PlatesSummit Racing Equipment
3 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Derale PWM Electric Fan ControllerSummit Racing Equipment
4 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: JET Powr-Flo Throttle Bodies for Ford and ChryslerSummit Racing Equipment
7 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Clayton Machine Works Muscle Car Pedal AssembliesSummit Racing Equipment
7 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: McGaughy’s Suspension Lowering Kit for 2009-15 Dodge/RamSummit Racing Equipment
8 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: SPC Performance xAxis Control Arms for Jeep Wrangler JKSummit Racing Equipment
10 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Rust Bullet Concrete Floor CoatingSummit Racing Equipment
10 March 2016New Performance and Racing Parts Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
10 March 2016New Summit Racing Equipment Garage Cabinet Sets Now AvailableSummit Racing Equipment
10 March 2016New Summit Racing Equipment Professional Tool Chests and Cabinets Now AvailableSummit Racing Equipment
11 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Lizardskin Sound and Thermal InsulationSummit Racing Equipment
14 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Mickey Thompson Street Comp TiresSummit Racing Equipment
14 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Royal Purple HPS Street Motor OilSummit Racing Equipment
15 March 2016Jay Leno to Appear at the Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-RamaSummit Racing Equipment
15 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Proform High Flow Mechanical Aluminum Water PumpsSummit Racing Equipment
17 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger Kits for Jeep WranglerSummit Racing Equipment
18 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Frostbite Performance Cooling Aluminum RadiatorsSummit Racing Equipment
23 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Power Stop Track Day Brake KitsSummit Racing Equipment
24 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: ATS Diesel PerformanceSummit Racing Equipment
24 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Retrax MX Series Retractable Tonneau CoversSummit Racing Equipment
25 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: PerTronix Flame-Thrower Plug and Play Billet Distributors with Ignitor III ModuleSummit Racing Equipment
25 March 2016The Newest Truck and SUV Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
28 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Forgeline Motorsports WheelsSummit Racing Equipment
29 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Airhawk Motorcycle Seat CushionsSummit Racing Equipment
30 March 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Hot Cams Drop-In Cams and XS Power Powercell Batteries for ATVs and Dirt BikesSummit Racing Equipment
31 March 2016New Summit Racing Bust-N-Out™ Bolt Removal Tools Now AvailableSummit Racing Equipment
1 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Auburn Gear DifferentialsSummit Racing Equipment
4 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Be Cool Bone Yard Series Radiators for GM LS SwapsSummit Racing Equipment
5 April 2016New at Summit Racing: C&R Racing Radiator Module for 1967-70 Mustang with Ford Modular V8Summit Racing Equipment
7 April 2016New at Summit Racing: Richmond Gear EXCel Gear Sets and Axle ShaftsSummit Racing Equipment
8 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Taylor Extreme Series Ignition Wire SetsSummit Racing Equipment
8 April 2016New Summit Racing Brand Tools Now AvailableSummit Racing Equipment
11 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Hotchkis Suspension Components for Chevy CamaroSummit Racing Equipment
12 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: QA1 Carbon Fiber DriveshaftsSummit Racing Equipment
13 April 2016The Newest GT Performance Classic Steering Wheels Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
14 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Artec Industries Off-Road Products for JeepSummit Racing Equipment
14 April 2016Now at Summit Racing Equipment: Centerforce DYAD Multi-Disc Clutch KitsSummit Racing Equipment
15 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: SPC Performance Upper Control Arm for 1967-73 Ford MustangSummit Racing Equipment
15 April 2016U.S. Representative Tim Ryan Visits Summit Racing Equipment, Pledges Support for RPM ActSummit Racing Equipment
18 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Edelbrock Elite II Series Valve Covers and Air CleanersSummit Racing Equipment
19 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Detroit Muscle QuickTrick Wheel Alignment ComboSummit Racing Equipment
21 April 2016Latest Paint and Body Products and Tools Now Available at Summit Racing, TheSummit Racing Equipment
21 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: PowerNation TV Engine Power Dirt Devil Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
25 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: PowerNation TV Engine Power Project 557 Ford CombosSummit Racing Equipment
27 April 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Aaron Quine Trans-Am Camaro Paint CombosSummit Racing Equipment
27 April 2016Summit Racing Equipment Now Carries the Newest Performance Parts from Holley, Proform, and Heatshield ProductsSummit Racing Equipment
2 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Aeromotive Stealth Fuel Tank Systems for MoparSummit Racing Equipment
3 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Eibach Pro-Touring Suspension ComponentsSummit Racing Equipment
5 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Weld GT-S Series WheelsSummit Racing Equipment
6 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Clayton Machine Works Gauge Panels for 1967-72 Chevy/GMC PickupSummit Racing Equipment
9 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: JET Powr-Flo Mass Air Flow Sensor for GM VehiclesSummit Racing Equipment
10 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Pilot Automotive PLX Series LED Lights and Light BarsSummit Racing Equipment
11 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: BluePrint Engines 383 Chevy Power Adder Crate Engine and HVH Super Sucker Carburetor SpacersSummit Racing Equipment
11 May 2016The Newest Summit Racing Performance Parts Now Available at Summit Racing EquipmentSummit Racing Equipment
12 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Grant D-Series Steering WheelsSummit Racing Equipment
12 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
13 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Nitrous Express Hot Water Bottle BathSummit Racing Equipment
16 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Cool Shirt Personal Cooling SystemsSummit Racing Equipment
17 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Trail-Gear DuraLine Premium Winch LineSummit Racing Equipment
18 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Dorman HD Solutions for Heavy-Duty TrucksSummit Racing Equipment
19 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Fat N’ Furious Episode Three Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
19 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Stack Professional Digital Tire Pressure GaugeSummit Racing Equipment
20 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Detroit Muscle Banana Split 1949 Ford Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
20 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Diesel PowerPak PistonsSummit Racing Equipment
23 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Kelsey Tire Goodyear Reproduction TiresSummit Racing Equipment
25 May 2016Now Available at Summit Racing: Fat N’ Furious Episode Four Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
31 May 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Project Valkyrie 1969 AMC AMX Parts CombosSummit Racing Equipment
1 June 2016Now at Summit Racing: Bosch Performance GaugesSummit Racing Equipment
1 June 2016Summit Racing Supports California Bill to Exempt Pre-1981 Vehicles from Emissions InspectionsSummit Racing Equipment
2 June 2016Now at Summit Racing: Davis Unified Ignition Deluxe Street/Strip Distributor for Chevy V8Summit Racing Equipment
3 June 2016New at Summit Racing: BluePrint Engines Pro Series Chevy LS 427 Crate EnginesSummit Racing Equipment
6 June 2016New at Summit Racing: XS Power Retro Styled BatteriesSummit Racing Equipment
9 June 2016Father’s Day Gifts Dad Wants Now Are Available at Summit Racing Equipment, TheSummit Racing Equipment
9 June 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Edelbrock E-Force Stage 1 Supercharger System for 2015-16 MustangSummit Racing Equipment
10 June 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: KYB Strut-Plus Strut AssembliesSummit Racing Equipment
17 June 2016New at Summit Racing Equipment: Joe Gibbs Carb Defender Fuel AdditivesSummit Racing Equipment


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