Summit Racing is celebrating its 55th year in 2023.

It seems like the famous Summit Racing catalog has been around just as long, but the company didn’t actually create its first catalog until the 1970s—years after the company was founded. A lot has changed since that first catalog, including the size of the book and the number of times it’s produced annually. Even the way in which the catalog is produced has evolved dramatically with technological advancements.

Just ask Lyn Smith.

Smith’s Altered dragster was an original Summit Racing catalog cover car. Check out the video below as Smith recollects about the early days of Summit Racing and the long-ago catalog cover shoot that helped Summit Racing establish itself as an automotive aftermarket juggernaut.

With Summit Racing celebrating its 55th year in business in 2023, Smith’s Altered dragster is a well-preserved piece of high performance history!