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Fri, 30 Nov 2012, 07:42 AM

Summit Racing European Troop Visit Day 1
Courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment





The third-annual Summit Racing Equipment sponsored holiday troop visit kicked off with an autograph session at the Panzer Kaserne PX shortly after the five champion drivers arrived in Stuttgart, Germany on November 24.

Summit Racing NHRA Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line, along with Summit Racing/BIGFOOT Monster Truck driver Dan Runte, were joined by Harley-Davidson Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines for the weeklong tour, which includes stops at U.S. installations in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Germany.

"These trips offer the brave men and women protecting our freedom while based far from home a bit of enjoyment, a break from their routine," said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Motorsports and Events Manager. "We're always excited about it, and based on the reception we've gotten in the past, so are the soldiers. This year, we are working with the people of Armed Forces Entertainment in conjunction with the Special Forces Association, which pioneered the program. Together, they have created some unique opportunities in places we've never visited."

Meet-and-greets as well as autograph sessions will be the norm at all stops, which will also include dining with troops at some of the bases. Along the way, the drivers will share their experiences with OnAllCylinders through a series of first-person blogs and pics.

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The Summit Racing/Harley-Davidson group on the way
to the first autograph session at the Stuttgart Kaserne (base) PX.


Taking a moment to pose under the poster outside the PX complex
at Stuttgart Kaserne. (From left) Dan Runte, Jason Line,
Eddie Krawiec, Greg Anderson and Andrew Hines.


(From left) Andrew Hines, Dan Runte, Jason Line, Greg Anderson
and Eddie Krawiec spent two hours signing posters, handing out souvenir coins and
just chatting with happy fans at the large PX complex at Stuttgart Kaserne.


Major Craig Barrington and his wife, Rtd. SMSGT Michele Barrington
cut short their weekend in Paris to drive back to
Germany for the Sunday autograph session. Self-proclaimed major NHRA fans,
the Barrington's brought their own items -
NHRA hats and an NHRA license plate, for the Summit Racing and Harley-Davidson drivers
to sign, in addition to the posters handed out.





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