The First Annual Georgia Tech Auto Show was held on March 27, 2004. Sterling Skinner had committed to the possibility of having a large automotive show on campus on a Monday morning after taking the Landmark Forum, a motivation and life organization class presented by Landmark Education.
Dave Lynn was the first person to join Sterling Skinner in his commitment to host the show at a very critical place in the planning.
Highlights of the show included the participation of Larry Huang with his Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype race car that he had purchased and painted with a color scheme celebrating his loyalty to Georgia Tech, several Panoz cars brought by chief engineer John Leverett and Jason Barnes, the Kudzu DLY race car entered by Jim Downing, two of the custom cars built by John Evans, and Tim Carlton’s lifted Jeep Cherokee with no doors.
The speaker was chosen to be Norman Garrett, the concept engineer for the Mazda Miata. He spoke on his time at Georgia Tech in the early 1980’s and how he was able to turn his experience organizing autocross events on the Tech campus into the design of the best selling sports car of all time.