19th Annual Millers at Milwaukee Event Pleases Vintage Indy Car Fans
The Millers at Milwaukee - Vintage Indy Car Event, presented by the Harry A. Miller Club (HMC), has traditionally been held on the weekend after the fourth of July - but this year it took place July 12th & 13th. The HMC Club has enjoyed an incredible run of great weather, which gladly continued this year. Surprisingly, over the last 19 years the club has only lost an hour of track time due to precipitation.
This summer, on the grounds of Wisconsin State Fair Park at the historic Milwaukee Mile track, fifty historic front-engine open wheel race cars were assembled in the paddock! It was stated by many, that this may have been one of the finest groups collected for this annual event. Additionally, many other classic vehicles such as sprint cars, classic street cars and hot rods were on display in the paddock, along with vendors selling unique items seen only at this unique gathering.
Once again the sounds of Millers and Offenhausers in four, eight and 16-cylinders among others were heard circulating around the venerable one-mile oval.
A fine group of Indianapolis “roadsters” were present, including Bill Akin (1959 Epperly- Offy Bowes Seal Fast Spl.), Dan Davis (1963 Watson-Offy Konstant Hot Spl.), Joe Freeman (1960 Watson-Offy Joe Hunt Magneto Spl.), Tom Malloy (1958 Watson-Offy McNamara Spl.), Phil Reilly (1960 Epperly-Offy Bowes Seal Fast Spl.) and Dave Schleppi (1961 Chenoweth-Chevy San Diego Steel Spl.). The roadster contingent was rounded out by Lou Burmeister, Dr. Robert Dicks, Dick Dittman, John Hobel, and Bud Taylor with their vibrant tribute cars.
Of course the Millers at Milwaukee Meet has to have Miller race cars present. Dan Davis brought a trio of fine Millers, including the 1920 Miller TNT, 1923 Miller 122 (Junior 8) and the 1923 Miller 122 (Count Zborbowski GP car). Also present were Tom Barbour’s 1926 Miller 91 (Perfect Circle), Terry Castle’s blue 1920 Miller-Durant, Ted Davis’ 1933 Miller and Sam Mann’s 1926 Miller 91 Rear- Drive. Dana Mecum brought three Millers, his 1923 Miller (Tommy Milton Car), 1931 grey Miller V-16 and 1935 red and white Miller-Ford, additionally, Tom Malloy’s 1935 Miller-Ford were one of many to make their way on the much-loved oval for some quality track time. One car that drew a lot of attention was William Miller and 1938 Miller. This four-wheel-drive Indianapolis race car has an extensive Indianapolis record. It raced with a Miller 8-cylinder engine from 1938 through 1941. After WWII, it raced in 1946- 1947 with a 4-cylinder Offenhauser engine. The car has been basically untouched for the last 50-years.
The Club would also like to thank entrants, Eric Andersen (1932 Chrysler Riverside Special), Mike Bauman (1932 Martz Special), Ted Davis (1913 Mercer, and 1933 Miller), Eldon Eby (1912 Cutting), Toney Edwards (1949 Watson Roadster), Mark Heathman (1920 Ford Racer), Bill Hoff (1924 Bentley), Dennis Holloway (1926 Bugatti and Koukol Special & 1930 Lehman Special), Charles Lawrence (1935 Miller Ford), Lou Natenshon (1933 Detroit Gasket Special), Greg Ornazian (1932 Hupp Comet), Pat Phinney (1935 Bagley Cragar and 1957 Bardahl Special), Carl Schulz (1927 Miller Boyle Valve Special), and George Watson (1951 Leitenberger Special) for bringing their exceptional cars.
Not only are there nice race cars in the pit and paddock, but one of the surprises of the Miller Meet are the fine classic automobiles that are brought to the event. Many street rods, fine muscle cars and even a rare Cord and Jaguar were present which make a fine impromptu concours.
This event would not be possible without the support our sponsors. The Club would like to thank Associate Sponsors Phil Reilly and Company, Racemaker Press (Joe Freeman), and Dana and Patti Mecum, and Corporate Sponsor Ed Pink Racing Engines (Tom Malloy).
Thanks to Dick Billings, Joe Freeman & Tom Saal (Racemaker Press), Jim Himmelsbach, Ken Walton and Gordon White for bringing their special historic auto racing memorabilia and wares to the vending area.
Mark your calendars! The 20th annual HMC event will be Friday & Saturday, July 11th and 12th, 2014.