Celebrating 20 Years on the Milwaukee Mile
“Perhaps the most remarkable new vintage racing event in the world during 1995 took place at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin over the weekend of July 15-16. This event celebrated the genius of the late Harry A. Miller and pre-WWII Indianapolis cars. Miller collectors Bob Sutherland, David Uihlein and Chuck Davis joined forces to present this inaugural Miller Meet at Milwaukee, and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect. Despite a record-breaking heat wave well over 100 degrees, a small but incredibly high quality field of cars appeared to instantly whisk bystanders away to a bygone era.”
An excerpt from the Oct. 16, 1995 AutoWeek Magazine stated, “Vintage race car collectors Bob Sutherland and Dave Uihlein had a dream – to host a special gathering of pre-war racing legends and feature the cars of master designer/builder Harry Miller. After nearly two years, their dream became a reality. In July, the first Harry A. Miller Exhibition Run was staged at the Milwaukee Mile. And the legends came. Sitting on the pit wall after the event, Uihlein said, “It was absolutely outstanding, it was everything we hoped it would be.” And about the event’s future? Uihlein and Sutherland said they hoped it would become an annual event. Their hopes were realized.
We are pleased to say there are three Miller Club members who attended the 1995 event and have continued to bring their historic cars to the Mile for our annual meet. They are Buck Boudeman, Joe Freeman and Mitch Rasansky.
Mitch brought his 1927 Miller to the 1995 meet, and stated, “It was amazing to see all the wonderful cars and individuals who own them. I really enjoyed myself, and that's why I keep coming back. It's a great Club and a great group of people”.
Joe Freeman is a current sponsor and shared some of his recollections from that very hot July in 1995. “Dave and Margery had a nice beer and brat party at their home before the meet, and we had a chance to gather and visit. That is where I met my great friend Chuck Davis for the first time, and got reacquainted with old colleague Bob Sutherland.
“It was absolutely amazing that owners brought vintage racing cars from all over the United States to participate. Chuck ran his beautiful 16-cylinder Miller two-man Indy car, and his 91-CID Perfect Circle Miller. Bob had his green Majestic Miller Special, and Dave brought his Milton Miller and 122 Miller front drive. This clearly demonstrated the need for an annual event and an organization to be founded. And we thought we would only do it once... and here we are twenty events later!”
July 10-12, 2014 Event Schedule
“This will be a milestone event for our group, and I invite everyone with a vintage racing car to make your way to Milwaukee this July! There are only 60 entry spots, so be sure to get your application in early! If you have attended in previous years, you know how much track time you have – more than you will find at any other event,” stated Club President Dana Mecum.
Our historic meet begins on Thursday evening, where you will join fellow members enjoying delicious grilled Usinger brats and hamburgers for dinner – along with your favorite beer. The relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect opportunity for sharing stories about your recent restoration to finding out where to locate that one part that has eluded you.
Friday morning we gather at the track by 8:00 a.m. – so we can be ready for a 9 a.m. group track photo. Our Drivers’ Meeting will follow, with cars getting on the track for our first run at 10 a.m. We will break for lunch from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. and continue our exhibition until 4 p.m.
We gather Friday evening at the Crowne Plaza at 6 p.m. to enjoy a Silent Auction and cocktail hour. If anyone has an item to donate to this auction, please let me know by June 30. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and we will once again be amazed at the delicious offerings on the buffet line! I have never heard a complaint about the fabulous food, or the wonderful table conversation!
The Saturday schedule begins with the track gates opening at 8 a.m., and the cars running on the Mile from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A lunch break will again be held from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. The Vendor's area and classic car display area are always a welcomed addition to the general public, and seems to draw more participation each year.
Make your reservations now to join us in July for this 20th Anniversary Celebration!