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50 Vintage Indy Cars on Historic Track Delight Vintage Indy Car Crowd
This past July 11th and 12th, the Harry Miller Club celebrated 20 years at the legendary Milwaukee Mile sponsoring the Millers at Milwaukee - Vintage Indy Car Event. Founded in 1995 by ardent vintage Indy car collectors David Uihlein Sr., Chuck Davis and Bob Sutherland, the Miller Club gathering at the Milwaukee Mile has become arguably the finest collection of vintage Indy cars running on an oval track in the world.
This year, 50 cars were on hand for the event, which saw a brief rain shower for only the second time in its 20-year history. In response, entrants simply gathered early for the cocktail hour held before the Friday evening banquet. The Crowne Plaza has been the host hotel for the past four years, with exceptional food and accommodations. The dinner was highlighted by comments from Miller Club President, Dana Mecum, thanking the participants for their wonderful entries and the sponsors for their financial support. Joe Freeman also spoke richly about his memories of the historic inaugural event in 1995. The Club awarded commemorative certificates to all of the entrants who had entered a car in the event at least ten of the last 20 years (see photo on page 7). The dinner also featured a silent auction, with many exceptional and historic books, photos and collectibles.
New cars are always encouraged to enter the Miller Meet, and this year we had several including Mike Bauman's John Zink Kurtis KK4000, Dan Davis' award winning 16-cylinder Samson Miller, Ken Keilholz's recently restored Eddie Sachs Watson roadster, Dana Mecum's gorgeous 1947 Blue Crown Special, Mark Mountanos' superb Demler Epperly roadster and Donald Wright's unique Rasmussen roadster supermodified.
Many thanks to Eric Andersen, Mick Anderson, Lou Burmeister, Terry Castle, Ted Davis, Robert Dicks, Dick Dittman, Eldon Eby, Joe Freeman, Bill Hoff, Dennis Holloway, Charles Lawrence, Herb Lederer, Bob McConnell, Larry Pfitzenmaier, Phil Reilly, Gary Schroeder, Carl Schultz, Steve Sessions, Paul Scheerer, Bud Taylor, Donald Wright and the Revs Institute for their entries this year.
Once again this event offered substantial track time for the participants and their racecars. A few lucky spectators even received rides in the two-man cars. Bench racing was also in full swing as many old friends and acquaintances renewed friendships. The Miller Meet also brings our a great cross section of cars in the paddock. Many hot rods, rat rods, collector cars, midget racecars and more were seen and are a welcome bonus. Former drivers were in attendance as endurance champion hall of fame driver Hurley Haywood took laps, as well as National Midget driver Hall of Famer, Billy Engelhart. Other former drivers seen were Bay Darnell, Frank Burany (at 98 years-young) and Jerry (Weeks) Baker. Engine builder Ron Hoettles and engineer Bob McKee were also in attendance.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for next year’s event, which will be held on Friday and Saturday July 10-11, 2015. Registration will begin January 2015.