As the 25th Annual Millers at Milwaukee Vintage Indy Car Event got underway today it was amazing to see all the old Indy race cars congregated at the starting line. The event is happening this weekend, July 12-13, 2019, at the Milwaukee Mile, one of the great Indy Car venues for decades. It is one of the most impressive gatherings of pre- and post-WWII Indy Champ cars and vintage race cars extante. It is sponsored by the Harry A. Miller Club. Here you will see old racers built by Miller, Mercer, Kurtis and Bugatti, most of them running the track at the Milwaukee Mile raceway.
A special guest to the Millers at Milwaukee event this year is three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford. Rutherford is in the photo here below with his favorite vintage Indy race car, a Miller built race car that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1928, driven by Louis Meyer who also won three Indy 500 races. Rutherford first saw this car in the Indianapolis 500 Museum.
Car owners typically drive over 100 laps on the track over the two-day event. This is a great opportunity for our entrants as well as spectators. Our entrants are passionate about their vintage cars, and are here to tell the story of vintage Indy racing to the public.
Here is a slide show of what we found at the Millers at Milwaukee event this morning:
This event gets bigger every year. Vintage race car owners are passionate about their cars, and are here to tell the story of vintage Indy racing to the public. A surprising number of cars were on display here today. What is interesting is how many can still perform admirably on the track. Here is what we saw on the Milwaukee Mile today:
The Harry Miller Club was founded by the late David Uihlein, Sr., to honor Wisconsin native Harry A. Miller (1875 – 1943). Miller is considered to be the greatest and most influential of American race car designers. Miller’s genius in building racing engines is legendary. Miller based cars and engines dominated championship competition in the U.S. in the 1920’s through the 1930’s, winning 38 Indy 500 races.