27th Annual Millers at Milwaukee

Harry Miller’s cars won ten Indianapolis 500 events, and his engines dominated championship racing in the U.S. for decades, claiming 39 Indy 500 victories. When Johnny Rutherford took the checkered flag in the 1976 500, his McLaren/Offy became the last victor powered by a Miller-derived engine – 33 years after Harry Miller’s passing. Miller’s carburetors were the choice of racers in the teens and twenties, and he consulted with E.L. Cord on the front wheel drive Cord L-29. This is just a sample of Miller’s genius.

Fearing the legacy of Miller’s accomplishments would fade with time, industrialist David Vogel Uihlein, Sr. founded the Harry A. Miller Club⎘ in 1989. Knowing these machines were born to run, Uihlein also wanted track time for club members. They rented The Milwaukee Mile in 1995 for the first of what would be the annual “Millers at Milwaukee” event.

Harry Miller

This is a fitting location, since Harry Miller was born in Menomonee, Wisconsin, and The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest continuously running automobile racetrack in the world, with the first contest taking place in 1903. Unlike other vintage events, Millers at Milwaukee is different: no competition, no concourse judging, no restricted paddock access – just the opportunity for comradery, education, and exercising these thoroughbreds. Any front-engine Indy Car is eligible, along with pre-World War II Grand Prix racers. David Uihlein passed away in 2010, but Harry Miller’s legacy is in good hands. That was evident at the Harry A. Miller Club’s 27th annual Millers at Milwaukee event on July 8th and 9th this year.

Kelly and I covered this event which is scheduled for the Winter 2022 issue of Linkage⎘ magazine.


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1974 Mercury Montego MX Station Wagon

On a 98°F (36.6°C) evening in June, we photographed this unusual 1974 Mercury Montego MX Station Wagon for Collectible Automobile magazine. With 66,886 miles (107,642 km) on the odometer, this unrestored wagon is very well preserved. Look for this Mercury Montego in the February 2023 issue of Collectible Automobile⎘ magazine.


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1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 Convertible Auction Analysis

You don’t see one of these every day. Only 12 were built, and just two were convertibles. These were factory-built race cars with LS6 454 V8 power. The legendary 1967-69 L88 Corvettes the ZR2 replaced are more plentiful and better known, and generally sell for much more. Plus this one is factory original down to the tires, has all dealer documentation, and even has the original Protect-O-Plate warranty card. Selling for $962,500 this was right on the money, although I would have like to see it cross seven figures. Read all about it in the September 2022 issue of Sports Car Market magazine: www.sportscarmarket.com⎘.

1968 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro Auction Analysis

This Concours d’ Elegance of America award-winning Camaro was previously owned by Bill Goldberg and featured in multiple magazines, including Muscle Car Review, Hemmings Muscle Machines and Hemmings. It was also featured in the book “COPO: Camaro, Chevelle, and Nova-Chevrolet’s Ultimate Muscle Cars.” Includes the original Yenko new car invoice documents, the Bill of Sale, shipping records, dealer worksheet, vehicle registration, titles and dealer notifications. It also includes the Certificate of Authenticity by Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish and is listed in the Yenko registry. Additionally, it includes the original Vince Piggins Chevrolet shipping documentation.

Since so few ’68 Yenko Super Camaros were built (20), and far fewer survive, it’s not surprising they rarely change hands. These rare Camaros sell for a median of $465,000, but this one sold for $533,500, including buyer’s premium. Look for a detailed analysis in the August 2022 issue of Sports Car Market magazine: www.sportscarmarket.com⎘.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Auction Analysis

Chevrolet produced 20,302 of their Camaro Z/28 street racers in 1969. They are not terribly rare, so what makes one worth much more than average today? A desirable color (Code 71 Le Mans Blue ), documented history, and a superb and accurate restoration by Mike Swedal. The April 2022 issue of Sports Car Market magazine contains my analysis of a $148,500 sale by Mecum of this 1969 Z/28, well above the median for these cars. You can visit Sports Car Market here: www.sportscarmarket.com

Sting Ray Dreams

“Linkage” is an automotive magazine that was launched in 2021 by Donald Osborn along with Chester Allen and Jim Pickering, two editors I worked with at other publications. The quarterly publication is “Geared for the Automotive Life” and at over 180 pages per issue it is a remarkable achievement. Linkage 006 (Winter 2022) features my article on the second generation 1963-67 Chevrolet Corvettes, “Sting Ray Dreams.” You may check out Linkage here: linkagemag.com

Our New Family Member

Only a Midwesterner would buy a Corvette in January, but we did! “Annie” is our 30,400 mile 1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary convertible. In 1993 we were loaned a twin to this Corvette by General Motors, for a travel story for Corvette Fever magazine. We stayed at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, and traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway. We fell in love with this Corvette, and have wanted one ever since. We’ve been photographing and writing about other people’s Corvettes since 1989, now we finally own one. It only took 29 years, but dreams do come true! Special thanks to Burtness Chevrolet⎘ in Orfordville, Wisconsin for a wonderful buying experience. Annie was owned from 2004 to 2015 by the late John Bowditch, who was the owner of Burtness Chevrolet.