51 Cars Show For Milwaukee Vintage Indy Event

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Vintage Indy cars staged on the frontstretch at The Milwaukee Mile. (Bryan Gapinski photo)

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Fifty-one cars participated in the 25th annual Miller at Milwaukee vintage Indy car event at the Milwaukee Mile over the weekend.

The two-day event, held Friday and Saturday, featured all front engine and both pre- and post-WWII Indy cars, Champ Cars, and even Indy Roadsters and Laydown cars.

The late David V. Uihlein, Sr., founder of the Harry Miller Club, sought to bring recognition to Harry Miller and his vast accomplishments, by sharing his great race car and engine designs with younger generations. Miller-based cars and engines dominated championship competition in this country during the 1920’s, winning 38 Indianapolis 500 races.

Event Chairman Dana Mecum had seven cars at the event, including Bill Holland’s Blue Crown Special, which won the 1949 Indianapolis 500.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford was a special guest at the event both days, meeting with participants and spectators. Rutherford also logged several laps in various cars.

Thirteen hours of track time over the two days allowed participants the chance to put the cars “into a normal race pace,” to the delight of another great spectator crowd. Cars ranged from three 1909 cars to mid-60’s Watson roadsters.

Next year’s 26th annual event will take place at the Milwaukee Mile on June 24-25, 2020.