Miller Meet Changes Dates

Harry Miller Club

The 22nd annual “Millers at Milwaukee” vintage Indy Car event is moving its 2016 dates up to June 24-25, which should make the well-known event a bigger crowd pleaser this year. The meet was typically held in July and sometimes conflicted with a major car show in Wisconsin, as well as with the Indy Car Racing Series last year.

Housed at the famous Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., the annual meet pays homage to race car builder Harry Miller, who was a Wisconsin native. The event is open to rare prewar and postwar racing cars including roadsters and laydowns. The roster of cars includes Millers, Mercers, Kurtis-Crafts, Duesenbergs, Alfa Romeos, and Bugattis.

Classic car auctioneer Dana Mecum is president of the Harry Miller Club and said that participants in the meet can drive up to 100 laps around the course over the two days. “This is a great opportunity for our entrants, as well as spectators,” said Mecum. “Our entrants are passionate about their vintage cars and come here to tell the story of vintage Indy racing to the public.”

The gates will open at 8 a.m. both days and the historic racing machines will be on track from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information about the Indy Fest, as it is called, is available at It is truly a “bucket list” event for many of the spectators who get to see cars in action that they only saw in books before.

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John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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