Millers at Milwaukee 2012

This year’s edition of Millers at Milwaukee included a 100th anniversary celebration of the Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prize races held in Milwaukee in 1912. 

Millers at Milwaukee is one of the top vintage race car events in the USA. First, it’s held in Milwaukee, a great city of the Midwest, birthplace of Harley-Davidson and the town that beer made famous. Next, the venue is perfect: the historic Milwaukee Mile at Wisconsin State Fair Park, the oldest racetrack in America still in regular operation. (Yes, sir. Older than Indy.) Finally, the event celebrates the uniquely American tradition of oval track racing and its most hallowed names: Miller and Offy.

Unfortunately, the ridiculously hectic schedule at Motor City Garage prevented staying around for all the weekend’s festivities. We were able to parachute in on Friday morning to watch the traditional formation of race cars on the Mile’s starting line, catch up with old friends, and take in the first two track sessions. Then it was right back out on the road again. But even at that, MCG collected far more photos and material than can be stuffed into one feature slot, so we’ll be circling back over the next week or so with followups, including tons of additional images. For now, please enjoy this slide show.

(Note: since this story was published, Motor City Garage has also published a second photo feature on the 2012 Millers at Milwaukee meet you can see here, and a third feature with photo gallery here.)

Straight Eight Miller 122
Bud Taylor 1964 Watson roadster
Herb Lederer 1946 Jewell Special
Scott Larson 1937 Bugatti T57
Carl Schulz 1927 Miller Boyle Valve Special
Jim Grundy 1912 National
Dana Mecum 1935 Miller Ford
Chrysler seal
Tom Malloy 1934 Miller Bird Piston Ring Special
Margery Uihlien 1954 Uihlien Special
Eldon Eby 1912 Cutting
Fred Bohlander 1919 Miller TNT Special engine
Joe Freeman 1961 John Furnay Special
Bob McConnell 1957 Kurtis 500G
Glen Windstrup 1951 Belanger Special
Eric Anderson 1932 Chrysler Riverside Special
Charles Lawrence 1935 Ford Indy car
Dana Mecum 1931 Miller V16
Sam Mann 1930 Chrysler Golden Seal Special
Joe Freeman 1960 Joe Hunt Magneto Special
Mike Bauman 1932 Martz Special
Robert Dicks 1963 Indy roadster
Dan Davis 1923 Miller 122
Stoddard-Dayton
Bardhal Special
Bill Evans 1913 Isotta-Fraschini
Dana Mecum 1933 Ford roadster Fred Frame racer
Dave Schleppi 1961 Chenowth Chevrolet Special
pinstripe and chrome
Sam Mann 1937 Delahaye 145

Straight Eight Miller 122

Bud Taylor 1964 Watson roadster

Herb Lederer 1946 Jewell Special

Scott Larson 1937 Bugatti T57

Carl Schulz 1927 Miller Boyle Valve Special

Jim Grundy 1912 National

Dana Mecum 1935 Miller Ford

Chrysler seal

Tom Malloy 1934 Miller Bird Piston Ring Special

Margery Uihlien 1954 Uihlien Special

Eldon Eby 1912 Cutting

Fred Bohlander 1919 Miller TNT Special engine

Joe Freeman 1961 John Furnay Special

Bob McConnell 1957 Kurtis 500G

Glen Windstrup 1951 Belanger Special

Eric Anderson 1932 Chrysler Riverside Special

Charles Lawrence 1935 Ford Indy car

Dana Mecum 1931 Miller V16

Sam Mann 1930 Chrysler Golden Seal Special

Joe Freeman 1960 Joe Hunt Magneto Special

Mike Bauman 1932 Martz Special

Robert Dicks 1963 Indy roadster

Dan Davis 1923 Miller 122

Stoddard-Dayton

Bardhal Special

Bill Evans 1913 Isotta-Fraschini

Dana Mecum 1933 Ford roadster Fred Frame racer

Dave Schleppi 1961 Chenowth Chevrolet Special

pinstripe and chrome

Sam Mann 1937 Delahaye 145

3 thoughts on “Millers at Milwaukee 2012

  1. Wow, those are absolutely gorgeous cars and the photography isn’t too shabby either. How about making some of these images available in a size suitable for use as a desktop background?

    • Now there’s an idea. In the meantime, if anyone would like a hi-res version of a photo I would be happy to accommodate them by email if I can.

  2. I am looking for techical mechanical component information on the 1928 Detroit Special, meaning what all L-29 Cord mechanical components were used? thanks Much! – Don please respond at — donsch0430@aol.com

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