July 12-13 Millers at Milwaukee Welcoming Johnny Rutherford

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Germantown, WI — The 25th annual Millers at Milwaukee–Vintage Indy Car Event, sponsored by the Harry Miller Club, is July 12-13 at the famed Milwaukee Mile racetrack.

To mark the event’s silver anniversary, Johnny Rutherford — three-time Indianapolis 500 champion, 1980 Driver of the Year, USAC sprint car champion and member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame — will be on hand all weekend. He also will share stories of his long racing career at the Friday evening banquet.

One of the most impressive U.S. gatherings of Pre- and Post-WW II Indy Champ Cars, Roadsters and Laydowns, the event features vintage race cars designed by Miller, Mercer, Kurtis, Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo, and Bugatti. It’s limited to just 60 cars; applicationsare still open, but slots are filling fast.

Rutherford has deep respect for the history of Harry Miller. “The most beautiful race car of all time is that Louis Meyer Miller No. 14 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the Millers run at Milwaukee, and to get behind the wheel of a few!”

Rutherford also will donate a custom Lone Star JR helmet for the event’s silent auction, with proceeds going to the Miller Club.

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with vintage cars running the oval track from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The Harry Miller Club was founded by the late David Uihlein Sr. to honor Wisconsin native Harry A. Miller (1875-1943), considered among the greatest and most influential of American race car designers. Miller-based cars and/or engines dominated championship competition in the U.S. in the 1920s, winning 38 Indy 500 races.