July 11, 2012

Vintage with a capital “V”

By Jamey Price In Recent Work
Le Mans legend Hurley Haywood pushes the oil pump a few times on the 1923 Miller Grand Prix car. I am packed into a space that most small children would not squeeze into with one arm around Hurley’s shoulder and the other on my camera. Eventually, with five of Brumos Racing’s strongest men pushing us toward the track, Hurley cranks the engine and we rumble toward the end of the pit lane.  Hurley floors it….and the car feels like it hasn’t spent a single day off the race track since it was built 89 years ago.

The Harry A. Miller club is a group that meets once a year for two days of track time to celebrate the design genius, and early 20th century racing domination, that Miller’s cars had on the race track. This group of cars that showed up in Milwaukee puts the “V” in vintage. To say these are classics is an understatement of no equal.Race cars built as early as 1907, and as recently as 1963, ran laps around the Milwaukee Mile, the world’s oldest continuously operating raceway, for many hours each day. Alternating between slow and fast sessions, drivers took their purpose built race cars, including several Indianapolis 500 winners, for hot laps around the concrete speedway, which is still used as a modern Indycar race track.

Though proper racing is not part of the weekend’s festivities, drivers enjoyed pushing themselves, and these cars, as far as they dared. For being as old as they are, they are remarkably fast, powerful and are generally in fantastic condition. What a cool weekend of watching and listening to some of these old monsters pound around a speedway again.

If car’s could talk, the stories they would tell would be something truly unbelievable.

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Many thanks to Dan Davis, Brumos Racing team, Hurley Haywood, Harry A. Miller Club, Milwaukee Mile and many many others for an incredibly fun weekend. 

All Images © Jamey Price, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

 

12 Comments
  1. Billy Engelhart July 11, 2012

    Outstanding! Just outstanding!

  2. Don Meacham July 11, 2012

    Great photo’s. Is there any way the names of all these people could be added?
    Probably a lot of work. Don

  3. Bob Clements July 11, 2012

    Just Fabulous Photos

  4. BillMarvel July 11, 2012

    That is an event that is on my bucket list. I was invited this year but couldn’t make it. I was to drive the 98 Replica of which PJ drove to win at Indy in 63. Friend Terry Castle had his late father’s car there and I can’t remember which one it is. Milwaukee holds a lot of memories for me.Running up and down stairs to the pay phone (back in the 60s) to report to the Indy fans on WIBC radio. Selling Racing Pictorials, covering the races for several publications. Billy, Jr, racing a stock car. Celebrating with Rodger Ward after a win by making ice cream in the hotel bath tub. Going to the track when it was dirt when my dad and I went to the 200 miles event won by co-drivers T. Bettenhausen and M. Fohr. Losing Ronnie Duman and Ed Elisian. Foyt on the pole n a dirt car against the rear engine cars, stop for a tire and still finished 2nd. Jimmy Reeces win in a midget and celebrating with him. Staying in the hotel with all the drivers and I thank you for stirring up these memories including Hurtrubise’s crash and fire and his comeback at Atlanta in a stock car. Great pictures

  5. Scott Koerner July 12, 2012

    Do you have any photos of the 99 Belanger Spl. from this event?

  6. Jamey Price July 12, 2012

    Hi Scott, you can find any photo that I took during the weekend for sale through my archive which is linked from the post you commented on. Thanks!

  7. Jamey Price July 12, 2012

    Thank you Bob!

  8. Jamey Price July 12, 2012

    Frankly, probably not. It is an immense amount of work. The post is more about the cars than the people. Feel free to share the link around with anyone you want. Prints and downloads can be purchased through my archive.

  9. Jamey Price July 12, 2012

    Thank you!!

  10. Bill Hoffer July 13, 2012

    Terrific images! These should be made into posters!

  11. Jamey Price July 18, 2012

    Thanks Bill!

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