The Last Great Miller

The Last Great Miller : The Four Wheel Drive Indy Car

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This is the story of the Four Wheel Drive (FWD) Special, a car conceived by Harry Miller, arguably America's most brilliant race car builder. Harry Miller convinced the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company to fund the project. Beginning with the initial letter from Harry Miller, through the completion of its racing years, the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company kept an amazingly detailed file on the car. The richness of this file containing a vast amount of personal correspondence allows this story to be told in detail and with unique insight. The extensive reproduction of these letters in the text of the book gives the reader a first-hand feel for Harry Miller, Walter Owen, and the other characters involved. The FWD car ran at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Indy 500 each year from 1932 through 1937. Its best finish was fourth in 1936, driven by Mauri Rose. The car resided in the FWD museum until 1948 when Bill Milliken, one of the best-known authorities on race car handling, and co-author of the best selling work on the subject, Race Car Vehicle Dynamics, convinced the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company to let him test the car.
Bill ran the car at many races, ranging from Pike's Peak to the Watkins Glenn Grand Prix, Mt. Equinox (where he won and set a record), and various other Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events until 1951 when he returned the car to the FWD Museum. The car stayed in the museum until the mid-'80s when it was purchased by noted historian and collector Buck Boudeman. Since 1997, the car has been raced numerous times in both the United States and Europe. The car's home is in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Zakira's Garage, which does maintenance and race preparation work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 223.5 x 297.2 x 27.9mm | 1,270.07g
  • SAE International
  • Warrendale, United States
  • English
  • 0768005000
  • 9780768005004
  • 2,213,153