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  • Obscure 500 entrant, Eddie Miller, update

    Saw this on FB on a group for a long closed Denver racetrack:

    I retired and moved from North Denver to San Carlos, Mexico...I recently met a guy named Fast Eddie Miller. He lives on a sailboat in the San Carlos Bay. He told me he raced at Lakeside, but his claim to fame is a crazy crash at the Indy 500 in 1976. Anyone remember Fast Eddie Miller? Here's the crash
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6...DOD7V8OVAgj9f8
    This would have been before my time, but growing up in the Colorado racing world in the 80's and 90's I had never heard of Eddie Miller, and though I've seen the crash video before, I had no idea he was from Colorado.
    "He went into a tire barrier, which is certainly the nicest of all the barriers." -Bobby Unser, Denver '90

  • #2
    I remember the name from this video, at 1:55 Eddie Miller is mentioned along with the caption of "I'll be back next year"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzObdx16Tq8

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    • #3
      It’s too bad that Mike Thomsen is no longer a member, he talked to Eddie Miller on the phone for about 30 minutes last year, It’s really a cool story about what happened to bring the two of them together to talk. And he talked to Eddie Miller about his career and why it ended. It’s a worthwhile story.

      He was going to tell the story on TOGA one night last year but the show was running over and never got to it.

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      • #4
        If his crash would have happened on race day he probably would have pegged a few photographers on his trip towards the tree.
        "Charging a man with murder here was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500."- Capt. Willard, Apocolypse Now
        "Ain't nuthin' like [being with a woman], 'cept maybe the Indy 500."- Bunny, Platoon
        "To alcohol! The cause of- and solution to- all of life's problems."- Homer J. Simpson

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        • #5
          The crazy thing is that in Champ Car Stats --- Miller entered only 1 race in his career --- the 1976 Indy 500. His history as a driver says "1976 Indy 500 -- DNQ crashed in practice"
          That's it! "Thanks for coming Eddie."

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