As part of the auction, the cars will cross the block on Saturday (January 18) and can be seen worldwide during a special two-hour (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST) network broadcast on Fox. The lot numbers for the '53, '03 and pedal car are 5038 and 5038.1. These cars, from Miller's private collection, will sell as a singular package at NO RESERVE. This adds special interest that demonstrates they are not just another lot of special cars but a rare opportunity, from a private collection, that doesn't come up that often. Further, the Asteroid has been given lot 5024, meaning it will run not long before the combined lot of cars and also be part of the special two-hour broadcast. Along with the Asteroid Corvette itself, some recently acquired art and major show trophies associated with the car will be included as part of the auction.
The art is a painting of the Asteroid doing a burnout and like the trophies was purchased through the family of its original owner, Bob Nordskog. Nordskog was a dominant figure within powerboat racing circles for more than four decades, was the Chief Editor and Owner of Powerboat Magazine and was the chairman of a company that manufactured aircraft food service facilities. The aforementioned painting hung in his office for many years, while the trophies were earned during the car’s time on the track as well as its many years of appearances at car shows across the country.
"Having the painting and trophies available along with the Asteroid itself makes for a complete package that any true collector should want," said Miller. "I'm excited to see in person each of these cars cross the block and I think the viewing audiences, both in person in Scottsdale and those watching at home will really enjoy what they see."
Randy Koeppel from Desert Autosport located in Arizona and longtime college friend of Miller and partner on the Asteroid Corvette noted, “The Asteroid is a vehicle I’ve been after for a longtime and I’m glad that Lance and I had the opportunity to partner up on such an amazing piece of history! This car deserves to be in a museum or as part of someone's serious collection.”
This isn't the first time that Miller and Carlisle Events have had association with the Barrett-Jackson auction house, but it's one of the more high profile offers. In the past, Carlisle Events and Barrett-Jackson have partnered to auction cars for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation and in 2012, Steve Davis (President), Gary Bennett (Vice President of Consignments)
Finally, these cars and a very select few others that are marquee machines during the January auction will be highlighted via a special pre-Christmas program on Fox Sports 1. The show, titled “Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014: The First Look,” airs at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 19 and will include video of the Asteroid and the '53/'03 cars. Some video was filmed by Fox Sports 1 onsite at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and the program will include comments from Lance Miller, his mother Judy Miller and others associated with these great machines.
Those hoping to catch the special Barrett-Jackson show in December should consult their local listings to pin-point where on their tuner Fox Sports 1 is. In addition, not only will the auction in January air on various Fox backed channels, it will also be streamed via the Barrett-Jackson web page. With Fox being one of the “big four” broadcast networks, the world can watch as Miller’s cars cross the block during the Saturday program called “A Tribute to Americana.”
“Barrett-Jackson and Fox are proud to offer this special program in January,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “As one can imagine, every consignor wanted to be a part of this historic Broadcast Television opportunity and as such, picking the cars for the two hour showcase on Saturday, January 18 was very difficult,” continued Davis. “Selecting the cars consigned by Lance Miller was a no-brainer though, because the cars and the Miller family, including the late-great Chip Miller are Americana personified.”
Additional updates for Corvettes at Carlisle enthusiasts will be made available by Miller himself