Bill Miller, Jr. and Chip Miller to Receive 2019 AACA Museum Automotive Heritage Award
Annual Award Honors Those Who Make Exceptional Contributions to the Hobby
By: Carlisle Events
There's a bit of irony surrounding this award for Bill and Chip, as the October 9, Hershey based ceremony is also home to where it all started for the Miller's (not related) more than 45 years ago. It was 1973 and Chip was selling a '50s era Corvette at the AACA's big event in Chocolate town. What the young men didn't realize at the time, was that while the Corvette in question seemed "old" to them, it did not classify as a classic car. As such, they were asked to remove the car from the grounds.
"We decided we needed a place for guys like us who liked the kinds of cars that we did," said Bill Miller. With a rented fairground and some loan money, Bill and Chip set out to make history, and they most certainly did. Over the years, their efforts have resulted in billions of local economic impact dollars, countless jobs, thousands of dollars in charitable monies, dozens of cars given away, proposals, marriages, babies, generations of guests and a mecca for car lovers from around the world to converge and "talk shop" for a weekend.
After many years of hard work, the duo receives this amazing honor, albeit posthumously for Chip. The Automotive Heritage Award is designed to honor and provide public recognition for an individual(s)
This recognition is the latest in a line of honors for Bill and Chip since the inception of Carlisle Events. Past honors include the Meguiars Award, Central Penn Business Journal Persons of the Year (with Lance Miller), the Others Award from the Salvation Army and many more local and regional honors. In addition, Chip was posthumously inducted into the National Corvette Hall of fame in 2013.
Lance Miller, Chip's son, will accept on his behalf, while Bill Miller will join Lance on the stage for this amazing recognition. Complete event information is available at www.aacamuseum.org/
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