|Perusing the Pebble Beach Concours
by Dennis Simanaitis
photos by John Lamm
[The Miller restored by Leydon's is on the third page of a lavish three page display of automobilia at the 20th anniversary event.]
"The Pebble Beach Cup is a special judges' award," Lorin [event co-chair] says, "this one, to honor the best of the cars brought over from the Monterey Historics."
The award went to Robert Rubin's 1929 Miller 91, the Packard Cable Special. This front-drive racer, stunning in purple and yellow, sports a beautiful centrifugal supercharger and an artfully finned intercooler.
The car has a fascinating history. It qualified 3rd at Indianapolis in 1929, then went off to Europe where is set international records at Montlhéry. It and a sibling Miller 91 ran in the Monza Grand Prix. Both were later traded to Ettore Bugatti for three Type 43s. Bugatti also offered his most sincere form of flattery in subsequent design of Type 50, 51 and 55 cylinder heads.