Corvette enthusiast Lance Miller will continue his own quest to fill his late father’s dream with a fundraising appearance on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Ocean City, N.J.
Lance, of course, is the son of Corvettes at Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller, whose dream of honoring the historic 1960 No. 3 Corvette racer was cut short by a rare disease called amyloidosis.
“The Quest” chronicles the beginnings of Corvette racing at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race in France in 1960. All the Corvettes that participated in this race were lost for decades, but Chip set a personal goal of finding and restoring the 1960 class-winning No. 3 Corvette and return it to Le Mans in 2010, with one of the original drivers, racer John Fitch, to mark the 50th anniversary of the car’s win. Chip’s death in 2004, a few months after being diagnosed, ended his dream, but sharing his father’s passion for Corvettes and racing, Lance Miller set out to honor his father’s wish.
The Ocean City Boardwalk Club hosts an annual parade through Ocean City and onto the Boardwalk where they park the Corvettes all day long for people to enjoy. The 1960 Le Mans Corvette will lead the parade on Sept. 22 and then will be on display at 5 p.m. “The Quest” will be shown at the Ocean City Music Pier on 9th Street at 6 p.m., followed by a meet and greet with the filmmakers at 7:45 p.m.
This showing of the film will help raise funds for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation, which was founded by family and friends after his death to help seek a cure for the disease and find a way to detect it earlier.
“Bringing ‘The Quest’ to my amazing hometown of Ocean City means so much to me,” said Lance, who is CMCF board president. “Each summer, the Ocean City community comes together at an annual Surf Fest to support our foundation in our mission to raise awareness of amyloidosis. I’m so grateful for this continual outpouring of support from the community. Mayor Jay Gillian and the city of Ocean City continue to be very supportive and it’s truly a privilege to be part of a community that gives back.”
That day, you’ll also have a chance to meet Kevin Mackay, Chip’s friend who found the 1960 racer and lovingly restored it, and Michael Brown, director of the film.
Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation. To purchase tickets, see http://chipmiller.org/th_event/the-quest-documentary/. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
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