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Miller 91 • Edition of 30 • 23″ x 10″ x 8.5″
Leon Duray in his spectacular 1927 “Packard Cable Special” Miller 91 front wheel drive racer.
In the 1920’s Championship automobile racing had an enormous following in the U.S. The cars were exotic wildly expensive custom built racers and the top drivers were widely known daredevils. The speeds were amazing on the long ovals. Leon Duray attained 128 mph in 1927 at “The Brickyard” – Indianapolis, so called because it was originally paved in bricks.
George Stewart was an aggressive driver and talented mechanic. At the time when he moved up to speedway racing, the promoters wanted a more international flavor for the popular series. A Frenchman would make for good press. Voila! George Stewart became Leon Duray, dreaded French driving ace, dressed all in black. Duray was one of the top names in speedway and his cars were top notch.
Leon Duray is shown flat out in his Miller front drive at the “Brickyard” – Indianapolis speedway. The distinctive finned supercharger intercooler sticks out the side of the hood. Duray looks out around the cowl with his signature scowl. The investment cast bronze sculpture is leaned forward to give it a “speed” look like those captured by old focal plane shutter cameras.