Chip Miller was inducted into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame on September 2, 2005. His wife, Judy, children Evelyn, Jennifer, and Lance, and scores of friends and relatives were present to honor this giant in the Corvette hobby. Chip was an active 62 when he was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder. He was always upbeat about his chances and felt positive he would somehow beat the odds. Sadly, he didn't. Despite his condition, Chip never had an unkind word to say about anyone and remained one of the most positive, passionate people we've ever met. It was always a joy to be in his presence.
Did we mention Chip also had a passion for cars? He loved anything on wheels, but his lifelong devotion to Chevrolet's sports car-he bought his first Vette at age 19-helped make the Corvette hobby what it is today. Along with his partner, Bill Miller (no relation), Chip started the Corvettes at Carlisle show in 1974. Today, the show's parent company, Carlisle Productions, produces multiple marque-specific events that run from April to September. This success allowed Chip to own more than 80 Corvettes in his lifetime. He boasted a stunning collection of cars, but two-a '60 Cunningham Le Mans Corvette and an '01 ex-Dale Earnhardt C5-R factory race car-were undoubtedly his favorites. Chip also loved his Corvette Challenge cars, which he campaigned fiercely in various vintage-racing events.
Chip also enjoyed racing Spec Fords with his son, Lance. After a race, he was always animated about Lance's performance, his hands moving through the air to re-create his son's on-track moves. His love for family was boundless, and it helped define the kind of man he was to those around him.
Chip remained defiantly upbeat to the very end. When he left us, he held up two fingers to his family in a sign of peace and smiled beatifically. Soon after, the Miller family started the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation. Dedicated to the research and cure of amyloidosis, the foundation has thus far raised over $300,000. Chip Miller is dearly missed, but Corvette fans will enjoy his contribution to the hobby for many years to come.