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 Peoria, Illinois

Don Miller was working on cars "before I was even licensed to drive them." In the early 50's Don became enamored with mechanics and if no car was available he would work on lawnmowers and small engines.  In the mean time he was also a dedicated subscriber to Popular Science and would flip to the Model Garage series and Gus Wilson as soon as it arrived. Don originally hailed from Indianapolis, Indiana eventually landing in Peoria, Illinois.

Through the years his interest in mechanics has taken him from a business in small engine repair through jobs as a line mechanic at Chevrolet, Lincoln/Mercury, and Oldsmobile dealerships.  It was at the Oldsmobile dealership that he also began working on the dealerships other lines cars (MG, Fiat, and Jaguar).  It was during this period that he began to work more and more on the imports.  In 1982, a tremendously slow time for the service industry, that Don opened Miller Automotive in Peoria. To get a better idea of his operation there go to http://arcpress.com/.

On a visit to Peoria Don took me on a tour of his shop and I was fortunate to have lunch with Don and his wife Elaine.  She and Don both share a love of art. She is an accomplished painter and Don a metal sculptor.  His business, his art, children, step-children, and grandchildren keep him hopping.  I'm amazed that he still has time to create websites and dabble in the "Gus" project.

Don Miller and I became acquainted following a bidding war on e-bay for a Gus Wilson pocketbook.  Don was the first person to put the Model Garage up on the internet. His site was the inspiration for this site and he has helped immeasurably in keeping me "chipping away" at this project.  Don's shop is in Peoria, Illinois where he works on a wide variety of makes and models.  His shop reminds me of how the model garage would've evolved had it made it past 1969.  Thanks Don for all your encouragement and help.