A twenty year involvement with racing on Vancouver Island began when Dick Miller sold chips in the stands at Western Speedway in the early 1950s and ended when he retired from the executive of MIARA. Dick’s progress into racing was slow and steady. He worked as part of the pit crew for Frank Dyer in 1955 when Lamont Brooks drove. Again in 1956 he crewed for Lamont Brooks. 1957 was the year Dick crewed for the #98 car driven by Billy Foster. His final year on a pit crew was with Frank Dyer when Brian Wilson drove the car. Brian became the racing Champion that year. The experience Dick gained during the 50s helped speed things up for him and in 1963 he graduated to driver racing the Nanaimo – Victoria circuit. He placed 4th in his rookie year with Roy Haslam as his Crew Chief. Travelling between Victoria and Nanaimo, in 1964, Dick won 28 Trophy Dashes, (10 in a row) driving his orange #4 1949 Ford.
Trying to gain some insight into what made him so successful, Rick and Digger O’Dell would climb the mountain at Western Speedway to watch Dick’s racing techniques. In 1964 Roy Haslam won his first race driving that #4 car in the Mechanic’s Race in Nanaimo. Before one race that same year in Nanaimo, Dick loaned Ross Surgenor his spare radiator only to go out and damage his own radiator. He was far enough ahead in points he just sat out the Main Event. Ross went on to win the Main Event (his first in Nanaimo). Dick finished the season as the 1964 Stock Car Champion. Then he finished 7th in overall points.
The first Billy Foster Memorial Race, at Western was also the first and only rollover for Dick. It happened when a car exiting the pits spun him out of control and he proceeded to do the Western roll. Changes came after his work transferred him to Nanaimo in 1966. He continued to race, but it was in Nanaimo. Here he won a number of Main Events and Dashes driving cars for several Central Island teams including Skip Hallgarth, Bobby Courser, and John Green. Subsequently he retired from racing at the end of the 60s but served on the executive of MIARA until 1972. Dick continues to live in Nanaimo. He’s still driving only it’s for Purolator so now he doesn’t put his foot into it as much as he used
We are pleased to induct Dick Miller into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall Of Fame.