A special screening of “The Quest” documentary film will kick start the 2012 Arizona Auction Week festivities on Sunday, January 15 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. This special event will benefit the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.
The documentary “The Quest” chronicles the efforts of a son to fulfill his late father’s dream to reunite the first Corvette to win its class at Le Mans in 1960 with the driver (John Fitch & Bob Grossman) – who made it happen – 50 years after the flag dropped. Directed by Michael Brown, the film documents the arduous crusade of Chip Miller, co-founder of the collector car extravaganza Carlisle Events, to find, restore and reunite the first American car to win its class at Le Mans with its driver 50 years after the fact. Tragically, Chip Miller died in 2004 from Amyloidosis, a disease for which there is no current cure. Chip’s son Lance picked up the torch to complete his father’s vision. “The Quest” traces the story from discovery of the Corvette to the triumphant return of John Fitch and the Briggs Cunningham team Corvette to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2010.
In addition to the film screening, the event will include a Le Mans-style start display of a dozen historic Le Mans endurance racers, including the 1st two Lister-Jaguars that raced for the Briggs Cunningham team, Ford GT40 chassis 1074, Birdcage Maserati, Ferrari 250LM, Porsche 904, Alfa Romeo TZ, among others.
Held in conjunction with the 2012 National Convention of the Solid Axle Corvette Club of America in Phoenix, the charitable event will also include the #3 Cunningham Corvette (John Fitch’s 1960 Le Mans GT Class winner), the Camoradi Team Corvette and a VIP reception/autograph session with Lyn St. James, Jim Jeffords, Dick Guldstrand, Bob Bondurant, Joe Freitas and Paul Reinhart. Director Michael Brown will share his thoughts on the documentary prior to the screening.
The film screening of “The Quest” will be held Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The car show opens at 11:00am, with the movie screening beginning at 1:00pm. Tickets for the movie and car show are $20 per person. Special $75 tickets gain entry into the movie, car show and VIP Legends reception/autograph session held after the movie. Event proceeds will benefit the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Amyloidosis.