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
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.
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.