This car started life as a type 35 Bugatti GP car. O.A. Phillips raced it in this form until he acquired the currently installed Miller V8 engine. The engine came from a Miller 4-wheel drive car that raced in Germany and blew up, throwing bits into the stands where Adolph Hitler was watching. Hitler was missed by inches. O.A. Phillips then swapped this Miller engine in and raced at Indianapolis in 1941 and 1946.