Miller Engineering Top Fuel Dragster is, first and foremost, a
development tool. It plays an pivotal role in the process of
bringing all BME products to market and continually improving their
performance, reliability and durability. "Our company," BME
President, Bill Miller, states,
the only manufacturer of connecting rods, pistons, wrist pins, and
supercharger components which uses its own race car to develop
Virgie Miller are some of the last independents in Top Fuel drag
racing. A rarity in a motorsport where the top teams have two or
three racecars, a dozen engines, scores of full-time crew members,
three tractor trailers and millions of dollars in sponsorship; the
Bill Miller Engineering Top Fuel Team has a single car, one hauler,
a highly-motivated crew of 10 and a budget dwarfed by those of drag
racing's nitro class stars. The Team runs about half the National
Hot Rod Association National Events each year.
One of the last competitive,
self-sponsored racers in Top Fuel drag racing is
Carson City, Nevada's Bill Miller.
Image: BME Ltd.
What motivates the BME Top Fuel
Above all, it's
which keeps the BME Team competing in NHRA's Mello Yello
Hanging in BME hauler is a plaque bearing President Calvin
Coolidge's famous views on the subject: "Nothing can take the
place of persistence. Talent will not--nothing is more common than
unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not--unrewarded genius is
almost a proverb. Education will not--the world is full of educated
derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan
'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the
Every Team Member takes those words to heart.
Racing since '81
Bill Miller used to raced a
Chevrolet-powered Top Fuel Dragster. For many years,
it was the only blown-fuel Arias/Chevy at National
For 17 years, in two
different chassis, BME ran the only blown-fuel, Arias/Chevrolet
at National Events. By the end of 1998, staying competitive with
the Big-Block Chevy was too costly, so Bill Miller put a Brad
Anderson Hemi in his eight year-old chassis. The BAE-powered,
BME fueler went 4.59/323, but by '05, the car was obsolete and
the Team ordered its third car from chassis supplier, Don Long.
third BME car at the 2001 Winternationals.