The Christian Bale-Matt Damon film, Ford v Ferrari, was one of the biggest critically acclaimed blockbusters of 2019. Bale starred as Ken Miles, the motorsports legend who died in a car crash in 1966. The movie showed car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) visiting Miles’ widow and son after his death. Ken Miles’ son, Peter Miles, made major contributions to the biopic, helping Bale prepare for the role. Our Peter Miles wiki elaborates on his life since losing his father so tragically.
|About Peter Miles|
|Birth||September 28, 1950|
|Spouse||Patti Montgomery Miles|
|Children||Jaime Moore (nee Miles)|
|Parents||Mollie Miles, Ken Miles|
Peter Miles Was Present at Ken Miles’ Fatal Crash
Peter Miles was born on September 28, 1950 to Ken Miles and his wife, Mollie Miles. Peter was a month shy of his 15th birthday when he witnessed his father die in a fiery crash.
As seen in Ford v Ferrari, a young Peter, who idolized his dad, and car designer Carroll Shelby were at Riverside Raceway in Southern California on August 16, 1966.
Ken Miles was testing out the Ford “J Car” that was still in its experimental stages before they could consider debuting it at the famous Le Mans race the following year.
Seconds later, Ken Miles and the car went up in flames…and the pro driver was instantly killed in the crash. The movie never explains what happened, skipping to Shelby visiting Peter and Mollie a few weeks after Ken’s death.
The accident is believed to have been due to a mechanical failure, not driver error.
It was only in 2019 that Peter Miles revealed that he has gone back to Le Mans since 1965; the last time he went there was with his father.
Miles Is Administrator of Chip Connor’s Car Collection
Peter Miles kept his father’s love for motorsports alive in his own life.
After his father’s tragic death, young Peter went to work for his father’s friend Dick Troutman at the Troutman and Barnes custom car shop in Culver City, CA. He was there for 14 years, before moving to Precision Performance Inc. in 1986.
Peter started as a fabricator, later advancing to mechanic and crew chief. He was the crew chief for off-road racing legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart when he won the 1991 Nissan 400 in Nevada.
Peter Miles is a significant presence at car shows, especially in California. Last year, he posed in the GT40 his father drove at Le Mans in 1966.
Peter Miles and his daughter, Jaime in Ken Miles' GT40 which he drove at LeMans in 1966
Now Peter resides in Monterey, California, where he’s the executive administrator of billionaire Chip Connor’s massive vintage car collection. The collection is valued at an estimated $80.0 million.
Peter Miles, who published a photobook on his father, also helped Christian Bale get into character for the Ford v Ferrari film.
“I gave Christian Bale info about my dad from press clippings and magazine articles, and I showed him personal photos and shared audio recordings with him. Bale was looking to remain as faithful as possible to my father. I also met Caitriona Balfe and gave her snapshots of my mother and described her as best as I could,” said Peter.
Miles’ Daughter Married at the Grammy Awards
Miles and his wife, Patti Montgomery Miles, of Somerset, have a daughter, Jaime Miles.
Jaime and her then-fiance, Jeff Moore, were among the 33 couples, both straight and gay, who got married at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
You might remember that historic moment, when Queen Latifah officiated the wedding of the 33 couples, including Jeff and Jaime. Madonna, Mary Lambert, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis sang at the wedding. Boyz II Men performed for the first dance at the Grammy’s After Party.
The couples were all asked to be tight-lipped about the wedding ceremony. And, apparently, Peter Miles and the other parents were upset that Jeff and Jaime tied the knot without family there.
Jeff Moore shared the news on social media the day of the Grammy’s broadcast, asking people to tune in. The couple had planned to have a reception with their family and friends after the Grammy wedding.
Jeff Moore was a radio producer at KFMB 760 and Jaime Miles (now Moore) was a teacher-in-training back then. The couple now have a son together.
Jaime appears to have left her job as a preschool teacher to focus on motherhood. Jeff continues to work in the radio broadcast business.
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