Fore & Matt Miller Honor Indiana in ‘Torch Relay’
Longtime RV industry executives Gregg Fore, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp., and Newmar Corp. President Matt Miller participated Tuesday (Oct. 4) in the Bicentennial Torch Relay winding its way through Indiana as the Hoosier State continues to celebrate its 200th anniversary of attaining statehood.
Indiana was admitted into the Union on Dec. 11, 1816. The torch relay began Sept. 9 in Corydon, Indiana’s first capital, and will travel through each of Indiana’s 92 counties before culminating Oct. 15 in Indianapolis at the statehouse grounds.
“I was nominated by someone in Elkhart County to be one of the torch relay participants,” Fore told RVBUSINESS.com while awaiting the torch handoff in east Elkhart. “There were 90-plus nominees and 28 of us were selected. I was proud to be one of them.”
When it came time to decide how best to transport the torch during his leg of the relay, Fore immediately seized upon using a motorhome to underscore the importance of the RV industry to both Elkhart County and Indiana as a whole.
“I couldn’t think of any transportation better than an RV,” Fore said. “Matt’s been a good friend from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association board of directors and he’s the owner and president of Newmar in Nappanee, Ind. Matt jumped to the opportunity and agreed to meet me out here.”
Fore set off on his approximately three-mile-long leg of the event in a Newmar Dutch Star motorhome Tuesday morning, traveling north along County Road 17 then west on State Road 120 into Elkhart. “The ‘legs’ of the relay have different lengths, depending upon whether the torch bearer is walking, running or riding,” Fore noted before taking possession of the torch from a passenger in a restored Studebaker, yet another iconic marquee in Indiana history.
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