Multiple-time Monterey Historics participant
1964 Huffaker-Genie Mk 10 USRRC Sports-Racer
Chassis no. H120
* 357-cid Chevrolet V8 with Weber carburetors
* Hewland LG500 transaxle
* Period USRRC race history
* The first of only six Genie Mk 10s produced
* Multiple-time Monterey Historics participant
* Immaculately prepared
* Huge spares package (see text)
Joe Huffaker Sr. saw an opportunity when the Sports Car Club of America launched its first-ever professional series, the United States Road Racing Championship, in 1963. Up to that point, the amateur-oriented SCCA had staunchly resisted the idea of cash prizes or starting money, but when many of its top drivers crossed the street to "run for bucks" at rival USAC events, SCCA realized that it couldn't hold off the inevitable, and the USRRC was born. Along with many other talented engineers and designers, Huffaker decided to build a new car for the series based on FIA Group 9 regulations, for full-bodied V8-powered racing cars with no displacement limit.
After building a series of small racing specials in the1950s, Joe Huffaker had constructed and sold some very competitive Formula Juniors while running British Motor Car Distributors' Competition Department on the West Coast. When interest in that series began to wane, he moved on to construct larger-displacement sports-racers, beginning with the little Huffaker-Genie Mk. 4, powered by a four-cylinder BMC 1100. It featured a light tube space-frame, independent coil-spring suspension, disc brakes, and a fiberglass body, all features that would be seen in subsequent models. The later Mk.5 employed a wider variety of bigger-displacement engines and proved quite successful. When the USRRC beckoned, Huffaker laid out a new chassis and body with skirted rear wheels, dubbed the Mk.8, able to accommodate V8 power, initially the 215-inch aluminum Buick/Olds/Pontiac. A larger and stronger version, dubbed the Mk.10, had open rear wheels and was capable of handling bigger-displacement engines such as the Chevrolet V8. The Mk.10s were briefly competitive in the USRRC, but newly-arrived competitors including Chaparral, Lola, and then McLaren eventually came to dominate the series, and what would become the much-loved Can-Am Challenge in 1966.
This rare and attractive 1964 Huffaker-Genie Mk. 10, chassis 'H120', is the first, and according to its present owner, the most original of the six examples built at Huffaker's shop. It was delivered to George Koehne of San Antonio, Texas, a former USAF Lt. Colonel who had previously raced a Maserati 200SI, Tipo 61 'Birdcage' and a Cooper-Buick before taking delivery of the Genie in time for the USRRC race at Augusta International Speedway on March 1, 1964, finishing a respectable fifth overall. Koehne went on to compete in further USRRC rounds at Pensacola in April and Laguna Seca in May. After being damaged during practice at the 1964 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside, California, the car was acquired by Bob Samm who stored it until 1983. Passing through a dealer in St. Louis, 'H120' went to the East Coast, and eventually to ex-Corvette racing driver Leon Hurd. In 1990, the Genie passed to its current owner, who completely restored the car for vintage racing. The car has since raced at Seattle, Portland, Sears Point, Thunderhill and has successful competed at the Monterey Historics for the best part of a decade.
Today, it is fitted with a 357 cubic-inch Chevrolet and Weber carburetors, a Hewland LG500 transaxle (the only significant deviation from original and much stronger than the original unit), and all A.N.-spec hardware. The car comes with many recently-installed new parts and has always been maintained to the highest standards. A comprehensive spares package (including wheels, suspension and brake components, various engine and powertrain parts, plus a dedicated alignment rig and other support equipment) is included in the sale, however it is the buyer's responsibility to arrange shipping of these items from their present location, or negotiate pickup of the spares with the vendor directly.
Joe Huffaker's Genie sports-racing cars are fine examples of his commitment to high-quality, light, strong chassis construction combined with good power and handling. Loud, fast, and always a crowd-pleaser, 'H120' will be welcome at all major US vintage racing events.