Pedro Rodriguez, in a Genie Mk.8, leads Roger Penske, in the Zerex Special, during the 1963 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway. Rodriguez went on to finish 3rd behind Penske and the Cooper-Cobra of eventual winner Dave McDonald.
Photo: Allen Kuhn
Huffaker Engineering has been more successful, over a longer period of time, and in more forms of motorsport, than any other American racecar manufacturer. Who else has built winning sports racers, production cars, Trans-Am sedans, Formula cars and Indy racers besides Joe Huffaker and his son, Joe. Their engines powered amateur and semi-pro drivers to hundreds of club racing victories and dozens of SCCA National Championships. Starting with specials and svelte front-engined Formula Juniors, the Huffakers left their mark on Jaguars, MGs, DeTomasos, Pontiacs, Jensens, Triumphs, Ferraris and even Cobra replicas. And they are still at it today, with two more trophies for victories in the 2002 SCCA Runoffs at Mid-Ohio. It’s time to take a look back at this high-performance institution and see how it came to be the long-haul champ of American racing.
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