1962 Huffaker Mark 2

PRICE: $70,000.

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1962 Huffaker MK2 Formula Junior

Constructed by Joe Huffaker, Sr, of the Competition Department of British Motor Car Distributors LTD., San Francisco, CA, this Mark 2 began life fitted with a BMC Series A motor of 1098 cc capacity. It had an early Volkswagen 5 speed gearbox and drum brakes all around. The frame was constructed of lightweight round steel tubing in a perimeter space frame, in the style of the times.

The success enjoyed by the precursor to this car, the “BMC” Huffaker MK1, was not to be for this model Junior, however. Lotus developed the Model 18 and Cooper had the Type 56, both cars proving their worth on the track, while relegating the Huffaker to the middle of the pack.

Huffaker went back to his Indy Car roots and the car began to evolve into what you see here today. To reduce lap times, disc brakes were fitted at both front and rear; with the rear brakes mounted inboard on the transmission side plates, to reduce unsprung weight. This required recasting the rear uprights to complete the transition and simplify the design of the bearing carriers. The second major upgrade was to change from the “Sprite” motor to the superior Ford 105E based design used in the Lotus and Coopers, as the winning combination. Horsepower increased from 85+ to about 110, with a dramatic change in performance. These changes, along with other minor improvements, were incorporated on this car by various owners over the years.

Pete Biro, did a track test of the last Huffaker Junior produced, the MK6. Writing for Sports Car Graphic magazine in June 1963, he noted the improved handling of the latest model racer and traced the improvements back to the Genie sports racers and Indy cars previously built by Huffaker. The car was a front-runner in the last two years of the Formula Junior series and, to quote the author, “there were no radical changes, really, but enough minor ones to make one devil of a difference”.

The current owner purchased the car in 2011, got a feel for it, and decided to restore it to a high level of fit and finish. The goal being to have the only set of Huffaker Juniors, both a MK1 and MK2 currently running in vintage racing, and providing him with the opportunity to race the cars and show them at events such as Amelia Island in 2013. Because the cars run in two different classes, rear engine vs. front engine, and drum brakes vs. disc brakes, the conundrum is which car to enter…

 

  1. Purchased from Jim Yule, Spring 2011.
  2. Completed disassembly and inspection including crack testing, Winter of 2011-12.
  3. Rebuild of engine by PHP Race Engines, Mr. Barry Sale, Wauconda, IL. 2013, 2015 (two races)
  4. Rebuild of all four corners: bearings; brakes; rod ends; bushings, etc.
  5. New brake pads by Porterfield.
  6. New Sprite disc calipers front.
  7. Rebuild VW gearbox: bearings; seals; and setup.
  8. New Dunlop tires 10/15/15.
  9. New center drive steering rack.
  10. New body panels and windscreen from Peter Denty in England.
  11. New custom dry sump oil tank 2013.
  12. New Titan cast aluminum dry sump oil pan 2015.
  13. Paint and body 1/15/2013.
  14. Original Huffaker wheels painted to match, not to be raced.
  15. New Eagle Fuel cell 2011, new fuel pump.
  16. New 5 lb. Firebottle 2014.
  17. New Tilton clutch assembly and flywheel 2014.
  18. New gear reduction starter 2014.
  19. New oil cooler 2015.
  20. New aluminum radiator mounts
  21. New RaceTech gauges, including programmable recording tach, with warning lights.
  22. New aluminum dash.
  23. New wiring and fuse panel.
  24. New silicon water hoses.
  25. New braided stainless AN oil lines.
  26. New exhaust pipe heat wrap.
  27. Current safety restraints.
  28. Spares: Suspension arms; original Huffaker wheels, not to be raced, trailing arms.
About John Starkey
I started racing in an Elva-BMW in British Hillclimbs a long time ago; After spending all my parents’ and my friends’ money on this lark (which I thoroughly enjoyed), I settled down to marriage and two kids until age 30. An XK120 Jaguar just begged to be bought and so I promptly equipped this with a roll-over bar and damn read more...
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