Joe Huffaker, Sr., selected for SCCA Hall of Fame

December 7th, 2016 by Sherry Grantz

Joe Huffaker, Sr., who was inducted into the San Francisco Region Hall of Fame in 2007, will be inducted by SCCA National in January.

TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 5, 2016) – Eight individuals who have made significant contributions to the Sports Car Club of America and the world of motorsports have been announced as the Club’s newest Hall of Fame class, adding their names to a list of timeless superstars. Pete Brock, Dennis Dean, Larry and Linda Dent, Joe Huffaker Sr., Lyn St. James, Phil Hill and Jim Kaser comprise the latest class to join the select ranks.

As in years past, this group will be formally inducted to the Hall of Fame as part of the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. That event takes place Saturday, January 21 and serves as the capstone of the three-day SCCA National Convention taking place again in 2017 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joe Huffaker, Sr.
For more than 30 years, Joe Huffaker Sr. was one of the most successful racecar constructors.  In 1954, he was contracted to build an Austin-Healey Special.  The car, known as the Huffaker-Healey, was a common site in the late 1950s on race tracks in Northern California.   In 1959, Huffaker joined British Motor Cars in San Francisco to open a competition department.  Known as BMC Competition Department, this effort spawned a very successful string of cars including the BMC Formula Juniors and Genie Sports Racers.  During this era, BMC Competition Department became one of the largest racecar manufacturers in the United States.

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