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#1 oldtransamdriver

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:55

Was surprised to see this beautifully restored (by Adrian Ratcliff) racer listed on the Vancouver BC craigslist Sept. 25. This car was on display at the VRCBC HMR in 2010. Not sure if this car has been out for a recent test run. I remember some of those USRRC races in the mid-sixties and probably did see it run then.

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#2 E1pix

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 04:10

I must have seen this car run when I was 5 or 6. Augie Pabst lived a mile from us for 10 years of my childhood.

I see him listed in the below link, but who won the '66 title? Chuck Parsons?

http://vancouver.kij...QAdIdZ289767358

Lovely resto I am sure.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 05:32

I see him listed in the below link, but who won the '66 title? Chuck Parsons?


Yes, he did. He raced the Genie in 1965 and for the first half of 1966. Then he switched to a McLaren.

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#4 E1pix

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 05:50

Yes, he did. He raced the Genie in 1965 and for the first half of 1966. Then he switched to a McLaren.

Vince H.

Thank You, Vince. :up:

It sounds like Chuck may have been out of the Genie by the Road America round I attended in '66. I recall the Simoniz Lolas with Chuck and Skip Scott, before then it's a bit gray.

#5 RA Historian

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 14:47

I must have seen this car run when I was 5 or 6. Augie Pabst lived a mile from us for 10 years of my childhood.


Yes, he (Parsons) did. He raced the Genie in 1965 and for the first half of 1966. Then he switched to a McLaren.
Vince H.


It sounds like Chuck may have been out of the Genie by the Road America round I attended in '66. I recall the Simoniz Lolas with Chuck and Skip Scott, before then it's a bit gray.

This particular Genie was purchased in 1964 by the Mecom Racing Team. As far as I know, they raced it but twice. That was the 1964 Riverside Times GP and the 1964 Laguna Seca Monterey GP fall pro races. The driver in both races was Augie Pabst. These two races are the only times that Augie drove this car.

The car was sold by Mecom to Chuck Parsons, as Vince points out. Chuck switched to a McLaren half way through the 1966 USRRC season, and won the 1966 Road America 500 that September driving the McLaren solo.

As an aside; there never officially was anything named a "Huffaker Genie". The cars were built in Joe Huffaker's shop for Kjell Qvale and his British Motor Cars Distributors operation operating out of San Francisco. Officially, the cars were designated as, and for at least a while carried a badge as such, BMCs. The BMC cars started out as Formula Juniors (Mk. I, II, III) then moved into the small, then big sports racers. The sports racers were officially BMC Genies. The 1963 car was the Mk 8, while the 1964-65 car was the Mk 10. Popular usage dropped the BMC nomenclature, the big V-8 powered cars were known simply as Genies, either Mk 8 or Mk 10. Just a peeve of mine; the cars were not Huffakers or Huffaker Genies, just as the All American Racers Eagles were not 'Gurney Eagles' and to illustrate the point, Lotus cars were not known as 'Chapman Lotus'.

The Simoniz Lolas of Parsons and Scott were T-70s raced in 1968 for Carl Haas. For that year's Can Am Parsons was in a T-160 while Scott ran a T-70 until Haas got a second T-160.

Tom

Edited by RA Historian, 30 September 2011 - 14:49.


#6 David Birchall

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 15:07

Tom, presumably nobody wanted to give the impression the cars were powered by Morris Minor engines!

Adrian is a close friend-I dunno why he would advertise it on Craigslist-I will ask him and report back... He was a professional body man for many years-learned his trade in Adelaide and did a magnificent job of restoring the Genie originally intending to race it himself. With advancing years and marginal eye sight he decided that was not a good idea.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 17:05

This particular Genie was purchased in 1964 by the Mecom Racing Team. As far as I know, they raced it but twice. That was the 1964 Riverside Times GP and the 1964 Laguna Seca Monterey GP fall pro races. The driver in both races was Augie Pabst. These two races are the only times that Augie drove this car.

Tom


MRT also ran a Genie for Paul Goldsmith in the 1964 Nassau Governor's Trophy, which I figure must have been another entry for this car while it was owned by them. Result: DNF. http://wsrp.ic.cz/nassau1964.html.

#8 RA Historian

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 17:35

Thanks. The cover of Terry O'Neill's book on Nassau shows this car, as I recall. I should have put two and two together and credited this car with Nassau as well as Riverside and Laguna Seca. Guess I was focusing on Augie's two rides in the car.
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 19:50

Who did the body design for the Genie Mk 8 and 10? Really a beautiful design, IMHO.

#10 E1pix

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 19:54

The Simoniz Lolas of Parsons and Scott were T-70s raced in 1968 for Carl Haas. For that year's Can Am Parsons was in a T-160 while Scott ran a T-70 until Haas got a second T-160.

Thanks, RA, looks like my memories developed at 8! :)

#11 David Birchall

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 04:29

The Genie's owner/restorer, Adrian Ratcliff, came over for dinner the other night and he has sent me some more photos of the car-it really is quite beautiful:

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 20:05

Since this thread mentions both Mk8 and Mk 10 BMC Genies I wonder if any one can help me clear up which Mk Simon Hadfields Genie is ?

 

Last time I saw it at the Autosport International it was displayed with a sign suggesting it was originally built in 1964 which per Tom's #5 post above suggests Mk 10 while the car was listed in the Goodwood Programme as a Mk 8 ?



#13 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:04

Since this thread mentions both Mk8 and Mk 10 BMC Genies I wonder if any one can help me clear up which Mk Simon Hadfields Genie is ?

 

Last time I saw it at the Autosport International it was displayed with a sign suggesting it was originally built in 1964 which per Tom's #5 post above suggests Mk 10 while the car was listed in the Goodwood Programme as a Mk 8 ?

 

This is apparently the Don Skogmo car.  More info here:

 

http://www.simonhadf...m/Cars-For-Sale

 

http://www.racingspo...4-08-09-031.jpg

 

Perhaps Skogmo's car was a "late" Mk. 8, before they started making the Mk 10s.

 

Vince H.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:59

Adrian told me his Genie has now been sold but gave no details.

 

Robert Barg



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 13:21

Thanks Vince :up:



#16 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 05:31

Adrian told me his Genie has now been sold but gave no details.

 

Robert Barg

 

It is now owned by Mac McGarry of Walnut Creek, California.  It was entered at Monterey.  It is the third car in this link:

 

http://www.sportscar...hoto-gallery/4/

 

Vince H.



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 12:23

The Simon Hadfield Genie actually belongs to Pierre Tonetti, it was Don Skogmo's as mentioned above and was bought by Don in winter 1963/4 and is a Mk 8.  In late 65 we believe he had the car updated to a Mk 10 body and wheels, but retaining the original Mk8 chassis. This was to accompany the upgrade in engine, the car having a Ford, Oldsmobile and Chevrolet along its life with Don.  In late 1966 he took delivery of a new Lola T70 to replace the Genie and sadly lost his life in his first outing in that car. As the chassis number is "Skogmo" we wonder if he actually built the car himself from a kit?  



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 16:28

. As the chassis number is "Skogmo" we wonder if he actually built the car himself from a kit?  

I understand that to be the case. BMC not only built complete Genies for sale, but also sold kits. I believe that Scotty Beckett, Skogmo's chief wrench, built Don's car from such a kit. I also believe that these kit Genies did not have a regular BMC chassis number, so it is more than just the 'Skogmo' car that is not properly designated with a works number.

 

Incidentally, Don's fatal crash did not take place in his first outing in his new Lola T-70. He was 11th at the Mid Ohio USRRC in the Lola a week earlier.

 

Tom


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 18:41

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Oulton Park Gold Cup August 2014. I wondered why I had never seen one of these before, then I looked it up on the web!

This one made all the right noises but was somewhat outpaced in what was a fairly lightweight Guards Trophy Sports Racer class.


Edited by elansprint72, 04 September 2014 - 18:44.