Auto Legends Kjell Qvale and Joe Huffaker Sr. to Reunite at Sonoma Raceway, Dec. 16
A special Holiday Open House at Sonoma Raceway’s Wine Country Motor Sports will feature two automotive legends – Kjell Qvale and Joe Huffaker Sr. – who made racing history with their engineering technology and daring designs of race and sports cars. Qvale and Huffaker Sr. will greet fans at the raceway store from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.
“This will be a wonderful occasion for racing fans and anyone who loves automobiles,” said Dave Lipsky, owner of Wine Country Motor Sports. “We’ll have 1960s vintage race cars on display, complimentary food and beverages from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., as well as Kevin Nelson, author of an exciting new book on Qvale.”
In Lunches with Mr. Q: An Auto Titan on Business, Life and Sports Car Dreams, Nelson tells the story of Qvale, a San Francisco automotive pioneer and entrepreneur, whose racing partnership with Huffaker produced Indianapolis 500 race cars, specials such as Formula Juniors and Genies, and modified production Jaguars and MGs that won races across the United States in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Another notable figure in attendance to meet with fans will be Joe Huffaker Jr., owner of Huffaker Engineering at the Sonoma Raceway and a significant auto builder and engineer in his own right.
Qvale and Nelson will sign copies of Nelson’s new book, of which former General Motors’ CEO Bob Lutz said, “It’s a book that needed to be written. It chronicles the life of one of America’s original and greatest ‘car guys’ who made the whole West Coast (and thus the nation) aware of the motoring joy that could be found in European sports cars.”
This event is part of the weekend Holiday Open House at Wine Country Motor Sports, which features race gear and gift merchandise with special discounts up to 50-percent off. Wine Country Motor Sports is located at Sonoma Raceway, 29265 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more information call 800-708-RACE or visit www.winecountrymotorsports.com.