1964 Townsend USRRC 4th place mid-engine car, the last of the Townsend Typhoons out of Tucson, AZ.
History of this Vehicle
The Townsend Mk IV was born in 1964 from the remains of a wrecked Genie. Townsend designed a 1.5” tubular chassis with conventional coil-over- suspension at all four corners. Front discs brakes were large Girling units from the Genie; the rear assembly and brakes were sourced from a Corvette. The body was constructed by modifying a new Mk 9 Genie and was painted silver. Motivation came from stroker Aluminum POB, acquired from Smokie Yunick, backed by a Collotti transaxle. When Townsend tired of the Pontiac’s oiling issues a Chevy 427 L-88 was installed. A Hewland was swapped in when it became apparent that the 427 monster was more than the Collotti could handle. The car was a ground pounder and finished 4th twice in class at the AARC with Pete Voevodsky at the wheel.
The car eventually retired. In the 70’s the car traded hands for work done, and eventually made its way to a barn in Wyoming where it sat until located by T2V.
Plans for this Vehicle
T2V Racing and Restoration’s fully restored 1964 Townsend MK-IV debuted at the http://wheelsofwellness.org/ fundraiser in Phoenix, AZ this last Sunday. A fantastic day—great cars and as always good people for a great cause! Many thanks for another spectacular event.
Pete Voevodsky, original driver for the MK-IV, was reunited with the restored car and seems ready to get some test time in soon. Thanks to Rebecca, Don and Justin and a lot of other helpful people we were able to restore the car in 6 weeks to show level.
Now we’re getting ready to “test and tune” at the INDE race park in Wilcox. Will be racing in at Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2011, was just accepted in!
Sponsors & Special Thanks
Thanks to Rebecca, Don, Justin and a lot of other helpful people, we were able to restore the car in 6 weeks to show level.