The Genie was announced in mid-1962 as a small-bore sports-racing car, based on the Huffaker/BMC MKII Formula Junior. The Genie-Corvair was the idea of the late Paul O’Shea. O’Shea was responsible for the Corvair product line at EMPI Products, a maker of aftermarket performance parts for VW Beetles and Corvairs. John Grow of Friendly Chevrolet in Rialto, California was co-sponsor and eventual owner of the car.
Jerry Titus, became the test and development driver for the Genie Corvair. Beginning in early 1963, Titus began racing the Genie widely in west coast SCCA Nationals, the United States Road Racing Championship series, and the West Coast fall pro races. He captured a number of victories in SCCA races, and collected multiple top five finishes in the USRRC events. In 1964, Titus and the Genie qualified for the very first American Road Race of Champions, held at Riverside, with a third in D/Mod behind a Porsche Corvair. However, in the middle of Titus’ successful season, car owner, John Grow, sold the Genie. To date no one knows why.
Ed LaMantia, from Redwood City California, bought the Genie-Corvair in1964 and began racing it immediately. In 1965, LaMantia added spoilers and flares to cover larger wheels/tires. He finished third in Pacific Division in D/Mod and went to the SCCA Runoffs at Daytona Beach, finishing third in class and 17th overall in the C through F Modified race.
Ed Lamantia Jr. found the Genie in 2007. He had the car delivered directly to its original manufacturer, Huffaker Engineering, for a complete restoration to its original specification. Upon completion of the restoration Ed Jr. raced the Genie at the 2013 Monterey Reunion. This was the first time the Genie had been on the track since Ed Lamantia Sr. raced it at the Daytona Runoffs in 1965.