A failed attempt at independence
From 1971 to 1972
In 1971 a Canadian business man, Jack Smith and his colleague Roy Ireland approached Jo to join them in setting up Huron Auto Race Developments. It was to be established in Canada (near Lake Huron) but fortunately, as it turned out, they began in Kingston-on-Thames in order to take advantage of known expertise and suppliers. Sadly, due to lack of finances , the company was very short lived. But 2 cars (4As) were built and raced and one more chassis built.
A single-seater F2/F3/Atlantic car was also designed and built and presented to the Press in 1971. As no expense was spared on all these cars (Jo being accustomed to McLaren funding) they were certainly built to last.
In 1972 two 4A Hurons were supplied to Dutch Manufacturer DAF. One of which was raced in the Belgium Hill Climb Championship where it won the 1972 Championship in the hands of Jean-Louis Haxhe. Four decades later this car was tracked down by the grandson of Martin van Doorne (President of DAF). It appears it was sold in 1976 to Dean Dietrich in the USA. It was resold 3 more times over the years until it was restored and sold to Paul van Doorne. He was invited to drive his car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2010. It caused a great deal of interest (Motorsport News July 2010)
In 2011 a 1970/71 Huron 4A 2 litre Sportscar Prototype was sold at Auction for £84,000.
"A story which should rather be forgotten".