Willow Springs 2004 -- 3
Your webmaster THOUGHT the #07 car is the rarely seen "Ol Yaller VII" car.  It leads Bob Lytle in his Allard. 

Racing Historian Ron Cummings straightens this out for me:

"The photo of the yellow car #07 was taken during the VARA race the same day as the Fabulous 50's party. Car #07 is actually  Pancho Kohner's Devin Special powered by an aluminum BOP V8.   I believe the real Ol' Yaller VII was still in the shop for its recent restoration, that weekend."

Ron Cummings on OY VII: 

"Ol' Yaller VII was sold as a bare rolling chassis to Don Kirby, a driver in northern New York state.  He installed some sort of a body and a Chevrolet motor.  The car was raced in east coast events as "Ol' Yaller VII".  Max, at the time, claimed no knowledge of the car because it was sold only as a chassis.   According to Reagan Rulau, Brock Yates and some friends later installed an Ambro plastic body that looks like a Birdcage Maserati.  The car now races in that configuration." 

Brock Yates on the OY VII Body:

"Here's the real deal on Ol' Yaller VII's body. The original was a fibreglass Devin based on a Ferrari TR.  Weight approx that of a Kenworth dump truck. The second body, in aluminum that faintly resembled a Birdcage Maser was done by Dick Lane in Trumansburg, N.Y. whose specialty, as I recall, was custom aircraft interiors with a sideline in race car repair and fabrication.  This is the body that's on the car-- at least the last time I saw the car in Jimmy Dobbs' collection.   All the Best, Brock Yates"

Latest update sent to Ron Cummings:

"Ol' Yaller VII is currently owned by Tom Dean.  Tri-C Engineering, Mike Lawrence's company in in Valencia, CA, is restoring it. (They gave Old Yaller II a 6-week, hurried, restoration for Ernie Nagamatsu a couple of years ago.)  Presently the chassis is getting blasted.  The engine is date coded April 30, 1962, gearbox March 30, 1962, rear end February 6, 1963. The front and rear body is fiberglass. The side pod/old fuel tanks are aluminum/fiberglass."

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