|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
"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
"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."