Spencer Trenery -- 1962 Ol' Yaller VIII

Spencer Trenery of Emeryville, CA, finished 16th in the most obscure of Max Balchowsky's Ol' Yallers -- Ol" Yaller VIII.   This beautiful car has E-Type Jaguar origins and is to my eye the most attractive of the Ol' Yallers.  It also was built for the street, unlike all of the other Ol' Yallers, which were true dual-purpose race/street machines. 

Trenery leads Tom Dean in another of Max Balchowsky's cars, Ol' Yaller VII, through Turn 5 during Friday's practice session.

From Historian Ron Cummings: 

"Ol' Yaller VIII is the most mysterious & obscure of the Ol' Yaller series.  Based on a wrecked E-Type Jaguar, Max started building it as a personal street car for himself.  He added a Chevy V8, reinforced the rear tub, and replaced the entire front sheetmetal shell.  He also replaced the Jaguar independent rear suspension with one of his own design.  (Max retrofitted two earlier Ol' Yallers with this IRS after previously running live axles on the cars.) 

When he grew tired of the uncompleted project, Max sold the car to John Brophy.  Brophy raced many cars and at one point owned and raced "Ol' Yaller II"

Ol' Yaller VIII no longer carries Max's IRS, it having been replaced with a Corvette unit. The car is currently owned by Gordon Apker of Washington state and is raced in northwestern vintage events." 

Gordon Apker on Ol' Yaller VIII: 

"Thought you might like to know a little more about the "VIII" car. It still retains Max's IRS (it was never removed). The center pumpkin is now Corvette, not Studebaker as original.  Max consulted for me when this car was restored. He built it for Haskell Wexler (his financial backer).  He took a center section from a wrecked Jag and had California Metalshaping (I still have the invoice for the work) make a new nose, doors and trunk lid from aluminum. They also reshaped the tail ("to dejag it" said Max) and added 58 Chev taillights. He ran a 327 Chev motor with a M22 trans. 

It was also used in "Viva Las Vegas" where it was repainted twice so it could be 2 different cars. Was sold to an amusement park owner in South Carolina where it was raced. Somewhere along the way a "boat interior" (coined by Max) was added and enough bondo and fiberglass was added to the nose to add about 100 pounds. All that went away on restoration. Max prepared a written history of specs, owners etc. which we had notarized. Thought you would enjoy this info." 

Gordon Apker 

P.S.   "Just rechecked Max's paperwork: Trans is a T10, not M22."

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