1962 Ol Yaller Mark 8
|Type:||Sports Racing Car|
|Engine Type:||Chevrolet Small Block V8|
|Transmission:||Borg-Warner T-10 4 Speed|
During the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Max Balchowsky, owner of Hollywood Motors in Los Angeles, California was well known in racing circles for building the Ol’ Yaller series of racing specials. These unmistakable race cars were hand built by Balchowsky and showed his racing genius. They competed successfully against some of the best offerings from Europe. Max’s cars were triumphant over Ferrari and Maserati V12’s, Jaguars, Porsches and Scarab. Number II was driven by Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby and Bob Bondurant. Number III was sold to movie producer, Haskell Wexler. Dave MacDonald drove number V. Number IX was driven by Ron Bucknam, one of the top drivers of the day. Several cars were used in various Hollywood movie hits starring Elvis Presley including Viva Las Vegas and Spin Out.
It has been race prepped by Chris Hines of Arrowlane in Scottsdale, Arizona for the past seven or eight years. Excellent records showing engine build, race prep and track support. The #8 is a consistent front runner in recent historic races.
Car #8 was built around a Jaguar E-Type Monocoque that Balchowsky modified and shortened with adjustable suspension for caster camber and toe. It had aluminum Buick drum brakes and other Balchowsky go-fast tricks. Body was built by California Metal Shaping (Los Angeles, Calif.).
The #8 was owned by Cal Club Champion, SCCA Racer and philanthropist John Brophy. Then it went on the car show circuit eventually ending up in the collection of Gordon Apker who restored it.
One of Max Balchowsky’s nine racing specials with a known history and excellent race prep. It is eligible for rallies such as The Colorado Grand. The #8 has raced many times at Monterey Motorsports Reunion where it is a potential class winner.
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