|(11-29-12) From Dave Hood:
"Eric Pohl and I were in the Air Force
together, stationed in the Hollywood hills and I was part of Eric's pit
crew. Eric and Doug were friends and we hung out at Doug's
I took the movies during each race there
at Santa Barbara. You may be right about the 1965 date. The
film has been sitting in my closet for all these years. Just got
around to digitizing it this month. Does anyone know
who owns the Alligator now?
Always thought it was a great looking
(11-29-12) From Jim Gessner:
"Hello DAVE. I AM JIM GESSNER. My website
ww.vettefinderjim.com explains who I am. Our REGISTRY OF CORVETTE RACE
CARS is my passion. www.registryofcorvetteracecars.com
I just talked to DOUG HOOPER. He lives
in OAKHURST. He is NOT computer literate, but we are working on him to
get there with help from Grandkids etc. I would love to get a copy of the
The ''ALLIGATOR'' is still alive. It
showed up at FABULOUS 50'S CONCOUR show in 2010.
I would love to talk to you. I have appointments
this morning, but can be reached this afternoon or anytime later as I am
(11-29-12) From Fred Yeakel:
"May 29 & 30, 1965 was the first
race weekend for my 1957 Corvette. We finished the car early Saturday morning
and trailered it up to the SB races.
The biggest problem was that the rear
intake manifold seal kept failing after two laps and I would be black flagged
for smoking. We finally gave up and watched the Sunday race.
I watched Ozzie (Eric Pohl) go over the
embankment. I went to see him in the hospital and loaned him my trailer
to bring his/Doug's car back to North Hollywood. If you look closely at
the video, there are two Cheetahs in the background. Jerry Entin's #78
and very briefly the silver #33 Dixon Cadillac car."
(11-29-12) From Ron Cummings:
"Tom Shaughnessy now owns the Alligator-Kurtis
500sx. The car has the Campbell Alligator body on it but Tom has a Mistral
body like the body that was on the car when Campbell bought it. Tom also
found the original Aluminum Deits/Sutton/Kurtis body that apparently was
never mounted on the chassis.
It looks like a well known Northern
California racer bought the chassis and body through Kurtis and died before
completing the project.
I beat Pohl at Del Mar when he spun out
right in front of me at turn one at the start of the race. I was driving
Dale Hersh's Porsche Speedster. My friends told me that Pohl spun the Corvette
out several times trying to catch me.
At Santa Barbara, I was standing on top
of a motor home watching Pohl lock up the rear wheels every lap,
leaving black tire marks, when he down shifted. Every time he did this
the Corvette's engine screamed to very high rpm. Finally the flywheel came
up through the car taking out the brakes.
Pohl went off the end of the straight
crossed the track right in front of Jim Adams' Sunbeam Tiger hit the berm
leaped at least twenty feet in the air and leaped across the canal. Every
fiberglass seam was broken on the Corvette's body. Doug Hooper told me,
last year, that the Corvette is being restored with a new frame."