began the Ol' Yaller legend when he drove
the Mk.1 car in partnership with Max
|Ol' Yaller Mk.1 leads at Riverside in
Eventual winner Bob
Oker challenges in his Aston Martin DBR2. Don
Hulette in his Jag-Chevy and John Von Neumann in Ferrari Testa Rossa
#0710 are next.
Skip Hudson careens after them in the
Arciero entered fiberglass- bodied 375-MM Ferrari #0362.
#211 Richie Ginther, in Von Neumann's
860 Monza #0604, ultimately finished 2nd.
|When the partnership ended, Eric took
the car (#1 here) and Max continued his development of the Buick engine.
Hauser's best race in the newly-Chevy
powered Mk.1 came at this Palm Springs event in January, 1960. He
led Bob Drake in Joe Lubin's
"Birdcage" Maserati #2452, Max Balchowsky in his brand-new Buick-powered
Yaller Mk.II, and Jim Hall (2nd
row) in a 5.7 liter Maserati 450-S #4505.
Hauser led these top-notch competitors
and others for 17 of 20 laps until his transmission broke. Drake
went on to win.
|Painted blue and still Chevy-powered,
Ol' Yaller Mk.1 ran as the Larkin- Hauser "Lioncage" later in 1960.
The "Lioncage" was as fast as any Birdcage.
Hauser won his amateur preliminary race
at Laguna Seca and qualified the "Lioncage" for the first Pacific Grand
Prix. He didn't finish but the colorful driver in his striped racing
shirt put on a great show for the spectators.
Scalzo's article on Eric Hauser (from 1961)!
now owns Ol' Yaller Mk.1 -- see it as it looks today.
Thanks to Mike for the photos & info.
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