|(2-16-11) From Ron Cummings:
"Old Yeller III was built to be a street sports car. That is why
it is so big. Haskell hauled the chassis to Jack Sutton himself to have
the aluminum body built.
The urge to race was too strong. The first time, at Pomona, both
Max and Drake practiced with the car. It was unpainted, in bare aluminum,
and looked beautiful. Drake finished second to Bill Krause's Birdcage in
Sunday's main event.
The next time I saw the car was at Santa Barbara. Old Yeller was
painted by then. Drake and OY III won. Not long after, Drake won at Pomona.
Bondurant drove the car to Henderson Nev. and I believe he won there. Wexler
usually drove the car to and from the races. He was the owner not Max.
Ron Bucknum got seat time in the car. Max and Haskell wanted Ron to have
some experience in a powerful car because he had signed with Honda to drive
their first Formula One car. Mr. Honda signed Ronnie after seeing him beat
the Corvettes at Dodger Stadium while driving the Hollywood Sports Cars