Somewhere, just west of nowhere, sits one of Max Balchowsky’s masterpieces. Although it has been over a decade since Reagan Rulau saved this historic treasure, the story of its rescue is known only to a small circle of fanatical “Balchowskians.” The car is Ol’ Yeller VI, and its current home is the Mojave Desert.
Between 1957 and 1963, Max and Ina Balchowsky assembled what would become a legendary series of nine Ol’ Yellers at Hollywood Motors. MkV, VI, and VII were built concurrently as rolling chassis to be sold to customers. According to Rulau, “This was a good way for Max to generate capital, as there were not many shops at the time that were willing to build a competition roller.”
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