Ocelot Chassis

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About 20 cars were built from 1968 - 1979, by Larry Schneider and Gene Davis, near Madison Wisconsin. Their cars won two National Championships, several divisional titles and held numerous lap records. Their Ocelot and Suzuki engines dominated the DSR class for years.

Kendall Noah, who was the chief 747 instructor for TWA, drove a 1975 Ocelot. He won all seven national races he entered, and won the 1975 National Championship Runoffs Race in Atlanta.

The original engine that was used was an Ocelot 850cc, 135 hp two stroke, water cooled Suzuki triple. The Ocelot also had a special Suzuki 5 speed racing gearbox. The gearbox utilizes straight cut gears and a special close ratio fifth gear.

Four cars which were made from 1974 - 1975 with the then new "streamliner" body with the enclosed wheel wells. The streamliner body was designed by Kent Kelly, a GM stylist and aerodynamicist. The design was patterned after Le Mans endurance race cars. The graphics were done by Bob Burrows of Kansas City. The last of these cars was the only one with a roll cage.

Bill Meyer owned Kendall Noah's former car from 1980 to about 1986. It won the '75 Runoffs with a roll hoop. When Meyer purchased the car, it had been updated to a cage just like that shown on the picture of Jerry Dykhuisen's car. ocelotpa.jpg (32552 bytes) It went back to Wisconsin in about 1990. The photos as seen in the Ocelot Photo Gallery show the car after the cage was restored to the original configuration roll hoop for vintage racing.

Regarding Jerry Dykhuisen's Ocelot bodied DSR, pictured in the Ocelot Photo Gallery, James Wilhelm of Verona, WI writes

"Enthusiasts who are new to the class may find it interesting to learn that it's the first center seat DSR to qualify for The Runoffs.  Note how the the law of  "six degrees of separation" appears constantly throughout this account. Despite the center driving position, Jerry Dykhuisen's car looks like Archie Onweiller's Ocelot, circa mid-late 1980's.  However, it once belonged to Salvatore Jenko, a Madison, WI area building contractor whose business was located next to Ocelot.

Sal originally raced the Beach chassis as a Formula C, with Suzuki power.  For 1978, he fitted a modified Ocelot "streamliner" body, keeping the radiator up front. The modifications resembled the nose of Ocelot's upcoming first generation S2000.  Sal won the SCCA Central Division championship in 1979.  The body was changed to the latest generation Ocelot S2000 by Dan Olberg, a Twin Cities area motorcycle dealer.

The late Chuck Reupert, of Milwaukee, WI, is the one who purchased Onweiller's Ocelot (his son Michael is the past DSR National Champion who supplies the AMW engines).  He also replaced the streamliner body with the last generation S2000 body.  Later, Chuck acquired a Lola FF based DSR (Wynnfurst?), which would sustain heavy crash damage.  The rear third of the Lola and its AMW motor were grafted to the Ocelot, aft of the roll bar.  The car was humorously referred to as an "Oceola."  I last saw "two thirds" of Archie's car several years ago at the June Sprints, running a GT5-spec Honda engine.

Before acquiring Jenko's car, Dan Olberg purchased Archie Onweiller's Chimera. It was an aluminum bodied, one-off DSR (Ocelot engine) that was arguably faster than the Ocelot that replaced it.  Dan also raced an NTM with Ocelot power.  When Larry Schneider and Gene Davis closed up shop for good, Dan purchased the tooling equipment, and continued to sell and service Ocelot motors under the "Magnum Racing" badge. Paul Decker, who ran Ocelot engines in his LeGrand Mk18, won two National Championships while using Magnum engines."

In reference to Jerry Dykhuisen's Ocelot, DSR forum poster aonwiler wrote "I purchased the parts [to add the roll cage] (cut-numbered frame tubes, body, etc.) from Ocelot in 1978. I assembled the car in 1979, raced it in 1980, and sold it in 1981. Nice to know it is still around."

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