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
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
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
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