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Folks Of Interest RIP EJ Potter

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Larry T, May 1, 2012.

  1. gary glenn
    Joined: Mar 21, 2012
    Posts: 4

    gary glenn
    Member Emeritus

    I lettered two race cars for E.J.Potter in the 60's......the Allison powered Valiant wagon....and the "Electric" Fiat .........

  2. RIP EJ,...a real hot rodder!
    ...if you can get his book or DVD, get em they are great and funny.
  3. Bummer! I remember hearing of that guy before I could even drive. RIP
  4. jimdillon
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,079


    Driving the bikes he drove, he was truly a man's man. R.I.P. Pretty cool guy for sure-Jim
  5. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,517


    Sorry to hear that. I never got to watch him make a run but always read everything I found on him through and through when I was younger.
  6. Smokey2
    Joined: Jan 11, 2011
    Posts: 919


    Thanks Larry...........Have been curious IF HE was Still with US.

    Had Priviledge of seein' HIM do HIS gutsey, " 7,000 rpm's ....Push
    IT OFF THE REAR STAND ! " Runs .

    Yes R.I.P MR. POTTER :cool::cool::cool:

    ( HIS AGE ??? )
  7. ardyboy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 664


  8. I remember him at San Gabriel Drag strip in the late 50's early 60's. when he got into a speed wobble in the lights and stepped off the bike. He was scheduled to make 3 runs and before he would let them take him to the Hospital he got on the PA system and told the fans that he would come back for the last 2 runs. and he came back a couple months later and ran harder than before.
    RIP Mr Potter, you faced death more than most and still made it to the end in style!
  9. monc440
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 260


    When I was a kid my dad ran a 65 Plymouth at Onondaga Dragway in Michigan. When I was around 6 years old I saw him do a run at Onondaga and it scared the hell out of me. LOL

    It was so cool.

  10. Bucksnort
    Joined: Dec 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,302


    Just read his book a few weeks ago,courtesy of a friend.
    A terrific read.Talk about down to earth and a funny guy,great take on life.
    Met him at the York reunion a few years back.
    Sorry to hear.
    What a life.
  11. I have always been amazed by his ingenuity and balls. I ride a Boss Hoss bike, but would never consider, for a moment, riding like he did
  12. Sad. Another brave innovator gone.
  13. What can you say!
    He was an American original, one of a kind!
    An icon of a past era that will never come again.
    RIP, Godspeed EJ!
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,119


    Here's a pic I always liked. Early on in his career I suppose.

    Attached Files:

  15. Redz Rodz
    Joined: Oct 4, 2002
    Posts: 490

    Redz Rodz

    hero ,plain & simple ,great innovator with balls of a rhino to ride like he did ! godspeed
  16. mikeallcars
    Joined: Feb 16, 2012
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  17. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    Years ago I had a conversation with him. He seemed like a genuine and a good person. He was friendly but not self-promoting. He actually seemed a little shy. He wasn't at all the wild man one might assume he would be. In his book he minimized who he was and what he did. Even if he felt he could/should have done more in his life, he did get to be E.J. Potter.

    There were drag bikes running faster times than his bike did, but those bikes weren't as outrageous to watch as his runs were.

    One of the members of this forum owns one of his bikes.
    Last edited: May 2, 2012
  18. LoBrow
    Joined: Mar 8, 2005
    Posts: 619

    from MI

    This sucks to hear. A true pioneer gone. I was fortunate to have talked to EJ on the phone once. He will always be my hero. RIP
  19. Old F.A.R.T.
    Joined: Apr 13, 2007
    Posts: 292

    Old F.A.R.T.

    I saw him run several times...the last time was MANY years ago and he came off of the bike at 100+ MPH...He was frickin nuts but entertaining...Rest In Peace Sir!!
  20. CutawayAl
    Joined: Aug 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,144

    from MI

    That sounds like the time the throttle stuck and he jumped off.
  21. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    E.J. was one of a kind,... Clyde and I would take him out for "Rat Burgers" when we went over to see him,... Last time we went to lunch he wanted to go to Subway,.. because it was healthier,... I looked at him and said...

    "E.J. after all the near death experiences you've been through and all the risks you've taken all your life,... why the sudden health kick ?" He gave me that goofy smile,.. stared at me a little while and said "Your never to old to learn a few good habits".:D
    Recently Clyde went to see E.J.,.. I was unable to make it, and I felt bad about it (and feel much worse about it now) ,... Afterword I talked to Clyde, And Clyde told me E.J. was totally out of it,... He said the old spark was missing from him,..And He was afraid E.J. was loosing his will to go on........

    E.J.,... You will be missed more than you could ever know,......
    God speed my friend.:(
  22. slim tempo
    Joined: Sep 16, 2010
    Posts: 412

    slim tempo

    The original Motherfrikkin Madman!
  23. Wildcatwagon
    Joined: Nov 5, 2011
    Posts: 7

    from Ohio

    If it weren't for all the tire smoke you could probably see the trailer he pulled behind the bike to carry his balls in.What a dude!! R.I.P. EJ
  24. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,340


    Never saw him run but you didn't have to see him to admire him...RIP
  25. gibraltar72
    Joined: Jan 21, 2011
    Posts: 260

    from Osseo Mi.

    Saw EJ run many times at Onondaga in the sixties. Then later running his pulling tractors. He dreamed big. He also mowed down some pretty good size trees at Onondaga when he stepped off in the traps!
  26. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,106


    Exactly...RIP EJ, you are missed!!
  27. I'm Bad I'm Nationwide.
    Joined: Mar 21, 2008
    Posts: 113

    I'm Bad I'm Nationwide.
    from Howell Mi

  28. doozcoupe
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 310


    RIP Mr. Potter. Who'd thought he would have made it this far.
  29. KIRK
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 384


    I saw him run at Central Michigan Dragway in the early 60's. The man had no fear. R.I.P.
  30. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    I saw E.J. the first time in 1963 at Detroit Dragway. We were there running at night with our B/S 409 Chevy. I was under the hood setting the timing (at 3500rpm to get total advance) and missed the announcer telling that he was going to make a run. The pitside people made a dash for the fence and I followed to see what was up. There on the starting line was a bike with the rear tire on some sort of jackstand with the engine at what must have been red line, and someone looking over the riders shoulder. All of a sudden the jackstand flips up, the rear tire contacts the strip and fights for traction amid a smoke screen that engulfed the starting line and off the bike went. The rider calmly adjusted the trajectory of the bike like he was riding on a tricycle down the sidewalk and blasted down the track in what at the time seemed like an impossibly short time. I don't recall the speed or E.T. but I think I stood there slack jawed for what must have been a couple of minutes.
    Some time later I got to watch him make a pass in his "slot car"
    Fiat and his Puller tractor but those are stories for another time. There have been some great showmen in my lifetime but E.J. easily makes the top five on my list. Rest in Peace E.J.

    Last edited: May 2, 2012

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