E.J. Potter *

Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1992


(1941 – 2012)

E.J. Potter was an innovator of wild drag racing and tractor pulling machines. Here are some of his career highlights:

  • 1960 Built first Chevy V-8 drag bike – went 130 mph.
  • 1961 Went 147 mph in 1/4 mile with V-8 bike.
  • 1962 Went 152 mph – throttle stuck and crashed at Onondaga Drag way.
  • 1963 Built 1957 Plymouth with V-12 Allison engine. Went 147 mph.
  • 1964 Built 1964 Dodge Dart with V-12 – went 152 mph.
  • 1966 Went to England with V-8 bike – best crash they ever saw on 13th run.
  • 1967 Built electric car – went 120 mph in 1/4 mile.
  • 1968 Set AHRA bike record at 167.04 in Phoenix.
  • 1970 Made Guinness World Record book with an ET of 8.68 on a motorcycle in Australia.
  • 1971 Built 1200 horsepower jet cycle – crashed when parachute failed – sold it to Evel Kneivel.
  • 1973 Quit drag racing and went to tractor pulling.
  • 1975 Won the 7000# Indy Super Pull class with V-12 tractor.
  • 1976 Repeated at Indy Super Pull
  • 1981 Won California “World Championship” pull with 24-cylinder tractor.
  • 1982 Repeated as “World Champion” in California.

Elon Jack Potter was born on April 24, 1941, and died April 30, 2012 at the age of 71.