Jim Potter’s Lost Woodill Wildfire Story: Ed & Phil Cox Build A Sports Car – Part 1

Hi Gang…

I first shared the exciting news in a story last week revealing two significant “finds:”

* The Jim Potter collection of Woodill Wildfire photos – unseen for nearly 60 years and stewarded by his son Jim North

* The story of Ed and Phil Cox building a Wildfire sports car – a part of the collection noted above

Click here to review the story sharing this great find on Forgotten Fiberglass

Today, I’ll let the photos and captions do the talking.  Let’s review part 1 of a 3 part story that photojournalist Jim Potter completed nearly 60 years ago today.

Ed & Phil Cox Build a Sports Car:  The Woodill Wildfire (1956)

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Close Up Scans of Ed and Phil at Work:

Here are some close-up scans of these gentleman at work:

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Another Source of Photos Revealed:

Upon close inspection of the story above you’ll see that Jim Potter used another set of photos of someone else building a Woodill Wildfire – in the story today and throughout all three parts of the story.  Jim’s captions tell that “neighbors” were helping, but the real story actually was about Bert Newport building his Woodill Wildfire.

Click here to review the story about Bert Newport and building his Woodill Wildfire in 14 hours or less


What a great find this was and I’m excited to be able to share this story with you here at Forgotten Fiberglass.  Great thanks again goes to Jim North – Jim Potter’s son – for the permission to share this story here with all of you.

And some more great news for those of you who celebrate the history of Woodill Wildfires and vintage ‘glass.  It looks like Phil Cox and his wife Linda are in the planning stages of joining us at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance where we may have not 1 but 2 Woodill Wildfires on the field.

Be sure to encourage Phil to join us at Amelia in March, 2015 by leaving your thoughts and comments in the “comments area” below.  Let ’em know you want him to come to the show gang!  And each of you should join us at Amelia too 🙂

Click here to learn more about the appearance of vintage ‘glass at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

And be sure to stay tuned to Forgotten Fiberglass for the next part of this story.

Glass on gang…



Jim Potter’s Lost Woodill Wildfire Story: Ed & Phil Cox Build A Sports Car – Part 1 — 1 Comment

  1. Great pictures, I love picture #2, it looks like a model kit, what a great project to do with your Dad or a friend, my Son and I built a 67 nova together , it’s a great bonding experience.

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