Jim Potter’s Lost Woodill Wildfire Story: Ed & Phil Cox Build A Sports Car – Part 3

Hi Gang…

Recently 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, as before, I’ll let the photos and captions do the talking.  Let’s review part 3 – the final part of the 3 part story that photojournalist Jim Potter completed nearly 60 years ago today.  This story shows the end result – a finished Woodill Wildfire sports car – or as you’ll soon see – two of ’em.

For those wanting to read the earlier parts of this story, click on the relevant links below.

Click here to review part 1 of this story

Click here to review part 2 of this story

And away we go 🙂

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

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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

We have a few more “surprises” to share about this special Woodill Wildfire story and two men who built them, so 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 3 — 5 Comments

  1. Just and absolutely awesome story, so reminds me of my husband and his father who also restored a 1954 Woodhill Wildfire. They worked on the project together here in Lancaster California. My husband’s father passed away, so now we have the car. It has been stored in a building on our property since 1998. We just got it out not too long ago and after some tinkering we got her running again. She needs some cosmetic work, but we had a blast taking her for a drive a few weeks ago. I totally respect what this father and son team did together brought back so many memories for me. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Great job Geoff!
    I still wonder how these cars drove..esp whether the bodies were tight with the frame or was there a lot of shake rattle n roll…I know it varied but I imagine they were fairly “loose”…anyone want to comment?

  3. Great finish to a great story, one suggestion to the fiberglass gang, if you right click on the pictures and the written commentary you can save them in order, its not quite a movie but it is very cool to watch the car come together.March is the perfect time to take a vacation to Florida , why not meet some great people and their cars.

    • Jean…Breaking News!!! We’re building an online book that will have all photos in it. I should have it ready for release and free to all here at Forgotten Fiberglass – next week. Stay tuned fiber-gang 🙂 Geoff

  4. Without a shadow of a doubt, one should go if they could. Being where I am, it is not that easy. But if I could, I know I surely wood(pun intended).

    Hope to be there in some shape or form to support the ‘Glass Gang’

    Having said that – there is a distraction in Asia which may prevent me from going, where I am campaigning for Glass cars to be a new category at their show.

    All the Best

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