Mother of Rocket III sighted!

ThingKing

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Seems the Rocket's mother was sighted. Rare photos show her outstanding features and beautiful eyes!
Anybody know her name?

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I really admire people who build bikes like this because A) the have the foresight and imagination to do it and B) they have the balls to actually ride it!
Imagine twisting the throttle hard on this beast ! especially with that skinny rear tyre.
Totally agree with you Paul...... the engine looks like a Jaguar straight 6, it would be dam heavy
 

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Totally agree with you Paul...... the engine looks like a Jaguar straight 6, it would be dam heavy
British mother then ... sounds right!

Edit: Thanks @ozrider, seems this really is an XK120 Jaguar engine, built from 1948. 3442cc and 160+hp!!
What an accomplishment to put this in a motorcycle, 60 years ago.
 
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E.J. Potter The Michigan Madman
"The Widowmaker" set three world land speed records.

E. J. Potter​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

E. J. Potter
BornApril 24, 1941
Ithaca, Michigan, U.S.
DiedApril 30, 2012
Ithaca, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationStunt performer
Known forMotorcycle stunts
E. J. Potter (April 24, 1941 - April 30, 2012[1]), a.k.a. the Michigan Madman,[1][2] was an American dragstrip exponent. Writing his obituary in 2012, Paul Vitello of the New York Times described him as a "legend".[1]

Born in Ithaca, Michigan, Elon Jack Potter grew up on a farm repairing tractor engines,[1] which led to building motorcycles. In high school, he wondered if he could build a bike with a V8 engine.[2] The bike he built, named "Bloody Mary",[2] was tested at a local strip and reached 130 mph (210 km/h).[1]
He later built a three-wheeled motorcycle with a United States military surplus rocket engine.[1] "The Widowmaker" set three world land speed records.[2] Potter's other creations include putting a jet engine in a Motorized tricycle and putting WWII airplane engines into tractors for tractor pull competitions.[3]
Beginning soon after his high school graduation, Potter toured the racing circuit for 13 years with his creations.[1]

Legacy[edit]​

In 2017, Potter's 1971 Widowmaker 7 went up for auction in Las Vegas.[4][5] Potter's motorcycles were featured on an episode of American Pickers in 2019.[6]
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The "blow" section of the engine is to the front, but I'm a bit worried about the location of the "suck" section......
Only if your piercings get loose Ruzzle. ;) :whitstling:🤣🤣🤣🤣

This bloke shouldn't either .....with a total of 453 metal piercings on his body, and 278 metal piercings in his genitalia alone!
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