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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-10-12 10:04 PM
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We just lost a good one, E.J Potter, the Michigan Madman, is gone. We've written about his Chevy powered drag bikes several times on The Kneeslider and a few years ago reviewed his book, Michigan Madman, but yesterday, when I wrote about his Super Slot Car, I had no idea, that just two days before on April 30th, E.J. had passed away.

EJ was a wonderful example of the hands on "doer" spirit. When an idea entered his mind, it wasn't long before EJ entered his shop and set to work building it. He became a doer from necessity. He didn't have much money, but learned how to weld when he was young and found you could make do with very little if you knew how to repair things and keep them running, but he also learned you could make almost anything that could be imagined.

When the small block Chevy V8 began to get popular and all of the car magazines were writing about how small, light and powerful it was for a car, EJ naturally thought it would be a perfect way to get horrendous power in a motorcycle. As he says:

Ignorance is a powerful tool if applied at the right time, even usually surpassing knowledge. Lots of times a guy will jump into a project without knowing how far he is into something way over his head until it's almost too late to back off. This is a situation that I frequently wake up to in the middle of another adventure. /

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