Jack Calori's 1929 Ford

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The Calori Roadster August 18, 1946. An early version of the car without the distinctive pipes. Photo from the Don Ferrara Collection.[1]
Photo from the Kustomrama Photo Archive.
Jack Calori posing besides his roadster in 1947. Photo from the Jack Calori Collection.[2]
Jack Calori September 21st, 1947 after his 128.38 mph run at El Mirage. Photo from the Jack Calori Collection[2]
Photo from the Jack Calori Collection.[2]
The Calori Roadster in August 1948. Calori had recently sold the car to fellow Lancers member Bill Potts who had added whitewalls to the roadster. Photo from the Ian Dunn Collection.[3]
The roadster at El Mirage in September 1948. Photo from the Don Ferrara Collection.[1]

1929 Ford Model A Roadster built, owned and raced by Jack Calori of the Lancers Car Club. The car consisted of a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster body built on a 1932 Ford frame.[2]

On September 21st, 1947 the Calori roadster ran 128.38 mph at an SCTA meet at El Mirage.[2]

Sold to Bill Potts

July 1948 the Calori racer was raced at El Mirage. Calori had just sold the car, and it was its new owner Bill Potts that raced it. Potts, who was a dentist and fellow Lancers member had added whitewalls to the car. Calori hated the look. Calori kept the engine when he sold it, so Bill put a 1941 Mercury engine with Meyer heads and Manifold, Winfield cam, and Potvin ignition into the car.[1]

Sold to Jerry Sutherland

Around 1949 - 1950 Jerry Sutherland of Long Beach, California purchased the car. In 2017, Jerry's son, Rick Sutherland, told Kustomrama that his dad had to trade the car for a sedan in 1955, when he was born; "Which he hated because he was a hot rodder!" According to, Rick, the kid who purchased it was from Big Bear Lake, California. He blew it up in a race, "never took it out of first gear!"[4]



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