When Jay debuted his car at the '53 Petersen Motorama, he was in good stead. Legendary panel beater Bob "Beanie" Sorrell rolled out a Kurtis 500KK race car chassis with a body of his own design (probably not so coincidentally, Jay and Beanie later forged a friendship, according to Jay's son, Terry). The fiberglass "Ferrari-like sports rod" that Dick Jones showed became the Meteor, one of the first kit-type cars. With changes it also became the Byers SR-100 and later a Kellison. Bill Burke, famed racer and one of Robert Petersen's right-hand ad men, splashed his boss' Cisitalia 202 coupe to make a fiberglass shell that he and Mickey Thompson raced and a roadster version that sold under the Allied Fiberglass name.