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Jack Nethercutt II

Jack Nethercutt II

Jack Boison Nethercutt II (born December 22, 1936) is an American businessman, restaurateur, and former racing driver. He is the chairman of Merle Norman Cosmetics and president of the Nethercutt Collection.

Nethercutt raced in the 1950-1960s and notably used number #102. He competed in the World Sportscar Championship, USAC Road Racing Championship and United States Road Racing Championship with Lotus and Ferrari racecars. He achieved a podium at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring.

He became the 2nd president of the Nethercutt Collection in 2004 and holds five Best of Show titles at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

Early life

Nethercutt was born on December 22, 1936, the son to entrepreneur J.B. Nethercutt and Dorothy Sykes in Los Angeles, California. He attended the Harvard-Westlake School. Nethercutt graduated from the University of Southern California in 1958.


Racing career

Nethercutt entered professional auto racing in 1956 at the age of 19 while also studying in college, getting his funding primarily from his father. He began racing with the Lotus Eleven and notably used the number #102 throughout his career. With the Lotus he was featured on the cover of Road & Track Magazine. He raced the Ferrari 500 TRC from 1958 to 1960.

In 1960 he acquired the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and entered the World Sportscar Championship for the 1960 season. Nethercutt finished in the podium with 1st in class and 3rd overall at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring with American Pete Lovely. During the following 1961 season at the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring his Ferrari's oil pump broke on the first lap and was disqualified. Competing with the Ferrari 250 TR at the 1960 USAC Road Racing Championship, he and Lovely finished 2nd in class and 3rd overall behind Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. He won the 1960 3 Hours of Westwood. In 1961 he sold his Ferrari for $25,000 because it was "last years racecar" and according in a 2023 interview Jay Leno, it was now worth over $30 million.

From 1961 to 1963 he switched to a Lotus 19, competing in the Sports Car Club of America and achieved several podiums, including a victory at the 1962 SCCA Divisional. Nethercutt competed in the United States Grand Prix with the vehicle for one season in 1963.

Mirage racecar

In 1965, Nethercutt would build his custom racecar called the Mirage. The car was known for its strikingly beautiful but late design, with racing experts claiming that if the Mirage was built a couple of years earlier, it would have been internationally competitive. The Mirage was test driven by Ken Miles. Nethercutt and the Mirage were featured on the cover of the Sports Car Graphic Magazine.

Racing results

12 Hours of Sebring

Career results

Nethercutt Collection

In 2004 he took over The Nethercutt Collection from his father. He restored the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos in 2011. In 2020 Nethercutt bought back and restored his Lotus 19 racecar, which was completed in 2023.

He competed in several Concours d'Elegance competitions throughout the United States, notably achieving five Best of Show victories at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2016. He also won the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance in 2007, 2009, and 2012, Kirkland in 2007, Dana Point in 2011, and Las Vegas in 2019 and 2022.

Personal life

Nethercutt had two children and later had a divorce. He married Helen Richards for his second marriage and later had three grandchildren from his step-son, Travis Richards. In the later 1980s to 90s, the couple owned a luxury restaurant named Boison's near the Las Vegas Strip which won a Best of Las Vegas award from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He became chairman and president of Merle Norman Cosmetics in 2004.

He is a major financial contributor to the USC Trojans, including Merle Norman Stadium, USC Trojans football, the USC beach volleyball, and the USC Trojan Marching Band.

Collection James Bond 007


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