Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws has expanded from the 405 to the entire USA. Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite cars from the show.
Street Outlaws originally took place in Oklahoma City, since it’s said to be the street racing capital of the world. The Discovery Channel tv show followed a group of racers that were all trying to make their way to the top of “The List” for the 405. Now, Street Outlaws has branched out to different cities around America and has culminated to the recent series Street Outlaws: America’s List.
With the all the seasons and spin offs of Street Outlaws, we figured it’d be fun to pick a few of our favorite cars from over the years. Some are the fastest, some are sleepers, and one of them is a farm truck. So, bump up to the line and flash the light, here’s the rundown of our favorite cars from Street Outlaws.
We have to start off with a crowd favorite, the beat up looking 1970 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck known as Farmtruck. At first glance, this old truck looks like it’s barely able to start, let alone burn some rubber and beat a Lamborghini in a quarter mile (just don’t take notice of those wide drag slicks for tires). But that’s what makes Farmtruck so fun on Street Outlaws, it’s an unassuming vehicle and acts as the ultimate sleeper car example. Plus, the driver, also called Farmtruck, is a pretty entertaining character as well.
Farmtruck (the driver) has a buddy called AZN who’s his partner in crime when they go out hustling some kid driving around with daddy’s money. AZN wanted his own sleeper like Farmtruck (the truck), so the Dung Beetle was born. A 1966 Volkswagen Beetle that has enough patina to make it look like it’s been sitting in a scrap heap for 40 years. However, this thing will leave that tuner Honda Civic in the dust with its racing modified 2.3L turbocharged flat-4 engine in the rear. Plus, how often do you see VW Beetles doing wheelstands? Hardly ever, but this thing can.
Street Outlaws: Memphis has some interesting southern characters, but JJ Da Boss takes center stage. His prize possession is a 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck rightly named Ole Heavy. While he isn’t always the driver behind the wheel, he does make sure that Ole Heavy is always ready to put on a show. Under its hood is 565 cid big block engine that he’s claimed to make between 800 and 1000 horsepower. Even on the low end of that estimate, this heavy old Chevrolet can make a pretty fast pass.
The ElCo was a classic to the original 405 group from Street Outlaws, and it held a lot of meaning to drivers on The List. Flip was the original owner of this 1981 Chevrolet El Camino, but it was passed on to a driver known as Kamikaze after his unfortunate death. Kamikaze received his name due to the fact that he’s willing to drive this nitrous powered, parts bin, hard to handle El Camino. The nickname proved to be unintended foresight as well since The ElCo has been crashed and rebuilt a number of times throughout the show.
The driver known as Daddy Dave was originally known for driving the fastest truck on Street Outlaws, a heavily modified 1996 GMC Sonoma S10 pickup truck. But the problem was that he didn’t own that truck. Daddy Dave decided it was time to build his own car after falling down The List. So, he built Goliath… which he then crashed and followed up with the 1963 Chevrolet Nova known as the Goliath 2.0. The second iteration of this car took everything that worked well the first time and made it even better for him, allowing Daddy Dave to easily climb back up The List.
Jeff Lutz initially climbed The List for Street Outlaws with his Pro Mod Camaro dragster named Mad Max. The 405 decided Pro Mods shouldn’t be able to compete, so Lutz came back with his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air dubbed The ’57. This bright orange classic carries a twin-turbocharged 540 cid big block under the hood that’s helped Lutz climb to the top 5 of the 405 and kept him competitive on the Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings.
Ryan Martin’s Fireball Camaro is quite the looker, but it’s more than just looks here – this thing is fast. The heavily modified 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS has a custom fiberglass body kit and a twin-turbocharged 572 cid Pro Line 481X engine under the hood that allows this thing to hit a quarter mile in the low 9s. It’s a borderline Pro Mod car, but Ryan has it slightly detuned for when it’s on the streets. While the Fireball Camaro never got past the number 2 spot in the 405, it did win the Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings series.
The 1969 Chevrolet Nova, known as the Murder Nova, has been a staple to the Street Outlaws series since the show’s beginning. It’s a jet-black street missile that’s been constantly getting upgrades to its turbocharged big block setup. There’s even a joke version of this car called the Moredoor Nova, where Farmtruck and AZN got their hands on a 4-door Chevy Nova, painted it black, and added a fake turbocharger inlet.
Chuck’s 1989 Ford Fox Body Mustang may not have been the fastest car on The List in the beginning, but it was definitely one of the fastest small tire cars around. His Mustang, dubbed Death Trap, has a twin-turbocharged 429 cid small block engine and was commonly found with a small tire setup rather than a big tire setup. He eventually caved and added big tires to the Fox Body, which allowed him to take his racing to the next level, but I do miss his banter about small tire cars to his competitors.
Big Chief has always been the head of the Street Outlaws in the 405 and he’s continued to have a place in some of the other spin off series. His original car was a beautifully crafted 1972 Pontiac LeMans that had a twin-turbocharged 483 cid Pontiac engine inside. It had custom fiberglass body work and was painted white, which is kind of an odd color choice given that it was named The Crow. Sadly, this finely crafted car went for a ride that left it in pieces. Big Chief came out ok and went on to build a 1970 Pontiac GTO version of The Crow and a Pontiac styled Pro Mod car called the CrowMod.