There’s been street racing for, well…longer than there has been organized drag racing, and there have also been street-raced race cars for more years than anyone could pin down, as well, but there’s no denying that the existence of the television show ‘Street Outlaws’ has brought such cars out of the woodwork over the last three years and breathed new life into street, grudge, and no-prep racing. And with that has come a plethora of machines that some might argue have no business on an unprepared road, doing exactly that.
One such ride — and one that we might very well see more of in the future — is the stout Chevrolet Nova of Weatherford, Texas native Shawn Wilhoit. The Nova, known as “The Mistress”, is powered by a 540 cubic-inch big-block built by Morgan & Son (who also built the engines for The Sonoma and Daddy Dave’s former Nova) with a pair of 94mm Precision turbochargers, all prepared by Josh Lindsey of J&L Performance.
With more than plenty of horsepower on tap, Wilhoit was out making a test hit on the street recently with the 1320Video cameras rolling. Without the creative editing of the Discovery Channel, you can get a much better feel for how quick a 2,000 horsepower car launches and goes down a public road void of rubber and traction compound.
Wilhoit was part of the first annual Outlaw Armageddon near Oklahoma City back in August, and has reportedly taken on a member of two of the 405 out on the street. The new season of Street Outlaws is set to begin filming any time, and many believe we might get a glimpse of The Mistress this season or at some point in the future. After all, if you’ve got a big-block and a couple 94’s and you’ve got some cash to drop, you can probably just about punch your ticket onto the show. Cash Days, anyone?