Part 2: The Greatest Wheelstands Performed On The Street
The first installment of the greatest wheelstand videos from the internet was a certifiable hit here on DRAGZINE, and right away, the e-mails came pouring in from our readers sharing their favorite street wheelstands for inclusion in part two of the video showcase. Some of the submissions were new to us, while many were already slated for the second go-round.
The premise here is simple: videos highlighting monster wheelstands performed on the Main Streets and the First Streets of America, where little to zero track prep exists (unless you consider road dust and road kill a form of traction compound). It’s certainly an impressive feat on an unprepped road, even if you’ve seen it a million times on the drag strip; but remember folks, don’t try this at home.
So we cheated a little bit here, as this is clearly the very same Malibu wagon featured in another video in the first installment that hangs the hoops down the street with near-perfect form and finesse. This one, however, didn’t go quite as smoothly.
In the other video, the wagon seemingly keeps the lip of the bumper dangling just a fraction of an inch from the pavement, but here, he pretty well gets all of it before back-pedaling and crashing back to earth. An impressive wheelstand nonetheless, despite the presence of a layer of rubber and perhaps a little compound of some form.
Any time a video begins with a wad of bills being counted up, you can easily surmise what’s about to happen next.
The .Net Boyz from the Northeast are one of the more recognized groups of grudge and street racers in the nation, and you’ll find a slew of videos of their race cars engaging in high-stakes races against virtually anyone with a car and some cold, hard cash all over the web. In this particular race, Big Dre of the .Net crew takes on a ’79 Mustang LX with a small block Ford on the sauce with his all-motor small block Chevrolet-powered Pontiac Grand Prix.
After the burnouts are complete, the pair line up door-to-door, and the massive crowd encircles the two like Tiger Woods on the 18th tee box, what ensues is a disappointment of a drag race as Big Dre appears to jump the arm drop on his way to easily the most epic street wheelstand we’ve ever seen. Out of the gate without a flinch or a hiccup, the sharp Grand Prix just keeps going before lightly setting the nose down at what we’d guess to be around 200-250 feet off the “starting line”.
The wheelstand is certainly impressive, the but the spectators that feel the need to stand close enough to put a coat of wax on the car as it goes by is not. As drag racing photographers, we’ve seen the race from inches away and we’ve seen it from 50 feet away, and we can tell you the view really isn’t that different.
This is certainly one of the most popular street wheelstand videos of all time, with more than 1.5 million views on YouTube and counting.
The machine seen here is Oklahoma native Shawn Ellington’s supremely badass ’69 Nova, known as the “Murder Nova.” Out for what would appear to be a little show-off session for some buddies on a quiet industrial district road, Ellington puts the nose of the Nova in the breeze in impressive fashion.
We can’t confirm the exact combination under the hood of the Murder Nova at the time this video took place, but the car later featured a 598-inch big block with a monster F-3 ProCharger and ran well into the low eights.
In the darkness of the night, it’s hard to tell what exactly went down with the flag man at the start of this typical illegal street race on a city street, but nonetheless, the Fox body in the far lane gives his opponent a nice look at what he’s got to deal with while scoring some points with the style judges for a great wheels-up charge out of the gate.
That’s right GM fans, another stinkin’ Fox body.
This Notchback Mustang with “a few bolt-ons” doesn’t win the height or the distance awards for this solo wheelstand performed on this pitch-black stretch of road, but there’s just something exciting about a car trying its darnedest to twist the frame in half like the old doorslammers of yesteryear, and this Notch certainly has that going for it.