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Pro Street Changes - Improved Street

The New Look Of Pro Street

Photography by Dawson Alexander, , Marko Radielovic, Rich Chenet

The new Pro Streeter is about going fast as well as looking fast, but it is also about driving. The new Pro Streeter might be wearing its factory paint. In place of billet wheels, widened rally rims, retro Torq-Thrust IIs, or modern big-inch wheels might sit at each corner. An overdrive trans might have replaced the useless Lenco. The incorporation of airbag suspensions allow the new Pro Streeter to be lowered into the weeds at the car show, and then raised to a functional level at the push of a button-the best of both worlds.

Rugged IndividualismIn the end, a car that makes you happy is a matter of personal preference. Do what you want, when you want, to whatever you want, and don't let anyone dictate your direction. Damn the critics.

Old SchoolNick Shierts' Pro Street '71 Demon looks like it was hermetically sealed in a garage in the late '80s. It was built in 1984 at the height of the Pro Street movement by two of his older brothers, and Nick coveted it from the beginning and bought it from the original owner in 1994.

When Nick purchased his neon Demon, the big-tired car would only run a low 13. Embarrassed by the lackluster performance offered by the mild 340, he set out to make the car live up to its image. The 340 was opened up and stuffed with an offset-ground 360 crank that pushed the displacement out to 381 ci, with custom Ross pistons and an MP solid cam. The iron "J" casting heads were ported and fitted with oversized valves, and a Victor 340 intake with an 800 double-pumper was perched on top. A NOS nitrous unit was sandwiched between the Edelbrock manifold and the Holley carb.

The Demon now had the power it should have been built with originally. Nick then added a full rollcage, headed to the Los Angeles County Raceway's unforgiving altitude, cracked open the blue bottle, and proceeded to stop the clocks at an uncorrected 10.90 at 123 mph. Those big Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pros are able to muster 1.55-second short times. Old school it is, but Nick likes the look, and he gets the last laugh as the Demon can be driven nearly anywhere and runs a respectable number.

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