Justin “Big Chief” Shearer, star of Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws,” unveiled his new car — a white 1968 Pontiac Firebird-themed Pro Mod — during a ceremony at the WELD Booth at the 2015 PRI Show in Indianapolis. Dubbed “Crowmod,” the Pontiac Firebird replaces Big Chief’s 1972 Pontiac LeMans, known as “The Crow,” which he wrecked during filming of the show on Nov. 14.
“I want to thank WELD for hosting my big event today,” said Shearer. He told the PRI audience that his new car will sport WELD Racing V series on the front and WELD Racing Delta-1’s on the rears, “because they are the highest-quality, most durable, lightest and best looking forged wheels … period!”
Shearer said he chose the 1968 Pontiac Firebird Pro Mod because he could modify it with the same 482ci Butler Performance Pontiac engine that he had on the original Crow, but eliminate the heavyweight construction to make it a lighter and faster car.
“You have to give up a lot to stay competitive. Every city is playing by zero rules to outrun me, and I’m tired of playing by the rules and getting outrun by Pro Mods,” said Shearer. “I couldn’t build another Crow that takes two years and weighs 3,200 lbs. It just didn’t make sense.”
Though happy to unveil Crowmod at PRI, Shearer said he’ll always have great memories of the original Crow because it was his first car.
In addition to the car unveiling, “The Chief and Shawn Show” podcast will air live at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 12, from the WELD PRI Booth. The show is co-hosted by Big Chief and his partner at Midwest Street Cars, Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington.