Two very scary and potentially life-threatening accidents have occurred in the months since we last visited the guys from Street Outlaws. First was “Daddy” Dave Comstock in his recently finished 1963 Nova. He crashed at a no-prep race in Amarillo in July, and last weekend, Justin “Big Chief” Shearer was involved in a crash during filming for an upcoming episode of the show. Dave suffered a severe concussion, several bruises and cuts, and a separated clavicle. Justin’s injuries include crushed vertebrae, bruised lungs, and a broken clavicle. Both cars are total losses, and both drivers are lucky to be alive.
We are fans of the show because of attention and support it has brought to the sport of drag racing. We also genuinely like the cast. They’re ultimately car guys through and through, and we wish Justin and Dave well and hope for their continued and speedy recoveries. We do know that Dave is currently building another Nova, so we will be checking in on that build soon. Justin reports he will be back, too, so we will bring you those details as well.
Here are some unpublished pictures from our most recent shoots with the two cars in July. Dave was just finishing Goliath at the time and The Crow had only been back on the road for about a year. Whether you are a fan or critic of the show, all of us can appreciate the amount of work that goes into building a car, especially one at this level of performance. Yes, cars are basically machines that can be replaced, but the for most of us, they carry a lot of sentimental value. Justin himself probably puts it most succinctly in a recent post on The Crow’s Facebook page (The Crow 405). I think most of us can relate.
"Sitting in this hospital bed, super bored and can't sleep looking at pictures of my destroyed Crow, I start thinking about every great time I've ever had in that car. To a lot of people, driving a car is just the way to a destination. To me, I would pick destinations just for a way to drive my car. This is a terrible picture, but I believe it to be around 1995-1996. That's me on the far right, and Flip in the middle. Pretty sure Johnny Holley is on the left side of the pic. We had some amazing times in that car. From learning to drive, going to second base, finding lifelong friends, and eventually starting a family...all the way to getting the TV show and starting a shop. That car was my transportation thru life to get to this current destination. Flip is gone, and now The Crow is gone as well. I'm so lucky to have been able to share a great part of my life, with them both."