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Is the Pro Street Movement Making a Comeback?

Firing Up: Rules are made to be broken

Jun 29, 2016
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Rules … Hmmm. What can I say about rules?

Well, like the old saying goes, “Rules are made to be broken.” OK, so we here at Chevy High Performance pretty much have that covered. Just ask anyone who works in our HR Department.

Fortunately, I don’t make the rules; I just do my best to abide by them … sort of. So right when things are moving along rather smoothly, someone goes and bends or breaks a few rules and causes a slight change in course navigation.

What I’m getting at is that for the past 15 or 20 years we’ve been hearing that Pro Street’s not dead! And on the other side of the coin, we’ve also heard that Pro Street is dead. I’m not the one who determines what’s dead or alive, but what I will say is that over the past year or so, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of cars being submitted to us that carry a hefty Pro Street “flavor,” if you will. But not all cartoon-like with extremely exaggerated huge rear tires offset by the skinniest of skinnies up front. And not all have a mile-high blower busting through the hood, either. Nope, many of the cars being sent to us would be considered fairly tame compared to what went down in the late ’80s and early-to-mid ’90s, yet the latest incarnation of these “rogue” muscle cars still look mean as hell. Thankfully, the pastel paintjobs were left in the ’80s along with Nagel prints, mullets, and Members Only jackets (you can still get one on amazon.com if you want to channel your inner David Hasselhoff).

2 1966 Chevy Chevelle 2/2

Kent Matranga’s 1966 Chevelle also has a big-block between the framerails, yet he chose to go “animal style” with an 8-71 blower sticking out of the hood.

So, I’m guessing this fresh incarnation of muscle cars will need some sort of identifier. Without being too bold and suggesting this is some sort of muscle car reinvention, I might conservatively refer to this progression in hot rodding as Pro Street 2.0.

I’m not saying this is a rule but merely a suggestion to identify this latest build trend happening in our ever-expanding world of muscle cars. And the fact that today’s engine technology allows these cars to be street driven with little drama only widens the eyes of those having their hearts set on this once-popular build style.

Whether you are into Pro Street, Pro Touring, restomods, day-two restos, or what have you, when something grabs our attention, we here at Chevy High Performance can’t help but take notice—after all, it is our freaking job.

So, if you feel like going off in a somewhat different direction with your build, don’t hold back—grab a wrench and go for it. There’s nothing that states you have to stick with the latest build trends because that’s what everyone else is doing. And even if there were such a rule, most of us Chevy muscle car guys would just go and break it anyway.

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