Top 10 Best Wheelstands Of 2016
Here is a Top 10 collection of the best Wheelstands videos I took in 2016. Enjoy the display of horsepower shown in the video from the Byron Dragway (Illinois) and Thunder Valley Raceway (Oklahoma).
#1. Jason Schubert and his 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass that is specifically made for the wheelstand contest and was last years winner (2015). This car is crazy clean and perfect all around and always is every year that he brings it. In 2015 he added some small wheels directly on the bumper of his Cutlass to help with keeping the wheelie going and not just bouncing off of the bumper. He copied the design of Aj Fiorelli who was the 2014 winner. It worked great for Jason in 2015 but not this year.
#2. Chris Pearce’s 1974 Ford Pinto with a naturally aspirated small block Chevy motor and a 2 speed power glide. I was talking to Chris before the contest and he mentioned that this was his first year entering into the event. He said when he built his Pinto it started out as being a drag car but when he realized how easily it ended up doing wheelies he decided to change directions and have it as a Wheelstand car. He has a good future ahead of him with this car.
#3. Jeff Wild’s 1970 Buick Skylark Convertible. I’ve seen this car every year that I have been going to the Byron Wheelstand contest and he always goes first. It is a sight to see this monster of a vehicle reach for the sky and is always a good opener of the event. This year he added a candy cane stripe to his driveshaft which looks pretty awesome. Also as you notice all the bars on display with his convertible top down and has a skeleton for a ride in the passenger seat.
#4. J.D. Drissel’s 1986 Mustang LX. J.D. is a previous year winner of the Wheelstand contest at Byron and knows how to get things done. On the wheelie that is shown in the video his Mustang swung to the left a bit and was facing towards the camera crew behind the wall. Everyone made a run for cover, but he just came down with a spray of sparks and straightened the Mustang out right away.
#5. Steve Penrod’s 1969 Camaro. Steve was a previous year winner of this event also and won it with a 1970 Chevelle. The 1969 Camaro he has now is just unreal looking and does a really exciting wheelie.
#6. Jay Biondo’s 1967 Chevy Nova with the obvious sound of a ProCharger attached to the small block Chevy motor. In this video it is cut short in the end but even with such a high wheelie he still pulls off an 8.59 second quarter mile at 157 mph. Amazing for this super clean, all steel, full interior Nova to pull off.
#7. Billy Hayes Roots supercharged Chevy Luv pickup truck pulls an awesome wheelie against FreakinRican at the Street Outlaws event this year at Thunder Valley Raceway (Outlaw Armageddon). In this clip I added some shots of Murder Nova, Boosted GT and Daddy Dave watching the races as they were happening.
#8. The Beater Bomb Mustang hangs a massive wheelie on the Crusty Nova at Outlaw Armageddon 2.0
#9. Ricky Kirkpatrick’s 1981 Chevy Malibu wagon pulled the longest wheelie at the Byron Wheelstand event in 2016 and won the whole event and took home 10K for doing it. Congrats Ricky! Can’t wait for next year!
#10. I left this video for last and some people will love it and some will hate it. It is Wes Newman’s 1968 Camaro with a blown big block Chevy motor in it. Wes puts on a show every year that is the talk of the event. I’ve seen the car on fire multiple times, the front wheel break off, parts break off the car, and I’ve seen it scrape the wall. This year was different, he did his usual super long and out of control burnout (which is always awesome) but this year the Camaro got away from him and swung to the right and nailed the wall head on. The damage wasn’t too bad and with being the competitor that he is he told the crew to line him back up. Just watch the video it speaks volumes for the love of this sport and wanting to put on a show for the crowd and go down in the history books.