LARSON READY TO CRUISE WITH THE CADDY
Street Outlaws No Prep Kings Season 3 is in full swing. Yet, a very popular S10 driven by Larry Larson will not be in any of the events. In fact, it has been banned from competing on the hit TV series.
“They actually outlawed the S10, as it would have been illegal for Season 3,” Larson said. “So I had to do something different. It’s not because I wanted to; it’s because I had to. When the rules came out in December -- knowing I had to do something different -- I looked at some different body styles and settled on this late model Cadillac.”
Larson admitted there were three or four things that the Committee, who oversees the No Prep Kings, had an issue with. He also said had he fixed the truck, they could have found more things to complain about.
The S10 truck has been put up for sale.
“They didn’t like the bed size or the wheelbase,” he said. “I could have fixed those three or four but then they would have found three or four more others. Bottom line, they wanted something that had more of a factory appearance. There was four of us that it affected car wise -- me, Chuck Parker (The 55), Shawn Wilhoit (The Mistress), and Kayla Morton. All four of us all had to do something different. Kayla has the same car but changed it around a bit. Chuck, Shawn and myself built new cars. They both had something going before the rules came out, as I didn’t. I didn’t start on this ATS-V until the 10th of January.”
The Drag Week legend chose the Cadillac over looking at a 68 or 72 Nova. He wanted to do something different, which led to his decision to choose the Cadillac over the Novas.
“I began looking at different cars last fall, and it was down to a couple of different body styles,” Larson said. “I was looking at a 68 or 72 Nova -- and like I said -- I looked at this Cadillac. I liked the Novas, but a lot of people have them. Nobody has ever done one of these Cadillac’s, so that’s kind of me -- and I’ve always wanted to do something different -- but the downside is nobody makes any carbon fiber for this Cadillac so all the body panels; they’re all factory from GM.”
After purchasing the Cadillac, Larson and his workers at his shop began putting the car together. “Everything was in pieces, so we had to work to put it together,” he said. “We had to take a plastic bumper and put it in shape -- front and rear. We had to do the same with the hood and the lights. We had to put a lot of things together to make a one-piece front end and get the back end of the car together. Everything kept moving around when we were trying to get it to keep its shape. That was the most difficult part.”
They also rushed to get it done. After getting it back from paint on Friday, May 17th, the mad rush began to have it done for Memorial Day weekend.
Larson missed having the car at the first event at Maryland International Raceway on May 4th.
“We got it back from paint on Friday then we started on it first thing Saturday morning,” Larson said. “My guys in the shop, myself, and a few friends of mine helped put it together -- wired it, plumped it, headers, mounted the turbo, the whole deal -- in basically five days. We have a ton of hours in that thing. As soon as it was done, it went in the trailer and we ended for New Hampshire, but made a stop in Ohio (Dragway 42 - West Salem, Ohio) and made two hits, then we drove through to New Hampshire to race on Saturday.”
While in Ohio, Larson only made 60-foot hits. He admitted that he wanted to make sure everything worked, before heading to New England Dragway
in Epping, New Hampshire on May 25th.
He made it in time for the first round of eliminations. He said that the fellow drivers knew what he was creating but they did not know what it was going to look like.
“Most everyone knew what I was building, but nobody -- I think -- had a clue what it was going to be like,” he said. “The thing has no Dzus fastener, no window screws in it -- we tried to make it stock appearing as we possibly could. We even have all the weather strips on the doors. When you stand back and look at it, it looks like a factory car.” Larson said all of the cars on Season 3 has to be factory appearing. If they are not factory appearing, they cannot be on the TV show that is taping now and will air at a later date.
“Their biggest thing is that they wanted to be factory appearing,” he said. “They didn’t want it looking like a bunch of Pro Modified cars. As bad as that sounds, they don’t want someone with a stretched wheelbase, stretched nose, a crazy wing -- they wanted it so that the fans can relate to it. They wanted it to be like a production car.”
At one point, Larson had 300 man hours in assembly after paint on the Cadillac. But he admitted there
were way more hours than that. Larson faced “The Professor” Randy Williams in New Hampshire.
“It was fine,” Larson said. “The biggest problem is I just needed some more runs. I missed the set up on the 4-link a little bit from what it needed to be. We went out there and spun the tires about 150-feet out. That was the biggest issue in New Hampshire that I was chasing up there. As far as being in the car, I was good after the first hit. After doing the burnout and backing up, I was comfortable in the car at that point in time. I needed a more runs to get everything else lined out. I missed the set up on the 4-link a little.”
Larson planned to make tests in the Cadillac and the S10 this past weekend. He plans to run the Cadillac on Saturday at Reaper’s Outta Time No Prep Series at Ozark Raceway, before the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway event on June 14-15.