Back in May 2021, HOT ROD reported that Street Outlaws racer Jeff Lutz suffered a huge crash in his yellow 1957 Chevy while filming the hit Discovery TV show. Turns out that Jeff was all right, but the ’57 was a total loss. Well, right after that crash Lutz put his yellow Pontiac GTO to work as a fill-in car for the wrecked Chevy. The now-departed ’57 was one of the most beautiful drag cars out there and it broke our collective hearts to see it wadded up, but it showed off the quality of the build considering Lutz escaped with minor injuries.
Lutz is a busy guy and he knew he didn’t have time to build a new ’57 Chevy, so he contacted Dennis MacPherson and the team at DMC Racing to make the new car come together on an accelerated timetable.
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As Lutz explained in an interview with Race Pages, “When the No Prep Kings series added two more races, I knew we needed to get rolling on another ’57. I’ve seen a bunch of the work that Dennis [MacPherson] has done over the years, it’s beautiful stuff, and he was my next choice other than myself. “
Danchuk Manufacturing, a longtime Lutz sponsor, rushed him the needed Tri-Five parts such as body panels, quarters, and all the chrome bits for the new car. Lutz was also impressed with the outpouring of support from fans, one of them even offering up a clean roof for the new build. After searching around Lutz was able to find a rusted-out donor Bel Air that had just what he needed, including a VIN. The donor car was shipped to DMC’s facility in Massachusetts in September and the team started stitching together the 25.3 SFI-certified chassis. As DMC’s MacPherson stated, “Having the donor car helped a ton so we could use the body for chassis dimensions and fit everything around the windshield frame.” The new ’57 Chevy is incorporating more than a few wild changes that nobody has tried on a ’57 before, and while the ’57 is a real-deal car a lot of it is being done in composites and carbon from VFN. The “glass” will all be lightweight stuff from Optic Armor. If DMC seems familiar that’s because it’s the same shop that rebuilt the Murder Nova.
The new roller debuted at the 2021 PRI show where the crashed yellow ’57 was also on display in the Stainless Works booth. After PRI the new DMC ’57 will go to Lutz Race Cars in Pennsylvania where Lutz and his son, Jeffrey Lutz Jr., will dive into wiring, plumbing, and installing the new drivetrain. The big question is what the ’57 will be doing once done. The GTO is working great on the street, and on the track for No Prep Kings, but Lutz’s fan base really loves the classic vibe of the ’57. We imagine it will all come down to how fast the ’57 ends up being once it’s on the track. So, we’re not sure what show it will end up on, but we would be surprised if it didn’t show up racing on at least one of them.
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