Daddy Dave Carves his Niche as an Al­ter­na­tive Drag Rac­ing Star

Drag Racer - - Contents - Text and Pho­tos by Rod Short

HE’S NOT IN THE NHRA RECORD BOOK AND YOU WON’T FIND HIS NAME ON THE TOP 50 GREAT­EST DRIV­ERS OF ALL TIME. He doesn’t tour in an 18-wheeler or have a crew chief, and there are pre­cious few de­cals on his car. Yet, you might see hun­dreds lined up just to chat and maybe get a selfie with him. It’s “Daddy” Dave from Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel’s “Street Out­laws” and this is just part of his story.

“I was born in Colorado, but grew up in New York,” Dave said about his early life. “I started out rac­ing there at Empire Drag­way with my friends on Wed­nes­day nights. I was headed back to Colorado at one point, but wound up in Ok­la­homa City after I ran out of money. I even­tu­ally opened Com­stock Auto Ser­vice in Ed­mond, Ok­la­homa, where we do any­thing from gen­eral re­pair to per­for­mance work. I’ve been street rac­ing since I got here.”

So­cial me­dia has been a launch pad for many home­grown, break­out stars in the au­to­mo­tive world, and the gang at “Street Out­laws” might be drag rac­ing’s best-known ex­am­ple.

Videos of Daddy Dave and the oth­ers on the 1320 Video and Big Rob En­ter­tain­ment YouTube chan­nels led Pil­grim Me­dia Group to ap­proach them about a re­al­ity TV se­ries, which mor­phed into the “Street Out­laws” show on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel that we know to­day.

Daddy Dave had already built a name for him­self as a lo­cal hot shoe. On an early ver­sion of “PINK’s Lose the Race – Lose Your Ride,” he was be­hind the wheel of a ni­trous 355 SBC-pow­ered

’89 Mus­tang that won. Through­out “Street Out­laws” he’s been in a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles with dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions un­der the hood. While he’s been in­volved in some mem­o­rable en­coun­ters, races and scrapes, his fa­vorite mo­ment of all was his wed­ding to Cassi, which took place dur­ing the show’s first sea­son.

His cur­rent ride is a ’63 Chevy II named Go­liath 2.0. Orig­i­nally built by the nowde­funct Cal­i­for­nia Chas­sis, both Andy McCoy and Larry Lar­son Race Cars have up­graded the stretched chas­sis, which has a 111-inch wheel­base. The car fea­tures a con­ven­tional coil-over

front sus­pen­sion with Chris Al­ston spindle­mounted Var­iStruts. On the other end, Go­liath runs a 4-link rear with JRi five-way CO2-as­sisted drag shocks and Moser 9-inch rear pack­ing 4.30:1 gears.

When pho­tographed, Daddy Dave was run­ning a Scog­gin-Dickey 540-ci com­bi­na­tion. A blow-through top end with an APD carb, ProCharger F-1X, Brodix heads and Edel­brock in­take sat atop a short-block with a Cal­lies crank, GRP alu­minum rods and 13.5:1 Di­a­mond pis­tons. Re­cently, ru­mors have flown that he will be switch­ing to a Pro Line Rac­ing En­gines 481X bil­let en­gine combo with an even larger ProCharger blower.

“I’m just a nor­mal guy that started with noth­ing,” Dave says humbly. “Rac­ing is what I love and all I know, so I’ve stuck with it. Noth­ing is for free. Just work hard for what you want!”

ABOVE. Go­liath’s strength em­anates from a ProCharged Scog­gin-Dickey 540-incher con­tain­ing qual­ity in­ter­nals. RIGHT. The rear view is all busi­ness. Power is ef­fec­tively trans­mit­ted to the track via a 4-link rear with JRi 5-way CO as­sisted drag shocks...

You’ll never see Go­liath 2.0 on an au­di­to­rium floor, hov­er­ing above mir­rors, swathed in an­gel hair. It’s a bru­tal race car, plain and sim­ple.

Daddy Dave draws crowds as large as Big Show superstars.

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