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Murder Nova's 1955 BEL AIR Ends in Crash vs. 1000+ HP Nissan GTR

A heart-stopping incident occurred at the KOTOR Crusin' Oklahoma event in Hinton, Oklahoma, as two iconic street racing vehicles clashed in a high-octane showdown. The infamous Murder Nova 1955 Bel Air, representing the Street Outlaws team, went head-to-head against a mighty 1000+ HP Nissan GTR. What began as an intense battle between horsepower and precision took a dramatic turn, leaving spectators in shock and concern for the well-being of those involved. Fortunately, amidst the wreckage, there was relief as news spread that everyone escaped the accident unharmed. Let's delve into the details of this harrowing incident and express our hopes for a swift recovery.

Photo by Trevor Shrier


The scene was set for an adrenaline-fueled street race as the Murder Nova's 1955 Bel Air and the roaring Nissan GTR faced off. Both vehicles represented the epitome of automotive power and were determined to showcase their might on the streets. The atmosphere was electric as the crowd eagerly anticipated an awe-inspiring display of speed and skill.

Despite the promising matchup between two powerhouse builds boasting approximately 1,000 horsepower each, the race ultimately failed to yield a satisfactory outcome when Murder Nova's 1955 Bel Air Crash vs. 1000+ HP Nissan GTR.

The driver of the Chevy had a strong start, quickly creating a significant gap between the Nissan and themselves. However, just a few seconds into the race, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to veer towards the right before sliding sideways and crashing head-on into the guardrail. The impact was sudden and intense, resulting in the Chevy's nose lifting up and causing it to spin 180 degrees.

Murder Nova 1955 Bel Air Crash was severe, with the old Chevy forcefully struck the guardrail head-on at nearly 100MPH. Photo by Murder Nova

Thankfully, the car landed upright on the drag strip, and the driver emerged from the crash unharmed. Notably, the person behind the wheel was none other than Richard Ellington, the father of Shawn Ellington, the proud owner of the renowned Murder Nova dragster.

Murder Nova 1955 Bel Air. Photo by Murder Nova

Surprisingly, this '55 Bel Air was personally built by Shawn Ellington himself and served as one of his earlier vehicles. After being parked for over ten years, Shawn, along with 187 Customs, decided to breathe new life into it by giving it a complete makeover. They installed a Procharger-boosted LS V8 engine, generating an impressive output of approximately 900 horsepower. With this substantial power under the hood, the revamped '55 Chevy is expected to cover the 1/8-mile distance in less than five seconds, according to Drag Zine.

While the crash left a somber note on an otherwise exhilarating event, it is important to acknowledge the resilience and determination of the street racing community. As Richard and the Murder Nova family work towards rebuilding the iconic 1955 Chevy Bel Air, the support and well wishes of their fans will undoubtedly fuel their spirits. With time, dedication, and the unwavering spirit that defines street racing, it is hoped that the beloved vehicle will rise from the ashes and roar back onto the streets once again.

Video by Trevor Shrier


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