Recently showcased at Byron Dragway's Glory Days drag race event, this 1941 Willys is not a historic racer, having been built in recent years. However, it's as accurate as nostalgia gassers get and it's a tribute to the original "Night Prowler" that was raced in the Midwest from the 1960s through the 1980s.
The latter was also a 1941 Willys, which was sold in the 1990s to finance another build. And here comes the touching part: the guy who built "Son of Night Prowler" is the son of the racer who drove the old "Night Prowler" at the drag strip for two decades. Yup, it's a father and son affair that's keeping the flame alive 60 years and counting.
"Son of Night Prowler" actually started life as a street-legal hot rod. According to YouTube's "Race Your Ride," it hit the streets with a custom interior and various modern amenities.
But that didn't last long, as the owner wanted to take it to the drag strip as a tribute to his dad. And he obviously went for a recreation of the original "Night Prowler" with matching black paint, a similar name, and period-correct wheels.
And it's quite the slingshot, too, thanks to a 555-cubic-inch (9.1-liter) big-block Chevy V8. Sure, it's not as quick as a modern dragster, but the all-motor mill packs enough oomph to push the Willys down the quarter-mile in less than 12 seconds. Watch it do burnouts and noisy passes in the video below.