Shepard said he worked for General Motors for 14 years, most of which was by familial association. His family delivered press cars and he would follow in a chase car to bring back the driver. His favorite chase car was the 1994-96 Buick Roadmaster.
Shepard said, “When my wife got pregnant four years ago, immediately I was like, ‘I have to get a B-body station wagon between ’94 and ’96 because if I’m gonna be a dad, I don’t want to be in a minivan. I want to be in something I can drift.”
But Shepard and Bell don’t use the car just for drifting; they also uses it for family outings. “When my first daughter was a year old, we drove from L.A. to Oregon, and we had two dogs in the car, a baby, we had the gigantic cargo container on the luggage rack,” said Shepard. “It was definitely my Clark Griswold fantasies come true.”
While the Roadmaster came with a lot of performance, Shepard’s is not your stock vehicle. He upgraded the braking system with six piston calipers and huge rotors, as well as an engine swap with a 6.2-liter supercharged Chevrolet Performance LSA engine, capable of more than 550 horsepower.
To show off the car’s capabilities, Shepard drag-raced Jay Leno and his beloved ’55 Roadmaster. Leno ended up winning two of three races, but really they both won because they have such awesome cars.
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