Legendary Black Ghost and Silver Bullet confirmed for Woodward Dream Show

Historic Vehicle Association

A Woodward legend—the Hemi-powered 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE known as the Black Ghost—is returning to its old stomping grounds. And it isn’t the only automotive icon that will be appearing at the Woodward Dream Show August 20–21.

The show, which runs parallel with Detroit’s annual Woodward Dream Cruise, will be held at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.

Among the stars confirmed for the event are the Black Ghost, the Silver Bullet, and Bob “Mr. Autorama” Larivee, father of hot rodding in Metro Detroit.

Black Ghost Challenger front three-quarter
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The Black Ghost is the sinister, triple-black Challenger that dominated street racing on Woodward and more-secluded backstreets in the 1970s. Driven by off-duty police officer Godfrey Qualls, the Ghost had a mysterious penchant for materializing, winning, and then vanishing.

The Silver Bullet is a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX that looks stock but is definitely not. It was supposed to be destroyed after serving as a Chrysler Engineering test mule, but it made its way into the capable hands of local mechanic Jimmy Addison, who installed a 426 HEMI and lightened the car with fiberglass fenders, hood, doors, and deck lid. Capable of 10-second quarter-mile passes, it became known as the King of Woodward Avenue.

Bob Larivee is truly the father of Championship Auto Shows and will be the recipient of the Woodward Dream Show’s inaugural “Master Cruiser” award. In 1953, Larivee started Autorama, which was then held at the University of Detroit’s Calihan Hall. Autorama’s Best of Show award became known as the Ridler Award—named after Bob’s friend Don Ridler—and today the Ridler Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the world of hot rods and customs.

In addition, Jim and Mike Ring, co-founders of Ringbrothers—one of America’s most well-known designers and builders of restomods—will be showing several of their vehicles, including a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Among the builders’ many accolades are several Chevrolet Best in Show awards, Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, Mothers’ Shine Awards, and a SEMA Battle of the Builders win.

Show passes are now available and include access to parking shuttles, entertainment, food and beverages, and the track. If you purchase a show pass for Friday or Saturday and have a show car, your car gets in for free. Arena space is limited. A daily show pass is $100 for attendees age 21 and older, $50 for ages 13–20, and free for those 12 and under. Two-day passes are $180 (21 and older) and $100 (13–20).

We’ll keep you posted as the the Woodward Dream Show announces additional star cars and celebrities.

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