The ‘Silver Bullet’ is one of the most iconic street machines of all time. Need proof? How about the People’s Choice, Top Engineered, Top Judged and Grand Champion that debuted at Summer Nets in 2005. Plus MotorEx Best of Breed and SMOTY – all in one year!
As I was published. Street Machine Legends, Volume II
Having won a stack of Smyrna’s Burnout Championship trophies, Gary and Debbie Myers had already made a splash on the elite scene with their trusty GM176 Mustang, but they knew it would take one more to take home the big awards. A purposeful machine is essential. That’s where this new Mustang comes in.
“I planned it all, and got a lot of advice from guys like Howard Astle and Owen Webb,” Gary says.
The beginning of Gary’s project was a complete tube chassis by the late John Torna Sr. It featured Elcon brakes, custom suspension and airbags to throw the mozzie flat on deck.
Gary and Jarrod Wood cut the bridge into a thousand pieces and welded it back together – minus two inches. They also wiped out the gutters and smoothed out the window openings, bumpers and all around lighting. East Wagga Smash followed with HOK Silver and Purple Doku.
Inside, there’s a Mazda MX-6-based dash, silver leather through clad trim and a metal console that carries exposed fuel, air and brake lines.
Typically, the 18.5-inch Mickey Thompson will be the focal point of any stiff straighter. But the Silver Bullet outperforms those with a twin-blown 392 Hemi, bumped up to 410 cubes.
The setup was inspired by Bill Oakey’s twin-flying Competition Eliminator dragster. The supercharger below is a 6/71, with an 8/71 above, fed by four-port Hilborn injection. Bob Fisher invented the intermediate plate and complex drive system.
“I ran it with a single blower at ‘Nats 19,'” says Gary, “but went back to double, because all the promoters wanted twins. I sold it to Perimica and he went all purple in candy red.” Changed, added new wheels and called it ‘Voodoo’.
It eventually sold in the US and pops up all the time.
engine: 410ci HEMI
include: Twin blowers, Hilborn injection
Difference: 9 inches
password: American Racing