Dave Billadeau has been crowned King of the Street on many occassions at the annual Mopar Euro Nationals and was inducted into the Mopar Hall of Fame in 2004.
Here is a round up of his and the Billadeau family’s cars through the years.
The Early Years
Dave’s love for all things Mopar started at an early age. The first Mopar he owned was this 1970 Dodge Challenger, with a 4 speed 318ci motor, purchased when he was only 17.
The next Mopar to come into Dave’s ownership was this ’68 Plymouth Road Runner. When originally purchased the car was black with a 383ci auto, whch was good for 14.9 second ETs when let loose on the strip.
The Road Runner was later repainted blue and the 383 was rebuilt by Dave. Following the rebuild the quarter mile ETs dropped into the 13.6s.
In 1991 Dave started to take interest in this 1970 Plymouth GTX owned by George Chiles, who originally imported the car into the UK in 1988. At the time it was running 12.8 ET’s without nitrous.
In 1993 Dave bought the GTX, now sporting a green paint scheme.
Over the winter months following the 2006 season, the GTX was completely renovated. The body was restored back to how it left the factory in August 1969, painted Alpine White (EW1) with the vinyl roof back in place. The stock gold interior completed the look.
The all aluminium 572ci HEMI engine produced over 800hp. This power was transferred to the tarmac through Dana 60 rear cal-tracs with monoleads, and a 727 trans with a 9.5″ converter.
The car ran a best ET of 9.80 @ 139mph at the 2007 Open Sports Nationals.
For 2012, the GTX was retired from racing and taken back to a near factory original state. It was refitted with a numbers matching 440 Six Pack with cast manifolds, which made 417hp and 504ft-lbs of torque. The roll cage was removed, fuel system taken back to stock and a steel hood with an airgrabber scoop was fitted.
Dave also ran this 1970 Plymouth Duster for several years in the mid 1990s. The car underwent a full body renovation and a full roll cage was installed. The 493ci Stroker motor with Indy 440-1 heads, which produced 650hp, gave a best of 10.35 @ 128mph on the track.
For 2010, with the GTX on the sidelines, Dave took on a ’64 Plymouth Fury project. The cross rammed 426 HEMI powered the car into the 11.8s and it was featured in American Car Magazine.
Dave started a new major project in 2012, a HEMI powered Plymouth Superbird, and the car hit the track in 2013.
In 2015 Dave raced the Ol’ Scatter Bolts Coronet while busy on another project car, a ’67 Plymouth Belvedere Wagon. The Station Wagon debuted in 2016 and went on to win the American Super Stock Championship in 2017. It was featured in the November 2017 issue of Street Machine.
Dave’s brother Scott is also a Mopar nut, entering the Mopar world with the 1967 ‘Wedge-O-Matic’ Dodge Coronet. Running a tunnel rammed 440 with a period race car paint job, the car ran 11.7 ETs over the quarter.
Scott then moved on to a strong 10 second running 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. The car was featured as American Car World’s cover car in April 2010.
Scott’s car gained some new colour in 2012 thanks to sponsorship from Playboy TV Chat, and was driven by Dave in the American Super Stock series. The car was later restored to stock before heading off to it’s new owner.
Completing the Billadeau family Mopar collection is Dave’s dad Gene, aka Bill. Gene previously owned a ’68 Dodge Charger, which was then bought by Bri Wood.
Next up was a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, featured in the August 2006 issue of American Car World.
The Challenger was sold on in 2008 and Gene returned to a Charger, this time a 1969 model. This car was also featured in American Car Magazine in 2011.
Gene is now the proud owner of the Billadeau GTX.