The sensational history of “Black Magic” dates back to 1976 when the original owner, Alan Hilzer (then 19), purchased the car new for $5,456.
While posted at Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, people say Hilzer went to the voodoo doctor, where he made a deal in exchange for the fastest car in the Northwest.
Like many teens in the late 1970’s Hilzer was a fan of Smokey and the Bandit. Upon returning from his time in the South, Hilzer set out to find his dream car. He decided on a 1977 stock-appearing, four speed-equipped Pontiac and from the smoke of the voodoo doctor’s offering rose Helen, his Trans Am.
Soon Hilzer started racing the car locally at the Spokane County Race Track, where Helen became known as “Black Magic.” Helen seemed unbeatable and Hilzer soon gathered several sponsors. He still holds the NHRA stock record at SCRT for running a 10.92 at 118 mph ¼ mile as well as 16 other local track records.
But on May 18th, 1980, Hilzer broke his deal by refusing to race against an undefeated opponent. Those present that day say that as soon as he refused to race, Mt. St. Helens erupted in ash and fire.
Felling this disaster was his fault, Alan immediately jumped in the car and started rescuing people from the destruction. Ultimately, Helen sucked up so much ash that the motor blew…his good deeds unable to save the car, her time as the fastest car in the Northwest came to an end.
Hilzer kept Black Magic in his barn for over 30 years until Seattle artist Duffyleg brought her back to life as the centerpiece of his Pop Art concept to create a 1:1 scale “model car kit” from a historic American automobile.