Graveyard Carz

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Graveyard Carz
Created byMark Worman, Aaron Smith, Casey Faris
Directed byD.L. Watson, Casey Faris (2011-2013)
StarringMark Worman, Allysa Rose, Royal Yoakum, Will Scott, Dave Rea, Josh Rose (2011-2014), Daren Kirkpatrick (2011-2014), Holly Chedester (2012-2013)
Narrated byJon Bailey, Aaron Smith (2014-2015)
Theme music composerThomas Lesh (Main Music), Richard Cranach (2011-2014)
Opening themeOctoSound "Intense Rock Trailer", Echovolt (2011-2014)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes96
Executive producer(s)Aaron Smith, D.L. Watson, Sam Chambliss, Mark Worman, Casey Faris (2011-2015)
Producer(s)Mark Worman, D.L. Watson, Aaron Smith, Matthew Pryor, Dan Bernard (2011-2015)
CinematographyMichael Sherman
Editor(s)Sam Chambliss, Michael Maruska, Christopher White, D.L. Watson, Aaron Smith, Casey Faris (2011-2015), Dan Bernard (2011-2015), Gavin P. Cunningham (2013-2016), Nicole Compton (2013)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)The Division Productions, LLC
Original networkMotortrend formerlyVelocity
Audio format5.1 Dolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 2012 –
External links
Production website

Graveyard Carz is an American automotive reality TV show made on location in Springfield, Oregon that restores late 1960s/early 1970s Mopar muscle cars. The Graveyard Carz shop motto: "It's Mopar or No Car". As of November 30, 2018, the show is in its tenth season on Motortrend, formerly Velocity.[1]

The Show[edit]

Graveyard Carz was created and is owned by Mark Worman. It is made independently by The Division, a film and television production company in which Worman is also the CEO. The show's relationship with Velocity is what is called "a pre-sale acquisition". The Division retains all creative control but frequently takes notes and suggestions from the Velocity team.

In 2016 TERN commissioned and acquired the global rights for 26 episodes of Graveyard Carz in HFR UHD. These episodes will be aired on Velocity in HD as Season 6 and elsewhere by Insight as Season 6 and Season 7.

The 1971 Phantom 'Cuda[edit]

Mark Worman wanted to document the restoration of a 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda, painted Hemi Orange, equipped with a 440 6 Barrel V8, a HD Hemi 4-Speed transmission, and a 3.54 ratio Dana 60 rear axle. On July 5, 1981, the car was wrecked after the driver lost control in a 100 mph race with a pickup truck. After acquiring the car, Mark entered into an agreement with a collector to have the car restored.

To prove to neigh-sayers that the car could be restored, Mark had the son of local friend (Aaron Smith) film the restoration. After seeing how entertaining the team was, Mark and Aaron decided to start shooting concept material for a television pilot, and Graveyard Carz was born.

Over the course of the first five seasons, viewers have seen The Phantom 'Cuda undergo a slow transformation. In Season 1, it was dipped, while its overall condition was assessed in Season 2. Season 3 saw the repair of a fender to determine if the sheet metal was too compromised to use in the restoration. At the end of Season 4, the 'Cuda was shipped off to AMD Installation, and it returned in Season 5 with all brand new sheet metal. In Season 6 The Phantom Cuda is completed, restored to factory condition.

Cast (The Ghouls)[edit]

The first four seasons of Graveyard Carz featured Mark Worman, Royal Yoakum, Josh Rose, and Daren Kirkpatrick.[2] Seasons 2 and 3 featured recurring cast member Holly Chedester, who did not return for Season 4.[3]

Season 5 (previously titled Season 4b) brought back Mark Worman's daughter Allysa Rose (who was a recurring cast-member in Season 1), his best-friend Royal Yoakum and introduced new painter Will Scott (who had been part of the original concept for the series), and new assembly technician and long-time fan of the show David Rea.[4]


Currently, a 13-episode season takes about 100 days of continuous shooting. Earlier seasons took more than a year, as the original crew would only work Saturdays on Mopar builds. True to the show's premise, the current cast are actual automotive technicians, and the film-crew plans series' shoots around the elements of key car builds.

Once a car is completed, if its owners are willing, a shoot is planned to see the car "revealed" to them. The film-crew takes extra care to make the "reveal" as true to life as possible.

Due to the nature of how quickly the show must be produced, and how long it actually takes to build a car, the episodes are edited parallel with the filming. Therefore, each episode doesn't have a typical car-show reveal, but instead, emphasis is placed on the smaller yet significant sub-assembly builds needed on a car.

Comedic storylines are often shot separately, away from the actual car work being done. Therefore, every effort is made to place them in episodes as close to when they occurred in real-time in order to avoid continuity issues. Despite popular belief, most comedic storylines are 100% true, depicting events that have happened in the shop. The cast is encouraged to let the film crew in on any pranks, so as best to capture real reactions.

Season 6 revamp[edit]

Graveyard Carz went through a total revamp: new logo, new graphics, and new show format built upon the changes made in Season 5. Rather than focusing on the cast and their daily activities, focus has shifted to the cars and their builds in order to draw in viewers disheartened by the original format of the show.


Season 1[edit]

Season one started on June 14, 2012 and ended on July 19, 2012 for a total of 6 episodes.

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Title Original air date
11"Emma's Car"June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14)
A crew of automotive mechanics (the ghouls) are tasked with a challenging assignment in the opener of this series, which follows the restoration of Mopar muscle cars that have been wrecked or forgotten for years. Mark plans on buying a car to restore and give to his granddaughter when she grows up.
22"It's the Great Pumpkin, Mark Worman!"June 21, 2012 (2012-06-21)
A costly mishap dampens the guys' excitement over an upcoming pumpkin-carving contest.
33"Daren Goes Plum Crazy"June 28, 2012 (2012-06-28)
Daren is given control of the shop for a week.
44"Runnin' Down a Dream"July 5, 2012 (2012-07-05)
The guys rush to complete work on a 1970 Road Runner after receiving an angry call from the car's owner. Josh encourages the guys to make New Year's resolutions.
55"More than a Wrench"July 12, 2012 (2012-07-12)
The guys accuse Mark of not working as hard as they do; Josh and Daren visit the crash site of the shop's 1971 Phantom 'Cuda.
66"The Big Dipper"July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19)
Mark stresses over a delicate project involving the shop's 1971 Phantom 'Cuda.

Season 2[edit]

Season two started on January 8, 2013 and ended on April 2, 2013 for a total of 13 episodes.

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Title Original air date
71"It's Alive"January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Mark examines differences between older and newer models of the Dodge Challenger in the second-season premiere
82"Six Pack to Go"January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)
Mark and his crew fall behind on the '71 Charger project.
93"Hey, Charger"January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
The '71 Charger is taken for a test-drive.
104"Wet Paint"January 29, 2013 (2013-01-29)
The Challenger receives a coat of paint. Josh stumbles upon a surprise.
115"Factory Correct"February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
The guys add new equipment to the shop.
126"Holley Equipped"February 18, 2013 (2013-02-18)
Mark becomes concerned about the lack of research being done during restorations, so hires an assistant to do the research. The 1969 Daytona Charger is sent out for media blasting, and the 1970 AAR 'Cuda is documented and disassembled. The new research assistant, Holley, finds the 2nd owner of the 1971 Phantom 'Cuda.
137"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)
Josh takes a part-time job, which upsets Mark. Work continues on the Phantasm 'Cuda.
148"You Win Some …"February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)
The AAR 'Cuda is sent to and returns from the sandblaster. The 383 'Cuda is prepared to be wet-sanded, but a mistake in the 1/4 panel shaping forces a postponement. Mark installs a security camera system. Progress stalls on the Sunroof Challenger due to parts availability.
159"Cuda Madness"March 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
The guys repair the Barracuda's fender.
1610"Flippin' the Bird"March 12, 2013 (2013-03-12)
A surprise birthday party is planned for Mark, and the 1970 Superbird is checked for matching numbers. The Superbird's owners visit the shop and tell the story about how they found the car.
1711"Fish ‘n' Chips"March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
Daren is left in charge of the shop and work continues of the 1971 Phantasm 'Cuda, though a mistake by the crew delays its completion. The 383 'Cuda assembly begins, and the nose cone and rear spoiler is installed on the 1969 Daytona Charger.
1812"Game Day"March 26, 2013 (2013-03-26)
Daren threatens to quit, then invites Royal and Josh to a cookout, leaving Mark by himself to work on the Phantasm 'Cuda. A phone call from the car's irate owner leaves Mark with an ultimatum: finish the car in one week. Mark rallies the troops and outlines what has to be done to finish the car by that deadline.
1913"Phantasm ‘Cuda"April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)
Daren returns to the team as work on the black Phantasm 'Cuda continues. Mark validates the authenticity of a 1969 1/2 A12 Super Bee. Mark gets a surprise phone call from Phantasm Writer/Producer/Director Don Coscarelli.

Season 3[edit]

Season three started on January 7, 2014 and ended on April 1, 2014 for a total of 13 episodes. Starting with the second episode, the series now includes trivia questions before and after the commercial breaks and recaps of what has taken place up to that point. A new opening title sequence also debuted on the second episode of the season.

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Title Original air date
201"Back in Triple Black"January 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)
The 1971 Phantasm Tribute 'Cuda is completed, and Phantasm Writer-Producer-Director Don Coscarelli and star Michael Baldwin visit the shop to view and drive the completed restoration.
212"AAR You Ready for This"January 14, 2014 (2014-01-14)
A 1970 Superbird and a 1970 Barracuda are featured. Daren confronts Mark about stolen car parts.
223"Go for It!"January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)
Mark gets a surprise, and the 1969 Daytona Charger's owner visits and helps with work on his car. Progress is made on the 1970 Sunroof Challenger.
234"Get Your Hands Dirty"January 28, 2014 (2014-01-28)
Mark installs a hood decal on the 1970 Challenger, and Holley helps Josh disassemble the Barracuda's suspension.
245"W-O-M-A-N, Mark Woman"February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)
The team rush to complete work on a 1969 Dodge Daytona, and a leadership dispute is settled.
256"Pop Secrets"February 11, 2014 (2014-02-11)
Daren reveals a secret. Holley works on the 1970 Challenger with Mark, and a rare car is damaged.
267"Showtime"February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)
The 1970 Charger is disassembled, and Mark reveals a secret project.
278"The Royal Treatment"February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)
An engine is built for the 1970 Plymouth Superbird. The 1969 Daytona Charger gets a new suspension, and Josh agrees to let Daren store his Challenger in Josh's garage.
289"The Grand Torino"March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)
A 1967 Plymouth GTX convertible is disassembled.
2910"The Waltons"March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)
Daren gets an incredible offer for his 1970 Challenger R/T, and the story of the 1972 Charger is told.
3011"It's the Great Pumpkin, Goldberg!"March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)
Bill Goldberg drops off his 1968 GTX convertible for Mark and the crew to restore.
3112"Daytona Reborn Pt. 1"March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
Part 1 of 2. The crew rush to complete work on a 1969 Daytona Charger.
3213"Daytona Reborn Pt. 2"April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)
Conclusion. The crew completes work on the 1969 Daytona Charger.

Season 4[edit]

Season four had a premiere in July 31, but the actual season returned on November 18. Holley is absent.

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Title Original air date
331"The Elephant in the Room"July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31)
A 1970 Dodge Charger engine is restored in the Season 4 premiere.
342"Daren and Royal Go Topless"November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)
A rare 1970 Charger and a 1970 Barracuda 383 are featured.
353"General Disassemble Lee"November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25)
A 1968 Charger, a 1970 Challenger R/T, and a 1969 Charger are featured.
364"Mo Money Mo Challengers"December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)
A 1972 Dodge Charger is restored.
375"Drive a Mile in My Shoes"December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
A 1969 Road Runner is featured.
386"Top Banana Charge"December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)
Work on a 1972 Dodge Charger is continued.
397"Gone Bananas"December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)
The story about the 1972 Charger is briefly revisited, and past work leading to its completion is also revisited. Work on the 1972 Dodge Charger is completed and revealed to the owners.
408"Manifold Destiny"December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)
The 1970 Plymouth Superbird work is resumed, and the 1970 Charger R/T collision repair is completed. The 1970 Barracuda Convertible's 383 2bbl. V8 is assembled and painted.
419"Spoiler Alert"December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30)
A secret is accidentally revealed by Mark. Mark and Daren visit the local AAMCO Transmissions to watch the overhaul of the 1970 Barracuda Convertible's 727 Automatic Transmission, and then the Barracuda has its A/C box and instrument panel installed. The 1970 Superbird assembly nears completion.
4210"MoSparring"January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
Automotive parts supplier Tony D'Agostino of Tony's Parts helps the shop get organized, and Mark tests his Mopar knowledge against Tony's. Work on a 1970 Plymouth Superbird is completed.
4311"The Hills Have Eyes on a Superbird"January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
The 1970 Superbird's restoration and story is recapped, and the Hills visit the shop to take delivery of the car, along with the its original owner. Mike and Michael Hill drive the Superbird on a cross county trip home to South Carolina.
4412"Clipped Wings"January 27, 2015 (2015-01-27)
With the 1970 Plymouth Superbird done and safely driven home, Mark is asked to restore a 1969 Daytona Charger. Due to its condition, Mark questions if it's practical and if it's even legal.
4513"Put Me In, Coach"February 3, 2015 (2015-02-03)
Just when things couldn't get more stressful, Mark agrees to finally get the 1930 Chevy Coach fully restored by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Mark QC's the next cars in the process of resurrection.
4614"How to Cook a Barracuda"August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06)
See the complete 3 year restoration of Kimberly Cook's 1970 Barracuda Convertible: the body, paint, engine, and convertible top, culminating in Graveyard Carz' most emotional reveal to date.

Season 5[edit]

Season Five with new cast and new shop.

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Title Original air date
471"Commando Cuda vs. Magnum Force"October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
New shop. New crew. An All-new Graveyard Carz! The ghouls tackle a 1970 Cuda.
482"Rallye Red Restored"October 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)
Mark paints a Hemi Charger in his favorite Mopar color, burnt orange. AMD delivers the Phantom Cuda, and the ghouls finish the Dailey's 1970 Cuda 383, a project four years in the making.
493"Hell Hath No '58 Fury"October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)
The ghouls wrap up the 340 Cuda and install panels on the Hemi Charger. Mark trains Allysa on O.E.M. assembly line markings. The legendary red Plymouth Fury "Christine" visits the shop.
504"400 Magnum Misfire"October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)
The ghouls have problems with after-market parts for the 400 Magnum V8. Allysa begins working in the shop, and two rare Mopars are disassembled.
515"Return of the '70 Sunroof Challenger"November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)
Mark's coffee addiction is spotlighted, and the ghouls work on a 1970 Challenger.
526"'70 Cuda Grace"December 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)
Work on a 1970 Cuda 340 is featured.
537"Hemi Orange is the New Corporate Blue"December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)
The ghouls work on a 1968 GTX for Bill Goldberg, and Mark repairs a Challenger deck lid. Will paints a 1967 Hemi GTX and challenges Mark to a paint-off.
548"Grand Theft Hemi"December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)
Mark teaches Allysa to analyze and document cars in preparation for disassembly, but she later has a crucial lapse in judgement. The ghouls install the 400 Magnum in the 1972 Dodge Charger.
559"Investigation O.E."December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
Two rare Mopars, a Daytona survivor and early Hemi Charger, are analyzed for authenticity and restoration.
5610"Chally vs. Chally"December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30)
The ghouls complete the 1970 V-Code Challenger and make a side-by-side comparison with Mark's 2014 Shaker-hood Challenger.
5711"HEMI FK5 Alive"January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
A 1970 Hemi Charger is restored.
5812"Pitch and Rides"January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)
The 1970 Hemi Charger project is completed in the season finale.

Season 6[edit]

Season six started on November 2nd, 2016.

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Title Original air date
591"Elephant in a '69"November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)
Mopar Morticians work on the ultra rare 1969 Hemi Road Runner Convertible painted in Seafoam Turquoise - the goal: to get its massive 426 engine installed.
602"From Road Runner to Superbird"November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)
A '70 Plymouth Road Runner is converted into a Superbird.
613"Roaming the Restorations"November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16)
Decals are installed on Bill Goldberg's 1968 GTX Convertible; Allysa helps Will block and prep the Phantom Cuda.
624"Taming a 1971 Challenger"November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)
An engine assessment is performed on a 1971 Challenger.
635"Privilege to Drive a '68 GTX Convertible"November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30)
Mark and Royal pick up a Dodge Power Wagon; and Dave and Allysa build out a center console for a 1967 Hemi GTX Convertible.
646"Mark Unwrapped"December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)
Mark micromanages Will, who's trying to prep the 1970 Cuda. Later, a convertible top is installed on a 1967 Hemi GTX.
657"Dude, Where's Alyssa's Car"December 14, 2016 (2016-12-14)
The guys work on Bill Goldberg's 1968 Plymouth GTX convertible.
668"A Fly in the Ointment"December 21, 2016 (2016-12-21)
Will begins working on the Phantom 'Cuda, but Allysa's constant interruptions lead him to haze her. Later, Dave gets started on his 1970 Dodge Swinger's 340 engine.
679"Will Gets Grumpy"December 28, 2016 (2016-12-28)
Allysa and Mark apply decals to the Hemi Roadrunner convertible; Will paints the jams on the Superbird tribute car, then gets a Care Bears tattoo, "Grumpy Bear". A family's 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is evaluated by Alyssa and Mark for restoration.
6810"Phantom's 440 Six Barrel"January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)
The motor of the 1971 Cuda is ready to be installed. Later, Mark teaches Adam how to build the front suspension and assembles the rear axle.
6911"Cap'ing-off the Challenger"January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11)
Will preps the Green Go Challenger for its last paint job; and Allysa and Mark assess a newly-arrived 1968 Dodge Charger. Later, Will interferes after being fed up with Mark's antics in the paint booth.
7012"67 Hemi GTX Convertible Resurrected"January 25, 2017 (2017-01-25)
After commissioning the team to repair botched-restoration work, Mopar collector Brett Torino's 1967 Hemi GTX Convertible is nearly ready for its grand reveal.
7113"'72 Charger SE Resurrected"February 1, 2017 (2017 -02-01)
Dave and Allysa tackle the interior of a custom '72 Charger SE, as the owner plans on taking it for its first test drive.

Season 7[edit]

Season Seven started on March 20th, 2017.

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Title Original air date
721"Grin and Bear a 'Cuda"March 20, 2017 (2017-03-20)
The ghouls get cracking on the infamous ‘71 Phantom Cuda; installing the exhaust, the door windows, tail lights, rear valance, body plugs, and the piece de resistance: the 1971 ‘Cuda gills.
732"General Lee Considered"March 27, 2017 (2017-03-27)
Will and Dave team up to get the 1971 Phantom ‘Cuda's grill painted and built out. Allysa gets trained on the wildly entertaining Stringo. Mark and Will get historical in their pursuit of the perfect paint for the famous 1969 Charger General Lee.
743"Operation Firepower"April 3, 2017 (2017-04-03)
Mark and Royal go off-road and down memory lane when they fire up their friend's old Dodge truck. Mark announces a top secret project to the ghouls, and Allysa surprises her dad for Father's Day
754"The Roadrunner Gives Me a Hemi"April 10, 2017 (2017-04-10)
Meep-Meep! The 1 of 1 ever built, 1969 Hemi Roadrunner Convertible, is back on the lift.With the owner soon to arrive, the ghouls have to ramp up and get it finished.
765"Judgment Day"April 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)
Tony's in town! Tony and Cindy D'Agostino visit the Ghouls in the Graveyard. Mark and Tony geek out over several cemetery selects: the 1970 Superbee 383 Magnum, the 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner, and the 1970 Challenger R/T 440.
776"Cuda 'Tat"April 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)
Will must repeat the perfect paint job that he did on the 1970 burnt orange 'Cuda with the very difficult to apply FK5 paint.
787"What We Do for a Buck"May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)
Buck's '71 Challenger R/T is restored.
798"Daytona vs. Hellcat"May 8, 2017 (2017-05-08)
The top secret Firepower ‘Cuda returns from the dipper. Will trains Allyssa to be a killing machine. George, Ryan, and Josh assemble the ‘69 Charger General Lee and begin body work.
809"Firepower Un-Boxed"May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)
Operation Firepower is well underway! Josh, Will, and Allysa are making progress with the Firepower ‘Cuda's bodywork. Meanwhile, Dave continues with his work on Buck's 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T.
8110"Mopar or No Car"May 22, 2017 (2017-05-22)
Ron Jenkins from Magnum Force and his buddy Jeff, visit the Graveyard to help out with the Firepower ‘Cuda. Pietro Gorlier, President & CEO of Mopar, makes a surprise visit to the shop, and a package arrives with something magical inside.
8211"Firepower Operation"May 29, 2017 (2017-05-29)
It's nearing the end for Operation Firepower. With SEMA around the corner, the ghouls are working hard to complete this first of its kind project.
8312"Disneyland of Carz"June 5, 2017 (2017-06-05)
With the engine running, the Ghouls continue preparations for SEMA. Finally, when the Firepower 'Cuda is ready for the big reveal in Vegas, Allysa makes her move to get revenge on Will.
8413"The Phantom 'Cuda Rides Again"June 12, 2017 (2017-06-12)
Finally, after 6 and a half seasons, the legendary 1971 440 six-barrel, Phantom ‘Cuda is revealed to its owner. This car was wrecked and abandoned in the early ‘80's, rusting and rotting until Mark's client purchased it in 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Graveyard Carz, 2011-09-18, retrieved 2016-10-14
  2. ^ Graveyard Carz, retrieved 2016-10-14
  3. ^ Graveyard Carz: Season 4, retrieved 2016-10-14
  4. ^ Graveyard Carz: Season 5, retrieved 2016-10-14

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