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’69 Ford Torino Wins Mothers 2013 Shine Award at SEMA

L-R Dennis Holloway of Mothers®, builder Troy Trepanier and Jim Holloway of Mothers®
Left to right: Dennis Holloway of Mothers®, builder Troy Trepanier and Jim Holloway of Mothers®.

The 2013 Mothers® Shine Award, considered one of the brightest and most coveted achievements within the car builders’ community, was presented to George Poteet, Memphis, TN for his 1969 Ford Torino Talladega “GPT Special” at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV. The winner was selected from no less than hundreds of the world’s premier cars on display at the most anticipated automotive aftermarket industry event of the year.

Mothers® 2013 Shine Award winner: 1969 Ford Torino Talladega "GPT Special"
Mothers® 2013 Shine Award winner: 1969 Ford Torino Talladega “GPT Special,” owned by George Poteet, Memphis, TN, and built by Troy Trepanier at Rad Rides by Troy, Manteno, IL.

The Talladega was given a Holman Moody-inspired body treatment as it was widened by five inches, with three inches removed from the front fenders and an inch taken from the wheelbase. The body was Coke-bottled, meaning the rear quarters and front fenders are wider than stock and bulge out relative to the rocker panels. The grille, taillight bezels and other trim parts were CNC’d from large chunks of billet aluminum. The engine is a real deal Boss 429 complete with a rare Ford experimental mechanical fuel-injection intake converted to EFI by Rad Rides. The chassis is a converted Art Morrison unit with C5 Corvette front suspension and a Detroit Speed four-link in the rear with a Watts link and a Mark Williams 9-inch axle. The body was treated to more than one thousand man-hours of paint prep and finished in a BASF Glasurit 90-Line Tennessee Whiskey Gold gloss and Daytona Sand satin paint.

An international panel of respected members of the automotive world, including seasoned builders, paint specialists, journalists and previous Shine Award recipients, are tasked with selecting a winner. Judging is based on overall appearance, fit and finish, attention to detail, integration of custom and stock elements, creative vision and execution of concept. Aftermarket industry veteran, John Naderi, hosted the ceremony this year, which was held at the Mothers Polish® booth.

Ten Mothers® Choice Award trophies were also presented:

1971 De Tomaso Pantera
Owner: Cheryl Brickl, Middleton, WI
Builder: Ringbrothers, Spring Green, WI

1965 C2 Corvette
Owner: Alan Woodall, Cary, NC
Builder: Jesse and Jeff Greening, Greening Auto Company, Nashville, TN

1940 Ford Coupe “Checkered Past”
Owner: Ron and Deb Cizek, Bennington, NE
Builder: Andy Leach, CAL Automotive Creations, Omaha, NE

1969 Ford Torino Talladega “GPT Special”
Owner: George Poteet, Memphis, TN
Builder: Troy Trepanier, Rad Rides by Troy, Manteno, IL

1972 Chevrolet Camaro “TT”
Owner: Ron Lallo, Bakersfield, CA
Builder: Steve Strope, Pure Vision, Simi Valley, CA
Location: HRE Wheels Booth #22359

2013 Scion xB “Strictly Business Cartel xB”
Owner: Scion, Torrance, CA
Builder: Jeremy Lookofsky, Cartel Customs, Simi Valley, CA; Dominick Vitelli, Quality Coachworks, Ontario, CA

1953 Studebaker Hawk Competition Coupe “Stupidbaker”
Owner: Paul and Betty Gilliam, AL
Builder: Alan Johnson, Johnson’s Hot Rods, Gadsden, AL

1957 Chevrolet Pick-Up “Quicksilver”
Owner: Alan Beers, Owasso, OK
Builder: Jason Smith, Hot Rod Garage, Sand Springs, OK

2013 Ford Focus ST “UTI – Tjin Edition Focus”
Owner: UTI – Universal Technical Institute, Scottsdale, AZ
Builder: Neil Tjin, Tjin Edition, Laguna Nigel, CA

1966  “Lime Crush” Chevrolet Suburban
Owner: Mr. Gasket, Cleveland, OH
Builder: The Roadster Shop, Mundelein, IL; Mr. Gasket, Cleveland, OH