In what has become a car builder’s highest honor at the aftermarket industry event of the year, hundreds of exceptional rides were considered for the 11th annual Mothers® Shine Award. Held at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, the Shine Award honors uncompromising excellence in vehicle design. The winner is decided upon by an international panel of respected members of the automotive industry, including journalists, seasoned hobbyists and past winners. Judging is based on overall appearance, fit and finish, attention to detail, integration of custom and stock elements, creative vision and execution of concept.
Mothers® 2011 Shine Award winner: 1956 Ford convertible “Suncammer,” owned by Bruce and Judy Ricks, Sulpulpa, OK, and built by Steve Cook Creations, Oklahoma City, OK.
Hosting the ceremony this year held at the Mothers Polish® booth were aftermarket industry veterans Joe Sebergandio and Will Handzel.
The 2011 Shine Award was presented to Bruce and Judy Ricks of Sapulpa, OK for their 1956 Ford convertible “Suncammer.” This beautiful build is named for its 1967 Ford 427 cubic-inch SOHC engine under the hood. It features countless details including fully tuned suspension and a modification to every body panel. Built by Steve Cook Creations, Oklahoma City, OK over a period of more than five years, the “Suncammer” is located in Meguiar’s booth #22643.
Left to right: Bruce Ricks, Jim Holloway of Mothers®, and Judy Ricks.
In addition to the Shine, eleven Mothers® Choice Award trophies were also presented:
2011 Ford Mustang “Last Ride”
Owner: Sal Valdez, Corona, CA
Builder: Matt Bernal, lead designer and builder, owner of Bernal Auto Style, Orange County, CA
Location: Doug Thorley Headers Booth #24435
2012 Cadillac CTS-V
Owner/Builder/location: James Gill, D3 Group, Signal Hill, CA
Location: Outside entry area to SEMA Show
1939 Buick Special
Builder: Dave Kindig, Kindig-it, Salt Lake City, UT
Owner: Harold Wiley, Salt Lake City, UT
Location: Front entrance foyer
1944 Mack Fire Truck
Owner: Roger ad Rhonda Brown, and sons Aaron Payne and Adam Payne
Builder: Precisions Designs, Henderson, CO
Location: Outside in front of Mothers Big Rig
1962 Chevrolet Corvette
Owner: Bruce Milyard, Grand Junction, CO
Builder: John Martin, Johnny’s Rod Shop, Alamosa, CO
Location: Outside in front of Central Hall
1973 Pontiac Trans Am
Owner: SW, Austin, TX
Builder: Detroit Speed, Mooresville, NC
Location: ARP Fasteners Booth #22449
1969 Plymouth Barracuda “Blowfish”
Owner: George Poteet, Nashville, TN
Builder: Rad Rides by Troy, Manteno, IL
Location: Derale Booth #22335
1963 Chevrolet Impala “El Rey”
Owner/Builder: Albert De Alba, Mario’s Autoworks, Montclair, CA and Calblast, Upland, CA
Location: Outside South Hall in DUB display area
1967 Chevrolet Nova “Innovator”
Owner: Alex Covington, Clover, SC
Builder: Roadster Shop, Mundelein, IL
Location: Baer Brakes Booth #23721
1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Owners: Phil and Deb Becker, Dwight, IL
Builder: Fast Lane Rod Shop, Donahue, IA
1959 Imperial Speedster
Owner/Builder: Pfaff Designs, Royal Oak, MI
Location: PPG Booth #24501
A full background on the Mothers® Shine Award is available online at http://www.shineaward.com. Mothers® is known worldwide for its premium-grade polishes, waxes and cleaners and offers a broad array of finish care products under its California Gold®, FX, Reflections®, PowerBall®, Marine and Professional lines. Go to http://www.mothers.com for information on all of these products, along with a host of car care tips in the online Mothers® Detail Guide at http://www.detailguide.com and the Wax Forum at http://www.waxforum.com.