The Instigator – The Mothers Polish® 2004 Shine Award winner.
Left to Right: Jim Holloway, Dennis Holloway; Mothers Polish®. Paige and Richard Udell, Shine winners.
The SEMA Show returned to Las Vegas the first week of November 2004 and with it the fourth annual Mothers®
Shine Award. Since its inception, the Shine Award has been regarded as the highest honor to be handed out at SEMA — the automotive
aftermarket’s largest annual show. Taking home the top prize this year was The Instigator, a
custom built 1934 Chevrolet hot rod crafted by Mike Rutter of Rutterz Rodz in Bristol,
Tennessee. The Instigator’s wedge-like body is powered by a 502 cubic inch ZL1 motor matched to a hand-fabricated Hilborn fuel injection that
pumps out 675 horsepower. The Instigator’s imposing shell sits atop 19- and 24-inch one-off wheels, while the interior is meticulously lined with
supple glove leather.
“Winning the Shine Award was a very humbling experience,” said owner Richard Udell of Swan Lake, Montana. “The guys at
Mothers® have such high standards – not just with their products, but in the industry as a whole – that when our
car was singled-out for recognition, I knew we had achieved something special.”
This year’s winner came after two full days of judging by a panel of seasoned professionals from across the industry, including
a judge who came all the way from New Zealand. The team of experts carefully examined
more than 2,000 cars, paying close attention to paint quality, fit and finish, craftsmanship
and artistic vision.
While only one car could take home the Shine Award, Mothers® recognizes strong contenders with the
Mothers® Choice Award: Dan Gottlieb for his Big Red Camaro, a 1969 Z28; Saul Vargas for his 1959 Impala
lowrider nicknamed Sickside Fiftynine; the JLS Motorsports Dodge Intrepid #48 owned by Lance Smith; Mickey Smith’s 1940 Ford pickup;
Kyle “K-Daddy” Gann with his V6 Hyundai Tiburon; Joe Laban of Ultimate Audio for his 1957 Volkswagen Beetle; Joe Rogan, of TV’s
Fear Factor, for his 1970 ’Cuda known as the Sick Fish; Jim Harmon and his 1960 Boesche-built Corvette; and finally, Caryn Burch for her
1937 Ford Scarlet Phantom.
A full background on the Mothers® Shine Award is available online at http://shineaward.mothersarchive.com.