2006 Shine Award winner, “Reactor.”
Left to right: Todd Milanowski, Mike Ring and Jim Ring, Builders; Doug Hoppe, Owner.
Left to right: Mike Ring and Jim Ring, Shine Award winners; Dennis Holloway of Mothers® Polish.
Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners discovered a new type of radiation in bestowing
its prestigious Shine Award to “Reactor,” a '67 Mustang fastback themed with
radioactive symbols and glowing with a custom paint scheme
dubbed “Chernobyl Green.” This high-energy automotive creation achieved
critical mass at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where
Mothers® presented the prestigious Shine Award to the car’s builders, the Ring Brothers, and the owner, Doug
Hoppe, along with “Mothers® Choice” trophies to 13 other deserving vehicles.
The builders of “Reactor,” Mike and Jim Ring of Ring Brothers, were ecstatic about receiving the
Mothers® Shine Award. “Receiving the Shine Award really helped our car, Reactor, draw a crowd,”
stated Mike Ring. “We would like to thank Doug Hoppe for making it possible for us to build our most amazing Mustang restomod to date.”
The Ring Brothers have been building restomods of all
types for many years, and this is the fourth Mustang they’ve done.
Requiring more than 2,000 hours to complete, they worked closely with partner Todd
Milanowski, who provided the extensive amount of CNC machining and
fabrication work that s clearly evident on the vehicle. Nearly every component on the car is custom crafted with
meticulous workmanship from the hood pins to the split
rear window design. Power for Reactor isn’t derived from nuclear
fission, but instead a 550+ horsepower Roush V-8 with independent throttle bodies.
The Mothers® Shine
Award is highly prized by automotive specialists, and hundreds of entries compete
to take home this distinguished trophy. A panel of independent experts,
known for their automotive expertise and critical eye, handled judging for the Shine Award.
To pick the best-of-show winner, and 13 Mothers®
Choice runners-up, they perused a dozen miles of convention center
aisles that crisscross two million square feet of exhibit space,
scrutinizing and evaluating an impressive collection of stunning
vehicles customized for public display.
2006 Shine Award and Mothers® Choice winners.
A full background on the Mothers® Shine Award is available online at http://shineaward.mothersarchive.com.