An international panel of judges consisting of industry experts,
hobbyists and past winners spent nearly two days non-stop deliberating
on the 8th Annual Shine Award competition at the 2008 SEMA Show.
After considering hundreds of worthy rides on the basis of concept,
execution, fit, finish and vision, the 2008 Mothers Shine Award has been
presented to a beautiful 1969 Chevrolet Camaro dubbed RaZoR and built
by the Ringbrothers for owner Erv Woller. The Camaro s powerplant is
#193 of the limited production 454 cubic-inch Ram Jet ZL1 crate motors,
producing in excess of 500 horsepower, and is mated to a T-56 Tremec
Viper transmission. Rear is an Eaton Truetrac with Strange axles and
Baer brakes featuring 6-piston calipers. Wheels are custom by Budnik
riding on Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Special features include Intensive
cold air intake, flush-mounted stock glass, functional rear intakes,
Audi TT seats, 1-off gauges by Classic Instruments and headlights by
Harley-Davidson. Build time was 2,600 hours over one year and features
mineral gray and custom-mixed BASF R-M paints with 5300 clear. Located
in the BASF Booth #21515.
In addition to the Shine, 13 Mothers Choice Awards were also presented to the following:
2009 Nissan GT-R built by Zele Performance Inc. 3.8L
Twin-Turbo V6 with Zele ECM tuned to 550 HP. Transmission and rear is
stock Borg-Warner. Features Zele exhaust and body kit covered in
Lamborghini Orange. Build time was 10 months. This vehicle was tested in
Japan by Hot Version Magazine as the fastest GT-R in their R35 face
off. Located in Eneos Booth #24501, Central Hall.
1951 Henry J belonging to Joe Fuso and built by Lakeside Rods
and Rides of Rockwell City, Iowa. Powerplant is a GM LS-364 feeding 440
HP to a 9-inch Ford rear. Air Ride Technologies suspension cushions the
Art Morrison Chassis. Super Jet Black DuPont Hot Hues paint covers the
custom body with a 4 stretch, wider quarter panels, El Dorado quarter
vents, 67 Chevy roof and many hand-built parts. Build time was 1-1/2
years. Located in the DuPont Hot Hues Booth #22593 in Central Hall.
2008 Kremyr Coupe owned and built by Helmut Musil. Candy Apple
Red paint is on body work by Jasper's Custom Auto Refinishing.
Powertrain is a Ford Racing 347 CI, 500 HP engine with TWM Induction
throttle bodies and Seimens Deka injectors controlled by a VEMS EFI
engine management system. A Tilton Racing Triple Disc clutch is linked
to a Gforce T-5 gearbox and a 9 Ford 3-link rear. Suspension features
Aldan Eagle double-adjustable coil overs and AP Racing Air Jacks. Custom
CNC wheels and hubs are wearing Michelin Sport Cup rubber and are
stopped by Wilwood 6-pistion calipers and 14-inch rotors. Custom made
LED turn signals and lights, CompuStar keyless entry. Aerospace firewall
and components connectors. Build time was 2-1/2 years. Located outside
1956 Ford F-100 owned by Harold Robinson and built by
Michael's Rod Shop in Franklinville, North Carolina. Covered in PPG
Galapagos Green and Olive Silver, build time was 1 year and 8 months.
Powered by a 454 Big Block with 700R Transmission, it s braked with 13
Wilwood rotors. Pie-cut roof, custom dash and console featuring 2007
Nissan Altima dash pod and Classic Instruments gauges. South African
Lace Wood accentuates the bed. Located in the SEMA-HRIA/ARMO Councils
booth #23287 in Central Hall.
1958 Chrysler New Yorker convertible owned by William Tom
Gerrard of Manalapan, Florida and built by American Classic Auto
Restoration of Louisa, Virginia. Drivetrain is a 392 Hemi with 3-speed
pushbutton Torqueflite automatic and Sure-Grip differential. Paint is
PPG Matador Red. Interior features Highway Hi-Fi with remote radio foot
control, auto pilot, 6-way power seat, Bennis steering clock and factory
Airtemp air conditioning. With only 4,800 original miles, this
second-owner New Yorker took 9,000 hours over 3 years to build, and is
one of 13 in existence. Located in the SEMA-HRIA/ARMO Councils booth
#23287 in Central Hall.
2008 Cadillac CTS owned by Serge Leger and built by Henry s
Auto Body in New Brunswick, Canada. The two-month build includes a LSX
block with LS7 Heads and twin Turbonetics turbos. The T-56 Tremec and a
Getrag rear with heavy duty axles come from a CTS-V. Custom body and
flared fenders are all metal and covered in Sikkens Viscous Red special
mix. Interior is distressed Italian leather. Build time was two months.
Located in Performance Auto & Sound booth #25019 in Central Hall.
1966 Ford Fairlane owned by Doug Schulte had a build time of
4-1/2 years and features PPG Salsa Red and Titanium on done by Byers
Custom & Restoration of Auburn, Washington. Interior was done by
McFarland Custom Upholstery in Buckley. Engine is a 514 CI Ford crate
motor with 635 HP mated to a Richmond 6-speed gearbox and Ford 9-inch
rear. Wheels are Boyd Coddington Hot Rod 18x7s (front) and 20x12s
(rear). Located on the ramp leading from the North side of the Ford
booth #22200 in Central Hall.
1964 Chevrolet Impala owned by Jose Rodriquez was built by
Mexico Collision Center. Paint is House of Kolor with airbrushing by
Alberto Herrera of Visalia, California. Interior was done by Sting Ray
in suede leather. Convertible top is ostrich. Engine is a 350 Chevy with
TPI Fuel Injection and mated to a Turbo 350 transmission and 9-inch
rear and disc brakes on all four corners. Custom engraving took 1-1/2
months and an overall build time of 2 years. Located outside at the
2008 Chevy BIGFOOT Silverado 2500HD 4x4 owned by Jim Cramer of
St. Louis, Missouri. A DuraMax Diesel with Industrial Injection is
mated to an Allison 6-speed automatic by NADP mated to a GM 5500 series
transfer case and Dana Series 80 axles. Paint is DuPont Hot Hues Hot
Poppy Matte Clear paint. The Big Foot rides on 30 inches of lift and 51
Firestone tires suspended by 4-link coil overs. Build time was 15
weeks. Located in South Hall Foyer, Lower Level.
1932 Ford Roadster owned by Rudy Necoechea and built by
Scott s Hotrods n Customs. Powered by an LS-1 with Magnusson Blower, the
3-year build includes all hand-fabricated steel. Chrome work by
Advanced Plating. Paint is water-based BASF by Palmer's Custom Paint and
Body. Located in Central Hall, southwest ramp from Ford Booth #22200 in
1961 Ford Starliner owned by George Poteet and built by
Alloway s Hot Rod Shop. The two-year build features a 65 Cammer SOHC
427 Ford mated to a TKO 5-Speed on an Art Morrison chassis. Interior is
64 Galaxie XL with a 63 Mercury Dash. Paint is DuPont basecoat with
clear. Build time was 2 years. Located in the SEMA-HRIA/ARMO Councils
booth #23287 in Central Hall.
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG owned by Jon Rhee and built by
Car Nutz Customz (CNC) of Bellevue, Washington. Build time of one year
features Supersprint longtube headers, high-flow cats and exhaust, VRP
internals and an intercooler kit push the AMG to 650 bhp and 715
lbs.-ft. of torque. Other features include sound by JLE and Sony, HRE
Wheels, Brembo brakes, modified Airmatic suspension, vacuum-bagged
carbon fiber roof, custom front grille, Brabus Rocket front bumper,
Lorinser Evolution fenders and roof spoiler, and custom ridges on the
hood. Paint is PPG Candy Apple Red Brilliance over Black with Pear Red
Brilliance. Located in the front walkway.
1917 Golden Submarine Replica owned and created by Dan Webb of
Webb Automotive Art. Built from a design interpretation by Thom Taylor
of Larry Miller s legendary 1917 Golden Sub. Bare metal finish houses a
Ford Racing Z-Tec ZX3-spec alcohol crate engine used in the Ford Focus
Midget Car Series and generates 175 HP @ 7000 RPM. The In & Out Box
transmission is machined from billet. Custom springs by Eaton Detroit,
Coker Excelsior Racing Tires on cross-laced Dayton wire wheels. Located
in the Ford Booth #22200 in Central Hall.
The 2007 Shine Award Winner, Dennis McClendon s 1962 Chevrolet Bubble
Top Bel Air 409, named the Show Low, was featured at the Mothers
Polish SEMA Booth #22463 in Central Hall.
The Shine Award trophy, rendered by esteemed automotive artist Steve
Posson, is a 20-pound bronze statuette of a detailer s towel shaped like
a flame. The recipient of the Shine Award trophy is decided upon by a
panel of judges comprised of well-respected members of the aftermarket
automotive industry who intend to recognize the one standout vehicle of
the more than 1,500 at the show based on overall appearance, level of
attention to detail, integration of stock and custom elements, quality
of paint and finish, and original vision and ultimate execution of the
initial concept. All vehicles exhibited in booths at the annual SEMA
Show were automatically considered; for vehicles displayed in open
spaces, entry details were available at the Mothers®
Big Rig in the outside displays area adjacent to Central and North
halls, from Sunday morning through Tuesday morning of SEMA Show.
A full background on the Mothers® Shine Award is available online at http://shineaward.mothersarchive.com.