In what has become one of the car builder's highest honors in the aftermarket industry, hundreds of exceptional rides were considered for the 10th annual Mothers polish Shine Award.
Held at the automotive industry's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, the Shine Award honors uncompromising excellence in vehicle design.
The 2010 winner was decided by a panel of respected members of the automotive industry, including journalists, hobbyists and previous winners. Judging was based on overall appearance, fit and finish, attention to detail, integration of custom and stock elements, creative vision and execution of concept.
Hosting the ceremony were aftermarket industry veterans Joe Sebergandio and Will Handzel, who presented the 2010 Shine Award to the 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 "Dragon" owned by Jayne Roorda and Jack Alex Stoner, and built by Ringbrothers in Spring Green, WI. The spec of the car is as follows:
Drivetrain is a Roush 427 IR crate motor mated to a Tremec 5-speed transmission. Suspension is Detroit Speed QUADRAlink in the rear and JMT Auto Works in the front. Virtually every panel was modified or massaged, it also features Forgeline three-piece wheels, Magnaflow mufflers, Royal Purple fluids, carbon fiber deck lid and custom billet throughout. Paint is BASF Glasurit in Dragon Blood and Castle Grey, and interior is by Upholstery Unlimited.
In addition to the Shine Award, twelve Mothers Choice Award trophies were also presented to the following cars:
2011 Lexus LS 600 HL Hybrid owned and built by Clark Ishihara of VIP Auto Salon, Orange, CA. Paint is by PPG in a custom macadamia, sprayed by Finish Line Auto Craft. Aero style package is by Wald. Drivetrain is the stock 600 HL, a 4.6-liter hybrid producing 480hp. Other features include Wald Mahora MII wheels, a Performance Tube Systems exhaust, a custom interior, custom air suspension, 15-inch Brembo brakes, and Pirelli P Zero tires.
1957 Chevrolet Pickup owned and built by Rodger Lee of Ironworks Speed & Kustom, Bakersfield, CA. Drivetrain is Chevrolet LS V8 equipped with MSD Ignition, Comp Cams and FAST XFI electronic fuel injection system. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission and a C6 Corvette transaxle. It also features a custom-fabricated fuel tank and exhaust, plus many billet items including pedals. Budnik wheels are wearing BFGoodrich rubber and stopped with custom Wilwood brakes. All air compressors and electrical controls for the Air Ride Technologies air suspension are tucked under the seat and are powered by Optima batteries. Cab is cooled by Vintage Air. There are numerous body modifications, including the rear window being lowered 1.5 inches. It is painted in DuPont black.
2003 Infiniti G35 Coupe owned and built by Randy Riggs from Gardena, CA. Custom paint by Estabon Pimentel at Auto Explosion in Gardena is Lamborghini Diablo orange with Murcielago yellow pearl over a custom widebody kit by Auto Explosion. Drivetrain is a Vortech-supercharged VQ35 3.5-liter V6, with custom billet pulleys and intake systems. It also includes Recaro interior and many Japanese domestic market parts with a custom sound system and PlayStation.
1949 Buick Fastback Sedanette owned and built by Justin Hills of Hills and Co. Customs in Taree, New South Wales, Australia. Paint is BASF Glasurit straight jet black basecoat with a clearcoat. Bodywork was about 1200 hours alone and features functional flipper windows, body channeled 1-inch over the chassis, peaked hood, slanted B-pillars, 3-inch chop on the roof, tail lights moved, frenched headlights, and the trunk was sectioned and pie-cut. Interior is Manhattan leather and snakeskin. Drivetrain is a stock straight-8, rebuilt and detailed. Suspension is by Air Ride Technologies.
2011 HTR 850R Camaro Supercar owned and built by Howard Tanner of Redline Motorsports in Schenectady, NY. Paint is factory Summit White with stripes in blue PPG pearl over a DeNooyer body kit. It features a 427 Chevy with Kenny Bell supercharger, ZR1 Corvette dual-disc clutch, RPM transmission, PFADT suspension with coilovers and sway bars, Brembo 6-piston brakes and Forza wheels.
1939 Ford "GT" Custom owned by Cindy Warn of Wilsonville, OR and built by Tim Divers of Divers Street Rods in Startup, WA. Paint is PPG on an all-steel Ford body. Drivetrain is a Ford GT 5.4-liter supercharged V8 mated to a Ford 4R100 4-speed automatic transmission and 9-inch Ford rear with a Strange Engineering center section. Chassis is a modified Morrison, and also features Wilwood brakes and one-off Schot wheels.
1967 Ford Mustang owned and built by Joe Brown of Hot Rod Joe's in Lafayette, LA. Powertrain is a 4.6-liter Supercharged Ford Mustang SVT Cobra V8 mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and Ford 9-inch rear end. Independent suspension and 3-inch exhaust are wrapped in a fabricated tube chassis. The hand-fabricated underbody and wheel openings are complemented with a custom grille, hood and intercooler. Interior features a touchscreen audio/visual system and stamped stainless steel speaker covers. Paint is butternut pearl and trim is brushed nickel.
1946 Hudson Pickup owned by Bob and Barbara Bruhn of Los Olivos, CA. All work, including paint, was done by Bob. The 508 cubic-inch big-block Chevy V8 has a GMC 8-71 blower with Hilborn Shotgun fuel-injection hidden in the blower bonnet. Transmission is a 4L80E with Gear Vendors overdrive mated to a Speedway Engineering quick-change rear end. The TCI chassis is riding on AccuAir air suspension. The cab was lengthened by 7 inches, the wheelbase was shortened 8 inches, and the bed was shortened by 18 inches and is painted in House of Kolor paints. Bob grafted Hudson coupe doors to the truck, the grille was hand fabricated using wood prototypes.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette owned and built by Brent Jarvis of Performance Restorations in Mundelein, IL. Paint is House of Kolor candy apple red over silver base with microflake. Powertrain features an old-style 565 all-aluminum Chevy big block vintage road racing motor producing 900-horsepower and mated to a clutchless G-force 5-speed and all hand-built independent rear suspension.
1959 Cadillac owned by Lou Querisio of Naples, FL, and built by Todd Lewis and his team at Xtreme Restorations in Slatersville, RI. Drivetrain is the original Cadillac 390 cubic-inch V8 with a tri-power mated to the original 4-speed automatic. A custom dual-quad exhaust provides quiet driving in the city and bypasses the mufflers on the highway. It has press-button start, and stopping power is provided by custom 4-wheel disc brakes sitting on an Air Ride Technologies suspension. It was painted in PPG Vibrance in Vanilla Shake and Soft Yellow hues. This custom Cadillac was built to replicate a GM concept car.
1969 Ford Mustang owned by Matt Lazich of Anvil Carbon Fiber Products, El Segundo, CA and built by Steve Strope's Pure Vision in Simi Valley, CA. Paint is 2011 Range Rover Alaska White by PPG and laid by Mick Jenkens of Mick?s Paint in Pomona, CA. Drivetrain is a John Kaase 520 cubic-inch "Boss 9" all-aluminum 429 making 805-horsepower on pump gas. Transmission is a 5-speed Tremec from a modern driveline and a Kevlar clutch.
1961 Mercedes 190 SL "Mercedes-Bent" owned by Richard Mott of La Jolla, CA and built by Randy Clark of Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido, CA. This custom Mercedes bridges the gap between old and new German engineering with a 650-horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 with RENNtech performance upgrades. Painted in BASF Glasurit Elfenbein (ivory), the body is stretched and widened in order to sit on a 2004 Mercedes 600 SL platform. Featuring billet aluminum bumpers and other pieces, the grille was milled from a single 450 lb block, and the custom 20 inch wheels feature floating center caps. The trunk also has its own custom luggage.