Mothers® 11th Annual Shine Award Honoring Excellence in Vehicle Design Presented to 1956 Ford Convertible “Suncammer”


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.

Hosting the ceremony this year were aftermarket industry veterans Joe Sebergandio and Will Handzel, and on behalf of Mothers® Polish they presented the 2011 Shine Award to Bruce and Judy Ricks of Sapulpa, OK for their 1956 Ford convertible “Suncammer.”

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.

In addition to the Shine, eleven Mothers®Choice Award trophies were also presented:

2011 Ford Mustang

Owner:  Sal Valdez, Corona, CA

Builder:  Matt Bernal, lead designer and builder, owner of Bernal Autostyle, 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

Loction: 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

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

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 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 for information on all of these products, along with a host of car care tips in the online Mothers®Detail Guide at and the Wax Forum at