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1956 Ford Convertible "Suncammer" Wins Mothers Shine Award at SEMA Show


  The 2011 Shine Award was presented to Bruce and Judy Ricks of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, for their ’56 Ford convertible "Suncammer." Photo courtesy of

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, 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 held at the Mothers Polishes booth were aftermarket industry veterans Joe Sebergandio and Will Handzel.

The 2011 Shine Award was presented to Bruce and Judy Ricks of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, for their ’56 Ford convertible "Suncammer." This build is named for its ’67 Ford 427ci SOHC engine under the hood. It features countless details, including a fully tuned suspension and a modification to every body panel. The "Suncammer" was built by Steve Cook Creations from Oklahoma City over a period of more than five years.

In addition to the Shine, 11 Mothers Choice Award trophies were also presented:

’11 Ford Mustang "Last Ride"
Owner: Sal Valdez, Corona, California
Builder: Matt Bernal, lead designer and builder, owner of Bernal Auto Style, Orange County, California
Location: Doug Thorley Headers Booth 

’12 Cadillac CTS-V 

Owner/Builder/location: James Gill, D3 Group, Signal Hill, California
Location: Outside entry area to SEMA Show

’39 Buick Special

Builder: Dave Kindig, Kindig-it, Salt Lake City, Utah

Owner: Harold Wiley, Salt Lake City, Utah
Location: Front entrance foyer

’44 Mack Fire Truck 

Owner: Roger and Rhonda Brown, and sons Aaron Payne and Adam Payne
Builder: Precisions Designs, Henderson, Colorado

Location: Outside in front of Mothers Big Rig

’62 Chevrolet Corvette

Owner: Bruce Milyard, Grand Junction, Colorado

Builder: John Martin, Johnny's Rod Shop, Alamosa, Colorado
Location: Outside in front of Central Hall

’73 Pontiac Trans Am

Owner: SW, Austin, Texas
Builder: Detroit Speed, Mooresville, North Carolina
Location: ARP Fasteners Booth 

’69 Plymouth Barracuda "Blowfish"
Owner: George Poteet, Nashville, Tennessee
Builder: Rad Rides by Troy, Manteno, Illinois

Location: Derale Booth 

’63 Chevrolet Impala "El Rey"

Owner/Builder: Albert De Alba, Mario's Autoworks, Montclair, California and Calblast, Upland, California
Location: Outside South Hall in DUB display area

’67 Chevrolet Nova "Innovator"

Owner: Alex Covington, Clover, South Carolina
Builder: Roadster Shop, Mundelein, Illinois
Location: Baer Brakes Booth 

’32 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Owners: Phil and Deb Becker, Dwight, Illinois

Builder: Fast Lane Rod Shop, Donahue, Iowa

’59 Imperial Speedster
Owner/Builder: Pfaff Designs, Royal Oak, Michigan
Location: PPG Booth