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Owner: Glenn J. Grozich, Billet Specialties, Inc., LaGrange, IL
Builder: Rad Rides By Troy, Manteno, IL

Amid the spectacle of the SEMA Show 2002 in Las Vegas, the largest aftermarket tradeshow in the world, the Mothers® Shine Award for automotive excellence was presented to a 1962 Chevy Biscayne — The Chicayne. Customized by the legendary car builder Rad Rides by Troy of Manteno, Illinois, the cypress-green Chicayne is a twin-turbo street machine owned by Glenn J. Grozich, president of Billet Specialties, of La Grange, Illinois.

Left to right: Dennis Holloway of Mothers Polish, retired automotive publisher Robert E. Petersen, 2002 Shine Award winners Glenn Grozich of Billet Specialties and Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy.

Although the judges’ results weren’t final until the second day of the show on November 6th, it was obvious from the car's inception that it was the early favorite. “When I first saw this car under construction last Spring, I knew it had great potential,” observed Ken Holland, Marketing Director for Mothers®. “So I was not surprised that the industry judges chose it as this year’s Shine Award winner.”

Fitted in the Chicayne’s impeccably finished engine bay is a 1200hp, 400ci Dart Iron Eagle engine with dual Precision turbochargers. “The whole basis of the car is that engine,” notes Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy. “The bottom line is that the car has to work first, and look great second.”

In keeping with its name, the Chicayne features a number of road course elements as well. “We wanted to have a road race theme throughout,” adds Troy. “So we added a roll cage, big wheels and brakes, and a belly pan. Michael Desmond and Bob Thrash also helped to restyle the car by pulling the bumpers in, which made a huge difference.”

Last year, Troy’s ’62 Cadattack was in competition for the Shine Award, and took home a runner-up Mothers® Choice Award. But this year, he grabbed the brass ring in winning the Shine Award. “To be singled out like this is just awesome,” said Troy. “It’s great to have our peers choose us for this award — we’re real proud of that.”

Vehicle Specifications

Twin Turbo, 400 CI “Small Block” Chevrolet
1,200 Horsepower
Dart Iron Eagle 400 CI “Small Block” Chevy
Intake Plenum, Aluminum, Hand-Built by Rad Rides By Troy
Fuel Rails, Hand-Fabricated
Bosch Fuel Injectors
Aeromotive Fuel Pumps (2)
Corvette Throttle Body (late-model, for future upgrade to electronic traction-control)
Dart Generation II Cylinder Heads (18-degree valves, grooved, with O-rings and ARP studs)
Comp Cams Valve Springs with Titanium Retainers
Comp Cams Pushrods
Comp Cams Camshaft (special cut, with adjustable cam gear)
Comp Cams Dual Roller Timing Chain with 3-Piece Cover
Comp Cams Distributor, Composite
Jesel Valve Train
Jesel Offset Roller Rockers
Lunati Crankshaft with 4-Bolt Main
Lunati Connecting Rods
Federal Mogul Racing Bearings
Lunati Pistons, Reverse Dome, 8.5:1
Speed Pro Rings with Full-Floating Pins and Dual Snap-Ring Retainers
ATI Damper
Stef’s Oil Pan (wet sump, baffled for turbo return lines; modified for 1” ground clearance)
Ford Racing Vacuum Pump (no external breathers; constant vacuum to prevent detonation under full boost)
Stef’s Oil Separator
Stef’s Breather Canister
Powermaster Starter
Powermaster 130-Amp Alternator
Billet Specialties Serpentine Pulley System (Prototype)
Vintage Air A/C Compressor
DOME Carbon Fiber Valve Covers
MSD #85502 Distributor with Rotor Phase Capabilities
Big Stuff III Electronic Control Module
MSD 7AL Ignition
MSD #8251 Pro Power Coil
MSD Ignition Wires
MSD RPM Switch (to activate second Aeromotive fuel pump at 3,300 RPM)
Stainless 321 Titanium Exhaust, 1-3/4”
Precision Turbo Model #PT52 Turbochargers (2)
Turbonetics Pressure Regulators
Meziere Billet Water Pump
Griffin Radiator
XRP HS 79 Hose (Teflon and silicone with stainless steel reinforcement, Nomex outer braid)
Custom Aluminum Fuel Cell, 23-Gallon Capacity
Optima Batteries (2)

Rear Suspension:
Custom Three-Link
Lower Control Arms, Boxed
Air Ride Suspension “Pro-Ride” System
Upper Arm with Two Adjustable Bushings (frame-mounted with 1-ton ball joint at rear end housing allowing for pinion angle adjustment)

Front Suspension:
Custom (new design developed based on stock crossbar mounting system)
Tubular Arms with Stock Geometry and 1” Inset on Ball Joints
Drop Spindles (2” — for 1995 Impala application, allowing update to disc brakes)
Lower Arms (can accept either an Air Ride Shockwave or QA 1 coil over)
Sway Bar, 1-1/8” (fits 1958-1964 X-Bodies, with no cutting or frame modifications)

Wheels and Tires:
Billet Specialties “Chicayne” Wheels, Hard Coat Anodized Centers and 12-Point Bolts
Front: 19” x 8” with Nitto NT555 Extreme, size 245/35ZR19
Rear: 22” x 10” with Nitto NT555 Extreme, size 285/35ZR22

PPG Medium Cypress, Top and Engine Compartment
PPG Olive, Body
PPG Sage, Interior Panels
PPG Pearl Olive, Engine Intake
PPG Satin Olive, Engine Block

Front Bumper, Modified (to remove license plate mounting and to serve as an air dam)
Rear Bumper, Modified (exhaust exiting its center on both sides; also acts as a center mounting point for a full 1-piece aluminum belly pan with parallel stabilizers from the rear axle back)
Front and Rear Bumpers Flush-Mounted
Turn Signals, OEM (modified to also allow for air intake for the turbochargers)
Core Support Modifications, Steel
Radiator, Air Intake Cover, and Sculpted Inner Fenders, Aluminum
Hood Hinges, Custom (operated by gas shocks for opening and closing)
Grille, Bumpers, Headlight Bezels, and Taillight Trim Re-Chromed by Sherm’s Plating
Smoothed Firewall and Cowl Panel Doors Modified with Vent Windows Removed (custom track allows for one-piece glass) Doors Remotely Operated Billet Specialties Interior Door Handles Trunk Modified with 2” Spoiler Across Trailing Edge Trunk Latch Mechanically Operated (by twisting right taillight) Taillights “Frenched”

Custom Upholstery by Jim Griffin
Buffalo Suede Material in Olive, Sage, and Beige (headliner and some door panel upholstery is done “rough side out” for a more masculine feel)
Bench Seats, Modified OEM
Carbon Fiber Console Front and Rear (with bench seat sculptured around them; front console houses tuner, left and right inner A/C outlets, cell phone deck, and harness control levers)
Boeing Aircraft 4-Point Harnesses
Chrome Molly Rollcage (strip-legal; adds rigidity to chassis to avoid body flex under full throttle; rear center bar unlatches and pivots to allow entry to rear seats)
Auto Meter Gauges (10 total, in different sizes, to monitor virtually all levels and functions)
Painless Wiring Harness

Kenwood KVT911 with DVD and Touch Screen Display
Diamond Audio Amplifiers (2)
Diamond Audio Component Speakers (2 - 5” in kick panels; 1 - 5” in rear deck)
Diamond Audio Subwoofers (2 - 10” in sealed box enclosure)
Crossovers Accessible Through Trunk
Dynamat Sound Deadening Material Throughout (with a second layer of Dynamat Extreme-Liner in passenger compartment)

The Shine is a trophy depicting a car detailer’s towel — rendered in bronze — and awarded to the winner of the annual Shine Award at SEMA.

This “Best of Show” trophy is rendered in bronze by automotive sculptor Steve Posson.

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