2003 Winner
2003 Winner Pics
1923 Ford Model T
2003 Lexus IS 430
1940 Mercury
1957 Chevrolet
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
2003 Porsche Patritti F1
1967 Ford Mustang GT
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
1953 Ford Panel Truck
2003 Honda Civic Si
Spyder ZL71

1934 Mercury Coupe “Stallion”
Owner: Ron Whitesides, Scottsdale, AZ
Builder: Chip Foose, Huntington Beach, CA

In what has become an annual event met with great expectations, the Mothers® Shine Award at the 2003 SEMA Show in Las Vegas recognized yet another superb example of automotive craftsmanship. This year’s winner was Stallion, a brilliant copper-colored ’34 Mercury Coupe owned by Ron Whiteside of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Left to Right: Dennis Holloway of Mothers¬ģ Polish, owner Ron Whiteside, builder Chip Foose and Jim Holloway of Mothers¬ģ Polish

In presenting the award on the SEMA show floor with TV cameras rolling and a large crowd of car enthusiasts in attendance, Dennis Holloway of Mothers® noted that, “Each year it gets tougher to pick the best of the lot, and many other excellent cars were in close contention.” In the final analysis, though, after close scrutiny by a panel of judges, the impeccably finished Stallion won by a nose.

“It’s a great honor,” Whiteside said when presented with the trophy. “I’m really glad to receive the Shine Award, c onsidering the amount of work that went into the car.”

Built by Chip Foose of Foose Design over a period of more than six years, this astonishing street rod features a modified ’34 Ford Three-Window body converted with Mercury badges and trim. The SAC frame runs on a chromed custom suspension, and rumbling under the hood is a Corvette LT-4 V8. “I wanted it to handle like a Corvette, but look like a ’34,” explained Whiteside.

When accepting the Shine Award, Foose commented that, “It’s impressive to be pulled out of 1,000 or so cars on display at the SEMA.” In keeping with Mothers® reputation for premium-quality car-care products, he feels the Shine Award is especially significant for recognizing the Stallion’s dazzling finish.

A number of vehicles were in the running for the Shine Award, and earned Mothers® Choice Awards in recognition of their fine workmanship. Last year’s Shine Award winners, Troy and Jack Trepanier of Rad Rides By Troy, were among the Mothers® Choice winners with their 1967 Ford Mustang GT, the Fastlane Fastback, which was commissioned by eBay Motors for a charity auction.

Other Mothers® Choice vehicles included John Spar’s 1923 T Nostalgic Dragster, Rod Millen’s Lexus IS 430, John Babcock’s 1940 Mercury Lead Sled Custom, and a 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe owned by George Poteet.

Additional cars honored by the Mothers® Choice were a 1957 Chevrolet Lowrider built by Tim Rodriguez, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air from Brent Du Pont of Baer Racing, and a 2003 Porsche Patritti F1 from Patrick Nguyen of Patritti Rennsport Design.

Last but not least on the Mothers® Choice list were a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser with a trailer by Faye Lynn and Ray Newton of PTeazer, a 1953 Ford F-100 Panel UPS Truck built by Vince Coppola of McLaren Performance, a 2003 Honda Civic Si customized by Polk Audio, and a Spyder ZL71 Competition Offroad Vehicle built by Clifton Slay. All of these award-winning vehicles represent the best of the builder’s art across a surprisingly wide range of vehicle types.

Mothers® Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners is known the world over for its premium-quality car care products. The company’s Shine Award is widely regarded as the most prestigious honor to receive at SEMA, the premier event of the automotive aftermarket industry.

Vehicle Specifications

1996 Corvette LT-4 350 CI V8
Engine Cover by Steve Greninger
S/S Specialties Exhaust by Steve Greninger
Assembly Paint by Andy Wallin & Chris Guinn
K&N Air Cleaner

700 R-4 Transmission
1998 Camaro Shifter by Andy Wallin
Polished Aluminum Driveshaft by Inland Empire

Frame, Suspension & Brakes:
Custom 34/ Larry Sergeff
S.A.C Rails
114” Wheelbase

Front Suspension:
Sergeff I.F.S.
Carrera Coil-Overs
Wilwood Disc Brakes, 12

Rear Suspension:
Sergeff I.R.S.
Carrera Coil-Overs
Corvette Center w/ 3.55:1 Posi-Traction
Wilwood Disc Brakes, Inboard, 12”
1994 Corvette Brake Master Cylinder

Fiat Rack-and-Pinion Steering
GM Steering Column
Steering Column Cover by Karl Jonasson

Wheels & Tires:
Front: Foose Nitrous Thrust Knockoff, 16”x7”
Nitto 195/50-17 Tires

Rear: Foose Nitrous Thrust Knockoff, 17”x8”
Nitto 195/50-17 Tires

1934 Ford Three-Window Coupe (Steel)
Angle Chopped Top
Rear Window Widened
Pie-Cut Rear Quarter w/ 4” Wedge Cut, Stretched & Thinning of Panels Going Forward
Fenders Trimmed & Re-Radiused
Custom Running Boards
Dan Fink One-Off Custom Grille Insert
Custom Foose Design Headlight Cans w/ PIAA Lights
Beltline Removed & Replaced w/ Full-width Chrome Trim
1939 Ford Taillights
Body Work by Don Maki, Paco Castell, Chris Guinn & Brian Fuller
Sedona Fire Paint by Glasurit
Painted by Chris Guinn & Tommy Marcotti
Graphics & Pinstripes by Dennis Ricklefs
Detail by Sid & Kathy White

Dash by Roy Schmidt & Steve Greninger
Dash Insert by Carl Jonasson
Classic Gauges w/ Custom Faces
Custom 1950 Mercury Steering Wheel by Foose
Custom Seats Buckets & Console by Jim and James Griffin
Stitching by Jim Griffin
Aircraft Carpet & Seat Belts
Wiring by Pete Morrell
Mirror by Billett Specialties (Re-worked)
Panasonic DVD w/ Red Mountain Components

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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