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1967 Ford Mustang Fastback  -  “Reactor”
Owner: Doug Hoppe, Sr., Sioux Center, IA
Builders: Ring Brothers Performance, Spring Green, WI

Mothers® Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners discovered a new type of radiation in bestowing its prestigious Shine Award to “Reactor,” a ’67 Mustang fastback themed with radioactive symbols and glowing with a custom paint scheme dubbed “Chernobyl Green.” This high-energy automotive creation achieved critical mass at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where Mothers® presented the prestigious Shine Award to the car’s builders, the Ring Brothers, and the owner, Doug Hoppe, along with “Mothers® Choice” trophies to 13 other deserving vehicles.

The builders of “Reactor,” Mike and Jim Ring of Ring Brothers, were ecstatic about receiving the Mothers® Shine Award. “Receiving the Shine Award really helped our car, Reactor, draw a crowd,” stated Mike Ring. “We would like to thank Doug Hoppe for making it possible for us to build our most amazing Mustang restomod to date.”

L to R: Todd Milanowski, Mike Ring and Jim Ring, Builders; Doug Hoppe, Owner.

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The Ring Brothers have been building restomods of all types for many years, and this is the fourth Mustang they’ve done. Requiring more than 2,000 hours to complete, they worked closely with partner Todd Milanowski, who provided the extensive amount of CNC machining and fabrication work that’s clearly evident on the vehicle. Nearly every component on the car is custom crafted with meticulous workmanship from the hood pins to the split rear window design. Power for Reactor isn’t derived from nuclear fission, but instead a 550+ horsepower Roush V-8 with independent throttle bodies.

The Mothers® Shine Award is highly prized by automotive specialists, and hundreds of entries compete to take home this distinguished trophy. A panel of independent experts, known for their automotive expertise and critical eye, handled judging for the Shine Award. To pick the best-of-show winner, and 13 Mothers® Choice runners-up, they perused a dozen miles of convention center aisles that crisscross two million square feet of exhibit space, scrutinizing and evaluating an impressive collection of stunning vehicles customized for public display.

Vehicle Specifications

Inspiration: After meeting and competing against the Ring Brothers in many car shows, Doug contracted with them to build the ultimate Mustang, giving them complete freedom of build, design and construction. Doug’s only input was the color, which was vetoed. “You can paint it green, Doug, but not that green,” said Jim Ring. The car is featured in a Build Book by Scott Killeen, to be released at the Detroit Autorama in March 2007.

Time to Build: 7 months

Drivetrain: Roush 351 ci “Stroker” with 427 8-stack, 550 hp; Tremec 3550 Road Race transmission; Ford 9-inch rearend with 3.55:1 gears

Interior: Recovery Room Upholstery of Racine, WI, featuring a grey green leather and orange stichwork

Paint: Simeon Caraway of Ring Brothers in “Chernobyl Green”

Audio: Rockford Fosgate and Sony

Special Fabrication: Carbon fiber components include hood, rear valance, front valance, bumpers and rear deck lid. Extensive use of high-end CNC and billet one-off components, all custom by Ring Brothers. Nickel plating is by Advanced

Booth: Roush

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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