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1962 Chevrolet Bel Air “ShowLow”
Owners: Dennis & Barb McClendon, Mesa, AZ
Dennis McClendon - Mechanicals
Rich Thayer, Chicago, IL - Paint
Bryan Butler, Buckley, WA - Fabrication
Denny John, Van Buren, AR - Interior

Mothers® 7th Annual Shine Award Winner

Honoring Excellence in Vehicle Design

An international panel of judges consisting of industry experts, hobbyists and past Shine winners spent nearly two days non-stop deliberating on the 7th Annual Shine Award competition at the 2007 SEMA Show.

After considering hundreds of worthy rides, the 2007 Mothers Shine Award has been presented to a 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air bubble top named “ShowLow,” owned by Dennis and Barb McClendon of Mesa, Ariz. Proving a Shine Award winner doesn’t need to come from a major car building shop, Dennis McClendon, who also worked on the engine and other mechanicals of the build, exclaimed “this is one for the little guys” upon hearing news of the award.

The second Shine trophy, which is traditionally given to a winner’s builder, is expected to be shared with Rich Thayer of Chicago, who laid the Maserati red and GT black finish and master fabricator Bryan Butler of Buckley, Wash, who did the extensive tin work. This cool ride was built by this small team which also included interior specialist Denny John of Van Buren, Ark. With over 100 body modifications, this chopped, stretched, cut and wedged Chevy features a 409 bored & stroked to 484 CI with a one-off vintage Algon fuel injection mated to a Richmond 6-speed and a Currie rear with 4.10:1 gears. The low-slung tube chassis has Air Ride suspension, Morrison spindles and A-arms, Baer brakes, 19” and 20” Colorado Custom Wheels with Pirelli tires. A collector of rare and factory experimental ’62s, McClendon also owns the fastest 409 car in the world. Build time was 3 years.

Vehicle Specifications

Vehicle Highlights:

  • 1962 Bel Air "Bubble Top" Featuring:
  • Complete tubular chassis
  • Roof chopped 2” and pushed back 2”, removal of drop rails
  • Custom built bumpers narrowed and shortened 2”
  • Fabricated lower valance/spoiler and it also serves a center air foil
  • Hand fabricated filler (behind and top of bumper)
  • Factory grille and heading bezels
  • Fabricated core support
  • Fabricated fan shrouding and upper core support cover and engine fan (inner fender-wells)
  • Hand-built exhaust headers and entire system including custom milled aluminum mounts
  • Scratch built motor mounts which also serve as an upper shock wave mount
  • Scratch built sway bar mounts and end link
  • Modified front fenders (at top and entire lower portion near rocker)
  • Scratch built hood (both outer skin and inner structure
  • Scratch built bracing and latch housings as well as hood hinges
  • Scratch built firewall and cowl
  • Scratch built entire under sheet-metal flooring
  • Scratch built entire dash
  • Custom built all inner trim on “A” pillars, “B” pillars and around headliner
  • Scratch built package tray and water-fall
  • Removal of front and rear glass seals and chrome – floating redesigned front glass and stock rear glass and set in urethane.
  • Custom side glass and opening hardware (including removal of wing windows)
  • Shaved door handles and all body moldings and emblems
  • All emblems or logos air brushed on
  • Redesigned upper body lines on doors
  • Doors lengthened 3”
  • Quarter panels shortened 3” and redesigned at rocker to add 1” to rear of rocker creating a “wedge” look; also lengthening lower real quarter panel (after tire) recessing quarter panel for custom rear bumper
  • Scratch built 3 piece rockers
  • Scratch built upper side glass seal retainer
  • Modified rear upper “Filler” panel once rear glass was moved back and drawn into car
  • Addition of metal to upper/inner doors
  • Custom rear bumper (narrowed 2” and recessed into body) also scratch built center valance plate holder and air foil which ties into and covering all fuel components
  • Scratch built exhaust (stainless tips)
  • Scratch built fuel tank
  • Scratch built front and rear suspension
  • Scratch build Engine assembly brackets (Alt and Air conditioner)
  • Scratch built air intake plenum
  • Scratch built fuel lines, brake lines etc
  • Scratch built aluminum front inner wheel wells and splash panels
  • Heavily modified Silverado front power seats
  • 409 engine - bore & stroke to 484 cu in
  • Algon fuel injection system (one of a kind)
  • Aluminum one piece drive shaft/ 6-speed Richmond transmission
  • Currie Modular Aluminum Rear End
  • Custom Gauges
Special Thanks:
  • Steve Stanford – Rendering Interior/Exterior Designs and Graphics
  • RJ Customs – Paint/Body/Graphics
  • Ryan Butler – Fabricator
  • D & D Specialties – Custom Interior
  • Vintage Air
  • Baer Racing
  • ididit Steering Columns
  • Diamant
  • Air Ride Technologies

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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