Mothers® 16th Annual Shine Award Winner
The SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV never fails outdo itself and this year the annual automotive aftermarket gathering went even
bigger with a field of massively modified cars and trucks on display. The Mothers® Shine Award celebrates the finest
examples of these vehicles in what has become one of the most coveted and prestigious achievements within the car builder community.
As always, the 16th annual edition of the Shine Award was open to each and every one of the hundreds of stunning cars
on display at the most anticipated aftermarket industry event of the year. An international panel of respected members
of the automotive world, including seasoned builders, paint specialists, journalists and previous Shine Award recipients,
were tasked with selecting a winner. Judging is based on overall appearance, fit and finish, attention to detail,
integration of custom and stock elements, creative vision and execution of concept. Entries are scored with the
state-of-the-art eJudged application that calculates results in real time.
Aftermarket industry veteran and Shine Award judge, John Naderi returned to host the ceremony this year,
which was held at the Mothers Polish® booth.
Once all the scores were tallied, the judges reviewed the ten finalists and awarded the 2016 Shine Award to
Bill and Debbie Thomas of Corpus Christi, TX for their 1939 Oldsmobile Series 60 Convertible. Thomas stumbled upon the
Olds in a newspaper ad and purchased the rare Series 60 from the original owner. From there, Harold Chapman and his
talented team at Customs and Hot Rods of Andice in Georgetown, TX took on the daunting task of building the
Olds over the course of three years.
Left to right: Jim Holloway of Mothers®, owners Bill and Debbie Thomas, Levi Green, Gary Massengill and Greg Yokum from Customs and Hot Rods of Andice and Dennis Holloway of Mothers®.
The radically reworked body is the brainchild of CHRA's in-house stylist, Christian Dotson. Dotson created
the entire design of the Olds in foam with inspiration from everything from lowriders to European classics.
Each panel was painstakingly reshaped including the profile, stance, wheelbase, bumpers, hood and cut lines.
The wheelbase was stretched by three inches and the doors and hood were lengthened to match, while the front
and rear fenders were completely reformed. Once the body mods were complete, the legendary Charley Hutton sprayed
the custom-mixed PPG Kona Brown paint. Greening Auto created the one-piece wheels from scratch as well as the
steering wheel and valve covers.
Joe Mondello punched out the Oldsmobile 455 V-8 to 470 cubic inches and with the one-off Wilson EFI intake
manifold with twin throttle bodies, the entire package sends 650hp back to a Bowler 4L60E auto trans and
Winters mini-banjo rear end. The beautifully sculpted body sits on a modified Art Morrison chassis with dual
A arms up front and a four-link rear. Finally, Jay Schluter transformed the interior to match the quality
of the rest of the build.
“Our Goal here at CHRA - Customs & Hot Rods of Andice is to build the finest vintage autos possible,”
according to Michael Kaiser of CHRA. “It is a true honor for Mothers® to recognize our workmanship on this '39 Olds.
We have used Mothers® products for years because they're the best and we are striving to be the best in all the cars we build.”
The Shine Award-winning Oldsmobile was on display at the PPG Automotive Refinish booth.
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Ten vehicles received Mothers Choice Awards. From that group, only one Shine Award Winner was chosen. See menu on left
for the Mothers Choice Award contenders.
The Shine Award 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.