Shine Award Winner

Another Honor for Poteet

Larry Jewett - November 12, 2013 07:21 AM


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At the 2013 SEMA Show, the 13th annual edition of the Mothers Shine Award was selected from, no less than, hundreds of the world's premier cars on display. Judging is based on overall appearance, fit and finish, attention to detail, integration of custom and stock elements, creative vision and execution of concept.
The 2013 Shine Award was presented to George Poteet, Memphis, Tennessee, for his 1969 Ford Torino Talladega "GPT Special." The Talladega was given a Holman Moody-inspired body treatment as it was widened by five inches, with three inches removed from the front fenders and an inch taken from the wheelbase. The body was Coke-bottled, meaning the rear quarters and front fenders are wider than stock and bulge out relative to the rocker panels. The grille, taillight bezels and other trim parts were CNC'd from large chunks of billet aluminum. The engine is a real deal Boss 429 complete with a rare Ford experimental mechanical fuel-injection intake converted to EFI by Rad Rides. The chassis is a converted Art Morrison unit with C5 Corvette front suspension and a Detroit Speed four-link in the rear with a Watts link and a Mark Williams 9-inch axle. The body was treated to more than one thousand man-hours of paint prep and finished in a BASF Glasurit 90-Line Tennessee Whiskey Gold gloss and Daytona Sand satin paint.
There were ten Mothers® Choice Award trophies presented. Cars honored included a 1965 C2 Corvette, a 1972 Chevrolet Camaro "TT", and a 1953 Studebaker Hawk Competition Coupe called "Stupidbaker".