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Shine Award

1930 Ford Model A


1930 Ford Model A

Owners: Ted & Colleen Hubbard, South Bend, NE
Builder: CAL Automotive Creations, Bennington, NE

Mothers® 17th Annual Shine Award Winner

Each year hundreds of automotive aftermarket manufacturers descend upon the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, bringing some of the world’s most extensively modified cars and trucks. 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.

Aftermarket industry veteran and Shine Award judge, John Naderi returned to host the ceremony this year, which was held at the Mothers® booth.

After reviewing the entire field this year, our judges awarded the 2017 Shine Award to “Afterthought”, a 1930 Ford Model A, owned by Ted and Colleen Hubbard of South Bend, NE, and built by CAL Automotive Creations of Bennington, NE.

The Hubbards originally brought the coupe to Andy Leach and his CAL Automotive Creations team for a set of headers, and the project took off from there. Leach intensively reworked the coupe starting with a hand-built frame, reverse wedge sectioned body, reshaped rear quarter, hand-hammered cowl, machined bolt-on drip rails and a ’32 five-window roof. The paint is PPG Paleo-Historic Blue sprayed by Charlie Hutton.

The original headers are still on the car, now hidden by hand-fabricated covers made to look like cast headers, affixed to a supercharged Ardun Flathead Ford V8 with a C4 gearbox. The one-off Halibrand-inspired wheels are from EVOD Industries with custom rear tires from Coker. According to Leach, “There are only two off-the-shelf parts on this car — the front tires.” The interior features machined floor pans with one-off stamped rubber mats with custom upholstery work by the Recovery Room.

The Shine Award-winning Ford was on display at the main entrance by the Gold Lot.

Mothers® Shine Award Background

2017 marks the 17th annual edition of the Shine Award, which is open to each and every one of the hundreds of stunning cars on display at The SEMA Show – the most anticipated aftermarket industry event of the year. An independent, international panel of respected members of the automotive world, including seasoned builders, paint specialists, journalists and previous Shine Award recipients, are 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. The full history of the Mothers® Shine Award is available online at

Paint: PPG Paleo-historic Blue, painted by Charlie Hutton.

Engine/Drivetrain: Supercharged Ardun Flathead Ford V8 with a C4 gearbox, fabricated cast-looking headers, one-off Halibrand-inspired wheels by Evod, custom rear tires from Coker.

Highlights: Reverse wedge section body, reshaped rear quarter, ’32 five window roof, machined bolt on drip rails, hand-built frame, brightwork by Advanced Plating, interior by the Recovery Room, machined floor pans, one-off stamped rubber matt, machined cast molding.