By SEMA Editors
(L-R): Jim Holloway of Mothers, Andy Leach of CAL Automotive Creations and Dennis Holloway of Mothers.
Mothers’ 2017 Shine Award winner was the ’30 Ford Model A owned by Ted and Colleen Hubbard of South Bend, Nebraska, and built by CAL Automotive Creations of Bennington, Nebraska.
The 2017 Mothers Shine Award was presented to “Afterthought”—a ’30 Ford Model A, owned by Ted and Colleen Hubbard of South Bend, Nebraska, and built by CAL Automotive Creations of Bennington, Nebraska—during the SEMA Show last week in Las Vegas. Aftermarket industry veteran and Shine Award judge John Naderi returned to host the ceremony this year, which was held at the Mothers booth.
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 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. 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.