Years prior, Mooneyes had not done any paid advertising on the show, as it didn't seem necessary any longer. People have come to expect the show and look forward to it as the last big bang at the end of the year. Moon has had to move this show to different locations, beginning with their Santa Fe Springs shop back in the Rat Fink Reunion days, to a local Elks Lodge, then a sheriff's academy, and now the Irwindale Speedway. With every new location comes a record-breaking attendance figure.
Mooneyes would like to give special mention to some very generous people who contributed their talent to make this show possible. Thanks to Doug Door for his art donation and his help with the Pin Up contest award. Thanks also to the following artists who participated and supported this event: Jimmy C, Coop, Robert Williams, Trophy Queen, Keith Weesner, Scratch, Ron Peters, Bob McCoy, Dennis McPhail, Jack Rudy, The Pizz, Dave Burke, Jerald Tidwell, Chick, and many others. For more, please visit www.mooneyes.com.
Mothers Shine Award Mothers(r) Polishes * Waxes * Cleaners discovered a new type of radiation in bestowing its prestigious Shine Award to Reactor, a '67 Mustang fastback themed with radioactive symbols and glowing with a custom paint scheme dubbed Chernobyl Green. This high-energy automotive creation achieved critical mass at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where Mothers presented the prestigious Shine Award to the car's builders, the Ring Brothers, and the owner, Doug Hoppe, along with Mothers Choice trophies to 13 other deserving vehicles.
The Ring Brothers have been building resto-mods of all types for many years, and this is the fourth Mustang they've done. Requiring more than 2,000 hours to complete, they worked closely with partner Todd Milanowski, who provided the extensive amount of CNC machining and fabrication work that's clearly evident on the vehicle. Nearly every component on the car is custom-crafted with meticulous workmanship, from the hood pins to the split rear window design. Power for the Reactor isn't derived from nuclear fission, but a 550-plus-horsepower Roush V-8 with independent throttle bodies.
The Mothers Shine Award is highly prized by automotive specialists, and hundreds of entries compete to take home this distinguished trophy. A panel of independent experts, known for their automotive expertise and critical eye, handled judging for the Shine Award. To pick the best of show winner and 13 Mothers Choice runners-up, they perused a dozen miles of convention center aisles that crisscross 2 million square feet of exhibit space, scrutinizing and evaluating an impressive collection of stunning vehicles customized forpublic display.