It's Official Snap-on is now the official tool of the Primedia Tech Center. Our new Tech Center will be exclusively outfitted with the high-quality Snap-on tools that have been serving both professionals and enthusiasts since the company was formed back in 1920. In addition to a complete assortment of hand, power, and air tools, the Tech Center will also utilize Snap-on storage cabinets and even a hydraulic lift for use in installation stories. We are excited by this new partnership and the chance to wrench on our projects with some of the most uncompromising equipment on the market.
The Chosen Ones The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association honored the Chosen 5-an elite group of award-winning cars and trucks-at the season-ending 9th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, last November. The lineup featured John Hill's Canada-based '70 Chevelle SS LS6 (Goodguys/Unique Performance Muscle Car of the Year winner), Bob and Sherrie Benn's '36 Ford kustom from Old Hickory, Tennessee (Goodguys Kustom of the Year), Richard Ruiter's Guelph, Ontario, Canada-based '55 Chevy convertible (Goodguys/Eagle One Custom Rod of the Year), Jeff Wingo's Chicago-based '50 Studebaker pickup (Goodguys Truck of the Year-Early), and Gary Coe's radical '57 Ford pickup from Portland, Oregon (Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late).
The Goodguys Chosen 5 award winners were selected from a pool of finalists chosen throughout the entire 2006 Goodguys event season. Instead of picking the awards at specific events, Goodguys selected finalists for each award at different events around the country, providing car owners from across the U.S. a shot at winning.
Goodguys will again select the Chosen 5 awards in 2007 by qualifying a finalist for each award at various events around the country. But never fear, classic truck enthusiasts-Goodguys has altered the Top Ten program, and the winners will now be crowned with Finest Five honors at the following locations: Del Mar, California; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Kansas: Fort Worth, Texas; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Stay tuned to www.good-guys.com for a full list ofall the 2007 Goodguys events andspecial awards!
Mooneyes-Bigger And Better...Again The Mooneyes X-Mas Party held December 9 at Irwindale Speedway was by far the largest party the Moon USA staff had ever held. Attendance numbered in the 4,000 range, with roughly 800 show cars. By 1:30 p.m., the gates-or gate, as the track decided to allow spectators and participants in through the same (single) gate-were closed temporarily to halt traffic, as the lots were full. Around 2:00 p.m., Irwindale opened their circle track to allow cars to park inside, allowing the gates to be re-opened. Moon had always expected a larger crowd in the past than the year before, but this year the number of people who came exceeded anyone's expectations by a long shot. Unofficially, Irwindale's staff said it was the largest event to ever take place there.
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.