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The annual SEMA Show may have ended two weeks ago, but news about awards is still being announced: Friday, Mothers car care products revealed that a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS won the Mothers Shine Award.
The award — which is along the lines of a best in show prize — is given by an independent panel of judges that assesses a car’s overall appearance, fit, finish, attention to detail, vision, concept execution and the use of both stock and custom elements. That’s a tall task considering the incredible vehicles on display at SEMA.
Hundreds of vehicles were considered this year, but the ’67 Camaro — nicknamed Nickelback — took the prize.
Built by Superior Auto Works in Frederica, Delaware, the car was originally purchased by Chris Allen, who used it as a daily driver in high school for two years. Allen and his father then began a frame-off restoration, but at that point they parked the car in their garage for 12 years until they called Eddie Denkenberger II at Superior Auto Works to transform the vehicle into a true show car.
“The attention to detail is evident in this six-and-a-half-year build with flush-mounted trim throughout, custom CNC-machined grille, floating turn signals, and a lengthened hood with custom ports, shortened valence and radiused corners,” a news release read.
“The trim is hand made, and Eddie sprayed the custom-mix PPG paint, a two-tone sandstone gold and lava rock with harvest gold pinstripe, to match the interior. The Generation II small-block GM 355CI V8 is topped with a Magnuson TVS2300 supercharger, and the wheels are custom five-piece EVODs. The amount of chrome plating is staggering, requiring three separate companies to complete the work, including Advanced Plating, Paul’s Chrome and Ogden Chrome.”