The esteemed 2012 Mothers Shine Award went to Dave and Karen Leisinger of Sioux Falls, Idaho and their remarkable 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Professor build, announced on Wednesday at SEMA.
The Leisingers spent several years on the car, built by Lakeside Rods and Rides from Rockwell City, Iowa.
Mothers named thirteen finalists, each deserving of praise for their hard work and tireless dedication. They ranged from current sports cars to custom hot rods and one-of-a-kind bespoke electric tricycles, but two of them stand out in particular.
The Heroes Truck, a base 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, stole the outside concourse with its detached body and all-chrome everything chassis. The custom airbrushing took thousands of hours and nobly honors the American servicemen of past, present and future. The Heroes Truck is owned by Dale Ison and built by Jon Watts, both of Hillsboro, Ohio.
Another eye-popping finalist was the Indy V8 Speedster owned by Bill Lindig of Houston, Texas and built by SO-CAL Speed Shop in Pomona, CA. The custom car mixed racing heritage with real world practicality and brought an incredible style to the Ford booth. The car featured brushed aluminum, chrome, leather and matte pipes and the fact that this variety of materials managed to work so well together speaks volumes to the design vision and ability of Lindig and his team.
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