Mothers Polish® 2002 Shine Award winner, the Chicayne. Owned by
Glenn Grozich of Billet Specialties and built by Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy.
Left to right: Dennis Holloway of Mothers Polish®, retired automotive publisher Robert E. Petersen,
2002 Shine Award winners Glenn Grozich of Billet Specialties and Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy.
Amid the spectacle of the SEMA Show 2002 in Las Vegas, the largest aftermarket tradeshow in the world, the Mothers®
Shine Award for automotive excellence was presented to a 1962 Chevy Biscayne – The Chicayne. Customized by the legendary car builder Rad
Rides by Troy of Manteno, Illinois, the cypress-green Chicayne is a twin-turbo street machine owned by Glenn J. Grozich, president of Billet
Specialties, of La Grange, Illinois.
Although the judges’ results weren’t final until the second day of the show on November 6th, it was obvious from the car’s
inception that it was the early favorite. “When I first saw this car under construction last Spring, I knew it had great potential,” observed Ken
Holland, Marketing Director for Mothers®. “So I was not surprised that the industry judges chose it as this year’s Shine Award winner.”
Fitted in the Chicayne’s impeccably finished engine bay is a 1200hp, 400ci Dart Iron Eagle engine with dual Precision turbochargers. “The
whole basis of the car is that engine,” notes Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy. “The bottom line is that the car has to work first, and look great
In keeping with its name, the Chicayne features a number of road course elements as well. “We wanted to have a road race theme
throughout,” adds Troy. “So we added a roll cage, big wheels and brakes, and a belly pan. Michael Desmond and Bob Thrash also helped to restyle
the car by pulling the bumpers in, which made a huge difference.”
Last year, Troy’s '62 Cadattack was in competition for the Shine Award, and took home a runner-up
Mothers® Choice Award. But this year, he grabbed the brass ring in winning the Shine Award. “To be singled out like
this is just awesome,” said Troy. “It s great to have our peers choose us for this award – we’re real proud of that.”
The Shine Award is now in its second year of presentation by Mothers® Polishes•Waxes•Cleaners,
and recognizes singular excellence in the field of custom vehicle design. This year’s trophy was bestowed by automotive icon Robert E.
Petersen, founder of numerous automotive magazines and the Petersen Automotive Museum. Mr. Petersen presented 11 Mothers® Choice
Awards, as well – one of which went to a '56 Chevy owned by TV comedian Chris Titus.
A full background on the Mothers® Shine Award is available online at http://www.shineaward.com.