ColorBond has announced that Jay Van Hooten from Mars Automotive Reconditioning Center of Boise, Idaho, is the winner of this year’s second annual Cleo Award for his expert reconditioning of a 1954 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. The award will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 at the SEMA Show, in the ColorBond booth No. 23793, Main Hall. A press conference will follow.
The Cleo crystal trophy and $500 is awarded to the individual who has shown excellence in utilizing ColorBond finishes to restore the interior of any type of automobile, including trucks, muscle cars, classics, hot rods and antiques. Last year’s winner was Ken Bolen, who restored a 20-foot-long 1969 Cadillac Deville.
The Cleo award was established in 2014 to honor Leo Kagan, a SEMA Hall of Famer who was responsible for moving the SEMA show in 1977 from Anaheim, California, to its current location in Las Vegas. Kagan will turn 99 years old and continues to work in the ColorBond booth at the SEMA Show. He will be celebrating his 50th year as a SEMA member.
The Rolls Royce will be on display in the ColorBond booth during the SEMA Show.