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HOUSTON’S “DETAILER OF THE YEAR” PREPS & MAINTAINS 42 VEHICLES FOR 2012 PORSCHE WORLD ROADSHOW
HOUSTON, TX Nov 13, 2012 — Awarded the first ever “Detailer of the Year” by the highly acclaimed Attention to Details professional detail training program, Houston’s Mobile Auto Detail’s Michael Pena collaborated with Dallas detailer Darryl Kimmis of Mirror Image Detailing and Terry and Ernestine Wilbanks of Dr. Detail & Wash in Las Vegas, NV, to be the exclusive detailers for the Houston leg of the 2012 Porsche World Roadshow held at the Angleton, Texas Motorsports Ranch in October.
It was the second time Pena had been called on by Porsche to maintain their luxurious automotive line, having traveled to Dallas in 2011 for a show at the Texas Motor Speedway where he detailed over 50 vehicles. The 2012 Roadshow was the only Texas stop for the 13-city U.S. tour — “An international driving event designed to give Porsche enthusiasts and potential customers the unique opportunity to drive a large sampling of Porsche models for one day in a variety of challenging exercises that demonstrate the vehicles’ race-bred ability.” The elite fleet of 42 vehicles consisted of the 911, Panamera, all-new Boxster S, and Cayenne.
Pena, who earned Attention to Details highest status as “Master Detailer” at their annual summit following the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas last week says, “I believe the Lord allows my talent to shine through and that opens doors of opportunity. To top that off with two recognitions from my mentor and friend, Master Detailer himself, Renny Doyle is so exciting. I am humbled by the tributes and excited about being called on to showcase my talents and experience at a prestigious event like the Porsche Roadshow.”
Pena, the Wilbanks’, and Kimmis prepared the Porsche Roadshow vehicles for display, and maintained the fleet throughout the driving and racing event, which saw the new Porsches sprinting around the track at speeds in excess of 130 MPH.
Problem-solver as well as appearance specialists, Pena and his team rose to the call when on Thursday night before the Roadshow opened, he received a call that the track water main had burst and there was no water to wash the cars. “I had my team from Vegas and Dallas in place and I knew we could handle anything that was thrown at us. We transported 300 gallons of water to the track and began our task.” He says Porsche VIPs from Germany visited all weekend and consistently commented on how good the cars looked. “I am just so proud of my ‘detail Mafia’ associates!” he says. “I could not have done it without my team working hard and delivering the best shine!” Porsche was so happy with Pena’s results, they are planning to invite him to more automotive events in Texas for 2013.
Being sought out for his detailing expertise is nothing new for Michael Pena. He is a highly skilled craftsman, proficient in restoring precious museum treasures, exotics, yachts, private airplanes, and private automotive collections. Earlier this year he and a team of five renown auto mobile detailers from around the country detailed and restored a portion of a private collection for a Houston auto collector outside Houston; prepped and maintained numerous Chryslers, Dodges, Fiats, Fords, Jeeps, Lincolns, Rams, Scions, and Volkswagens at the annual Houston Auto Show; and he was part of a select team of detailers who restored Air Force One and a WWII B-29 Bomber last summer at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
From jets to Jettas, detailer shines them all
Whether it's a jet or a Jetta, business owner can put it in a shiny state
By Sandra Bretting | December 7, 2012 | Updated: December 8, 2012 4:23pm
11/30/12: Michael Pena, owner of Mobile Auto Detailing, details a Porche GT# in the owners garage in Houston, Texas. Pena says it will take 8 to 10 hours of work until the detail is complete.
Photo: Thomas B. Shea / © 2012 Thomas B. Shea
Last year, he even helped detail the first Air Force One jet, an airplane used by Presidents Eisenhower through Nixon. The Boeing 707-120 is kept at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
"The weather conditions there can be harsh, and the plane is left out in the open," Pena said. "We had a team of 42 detailers working to repair the paint job, but I was the only one chosen from Texas."
Pena, 44, has worked on autos since the 1980s and is considered a "Master Detailer" by a professional training program based in California. At one point he owned a brick-and-mortar auto detailing shop near the Galleria, but he sold that enterprise in 2001
Basically, I had spoiled my customers before that," Pena said. "My company was built as a mobile business, and that's what they'd become used to."
Pena said some of his earliest memories involve washing his mother's Ford Pinto in the family's driveway when he was 6.
"Back then I used Ajax or Borax, anything we had under the kitchen sink," Pena said, laughing.
Today Pena uses a line of professional products from Maguiar's. Because professional-grade creams and waxes easily can run $30 to $40 a bottle, products are one of his biggest operating expenses, Pena said.
"Sometimes I'll be asked to test out products," Pena said. "Then I'll get bottles with no label, or labeled Brand X. The manufacturers know I'll tell them what I really think."
"There are a lot of detailers around," said Kevin Pooler, owner of the Porsche 911 GT3. "And a lot of carwashes. But when you go to a carwash, after a while you can see swirl marks in your paint. Not with Michael. With him, once he's done, your car looks brand new."
Another of Pena's biggest expenses involves labor. Currently, he has two full-time assistants and close to 100 clients.
According to him, the worst thing Houstonians can do is neglect to wash their cars. He cited one hotel guest who had parked near a construction zone here last year and didn't realize the crew had sprayed paint and varnish onto it.
"When he took it through the carwash, he could see where it'd been contaminated from construction overspray," Pena said. "The construction company paid me to go all the way to his home in Midland,Tx to get rid of the mess for them."
Recently, Pena traveled to the Texas Motorsports Ranch in Angleton to detail Porsches for the 2012 Porsche World Roadshow. That job involved detailing some 42 cars driven by Porsche enthusiasts around a two-mile track.
"I like all cars, but there's something about the classics," Pena said.
In addition to Porsches and Jet Planes, Pena has detailed motorboats, ambulances and recreational vehicles. Along with detailing the old Air Force One at the Museum of Flight, he also helped restore a B-29 bomber as well as 4 other planes.
"It's all about the process," Pena said. "Detailing is a series of steps, and the final step is getting the most brilliant shine we can. That's what we work toward.
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Recognized detailer maintains 42 vehicles for roadshow
HOUSTON — After being recognized as the first “Detailer of the Year” by the Attention to Details professional detailing program, Michael Pena was named as one of the exclusive detailers for the Houston leg of the 2012 Porsche World Roadshow, according to a press release.
The Nov. 14 release stated that Pena, with Mobile Auto Detail, worked with two other detailers to maintain Porsche’s automotive line at the Texas stop of the 13-city U.S. tour. According to the release, the tour was “An international driving event designed to give Porsche enthusiasts and potential customers the unique opportunity to drive a large sampling of Porsche models for one day in a variety of challenging exercises that demonstrate the vehicles’ race-bred ability.”
The fleet of vehicles consisted of 911, Panamera, Boxster S and Cayenne models. The team maintained the fleet throughout the driving and racing event.
Porsche VIPs even visited from Germany and commented on how good the cars looked. Porsche was so happy with the results that they plan to invite Pena to more automotive events in Texas for 2013.
“I had my team from Vegas and Dallas in place, and I knew we could handle anything that was thrown at us. We transported 300 gallons of water to the track and began our task,” Pena said in the release. “I am just so proud of my ‘detail Mafia’ associates! I could not have done it without my team working hard and delivering the best shine!”
Houston Detailer and five AFO detailing team members start restoration on classic car collection
A collection of 10 classic automobiles is being restored by Michael Pena of Houston's Mobile Auto Detail and five other auto detailers from around the country.
The collection includes several Ford Thunderbirds, a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, a Chevy Impala, a 1965 Shelby Cobra and an older model Chevy truck, all in their original condition.
The vehicles are owned by an anonymous private auto collector outside of Houston.
Detailer Michael Pena said in the press release, "We will be restoring and buffing the paint back to its natural shine, polishing all the metals including the aluminum wheels, and restoring all the vinyl and leather interiors, cleaning the carpet, and applying odor removal techniques — the whole works."
Pena will be assisted by his mentor and four other high-end detailers who restored Air Force One and a World War II B-29 Bomber last summer at the Seattle Museum of Flight.
The team consists of Renny Doyle, owner of Attention to Details in Big Bear Calif.; Jason Neidigh, a motorsports expert from Boise, Idaho; Terry Wilbanks from Dr. Detail in Las Vegas; Harry Sandwith from Rochelle Park in N.J.; and Christopher Evangelista from Noble Elements in New Jersey.
For more information about Michael Pena's Mobile Auto Detail or this restoration project call 281-216-5833 or visit www.handwax.net.
Houston Detailer Recalls Elite AFO Detailing Team to Help Restore Private Houston Collector's Classic Car Fleet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON DETAILER RECALLS ELITE AFO DETAILING TEAM
TO HELP RESTORE PRIVATE HOUSTON COLLECTOR’S CLASSIC CAR FLEET
HOUSTON, TX April 12,
2012 — Michael Pena of Houston’s Mobile Auto Detail and five renown auto
mobile detailers from around the country are meeting outside Houston next week
to detail and restore ten classic automobiles, a portion of a collection
belonging to an anonymous private auto collector near Houston. Currently housed
in their original condition, the collection includes several Ford Thunderbirds,
a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, a Chevy Impala, a 1965 Shelby Cobra, and at least
one older model Chevy truck.
cars and trucks have been washed but they have never been restored to their
natural beauty,” Pena explains. “We will be restoring and buffing the paint back
to its natural shine, polishing all the metals including the aluminum wheels,
and restoring all the vinyl and leather interiors, cleaning the carpet, and
applying odor removal techniques — the whole works.”
Pena is no stranger to detailing exotics, classics, and collectible
automobiles, he has only washed this particular collector’s repertoire until
now. His Mobile Auto Detailing has prepped and maintained numerous Chryslers, Dodges,
Fiats, Fords, Jeeps, Lincolns, Rams, Scions, and Volkswagens at the Houston
Auto Show, and has been a regular detailer for Houston-area car shows for many
years. “This is a weeklong job and the collection is priceless to the collector,
so I felt I needed to bring in the very best to do the job.”
very best include a mentor and four other high-end detailers, all of whom —
Pena included — were part of an elite team of detailers who restored Air Force
One and a WWII B-29 Bomber last summer at the Seattle Museum of Flight. The
team includes Renny Doyle, owner of Attention to Details in Big Bear,
California where Pena earned his professional certification; Boise’s Elite
Motorsports’ expert, Jason Neidigh; Las Vegas’ Dr. Detail, Terry Wilbanks; and
two of New Jersey’s finest: New Rochelle’s Dirty Harry Sandwith and East
Hanover’s new Christopher Evangelista of Noble Elements, Inc.
can’t wait to do this work,” Pena says. “Just like those airplanes last summer,
you won’t recognize them when we finish! We will be going to the client’s
location and spending the week completely revamping these classic cars back to
their original beauty. It is the answer to a prayer to get this kind of opportunity
and to work with a team of professionals who are as skilled and knowledgeable
as this team will be.” This team is in fact, much more than everyday detailers.
They are highly skilled craftsman, proficient in restoring precious museum
treasures, exotics, yachts, private airplanes, and private collections.
more information about Michael Pena, his Mobile Auto Detail, and more details
about this private project, contact him at 281-216-5833 or visit his website at
Houston Detailer Chosen for Elite Air Force One Detailing Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON DETAILER CHOSEN FOR ELITE AIR FORCE ONE
Michael Pena of Mobile Auto Detail to Restore
Historic Presidential Aircraft for Seattle’s Museum of Flight
HOUSTON, TX July 22, 2011
– Michael Pena of Mobile Auto Detail joins a handpicked team of thirty
detailers who will travel to Seattle the week of July 25 – August 1 to restore two
historic paragons in U.S. aviation history. The first presidential jet plane
(Air Force One) known as SAM (Special Air Missions) 970 was a flying Oval
Office for four U.S. Presidents including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and
Nixon. The Boeing 707-120 also entertained many international VIPs such as
Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger. The team will also refurbish a rare WWII
B29 Bomber known as T-Square 54, both of which are on exhibit in Seattle’s
Museum of Flight.
owner of Attention to Details, a master-level
detailing training facility located in Big Bear Lake, California, organized the
pro bono event, selecting the best thirty detailers out of over two hundred
fifty of his graduates worldwide. Doyle, who specializes in detailing high-end
automobiles and private/corporate jets, restored the deteriorating exterior of
Air Force One in 2003. “It made my career due to the level of workmanship I delivered,”
Doyle says. “I wanted to offer that opportunity to the many small business
owners we train, with hopes they receive the same level of success and
recognition for excellence I did. The detailing industry is often thought of as
very blue collar, but those chosen for this project are the best of the best in
terms of workmanship and professionalism.”
Certified by Attention to Detail training, Michael
Pena of Mobile Auto Detail is no stranger to high end detailing jobs having prepped
and maintained 117 Chryslers, Dodges, Fiats, Fords, Jeeps, Lincolns, Rams, Scions,
and Volkswagens at the Houston Auto Show. He has also managed upkeep for 52
Porches for a private event in Dallas; detailed over 50 Cadillacs for a private
event in Angleton; and recently contracted to detail 10 new Lexus’ including
the brand new 2012 Lexus LFA and 8 new models from the IS line. He regularly
details vehicles of all types as well as boats, motorcycles, and RVs.
for the Air Force One team is taking my business to an amazing new level,” Pena
says proudly. “I feel blessed to be a part of a worldwide team of professionals
of this caliber. It is the culmination of many things in the past twenty-five
years – every little job has come together with every big job to allow me the
opportunity to be a part of this event that will literally, polish history!”
For more information
about Michael Pena’s participation in the 2011 Air Force One project, contact
us at 281-216-5833 or visit our website at www.handwax.net.
WB39 CAME OUT TO VISIT ME WHILE I DETAILED THIS TRIO OF COOL CARS. I DETAILED A CLASSIC ROLLS ROYCE SILVER CLOUD, A HARLEY DAVIDSON, AND A BENTLEY SPEED. THE CARS LOOKED GREAT AND THE INTERVIEW WENT WELL!