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Hood Master


Thank you to this year’s challengers for signing up and GOOD LUCK!

Follow @LKQFinishMaster and #HoodMaster2024 on our social platforms to watch challengers’ progress and to stay updated on Hood Master activities.

What is Hood Master?

Hood Master is an automotive painting challenge for industry professionals within the automotive painting, refinishing, & collision repair industry. Challengers push the boundaries of their creativity and unparalleled talent by creating artwork on miniature car hoods (25″x29″), which are then judged in person by a panel of industry experts, hand selected by Hood Master sponsors. Through this challenge, we educate & build awareness of the artistry & skills needed by those in the collision repair industry.

Save The Date!

Join the LKQ FinishMaster Team and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Hood Master at downtown Nashville’s largest historic event space, The Bell Tower. An industry event you must experience with more winners, more prizes, a bigger fundraiser to support CREF, and more!

Thursday, August 29, 2024 at 5:00pm CT
The Bell Tower | 400 4th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37201


Help us raise $40,000! Hosted at the Hood Master event, this fundraiser supports the future of the collision repair industry and gives back to collision repair programs supported by CREF. Get involved today!


Join the Hood Master Community by committing to be a sponsor! Through your support, we can elevate the Hood Master experience and continue bringing attention to the skills needed within the collision repair industry.

2023 Hood Master Winners

Thank you to all the participants in the Hood Master Challenge! Click below to view all the finished mini hoods from the talented artists who participated in 2023.

Congratulations to Last Year’s Winners!

Preparing For The Future


Are you a passionate collision repair student whose ready to show you have what it takes to compete in PiN Master? Through the advocacy of the Collision Repair Education Foundation, PiN Master is a challenge for high school and college collision repair students tasked with repairing, designing, and painting retired bowling pins to win industry-related prizes. Prizes are awarded to 1st through 3rd place and Honorable Mention. Winners will receive prizes that help prepare for the start of their careers in the automotive industry and include items like tools and equipment donated by Hood Master Sponsors and supporters of CREF. Winners will be announced at the Hood Master event and through social media.

Supporting the Future of Collision Repair

Hosted at the Hood Master event, $30,000 was raised for CREF through the Silent Auction Fundraiser to support collision repair programs nationwide.

Pictured left to right: Tiffany Bulak, Melissa Marscin, Brandon Eckenrode, Megan Gummer, Caroline Hubbard, Casey Farrell


What is Hood Master? Through the support of our valued sponsors, this event brings the Hood Master and PiN Master challenges and the Fundraiser for CREF together in a unique art gallery experience. Anyone who has attended quickly realizes Hood Master is more than just a challenge or a fundraiser; it is truly a community of professionals whose passion for the industry becomes reignited and inspired to do more.

Hood Master Recaps

Hood Master 2020

2020 was the year that started it all! It was the year that tested, the year that inspired, and the year that pushed boundaries.

Hood Master 2021

Our team raised the bar for 2021 and made Hood Master bigger and better with more prizes, adding the 1st Annual PiN Master Student Challenge, and hosting the FinishMaster Fundraiser in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation. ⁠

Hood Master 2022

On Friday, October 7th, 2022, our team welcomed around 250 guests to the Hood Master Challenge. From beginning to end, the event was simply amazing. 

Hood Master 2023

On Friday, September 22nd, 2023, our team welcomed around 250 guests to the Hood Master Challenge. From beginning to end, the event was simply amazing.