A sparkling red 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II dubbed “Scarlet Lady,” owned by Chris and Lori Ryan, captured the prestigious Winfield Award at the 19th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals held July 20–22 at the New York State Fairgrounds. The Winfield Award, a much sought-after honor, is given to the car that best represents custom car excellence.

A highly accomplished hands-on custom car builder, Chris built and painted Scarlet Lady at his shop, Ryan’s Rod & Kustom in Ninety Six, South Carolina. Chris used several PPG Deltron® and Vibrance Collection® products including Crystallance® Glass Flake Collection Obsession 936717 Tri-coat, Radiance® II candy colors DMX212 Red (Yellow Shade), along with DMX214 Red Violet and Crystallance® VM4501 Silver to give the car its powerful, award-winning, red glass-flake finish.

Scarlet Lady is no stranger to awards, having caught the judges’ eyes at other major shows this year. In March, the car made the Great Eight field of finalists for the Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama, took a Builder’s Choice award at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus last month and won the KKOA 777 America’s Top Kustom award at Salina, Kansas, July 29.

The Winfield Award was established in 2010 by master car designer and builder Gene Winfield. A recipient of the National Hot Rod Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Winfield has more than 60 years of experience in custom hot rod fabrication, land speed and oval track racing. The Winfield Award is an exceptional honor in the custom car world. Entrants for the award are required to provide a list of enhancements made to their respective vehicles in the customizing process. In Scarlet Lady’s case, enhancements comprised a completely reshaped body, a Ford Coyote 5.0 engine and 6R80 transmission powertrain, tuck and rolled interior, and that gleaming PPG finish. In the judging process, Winfield first chooses a group of finalists, the “Select Six,” from an initial field of dozens of candidates. His ultimate award winner receives a custom trophy, jacket and $10,000 along with Winfield bragging rights. The remaining five finalists receive a trophy, jacket and $1,000 each.

The annual PPG Syracuse Nationals is regarded as the premier car show in the Northeast, drawing thousands of cars and trucks and an estimated 90,000 enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada to the festive, family-oriented event.


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