STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, August 23, 2018
A striking PPG-painted 1933 Ford Roadster named “Renaissance Roadster” took home the top award at the recent Hot August Nights classic car competition in Reno, Nevada. The Hot August Nights Cup, equal to a best-in-show award, is the ultimate prize in the annual festival — a dynamic mix of car show, music and entertainment — that was held August 7–12 in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The award was announced August 11 in downtown Reno. In addition to the top prize, PPG cars took second and third place in the competition.


Hot August Nights Cup Winner: 1933 Ford Roadster
 

Renaissance Roadster is owned by Buddy Jordan of San Antonio, Texas, and was built by Steve Frisbie and his team at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon. The original design for the roadster came from a sketch by designer Chris Ito with additional inspiration from Frisbie and designer David Brost. The Frisbie team used aluminum and steel shaped from flat metal stock to bring the roadster to life and prepare it for a stunning candy-apple red and black paint job. Jay Spencer sprayed PPG products to give the Ford its dazzling finish. These included Deltron® 2000 DBC9700 Basecoat Black, DCU2021 Concept® Urethane Clear, DMD1696 Coarse Silver Dollar Aluminum, Vibrance Collection® Radiance® II DMX214 Red Violet and DMX213 Red (Blue Shade) and Crystallance® VM4501 Silver. Renaissance Roadster is well acquainted with top honors: It was the Ridler Award winner at the 2017 Detroit Autorama.


Second-place Winner: 1967 Chevy Camaro SS
 

Second place was claimed by “Nickleback,” a 1967 Chevy Camaro SS owned by Chris and Greg Allen of Selbyville, Delaware. The car was built by Eddie Denkenberger at his shop, Superior Auto Works, in Frederica, Delaware, where he offers comprehensive bumper-to-bumper customizing services. Nickleback sports a gleaming combination of custom colors: Sandstone Gold and Lava Rock with Harvest Gold pinstripes. Denkenberger did his own work spraying PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance basecoat and Vibrance Collection® VC5700 Ditzler® Custom Clear. The tri-color combination caught the judges’ attention.


Third-place Winner: 1957 Ford Custom 300 Two-door Sedan
 

A 1957 Ford Custom 300 two-door sedan — built by Craig Wick at Wicked Fabrication and painted by Jon Byers of Byers Custom & Restoration, both in Auburn, Washington — netted third place. The Ford, owned by Gary McKay of Tacoma, featured a deep, rich green finish that Byers achieved using Deltron® DP90LF Non Sanding Epoxy Primer Black, K36 Acrylic Urethane Primer Surfacer, PPG code 4235 Polo Green Metallic and DCU2002 Concept® High Solids Polyurethane Clear. It all worked to give the Ford a sophisticated and winning look.

Hot August Nights is a premier classic car event, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy entertainers from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s and see an array of classic and custom cars and trucks. The Hot August Nights Cup competition is intense: Only 20 elite cars from across the country were accepted for the 2018 contest and a chance to win more than $82,000 in cash and prizes. Each entry underwent the scrutiny of three tough judges: Steve Mank, whose custom automobiles have appeared in several movies including Knight Rider and The A-Team; Reggie Tibbetts, judge and manager of numerous automotive events; and Search and Restore on-camera personality Eddie Potestio. The judges narrowed the field to the top five contestants. It was this final group from which the PPG cars were selected.


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