STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - December 4, 2018
PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that an array of dazzling cars and trucks wearing PPG colors took top honors at the recent 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Cars and trucks that used PPG’s automotive refinish products claimed eleven awards including the Battle of the Builders competition, Mothers Shine, Ford Design and Chevy Design prizes. The numerous wins solidified PPG’s position as a leader in the world of custom cars.

“We are very proud of these incredibly talented painters and builders,” said Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray, PPG director, customer communications & service, automotive refinish. “Every year, they astound us with what they can create with our PPG refinish products. They continue to raise the bar for the highest quality of craftsmanship and inspiration. Their efforts with our products continue to dazzle this SEMA crowd as they win award after award for their work. We at PPG congratulate them.”

Winning the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition is one of the most prestigious achievements in the industry. This year, “Tux,” a 1969 Chevy Camaro owned by Stuart Adams of Lake Havasu, Arizona, and built by the crew at Detroit Speed, Inc., Mooresville, North Carolina, received the honor. Detroit Speed painters Michael Neighbors and Austin Moore gave Tux a glowing black finish that took it to an elite level. They used several PPG Deltron® products including Concept® DCC9300 Acrylic Urethane-Black Single Stage and DCU2021 Urethane Clear on the body with DBC9700 Basecoat Black and Global Refinish System® D8115 Matte Clearcoat on the car’s tail. It made for an impressive finish worthy of the coveted award.

2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders winner “Tux,” 1969 Chevy Camaro

The Mothers Shine Award went to “Nickleback,” a 1967 Chevy Camaro SS owned by Chris and Greg Allen of Selbyville, Delaware. The Camaro was built by Eddie Denkenberger at his shop, Superior Auto Works, in Frederica, Delaware. Nickleback wears a glossy combination of custom colors: Sandstone Gold and Lava Rock with Harvest Gold pinstripes. Using PPG’s Envirobase® High Performance basecoat, Vibrance Collection® VC5700 Ditzler® Custom Clear, Denkenberger painted Nickleback himself. The tri-color combo caught the judges’ attention and the award.

2018 Mothers Shine Award winner “Nickleback,” 1967 Chevy Camaro SS


Several PPG enthusiasts received Ford Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Design Awards.

  • Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop in Louisville, Tennessee, netted its award for the 1958 Edsel that Bobby Alloway built for Kathy Lange of St. Louis, Missouri. The car was painted by Scotty Troutman. He gave the striking Edsel its custom pearlized burgundy and silver finish with Deltron® 2000 DBC Basecoat and DCU2002 High Solids Polyurethane Clear. The rich finish was a departure from Alloway’s signature black tones and demonstrated that Alloway can win awards with any color.

Ford Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Design Award winner, 1958 Edsel

  • Randy Borcherding and the team at Painthouse in Cypress, Texas, and Walton Customs of Round Mountain, Texas, earned special recognition for building and finishing a sleek 1960 Ford Starliner. Once Walton Customs completed the mechanical and electrical work, Borcherding did the bodywork and painted the Starliner a lustrous blue tone he created and named “Bluecherding Pearl.” To give the car its distinctive look, Borcherding used several PPG Deltron® products including a custom-mixed 2000 DBC Basecoat and Concept® DCU2021 Urethane Clear.

Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design Award winner, 1960 Ford Starliner.

  • Theresa Contreras and LGE-CTS Motorsports, San Dimas, California, won the Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design Award for her 2018 Ford Expedition SUV. Contreras painted the SUV using Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat and EC550 EN-V® Ultra Gloss Clearcoat. Added to the mix were custom colors she created — “Espresso” for the body and “Warm Gold” for the pinstripes down the sides and around the wheels. PPG master painter Paul Stoll contributed to the unique paint scheme.

Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design Award winner, 2018 Ford Expedition SUV.

  • SpeedKore Performance in Grafton, Wisconsin, won a number of awards for its exceptional work. A 2018 F-150 pickup and a 2018 Shelby Mustang GT350R were honored with Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design Awards while a 1970 Evolution Dodge Charger won a Goodguys Gold Award. The SpeedKore paint team used PPG products on all their award winners. The F-150, built in association with country music artist Brantley Gilbert, was given a two-tone charcoal finish using Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat and compatible Deltron® DC4000 Velocity Premium Clear. The Shelby Mustang and the Dodge Charger received a finish comprising Deltron® 2000 DBC Basecoat and Deltron® DC4000 Velocity Premium Clear over their natural black carbon fiber bodies.

From Left::  Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design Award winner, 2018 F-150 pickup,
Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design Award winner, 2018 Shelby Mustang GT350R,
Goodguys Gold Award winner, 1970 Evolution Dodge Charger


Chevy Design Awards in specific categories were also presented:

  • Chevy Car of the Year honors were taken by a stunning 1958 Corvette roadster built by Heartland Customs in Purcell, Oklahoma. The car was part of Heartland’s unique “SPECVETTE” program that rebuilds, restores and fully modernizes Corvettes to an owner’s requirements. The Heartland paint and body team gave this ’Vette a black finish with Inca Silver coves. To achieve the car’s eye-catching look, the crew applied coats of Deltron® 2000 DBC Basecoat and Concept® DCU2021 Urethane Clear along with a rich Black Diamond coat (code 929795).

Chevy Car of the Year Award winner, 1958 Corvette roadster.

  • Chevy presented its Designer’s Choice Award to Cam Miller and his shop, HS Customs, in Logan, Utah, for their work on a 1981 Chevy K2500 owned by Cody Veibell of Brigham City. Miller and painters Cort Sessions and Blade Manning teamed up to give the truck — named “Squared” — its white, gray and bronze/copper tri-tone finish. They earned their award using Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat and Vibrance Collection® VC5700 Ditzler® Custom Clear.

Chevy Designer’s Choice Award winner, 1981 Chevy K2500.

  • Mark Giambalvo’s shop — Creative Rod & Kustom in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania — won the Chevy Parts and Accessories honors and a Goodguys Gold Award with a show-stopping 1968 Chevy C10 pickup. The truck, owned by Joseph White from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, was painted by Creative Rod & Kustom employee Jason Dunkelberger. He used Deltron® products — 2000 DBC Basecoat and Concept® DCU2021 Urethane Clear — and Global Refinish System® D8115 Matte Clearcoat along with Toyota Cavalry Blue, paint code 8W2, to give the C10 its unique look.

Chevy Parts and Accessories Award and Goodguys Gold Award winner, 1968 Chevy C10 pickup.


More than 160,000 industry professionals from the U.S. and abroad attended the annual event. It was an opportunity to learn about trends and advances in the refinish industry and see displays of custom-built vehicles exhibiting the latest hot colors and finishes.

Fans of the Ford Bronco will have reason to celebrate in 2020, when the sixth generation of the iconic nameplate will launch following a 24-year hiatus. But for those who want the real thing— an old-school Bronco equipped with modern-day components—there’s Velocity Restorations. Located in Pensacola, Fla., Velocity Restorations is a high-end, classic car restoration center that specializes in classic Ford Broncos manufactured between 1966 and 1977.

While the company’s name emphasizes “restoration,” it’s finished products go well beyond the standard definition of the word. “Our goal is to make these vehicles better than the day they rolled off the assembly line back in the ’60s and ’70s,” explains Brandon Segers, co-owner of Velocity Restorations. What customers typically get is a customdesigned, completely rebuilt vintage Bronco.

All of these top-end components are assembled within a 22,000-squarefoot facility, which is a far cry from the company’s humble beginnings. “In 2006, I bought my first 1976 Ford Bronco and tore it down in my garage,” says co-owner Stuart Wilson. Fueled by a desire to make each restoration their greatest achievement, the process begins by sitting down with the customer. “There’s no template to follow here,” explains Wilson. “We pride ourselves on giving our customers exactly what they want. All they need is a vision and we can build it.”

You can read more about Velocity Restorations and their process for creating masterpieces by checking out the most recent copy of the Repaint Reporter.

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