Regarded as one of the country’s biggest and most popular automotive events, the 21st annual Goodguys PPG Nationals drew tens of thousands of custom car fans to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus the weekend of July 6–8. With the Expo grounds packed bumper-to-bumper with more than 6,000 hot rods, street rods, classics and custom creations, several PPG-painted cars stood out to capture a number of major honors including the PPG Dream Car, Street Machine of the Year and Builder’s Choice awards.

The prestigious PPG Dream Car awards are presented to the two cars or trucks that best demonstrate the outstanding use of color, design, gloss and execution in a paint job. Competition for this sought-after honor is always stiff, as custom car painters and builders — professionals and hobbyists alike — go all out in pursuit of this impressive tribute. This year the awards were claimed by a 1960 Ford Starliner owned by Beverly and Terry Bryant of Midland, Texas, and a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Derek and Eileen Eisenbeisz of Bowdle, South Dakota.

PPG Dream Car Starliner
PPG Dream Car award-winning 1960 Ford Starliner

Randy Borcherding and the team at Painthouse in Cypress, Texas, and Walton Customs of Round Mountain, Texas, get the credit for building and finishing the Ford Starliner Dream Car. Once Walton Customs completed the mechanical and electrical work, Borcherding did the bodywork and painted the Starliner a lustrous custom blue tone he dubbed “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. The result? Top recognition for a job exceptionally well done.

The Corvette Dream Car winner was built and painted by the talented staff at Paul Atkins Hot Rods and Interiors in Hanceville, Alabama. The craftsmen used PPG products including Global Refinish System® Basecoat 4154 and D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat to give the ‘Vette its bright Victory Red finish.

PPG Dream Car Corvette
PPG Dream Car award-winning Corvette

Designating a car as the Street Machine of the Year is always a big deal, and this year the honor went to “Tux,” a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro owned by Stuart Adams of Lake Havasu, Arizona, and built by the crew at Detroit Speed, Inc., Mooresville, North Carolina. Painters Michael Neighbors and Austin Moore gave this beauty a radiant black finish that lent it a dressed-up look (hence the name Tux, as in tuxedo) and 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. All in all, an impressive, buttoned-up and winning style.

2018 Street Machine of the Year
2018 Street Machine of the Year award-winning "TUX" 1969 Camaro

Detroit Speed’s Kyle Tucker was the recipient of the Rod & Custom Association’s 2017 Trend Setter award. This gave him the honor of selecting this year’s Detroit Speed Builder’s Choice Top 10 award winners — nine went to PPG:

  • “Scarlet Lady,” a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II owned by Chris and Lori Ryan, featuring a stunning red glass-flake finish. Chris painted Scarlet Lady at his shop, Ryan’s Rod & Kustom in Ninety Six, South Carolina. He used 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 Continental its distinctive finish.
  • A 1950 Dodge Wayfarer owned by Tony Chambers and built by Classic Restorations of Southern Indiana in Floyds Knob. Shop owner Dustin Foust recreated the car’s original factory color — LaPlata Blue — with Deltron® Concept® DCC Acrylic Urethane Single Stage and DCU2021 Urethane Clear. The car has been in the family for four generations.
  • Steve Wagner’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro built and painted by Justin Brunner and his group at Bent Metal Customs in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. The Camaro, named “Legacy,” features a bright candy Orange Zest Tri-coat (code 937110) finish from the PPG Vibrance Collection® Street Sweets® color collection along with Deltron® Concept® DCU2021 Urethane Clear.
  • Danielle Lutz’s 1934 Ford pickup built by customizer Jason Graham and his crew at Graham’s Hot Rods in Portland, Tennessee. Graham created an original color called Washington Blue for the pickup. He painted the truck himself using PPG’s Deltron® Concept® DCC Acrylic Urethane Single Stage to get the exact hue and shine that would set the truck apart from the pack.
  • Mark Cain’s 1932 Ford 3-window coupe. Cain built the car at his shop, Shelby’s Speed & Kustom in Lexington, Kentucky, and brought in Jason Graham to paint it. Graham used popular Deltron® products, 2000 DBC Basecoat and Concept® DCU2021 Urethane Clear, to give the car its award-worthy green Verde Vintage (code 924144) finish.
  • A 1933 Ford 5-window coupe built by Larry Brunkala and Dan Tesar, co-owners of Precision Hot Rods in Macedonia, Ohio, for Rick, Diane and Natalie Bolea. Painter Mark Mindzora gave the “Bolea Coupe” its Red Mahogany finish using several Deltron® products including 2000 DBC Basecoat, DAS3027 Dark Gray and Concept® DCU2021 Urethane Clear.
  • Ron Palermo’s 1965 Chevy C-10 pickup built by Travis Zeigler of Zeigler Fab, Butler, Pennsylvania. Palermo’s immaculate truck was finished in a 1958 Chevrolet factory turquoise by a team of painters using a variety of PPG products including a PPG solvent basecoat and Deltron® DC4000 Clear. The truck features the Ditzler® brand name on its doors.
  • A 1950 Ford coupe owned by Seth Wagner. The car’s original paint and body work was performed by Randy Hallman Specialty Cars in Iron Mountain, Michigan. At Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, Alabama, painter/bodyman Greg Chalcraft performed touch-ups on the car’s finish. The painters applied Deltron® 2000 DBC Basecoat, a custom Crimson Red/Maroon (code DBC3175) and topped it with Global Refinish System® D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat for a dazzling finish.
  • Nick Griot’s 1963 Lincoln Continental. Built and painted by Jared Hancock and crew at J. Rod & Custom for Griot’s Garage in Tacoma, Washington. The team gave the pristine Continental its glossy look using PPG Deltron® DCC9300 Acrylic Urethane-Black Single Stage to ensure the car stood out in the crowd.

Beyond the cars, the PPG show truck display was a hub of activity throughout the weekend. Jamie Redd, PPG training center manager, held a well-attended Q&A session about PPG products and processes. Jeremy Seanor, PPG technical refinish instructor, demonstrated pinstriping techniques. And elite painters Bobby Alloway and Chris Ryan were on hand to talk about their work. Kids were treated to a coloring book contest. All in all, there was something for everyone.

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