A 1967 Chevelle and a 1961 Ford F-100 pickup—both painted with PPG products—earned top honors from the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association last week. The Chevelle, built by Jeremy and Phil Gerber and the crew at The Roadster Shop for owner Tom Demrovsky of Wadsworth, Ohio, received the 2016 Muscle Machine of the Year award. The Ford, owned by Todd Williams of Phoenix, Ariz., and customized and painted by Jason Graham, was named the winner of the 2016 Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late. The “Late” category covers the 1953–1972 model years. Both selections were made by a panel of judges chosen by the Goodguys.

According to John Drummond, editor of the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette, the Chevelle and the Ford were selected as the overall winners of their respective groups, seven finalists each, from regional Goodguys events. “As always, these were tough competitors,” said Drummond. “Each car and truck that qualifies is a showstopper and picking just one for each award is difficult, but these two were genuinely outstanding and deserving of recognition.”

Demrovsky’s ’67 Chevelle was built at the Roadster Shop headquarters in Mundelein, Ill. The skilled customizers and painters at the shop turned the car into a work of automotive muscle and art pumping up its power—850 horsepower—and giving it a street-smart look. Appropriately named “Onyx,” the Chevelle sports a classic lustrous black finish. The impeccable paint job was achieved with several PPG products including DELTRON® 2000 DBC DMD1683 Basecoat Black and GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat.

Williams acquired his truck from its original owner and turned it over to Graham to apply his talents. Working out of his shop, Jason Graham Hot Rods & Cool Customs, in Portland, Tenn., Graham transformed the pickup into a stunning standout. After a considerable amount of body work, mechanical enhancements and performance upgrades, the truck was given a PPG finish. Graham created a deep, rich color he dubbed “mahogany pearl” using products from PPG’s VIBRANCE COLLECTION® brand—VP2050 DTM High Build Primer and VP2100 Polyester Primer—and the Deltron 2000 DBC Basecoat and CONCEPT® DCU2021 Urethane Clear.

With their awards, the Ford and the Chevelle have earned spots in the Goodguys Top 12 exhibit set for the Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Nov. 18–20, at Westworld of Scottsdale.

Goodguys is one of the world’s largest rod and custom associations, with more than 70,000 active members. The organization produces dynamic and well-attended automotive events across the country. PPG is the official paint supplier to the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. PPG exhibits at all national and many regional Goodguys events displaying the latest automotive refinish products, hottest colors and custom tones, unique pigments and special-effect finishes available in the Vibrance Collection, Deltron and other PPG brands.

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