Covington inducted into Motorcycle Hall of Fame; Close wins Grand Champion award in Reno

PPG devotees Jerry Covington and Dermie Close were recently honored for their respective outstanding achievements in the world of custom motorcycles and cars. Covington is a longtime fixture in the world of motorcycles with a career spanning 40 years and is recognized as one of the most talented and innovative custom bike builders in the industry. He was inducted August 10 into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Sturgis, S. Dak., in appreciation of his dedication to promoting and advancing the sport and culture of motorcycling. His shop, Covington’s Customs, is located in Woodward, Okla., where Covington and painter Bruce Mullins use PPG’s DELTRON®, GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM and VIBRANCE COLLECTION® products to turn out motorcycles and cars with exceptional award-winning finishes. During the recent Hall of Fame induction weekend, one of Covington’s bikes won seven major awards in several prestigious competitions including Best Use of Paint (Perewitz Custom Show) and Best in Show (Baddest Bagger Show).

Dermie Close’s PPG-painted 1948 Chevrolet Pickup took the Grand Champion award—first place—in the Summit Racing Show-n-Shine competition August 6 in Reno, Nev. The contest, part of the annual Hot August Nights six-day event, was Close’s first competitive victory. The immaculate pickup named “Dream Truck” was a 20-year project Close personally worked on in his spare time at his home garage in Henderson, Nev. He did all the body and mechanical work himself; when it was time to finish the truck, Close was assisted by painter Joseph Torres. Close and Torres used a number of PPG’s Global Refinish System products to give the truck its glossy Desert Sage paint job. Products used included BC Basecoat (code 911396), D8001 2K® A-Chromatic Primer Surfacer, D897 Hardener and D894 Clearcoat.


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