PPG-painted cars and trucks took colour to new heights at the 2016 SEMA Show, claiming an array of awards and recognition.
SEMA’s top prize, the 2016 Battle of the Builders award, went to Cam Miller and his shop HS Customs in Logan, Utah, for a 1969 Camaro dubbed “Under Pressure” and owned by Alex Short of Bluffdale, Utah. Cort Sessions gave the car its gleaming finish using DELTRON 2000 DBC Basecoat, GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM D8188 Glamour LV Clearcoat and custom mixes along with other Deltron, VIBRANCE COLLECTION and ENVIROBASE High Performance products by PPG. “Winning the Battle of the Builders is obviously a huge honour,” Miller said. “I am humbled, relieved and excited that all our hard work has paid off. And I’m grateful for all the wonderful technical support and guidance we received from PPG.”
The Mothers Shine Award went to “Olds Cool”, a 1939 Oldsmobile owned by Billy and Debbie Thomas of Corpus Christi, Texas. Olds Cool was built by Harold Chapman and the team at Customs & Hot Rods of Andice in Georgetown, Texas. Elite painter Charley Hutton gave the car its Kona Brown finish—a custom colour of his own making. Hutton used Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat and Global Refinish System D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat and a special custom mix of tints and toners to give Olds Cool its unique coat. Olds Cool took the 2016 Ridler Award and was named the PPG-Goodguys Nationals Street Rod of the Year.
Jeremy and Phil Gerber and the crew at the Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Ill., scooped up key awards. The shop’s skilled customizers and painters turned a 1967 Chevelle, owned by Tom Demrovsky of Wadsworth, Ohio, into a standout winner that took the GM Design Award for Classic Car of the Year and finished in the top 10 in the Battle of the Builders. It also won the Goodguys Muscle Machine of the Year a few months back. Fittingly named “Onyx,” the Chevelle features a classic black paint job—achieved with Deltron DBC DMD1683 Basecoat Black toner, Global Refinish System D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat and other PPG refinish products. The shop also presented a 1969 Camaro, Inferno, owned by John and Nicki Wilkus that won the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Gold Award and was a top-10 finalist for the Mothers Shine Award. Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat, Global Refinish System D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) formulas McLaren Volcano Yellow (code 937178) and Ferrari Argento Nurburgring Metallic (code 36520), and Deltron DBC DMD1683 Basecoat Black toner by PPG gave the car its distinctive finish. The Roadster Shop also earned the Hot Rod Industry Alliance Business of the Year award.
Randy Borcherding and his crew at Painthouse, just outside Houston, took Rob Roberts’ 1971 Camaro “Enigma” and helped it win the GM Design Award for Best Crate Engine Build. The car, built by GAP Racing in Houston, was entrusted to Painthouse for bodywork and a signature paint job. Borcherding’s team created an intense custom colour named Superduper Blue. Using Deltron 2000 DBC Basecoat, Vibrance Collection VP2050 and VP2100 Primers and CONCEPT DCU2021 Urethane Clear, the Painthouse crew produced an award-winning finish.
Mark Giambalvo of Creative Rod & Kustom, Womelsdorf, Pa., exhibited a 1968 Chevy Truck he built for Jason Owens, Limerick, Pa. With its dark mocha metallic finish, the pickup looked like a sure winner. The judges agreed and presented the Chevy with the coveted GM Design Award for Best Truck. Giambalvo’s painter, Jason Dunkelberger, gave the truck its rich and smooth finish with Deltron 2000 DBC Basecoat, Concept DCU2021 Urethane Clear and Global Refinish System D8115 Matte Clearcoat.
Dave and Dom Tucci of Tucci Hot Rods and Dom Tucci Design, Marcy, New York, displayed their 2016 Fiesta ST and won the Ford Outstanding Achievement in Design and Mothers Choice Excellence in Automotive Design awards. The Fiesta also earned an Optima Batteries Golden Ticket to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational event held the weekend after the SEMA Show. Painter John Ramsey from John’s Auto Restoration, Rome, New York, used Deltron 2000 DBC Basecoat, Ford OEM code 8321 Pure White Basecoat and a combination of Global Refinish System D8115 Matte and D8117 Semi-Gloss Clearcoats to give the Fiesta its distinctive finish.