The annual PPG Dream Car award winners were named and a PPG-painted car took Street Rod of the Year honors. In addition, PPG’s DITZLER® DSC5250 Satin Clear Kit won the inaugural Best New Product award in the Paint & Car Care Products category.
The PPG Dream Car awards are given to the two cars or trucks that best exemplify the outstanding use of color, design, gloss and execution in a paint job. According to PPG, the accolade is highly prized, and custom car painters and builders work hard to stand out from the crowd. This year, two exceptional cars earned that distinction: a 1929 Ford Model A owned by Dale Spangenberg III of Willoughby, Ohio, and a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible owned by Ed Pienta of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Spangenberg turned his Model A into a classic street rod: chopped, channeled and powered by a potent Pontiac 389 engine. He did most of the work himself, along with Bill Evans and John Labbato through Spangenberg’s company, E & J Precision Fabrication. The car features an exotic multi-toned blue finish. The look was achieved using several PPG DELTRON® products including K38 High Build Primer Surfacer, DBC 2000 Basecoat, DMD1696 Coarse Silver Dollar Aluminum and DMD650 Sparkle Aluminum Toners, and DCU2021 Urethane Clear along with several VIBRANCE COLLECTION® custom blue candy tints. S & M Auto Body painted the car, and Jerome Borris did the complex art work and graphics.
Dream Car winner: 1971 Oldsmobile 442
Pienta also did most of the work on his Olds 442 in his garage workshop. He gave the coupe a complete frame-off restoration to 1971 specs. The car features a rare and powerful W-30 engine/drivetrain option, making it a genuine example of a ’70s-era muscle car. To ensure the car’s authenticity, Pienta made sure to match the car’s original color—Matador Red. He painted the 442 himself in a homemade spray booth using PPG’s Deltron brand DPLF Epoxy Primer, DPS 3055 V-PRIME® Acrylic Urethane Primer Surfacer, DAS 3025 V-SEAL® Acrylic Urethane Sealer, red DCC Concept Single-Stage and DCU 2021 Urethane Clear.
The Street Rod of the Year award went to a 1939 Oldsmobile, “Olds Cool,” painted by Charley Hutton and owned by Billy and Debbie Thomas of Corpus Christie, Texas. The Street Rod competition is open to all cars through the 1949 model year. Hutton gave Olds Cool a standout finish. To give the car the exact appearance he wanted, Hutton used an array of PPG products including Vibrance Collection VP2050 High Build Primer, ENVIROBASE® High Performance waterborne basecoat and ECS Sealer, GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM™ D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat and a special custom mix of tints and toners to achieve the unique “Kona Brown” finish.
Street Rod of the Year: 1939 Oldsmobile
Winning the Best New Product award with the Vibrance Collection DSC5250 Satin Clear Kit was also a notable achievement for the Automotive Refinish business unit. The kit features a quart of VC5250 Ditzler Satin Clear and a half pint of VH7250 Ditzler Satin Clear Hardener. Using advanced PPG technology, the low-gloss custom clear delivers a smooth and uniform satin finish with superior mar resistance. It can be used on accent stripes, hoods or the entire vehicle and gives custom car builders more choices and possibilities in their designs and paint schemes. In addition, DSC5250 Satin Clear is fully compatible with PPG’s Vibrance Collection brand paint system and is compliant in all North American regions.
Goodguys is one of the world’s largest rod and custom associations, with more than 70,000 active members. The three-day PPG-Goodguys event displayed more than 6,000 custom cars and trucks and attracted more than 75,000 auto enthusiasts. The organization produces automotive events across the country, including the national show in Columbus, Ohio. PPG is the official paint supplier to the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.
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