The Ridler Award is presented to the most outstanding custom car or truck making its debut appearance at the Autorama, an event—now in its 64th year—held every winter in the “Motor City.” It was Hutton’s fourth Ridler honor. Previous wins came in 2005, 2007 and 2013. It was also the fourth time in nine years that an entry painted with PPG Automotive Refinish products took the prize.
Nicknamed “Olds Cool,” the custom build is owned by Bill and Debbie Thomas of Georgetown, Texas. The car was constructed over four years by Harold Chapman and his team at Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, also of Georgetown.
Hutton painted Olds Cool at his shop, Charley Hutton’s Color Studio, in Nampa, Idaho. Hutton is well-known for his ability to select and mix colors to match a car’s style and character, giving it a distinctive look.
In this case, the car’s custom color, Kona Brown, was personally created by Hutton. He used PPG Envirobase High Performance waterborne products and the GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM™ brand D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat to give Olds Cool its finish.
“The Olds is beautiful, and the key to our success has been working with PPG’s Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat,” said Hutton. “Using Envirobase High Performance products made it possible to create the exact finish we wanted. When mixing a custom color, Envirobase High Performance paint always exceeds my expectations; the colors that we’re able to achieve are so clean and brilliant.”