PPG Dream Cars Wow Crowds at Goodguys PPG Nationals

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – August 27, 2014 Two exceptional Chevrolets were honored with the PPG Dream Car awards at the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, July 11-13. The two winners, a 1969 Chevy Camaro owned by Angelo Vespi of St. Augustine, Florida, and a 1951 Chevy woody wagon owned by Terry Henley of Birmingham, Alabama, dazzled the crowds and drew raves for their colorful style and finishes.

The PPG Dream Car awards are given to the two vehicles (cars or trucks) that best display the outstanding use of color, design, gloss and execution in a paint job. The award is among the most desirable and respected prizes in the custom car world and reflects a builder’s dedication to finish excellence. This year the three-day event drew over 100,000 auto enthusiasts and more than 6,200 custom cars and trucks making for stiff competition for the prestigious honor.

1969 Chevy Camaro

1969 Chevy Camaro

Angelo Vespi’s winning Chevy Camaro RS was a five-year project. Vespi had dreamed of owning a ’69 Camaro since he was 12 years old. Once he acquired the car, he turned his dream into a dream car with the help of Detroit Speed, Inc., of Mooresville, North Carolina. The car, designed for autocross competition, is equipped with a 427-cubic inch fuel-injected, supercharged V-8 engine, 5-speed transmission, and Detroit Speed-built rack-and-pinion steering and QUADRALink™ rear suspension. Detroit Speed also gave the car its gleaming white finish with red and black accents with Michael Neighbors and Ted Dobkowski using PPG’s DELTRON® DBC 2000 Basecoat and GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM® D8115 Matte and D8117 Semi-Gloss clearcoats. Colors used were PPG Glacier White (code 932097), New Formula Red (code 5638) and Universal Black (code 9700).

1951 Chevy Woody Wagon

1951 Chevy Woody Wagon

The lush red and wood grain ’51 Chevy woody wagon owned by Terry Henley also took about five years to complete. Henley is the Chevy’s third owner. The car had been sitting idle for years. He bought it sight unseen, had it shipped from California and turned it over to Big Oak Garage, a well-known hot rod shop, in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, for work. The crew at Big Oak gave the wagon a thorough restoration and customization from the ground up using original and new parts, including the shop’s proprietary components. The car sports a 350-cubic inch V-8, stainless steel manifolds, custom engine cover, modified frame and more. Big Oak is also responsible for the car’s rich finish. Painters Tommy Brock and Gavin Graham applied several Deltron products including DP 90 Primer, DPS Global Primer and DBC 2000 Basecoat along with Global Refinish System D8152 Glamour Clear to create the rich PPG Toreador Red (code 5096) finish.

PPG is the official paint supplier to the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, one of the world’s largest rod and custom associations with more than 70,000 active members around the world. Goodguys promotes and produces some of the world’s most dynamic and well-attended automotive events annually across the country including the national show in Columbus, Ohio. PPG exhibits at all national and many regional Goodguys events displaying the hot colors, unique pigments, special-effect finishes and custom colors showcased in the VIBRANCE COLLECTION®, Deltron and other PPG brands.

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