‘Checkered Past’

May 30, 2013

“Checkered Past,” a 1940 Ford coupe featuring a dazzling red PPG paint finish by Charley Hutton, received the 2013 Ridler Award at the 61st Detroit Autorama in March.

The Ridler Award is presented to the most outstanding custom car or truck making a debut appearance at the annual Detroit Autorama. It was the third time in six years that a PPG-finished entry was awarded the tribute, according to a PPG press release.

Owned by Ron and Deb Cizek of Bennington, Neb., “Checkered Past” was built by Andy Leach and his crew at the newly opened Cal Automotive Creations in Omaha, Neb. It was the first car the shop created, according to the release, and total construction took two years.

Hutton’s body and paint work took four months.

“Being part of the team that won the Ridler was truly exciting,” Hutton said. “I love taking a car owner’s dream and turning it into a reality. It’s my passion. Seeing the look of surprise and excitement on Ron and Deb’s faces means a lot to me. I’m happy we could win this for them.”

Hutton’s choice of the gleaming red paint brings out the best in the radically styled car’s body work that features re-contoured front and rear fenders and wheel openings; a shortened hood running into the redesigned classic ’40s grille; and hand-shaped running boards.

The custom-built wheels and tailored two-tone interior enhance the overall look. The engine features a flathead V-8 with electronic fuel injection, supercharger and six-speed transmission.

The car’s custom color, dubbed “Checkered Red,” was created and mixed by Hutton, along with the Madysen Gold body accents and Tonic Brown used on the chassis. To achieve the exact colors and look he wanted, Hutton used PPG waterborne Envirobase High Performance products. He also used D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat for the body and D8113 Matte Clearcoat for the wheels to give the Ford its lustrous finish, the release noted.

“What would normally be a three-stage process with solvent coatings only took two stages with Envirobase High Performance,” Hutton said. “The look of PPG’s Envirobase High Performance waterborne color makes it seem as if the color is just oozing off the car with a wet and rich look like no other. It is amazing what this technology can do, and with a difficult red color, no less.”

The winner of the Ridler Award receives a cash reward along with a trophy and special embroidered jacket.