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PPG-Painted Cars Big Winners at Hot August Nights

A striking PPG-painted 1933 Ford named Renaissance Roadster took home the top award at the recent Hot August Nights classic car competition in Reno, Nevada.

The Hot August Nights Cup—equal to a best-in-show award—is the ultimate prize at the annual car festival, according to a press release. A dynamic mix of car show, music and entertainment, Hot August Nights was held Aug. 7-12 in Reno and Sparks, Nevada.

And PPG didn’t stop at the top prize. The second- and third-place finishers in the competition also sported the company’s paint.

First Place—Renaissance Roadster

Renaissance Roadster is owned by Buddy Jordan of San Antonio and was built by Steve Frisbie and his team at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon. The original design for the roadster came from a sketch by designer Chris Ito with additional inspiration from Frisbie and designer David Brost, according to the release.

The Frisbie team used aluminum and steel shaped from flat metal stock to bring the roadster to life and prepare it for a stunning candy-apple red and black paint job. Jay Spencer sprayed PPG products to give the Ford its dazzling finish. These included: DELTRON 2000 DBC9700 Basecoat Black, DCU2021 CONCEPT Urethane Clear, DMD1696 Coarse Silver Dollar Aluminum, VIBRANCE COLLECTION RADIANCE II DMX214 Red Violet and DMX213 Red (Blue Shade) and CRYSTALLANCE VM4501 Silver.

Renaissance Roadster is well-acquainted with top honors, as it was the Ridler Award winner at the 2017 Detroit Autorama.

Second Place—Nickleback

Nickleback is a 1967 Chevy Camaro SS owned by Chris and Greg Allen of Selbyville, Delaware. It was built by Eddie Denkenberger at his shop, Superior Auto Works, in Frederica, Delaware, where he offers comprehensive bumper-to-bumper customizing services.

Nickleback sports a gleaming combination of custom colors: Sandstone Gold and Lava Rock with Harvest Gold pinstripes. Denkenberger did his own work spraying PPG’s ENVIROBASE High Performance basecoat and Vibrance Collection VC5700 DITZLER Custom Clear.

The tri-color combination caught the judges’ attention.

Third Place—1957 Ford Custom 300

A 1957 Ford Custom 300 two-door sedan built by Craig Wick at Wicked Fabrication and painted by Jon Byers of Byers Custom & Restoration, both in Auburn, Washington, netted third place.

The Ford, owned by Gary McKay of Tacoma, Washington featured a deep, rich green finish that Byers achieved using Deltron DP90LF Non Sanding Epoxy Primer Black, K36 Acrylic Urethane Primer Surfacer, PPG code 4235 Polo Green Metallic and DCU2002 Concept High Solids Polyurethane Clear.

It all worked to give the Ford a sophisticated and winning look.

Hot August Nights is a premier classic car event, annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants to northern Nevada to revel in nostalgia, enjoy entertainers from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and see an array of classic and custom cars and trucks.

Only 20 elite cars from across the country were accepted for the Hot August Nights Cup competition and a chance to win more than $82,000 in cash and prizes. Each entry underwent the scrutiny of three tough judges: Steve Mank, whose custom automobiles have appeared in several movies and TV shows including Knight Rider and The A-Team; Reggie Tibbetts, judge and manager of numerous automotive events; and Search and Restore on-camera personality Eddie Potestio.