A 1939 Oldsmobile Series 60 convertible, dubbed “Olds Cool” and painted by Charley Hutton using PPG products, captured the inaugural Hot August Nights Cup on Aug. 6 in Reno, Nevada.
The cup, equivalent to a best-in-show award, is the ultimate prize in the Hot August Nights event, which includes a mix of music, entertainment and a classic car show with more than 6,000 vehicles on display. The event started Aug. 2 and concluded Aug. 7.
Olds Cool is owned by Billy and Debbie Thomas of Robstown, Texas. It was built by Harold Chapman and his crew at Customs & Hot Rods of Andice in Georgetown, Texas. Charley Hutton then gave the car its winning finish.
Hutton, well-respected in the custom car world, uses PPG products exclusively at his shop, Charley Hutton’s Color Studio, in Nampa, Idaho, according to PPG. For Olds Cool, Hutton created Kona Brown using PPG 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 give the car its unique finish.
The car already has a winning resume. Earlier this year, Olds Cool won the 2016 Ridler Award-Hutton’s fourth-and was named the PPG-Goodguys Nationals Street Rod of the Year.
The Hot August Nights Cup competition included 50 cars from across the country. Each entry endured the scrutiny of three demanding judges: Steve Mank, co-host of Spike TV’s MuscleCar; Reggie Tibbets, co-owner of the SuperNationals car show in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Eddie Potestio, owner of Eddie’s Rods & Customs, Pueblo, Colorado.
More than $100,000 in cash and prizes was at stake for the top ten cars.
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