The National Auto Body Council has announced the winner of its Best in Show Award for its inaugural NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ. The Best in Show category was judged by AkzoNobel ambassador and president of Kindig-It Design, Dave Kindig.
After reviewing the category winners and all of the entries, Kindig bestowed the top honor on Hector Briones of Forley, Texas, for his restored 2005 Chevy Avalanche, which was entered in the truck category. Briones is an employee at Berkshire Hathaway Automotive.
“This car was dropped on 28-inch wheels, custom paint, huge stereo system and awesome air ride, so it immediately caught my attention,” said Kindig. “And his wife crashed it initially, which gave him the opening to create this amazing restoration. There were lots of great entries in the show, so selecting just one was hard. But his work on the truck and his story made it the winner. I wish his wife would crash some of my cars so I had an excuse to restore them.”
This inaugural virtual car show featured cars, trucks and motorcycles from NABC members, virtual car clubs, featured car corral, automotive stars and celebrity judges. Proceeds support the National Auto Body Council mission of Changing and Saving Lives through initiatives like the NABC Recycled Rides program, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.) program and NABC Distracted Driving Initiative.
“Congratulations to our Best of Show winner Hector Briones and his amazing truck. This project is really inspiring and shows what you can do to turn something negative, like a wreck, into a positive,” said Clint Marlow, chairman of the board of the National Auto Body Council. “And congratulations to all of our category winners for their incredible entries, and a sincere ‘thank you’ to everyone who entered our inaugural show. The entries really showed how passionate, creative and committed we are to share our love of the automotive industry.”
“We were very fortunate to have some of the country’s top automotive experts and celebrities serve as our judges in the NABC Rides for a Reason virtual car show,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC. “We greatly appreciate their contributions and their input on the winning entries.”
To see all of the category winners and entries, click here.