PPG Paints Winners

Sep 15, 2016

PPG has been shining lately on the award circuit, having been featured on several custom top prize-winning vehicles.

Dermie Close’s 1948 Chevrolet pickup took the Grand Champion award-first place-in the Summit Racing Show-n-Shine competition in Reno, Nevada. The contest, part of the annual Hot August Nights six-day event, was Close’s first competitive victory.

The immaculate pickup named Dream Truck was a 20-year project Close personally worked on in his spare time at his home garage in Henderson, Nevada, according to the company. He did all the body and mechanical work himself, and when it was time to finish the truck, painter Joseph Torres provided expert assistance using PPG Global Refinish System products.

Meanwhile, Jerry Covington, a longtime fixture in the world of motorcycles with a career spanning 40 years and recognized as one of the most talented and innovative custom bike builders in the industry, was recently honored for outstanding achievements in the world of custom motorcycles.

Covington was inducted Aug. 10 into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Sturgis, South Dakota, in appreciation of his dedication to promoting and advancing the sport and culture of motorcycling, the company noted.

His shop, Covington’s Customs, is located in Woodward, Oklahoma, where Covington and painter Bruce Mullins turn out motorcycles and cars with exceptional award-winning finishes using PPG paint products.

During the recent Hall of Fame induction weekend, one of Covington’s bikes won seven major awards in several prestigious competitions including Best Use of Paint (Perewitz Custom Show) and Best in Show (Baddest Bagger Show).