Paint manufacturers take notice when cars finished with their products win big awards. At the 2018 Meguiars Detroit Autorama, five of the eight vehicles selected into the Pirelli Great 8, including the Ridler Award winner, wore PPG paint. For more photos of every Great 8 car at the 2018 Detroit Autorama, visit hotrod.com/articles/2018-detroitautorama-pirelli-great-8.
• The Ridler Award was won by Greg and Judy Hrehovcsik’s ’57 Chevy built by Johnny Martin at Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop. Wayne Saunders at Alternative Automotive Design in Colorado Springs painted the extensively modified Chevy with Imagine Silver,...
• Builder Chris Ryan at Ryan’s Rod & Kustom in Ninety Six, SC, owns the ’60s custom-inspired ’56 Continental Mark II that was also a Great 8 and Top 100 winner. Chris did his own painting to achieve the dazzling red glass-flake finish.
• Eddie Denkenberger at Superior Auto Works in Frederica, DE, built Chris and Greg Allen’s ’67 Camaro and painted the Sandstone Gold and Lava Rock, complemented with Harvest Gold pinstripes.
• Danielle Lutz earned a Great 8 spot with her ’34 Ford pickup built by Jason Graham of Graham’s Hot Rods in Portland, TN. Graham sprayed the custom Washington Blue on Danielle’s truck, a Top 100 winner as well.
• Detroit Speed Inc. in Mooresville, NC, built Stuart Adams’ ’69 Camaro. Painters Michael Neighbors and Austin Moore used several PPG Deltron products to give the car, nicknamed Tux, its tuxedo black appearance.