Charley Hutton wins Ridler Award with PPG-painted Oldsmobile

'Olds Cool,' painted by Charley Hutton with PPG products. The vehicle has won the Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama.

Mississauga, Ontario — March 15 , 2016 — PPG and Charley Hutton have done it again, this time with a 1939 Oldsmobile convertible sporting a custom-mixed metallic PPG Envirobase High Performance finish. The car has won the 53rd annual Ridler Award at the 2016 Detroit Autorama.

The Ridler Award is extremely prestigious and is given to the most outstanding custom car or truck making its debut appearance at the Autorama. This was the fourth time in nine years that an entry painted with PPG took the prize.

Appropriately nicknamed “Olds Cool,” the gleaming custom build is owned by Bill and Debbie Thomas of Georgetown, Texas. The car was meticulously constructed over four years by Customs & Hot Rods of Andice.

Hutton uses PPG Automotive Refinish products exclusively. He painted Olds Cool at his shop, Charley Hutton’s Color Studio, in Nampa, Idaho. The car’s custom colour, Kona Brown, was personally created by Hutton. He used PPG Envirobase High Performance waterborne products and the Global Refinish System brand D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat to give Olds Cool its unique finish.

“Winning the Ridler is a special honour,” says Hutton. “I always appreciate the opportunity to work with highly skilled craftsmen that have such passion and drive. God blesses everyone with different talents, and the best part is working together to help build someone’s dream. The Olds is beautiful, and the key to our success has been working with PPG’s Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat. Using Envirobase High Performance products made it possible to create the exact finish we wanted. When mixing a custom color, Envirobase High Performance paint always exceeds my expectations; the colors that we’re able to achieve are so clean and brilliant.”

Hutton has appeared on numerous television programs, including Hot Rod TV, TLC’s Overhaulin’ and the Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod. His 2016 Ridler Award adds to his honours, which already include the Barrett-Jackson Cup and several Street Rod of the Year, Custom Rod of the Year and America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards and many other top prizes.

The Ridler Award is officially known as the Don Ridler Memorial Award. To qualify, a car must debut at the Detroit Autorama. Entries are judged on creativity, engineering and workmanship. From the initial field of competitors, eight cars—known as the “Great Eight”—are chosen as finalists. The winner is selected from this elite group. The owner of the winning car receives a cash award and a special embroidered jacket along with the greater prize of the coveted Ridler Award trophy.

For more information, please visit ca.ppgrefinish.com.

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