By Alex Dugas
Detroit, Michigan — August 21, 2017 — The 3M PPS World Cup event kicked off in Detroit, Michigan recently, bringing together painters from around the world to paint custom hoods using 3M’s PPS Paint Preparation System technology. The theme was “a Salute to Classic Car Culture.” Make sure to watch for more coverage of this event tomorrow, including photos of the Woodward Dream Cruise!
The first day of the 3M PPS World Cup saw 10 painters travel from far and wide to show off their skills, style and artistic abilities with participants from Canada, the US, Germany and Australia:
- Pablo Prado of KandyChrome Custom Paint Designs in Los Angeles, California.
- Jacob Miles of Milestone Paint & Body in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
- Connie Manjavinos of South Florida.
- Clay Hoberecht of Best Body Shop in Wichita, Kansas.
- Shane Wanjon of Exclusive Image Paint and Body in Santa Clarita, California.
- Justin Jimmo of Refinish Network in Ontario, Canada.
- Carl-André Giroux from Québec, Canada.
- Danny Schramm of Schrammwerk GmbH in Börnsen, Germany.
- Christian Wilke from Berlin, Germany.
- Carmine De Maria of C.A.D. Custom in Melbourne, Australia.
Representing Canada were Justin Jimmo of Consolidated Dealers and Carl-André Giroux of Atelier CAGiroux. The pair drew some inspiration from Canada’s 150th anniversary to paint some unique designs.
The event took place over a period of four days, during which painters took some time to further hone their skills at the paint training centre in Wixom, Michigan. The finished custom hoods were unveiled during the Woodward Dream Cruise.
In order to kickstart the event, 3M held a special reception at the Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit. This historic facility is the birthplace of the Model T and is a registered US National Historic Landmark. It also holds a special place in the history of 3M, as it was one of the first places where 3M masking tape and abrasives were used in automobile production.
Painters and media partners were invited to walk around the historic facility and check out the wide variety of vehicles on display. Tour guides were also present to answer any questions as well as point to the many historical elements within the plant.
The legendary Chip Foose was at the reception to give a welcome address and sign autographs. Foose was present throughout the event to offer valuable tips and tricks to the painters as they progressed with their designs.
Stay tuned to collisionrepairmag.com for more exclusive coverage of this unique event, including the unveiling of the hoods during the Woodward Dream Cruise, and make sure to check out the first set of photos in the gallery below!