The annual PPG Dream Car awards were presented at the Goodguys 18th PPG Nationals held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio July 10-12. The two winners, a 1955 Chevy pickup owned by Joe and Josh Bailey of Maryville, Tenn., and a 1940 Ford pickup owned by Robert Anderson of Savannah, Ga., stood out in a field of cars and trucks vying for one of the most esteemed prizes on the show car circuit.
The three-day PPG-Goodguys event displayed more than 6,200 custom cars and trucks and attracted more than 75,000 auto enthusiasts. The PPG Dream Car awards are given to the two vehicles (cars or trucks) that best exhibit the outstanding use of color, design, gloss and execution in a paint job. Given the prestigious nature of the award, the competition is always spirited, with builders doing their best to attract the judges’ eyes – and votes.
Joe and Josh Bailey, a father-son team, presented their ‘55 Chevy pickup. The truck was acquired by an uncle in 1972 and handed down through the family. The Baileys took possession of it in March 2014 and worked evenings and weekends in their home shop to give the Chevy its redo. They achieved the award-winning finish using PPG’s DELTRON 2000 DBC Basecoat and DCU2002 CONCEPT High Solids Polyurethane Clear with PPG colors Fender Guitar Surf Green and 1957 Chevrolet India Ivory.
Robert Anderson entrusted his Ford pickup to Steve Legens at Legens Hot Rod Shop in Martin, Tenn. The shop turned the truck into a winner, customizing it and sandblasting the body to repaint it a custom-mix glossy green. Legens and painter Keenan Hailey chose PPG’s ENVIROBASE High Performance waterborne basecoat along with water-compatible GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM D8152 Performance + Glamour Clearcoat and D8372 Slow Hardener to earn a PPG Dream Car award.