Bobby Alloway's PPG-Painted Car Wins 2015 AMBR Award

Bobby Alloway’s PPG-Painted Car Wins 2015 AMBR Award

Alloway, who uses PPG products exclusively, achieved the 1933 roadster's look with PPG’s DELTRON DBU 9700 Basecoat and DCU 2002 CONCEPT Clearcoat.

Car owner Larry Wilson (left), builder Bobby Alloway and the AMBR trophy in front of the award-winning roadster.

A Bobby Alloway-built car won the 2015 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the recent Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) held Jan. 23-25 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The 1933 roadster, owned by Larry Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D., was finished by Alloway and drew approval from the show judges and the crowd alike. The AMBR, an eight-foot tall trophy, is awarded annually and is regarded as the ultimate recognition of a roadster-style hot rod. It was Alloway’s second time winning the award; his first was in 2003. Alloway also won Best Rod of the GNRS this year with the ’37 Chevrolet coupe that was in the top 10 in the Builder’s Challenge at SEMA this past November.

The GNRS started in 1950 and is the longest running indoor car show in the world. This year, 18 competitors vied for the AMBR. Alloway’s award-winning entry featured his signature black finish embellished with contrasting blazing orange flames running nearly the entire length of the roadster’s body. Alloway uses PPG products exclusively, and this showpiece was no exception. He achieved the car’s look with PPG’s DELTRON DBU 9700 Basecoat and DCU 2002 CONCEPT Clearcoat.

Alloway, renowned as “the master of black” because his distinctive cars are almost always painted black, has been building street rods since 1978. His shop, Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop in Louisville, Tenn., opened in 1991 and has consistently turned out a stream of award-winning vehicles. He is well known for cars that feature a commanding, aggressive look obtained through a combination of color, proportion, stance and pure power.

David Kindig’s 1950 Phantom Fleetside.

Along with winning the AMBR and Best Rod honors, Alloway was inducted into the GNRS Roadster Hall of Fame during the show. The Hall of Fame was established in 1960 to elect “outstanding pioneers in the creative car-building sport.” Alloway’s entry into the respected body was based on his illustrious career, building cars that have received significant awards. In addition to his two AMBRs, his cars have won the Goodguys’ Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year, the highly-prized Ridler trophy and others. He has also been welcomed into the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame and honored as Detroit Autorama Builder of the Year.

Other first-class builders that were big winners at the show included Randy Borchering of Painthouse in Cypress, Texas, and Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Design, Salt Lake City, Utah. Borchering’s two-toned 1947 Hudson painted in his custom Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and Green Acres Pearl took First in Class, Outstanding Paint and Outstanding Display accolades.

“Winning these awards was awesome,“ said Borchering. “This is the Olympics of car shows, and you’re up against top competition. Winning here is extremely gratifying.”

Borchering used Deltron DP90LV Epoxy Primer, VIBRANCE COLLECTION VP2100 Polyester Primer, Deltron Basecoat and GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM D8152 Clearcoat to reap the honors. He has been using PPG products for 25 years. Painthouse has been building custom cars for almost 10 years and has a reputation for its outstanding paint jobs.

Randy Borchering and his 1947 Hudson.

Dave Kindig scored with a 1934 Dodge and a 1950 Phantom Fleetside. The Dodge took home First in Class, Outstanding Paint, Outstanding Interior and Outstanding Display awards. The car is painted a custom PPG mix called Dark Desert Sage, which was created using ENVIROBASE High Performance Basecoat and Global Refinish System D8188 Clearcoat. The Phantom Fleetside won the 2015 Al Slonaker Award for the most innovative vehicle at the show. It’s finished in a white-over-red paint scheme using ENVIROBASE High Performance Basecoat and GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM D8188 Clearcoat.

“From solvent to water, our customers make our paint shine,” said John Parran, marketing director, PPG Automotive Refinish. ”We’re proud of our products, but we’re even more impressed by what our customers can do with them. We congratulate these winners on jobs well done and look forward to what they dream up next.”

To learn more about PPG Automotive Refinish products, call (800) 647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish website.

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