A PPG-painted 1962 Corvette got unanimous approval of the judges at the Goodguys PPG Nationals to take the “Street Machine of the Year” award at the 12th annual event held recently in Columbus, Ohio.
While the car looks like a Corvette and would be easily identified as one, it retains very few original components. Known as “C1RS,” the car is owned by Barry Blomquist of Onalaska, Wis. It was designed by artist Eric Brockmeyer and built and painted by Phil and Jeremy Gerber and their team at The Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Ill.
C1RS’s body modifications were created in aluminum and then executed in fiberglass. Brockmeyer came up with a paint scheme based on black to complement and accentuate the car’s low-slung, swooping profile. The Roadster Shop chose the PPG Deltron brand product line to finish the car. The Deltron coatings used included DPS 3055 gray primer and DCC 9300 single-stage black along with other Deltron metal preps.
“We’re very happy with the results we got with the Deltron coatings,” said Phil Gerber, co-owner of The Roadster Shop. “We’ve been spraying PPG products for years. A car like this, you don’t want to diminish it by using anything less than the best paint.”
Goodguys street machine contestants must run at least three laps on the autocross course to prove their mettle. C1RS ran away from the other entrants – 31 of them – thanks to its road-hugging Roadster Shop chassis, Bowler T-56 transmission and monstrous 618-horsepower, LS7 Turnkey engine. Inside the car, Blomquist will enjoy Italian red leather seats with suede accents, a sculpted aluminum dash and a handcrafted center console.