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Finalists named in PPG Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® Paint Your Ride Contest

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – June 18, 2008 – PPG has announced the 12 finalists in the 2008 PPG Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® Paint Your Ride Contest. Contestants included custom painters, car builders, and hot rod enthusiasts who created original paint schemes for their vehicles using any of the 12 vibrant colors from the popular PPG Vibrance Collection® Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® paint. The co-branded line features colors found on the Hot Wheels® line of die-cast toy vehicles from Mattel, Inc.

Finalists vehicles will be exhibited at the PPG Show Truck area during the 11th Annual PPG Goodguys Nationals in Columbus, Ohio on July 11 – 13, 2008. While there, the 12 finalists will participate in a number of special activities including a reception on July 12, at which time a distinguished panel of judges will announce the Paint Your Ride Contest Grand Prize winner. The panel includes legendary bike builder Dave Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fabrication, Paul Stoll, PPG’s custom painting trainer, Larry Wood, chief designer at Hot Wheels®, Brian Brennan, Editorial Director of Street Rodder, and Ed Capen, Sponsorship Sales Director of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded an exclusive Hot Wheels® 1/18” scale model award trophy featuring their winning paint scheme. The scheme will also be reproduced on a future Hot Wheels® toy car to be introduced in 2009 by Mattel, Inc. In addition, the winning entry will be showcased in the PPG booth at the 2008 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas. The vehicle will also be displayed in full color on a 2009 PPG calendar along with other finalists and will appear in the PPG Repaint Reporter magazine.

Randy Cremeans, manager, collision segments, North America for PPG Automotive Refinish, said “This contest has really created excitement within the restoration industry. Entrants came up with spectacular designs using the unique selection of colors available through the PPG Vibrance Collection and the Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® paint line. It was difficult to choose the 12 finalists because there were so many amazing entries.”

Eye-popping Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® colors are part of the spectacular array of custom finishes that can be found in the PPG Vibrance Collection. The colors are: aqua, medium sapphire, lime gold, rich yellow gold, bright emerald, anti-freeze green, orange, bright red, Hot Wheels® blue, hot pink, light red, watermelon, and purple.

Check out the  image gallery of all twelve finalists!

The 12 finalists, their cars and paint schemes are (in no particular order):

Jim & Melinda Cooper Laguna Hills, CA 1956 Chevy Handyman
2-dr Wagon
Medium Sapphire
David Giles Arkport, NY 1969 Chevy El Camino Truck Medium Sapphire
Anti-Freeze Green
John F. Beecher III Lafayette, IN 1903 Oldsmobile
Hand-Built, One-of-a-Kind
Anti-Freeze Green
Tim Doyon Eagle, ID 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
RS/SS Convertible
Hot Wheels Blue
Jerry Ford New Braunfels, TX 1960 El Camino Chevrolet Bright Red
Zachary Hawthorne Mineral City, OH 1951 Mercury Sport Sedan Purple
Brent Keener &
Tom Paternoster
Rochester, MI 1932 Ford High Boy Roadster Anti-Freeze Green
Lime Gold
Kevin Young Byesville, OH 1953 Ford Panel Truck Rich Yellow Gold
Hot Wheels Blue
Hot Pink
Anti-Freeze Green
Keith & Kathleen Bright Salina, KS 1931 Chrysler Model 309
4-dr Sedan
Anti-Freeze Green
Rick & Kathy Adams Backus, MN 1950 Studebaker R Series Pickup Orange
Clifford Nicholson Dassel, MN 1959 Ford Thunderbird
2-dr Convertible
Lime Gold
John Joyce Germantown, MD 1970 El Camino Custom Roadster Hot Wheels Blue
Hot Pink
Medium Sapphire
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