Vibrance ‘decks the halls’ at Summernats ‘Chrome Jubilee’
After four days of crowd-pleasing, family fun events (such as the Summernats City Cruise returning for the first time since 1993), the 25th Anniversary Summernats was deemed an outstanding success. Just over 90,000 fans poured through the gates at Canberra’s Exhibition Park – more than 5000 up on 2011 – to absorb the high octane entertainment that included an entrant’s list which had blossomed to over 1500.
As a result, the show car halls were bursting at the seams with breathtaking machines and, as in past years, PPG Vibrance painted vehicles featured heavily across all categories and classes. Indeed, a vivid PPG Prizmatique ‘Violet over Silver’ finish played an integral role in helping Ben Sargent’s remarkable 1971 HQ Monaro Coupe to outclass all competitors and carry away the prestigious ‘Grand Champion’ award.
Others also shone brightly. For example, Sydney-based, Exclusive Customs, achieved excellent results from the three PPG painted vehicles it entered. The family business, consisting of Rick and Lorraine Coburn and sons, Glenn and Jason, was established as an offshoot of Kingsgrove Motor Body Repairs just four years ago and is already carving a name for top class custom work.
Given the tough competition they were up against, the Exclusive Customs Team was extremely pleased when all three vehicles had the honour of being selected in the ‘Top 60 Elite’. Amazingly, two of them are actually street driven cars rather than pure show cars – Glenn Coburn’s HG Holden (finished in ‘Kings Gold’ with Flamboyance) and Jason Coburn’s Holden Torana SS Hatchback (in ‘Exclusive Blue’) which was also awarded 2nd ‘Top Standard Paint’, 3rd ‘Tudor’ and was a ‘Supreme Awards’ finalist. To top it off, a customer’s Rambler Hornet (in a burnt orange Radiance II Candy) was also selected as a ‘Supreme Awards’ finalist.
In addition, PPG’s display stand, with its fun, ‘50s/‘60s rock ‘n’ roll diner theme (complete with a vintage pinball and popcorn machine, a jukebox and records painted in new PPG Vibrance colours and finishes), was also a magnet for entrants and show-goers. It was the perfect place to view the wide range of spectacular finishes available in PPG’s Vibrance special effects paint range, ask advice and even take home a sample chip. Indeed, it would be no surprise if it provided the catalyst for even more award winning Summernats entrant in the future!
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