Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day Salute

To all veterans - Thank you for your service! 
On Veterans Day, to honor all those served in the United States Armed Forces it is fitting to share photographs from the PPG’s booth at the 50th annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show  as this year’s exhibit was entitled “A Salute to Color,” and featured a patriotic World War II canteen theme.

PPG’s 2016 SEMA exhibit honored and helped to raise funds for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) founded in 1946 by a group of wounded World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries. The Paralyzed Veterans of America group is dedicated to providing veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, with everything they need to live full and productive lives. You can donate at

The centerpiece of the exhibit was the gigantic America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy from the Grand National Roadster Show.

The AMBR trophy loomed over the 2016 winner, the 1932 Ford traditional style ‘highboy’ roadster built and owned by Darryl Hollenbeck. While it was his first win as a car owner, 2016 marked the third time that Hollenbeck from Concord California painted an AMBR award winner.  

The color of the 1932 Ford is a custom mix called “Rotten Avocado Green” of PPG ENVIROBASE High Performance waterborne paint topped with single stage DCC9300 Acrylic urethane.

Nathan Curry of Curry’s Hot Rods Inc. in Nixa Missouri built this tribute “bagger” style custom motorcycle owned by Josh Davis which made its show debut

Joe Ballard’s Veteran Tribute Big Dog "chopper" motorcycle was built by Howard Rosen and airbrushed by Chris MacMahan of Aerografix Airbrush and Pinstriping in Elyria, Ohio.

In addition to the beautiful vehicles wearing PPG paint, there were numerous incredibly detail pieces of artwork throughout the exhibit.

Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG with global headquarters in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit
The author wishes to thank Cynthia Schauer at PPG for her assistance with this article. All photographs by the author

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Ballard, we can offer these additional bonus photographs of Joe's Veteran Tribute Big Dog "chopper" motorcycle

 Hello Marilyn Monroe

Joe Ballard with his bike

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