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Meet the Category Winners of the
NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show
Presented by LKQ
Thank you to everyone for joining the National Auto Body Council® in an exciting new event to help power the programs that serve our mission of Changing and Saving Lives Every Day…
National Auto Body Council® Announces Category Winners of NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ
The National Auto Body Council® announced today the category winners in the NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ. In the virtual show, members, their company employees and auto enthusiasts put their passion and pride on display.
This inaugural virtual car show featured top cars, truck and motorcycles from NABC™ members, virtual car clubs, featured car corral, automotive stars and celebrity judges. Proceeds support the National Auto Body Council® mission of Changing and Saving Lives through initiatives like the NABC Recycled Rides® program, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program and NABC Distracted Driving Initiative™.
The categories of competition were judged by some of the top names in vehicle design, restoration, preservation and performance, including:
Best of Show Presented by Akzo Nobel, judged by Dave Kindig, president of Kindig It Design
- To be announced on Monday, November 23
Antiques/Vintage, judged by Walt Hollifield, classic car expert and restorer
- 1930s Ford Five-Window Coupe, owned by Dave Tate, owner of Tate Tire in Oak Ridge, TN. Tate has wanted the Ford Coupe since seeing “American Graffiti” and finally found his dream car at an auction several years ago. He has spent the last few years restoring and updating the vehicle.
Hot Rods, Rat Rods and Customs, judged by Doug Rice, president and lead broadcaster for the Performance Racing Network
- 1941 Willys, owned by Frank Rinudo of Slidell, LA, who owns Frank’s Body Shop. He restored and customized the Willys, and named it “Overkill” because it is loud, obnoxious and a handful to drive.
Classics: Best of the 50s, 60s and 70s, judged by Ray Evernham, Axalta Global Ambassador and NASCAR Hall of Fame Team Owner
- 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible, owned by Paula Vachon of Dallas, who’s husband bought her the car to replace the one she drove when they met in the 1980s – and restored it to its original color.
Old School Muscle Cars: 60s and 70s, judged by the Ringbrothers with Mike and Jim Ring
- 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass, owned by Richard Johnson of Wylie, TX, who works at Reliable Chevrolet Collision. He updated the transmission, suspension, brake system and paint job to create his dream pro-touring car.
Modern Muscle: 1980s to Today, judged by Lauren Fix, automotive expert and founder of the Car Coach
- 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, owned by Bill Gottschalk, a teacher and technician at Metro Tech Community College in LaVista, NE, who customized his Mustang for speed and handling and did the paint work himself.
- Honorable mention goes to the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, owned by Dave Tate, owner of Tate Tire in Oak Ridge, TN, who made extensive customizations to give his Hellcat more power and speed.
Trucks, judged by Mark Oja, founder of California Speed and Custom
- 2005 Chevy Avalanche, owned by Hector Briones, of Forley, TX, a Berkshire Hathaway Automotive team member, who rebuilt and customized the truck after it was damaged in an accident with his wife.
Motorcycles, judged by Kyle Morley, owner and operator of XecutionStyle Kustom Paint
- 2007 Suzuki 450 Ricky Carmichael Edition, owned by Rick Laino, of Spicer, MN. This bike is autographed by the GOAT — Ricky Carmichael. This bike was never started, never ridden, never had oil and gas in it – it’s just like it was right out of crate!
Wild Card Presented by Allstate and judged by Clint Marlow with Allstate Claims
- 2006 Dodge Charger, owned by Lawrence Logsdon of Collinsville, IL, who customized his Charger into an El Camino/Ranchero with a truck bed and unique paint scheme and styling.
Best Paint Presented by Axalta, judged by Ray Evernham
- 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, owned by Bill Gottschalk, featuring a stunning paint scheme with Spies Hecker Black and Metal Flake Hot Candy Apple Red by Axalta.
“We are excited to bring people together – in a virtual forum – to celebrate our collective love of the automobile,” said Clint Marlow, chairman of the board of the National Auto Body Council. “For our members who work in the collision repair industry, this was a chance to show off our weekend projects, our dream cars and favorite vehicles. And we’ve enjoyed seeing all of great vehicles from auto enthusiasts around the country – this is one of the first forums where car lovers from everywhere were able to participate in a national show judged by some of the top automotive celebrities!”
Sponsors of the NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show included LKQ, All Star Auto Lights, CARSTAR, Akzo Nobel, Axalta, Allstate, FindPigtails.com, Goodyear Brakes and Berkshire Hathaway Automotive. There also was a silent auction as part of the NABC Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show that offered unique experiences, dream trips and more to raise funds for NABC™ programs.
CHECK OUT THE ENTRIES!
See all the entries from around the country in the NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show. Click the image or category below to view these sweet rides.
Stay tuned to see who takes home the Best of Show Award Presented by Akzo Nobel.
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