Tag Archives: Muscle Cars

Wanda Sponsors 13th Annual “Blue Suede Cruise” Event

Blue Suede Cruise 2014 eBlast

Hi Everyone, I’m pleased to announce that for the fourth straight year, the Wanda brand will be the title sponsor of the 13th Annual AkzoNobel Wanda Brand Blue Suede Cruise event July 18-20, 2014, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH!

Blue Suede Cruise is the largest Midwest street rod event of year—and one of the most fun, because it’s set to a retro 1950s theme—with hundreds of gleaming Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trick Trucks 1972 and older on display. In addition to the general car show, car buffs will enjoy a host of activities all weekend long, including:

  • Car Care Clinics hosted by Wanda
  • Quarter-mile Fun Runs
  • The Wanda Challenge Run
  • Exhibitor Booths
  • Wanda’s Coloring Land for Kids and Wanda Diner
  • Neon of Lights Parade with “Wanda” as Grand Marshall
  • Nitro Dragsters and Jet Cars
  • Live Concert with the “Van-Dells” and Fireworks Display
  • Major Door Prizes
  • Nostalgia Drag Racing Show
  • Vintage Fashion Show

I’m also proud to once again be a co-sponsor of the second annual Cruisin’ Times Hot Rod Build-Off, held in conjunction with Blue Suede Cruise. The Cruisin’ Times Hot Rod Build-Off was created in 2013 by Cruisin’ Times editor, John Shapiro, as a way for amateurs to try their hand at custom car building. Two candidates are chosen from a pool of submissions to participate in the yearlong project.

Gary Boron and Jim Hurst have been selected for the 2014 competition and will engage in a classic Ford and Chevy lover’s face-off. Gary will build a custom car using a Ford body from the years 1949 to 1953. Jim will build a custom Chevy using a body from the same time period—both to be painted in Wanda’s Blue Suede color.

The builders, along with the magazine’s editor, visited the Wanda team in Troy, MI, last December to learn how to properly spray the refinish system. Gary and Jim will drive their custom cars into Summit Motorsports Park on July 18th for show-goers to vote on the winning car. Good luck, gentlemen!

A complete schedule of events during Blue Suede Cruise will be available on the convenient Wanda mobile website at wandarefinish.us. For event updates throughout the weekend, visit my Wanda Facebook Page. With a weekend this jam-packed with activities for the whole family, you won’t want to miss out on this year’s Blue Suede Cruise. I hope to see you there! Until then,

Hope to See You this Weekend at the AkzoNobel Wanda Blue Suede Cruise!

Hi Everyone,
wanda blue suede cruise 1

I can hardly believe we’re already in middle of summer and that I’ll be seeing some of you next week July 19-21, 2013, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH, for the 12th annual AkzoNobel Wanda Blue Suede Cruise event, where I’ve been the proud title sponsor for three straight years!

Set to a fun and upbeat 1950’s retro theme, this year’s Blue Suede Cruise promises to be bigger and better than ever. In addition to the car show featuring gleaming Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trick Trucks from 1972 and older, car care clinics hosted by Wanda Automotive Finishes, quarter-mile fun runs, Wanda Challenge Run, exhibitor booths, Wanda’s Coloring Land for kids, fireworks display and Neon of Lights Parade with me as Grand Marshall, show attendees will be treated to brand new events including:

wanda blue suede cruise 2–  Nitro Dragsters and Jet Cars

–  Live concert with Jay & The Americans (“This Magic Moment”)

–  Major door prizes all weekend long

–  Nostalgia Drag Racing show

–  Flame-throwing

Another Blue Suede Cruise “first” includes the Cruisin’ Times Hot Rod Build-Off, in which two amateur builders selected by the magazine will drive their custom Model A cars painted in a Wanda “blue suede” finish into Summit Motorsports Park on July 19th to face off for the title.

wanda blue suede cruise 3Event-goers are also encouraged to stop by the Wanda booth, where they’ll not only learn about the simplicity, color, and value of using my Wanda and Wanda Waterbase refinish products, but also see the spotlight shine on the Curing Kids’ Cancer organization and the classic 1932 Ford 3-window coupe on display.

Legendary performance car builder, Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE), recently purchased the charity car at the Mecum Spring Auction in Indianapolis, IN, to support the organization. Together, LPE and Wanda brand will promote the Curing Kids’ Cancer cause at the event and invite representatives from the organization to share their life-saving work with booth visitors and receive donations.

wanda blue suede cruise 4A complete schedule of events during Blue Suede Cruise can be found on my convenient new Wanda Mobile Website! Just go to wandarefinish.us, or wandarefinish.com and click on either Canada or United States. The mobile site provides a full web experience that’s easy to navigate with great graphics, and information that can be accessed in multiple languages. Or visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wandarefinish for event updates throughout the weekend.

Car lovers and families alike will enjoy the wide variety of races and activities, so make plans now to attend this one-of-a-kind event!

Wanda Blue Suede Cruise Event a Runaway Success

BSC Article Photo (2)

Hi Everyone,

Whew! What a great weekend we had at the 10th Annual Blue Suede Cruise event in Norwalk, Ohio. Car-loving fans were on hand to enjoy the weekend events sponsored by none other than AkzoNobel’s Wanda brand and PBE Jobbers Warehouse!

I was honored to preside as Grand Marshall over the event and wave the checkered flag during the “Wanda Challenge Run” down the Summit Motorsports Park race track and delighted to present specially designed trophies to the winner and runner-up.  There was also “Wanda’s Coloring Land,” where kids of all ages were invited to submit their best car picture to win special prizes.

But the fun didn’t stop there. Event-goers enjoyed the car care and repair clinics sponsored by Wanda and Presta Products, and then feasted on my hand-crafted Wanda burgers served up at the Wanda Diner while enjoying a crowd-pleasing 1950’s Rock-n-Roll concert and fireworks.  Oh, and I can’t forget how much attention my gorgeous Lingenfelter LTA concept car received with its custom Wanda colors and finishes―and the thousands of other beautifully painted Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trick Trucks.

Best of all, I had a great time and the pleasure of meeting so many great folks during the weekend who enjoyed learning about the features and benefits of using Wanda refinish products.

Check out the fun photos taken during Blue Suede Cruise posted in the photo gallery at www.wandarefinish.com. And be sure to get updates on upcoming Wanda events and activities on Facebook and Twitter!

Until next time!


Wanda Gears Up to “Doo Wop” at 10th Annual Blue Suede Cruise Event

Hello Wanda Fans,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July celebration!

The fireworks are far from over yet, because I’m headed to theSummit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, July22-24, where cool car displays, dragracing, live music and entertainment, fireworks and more, will come together atthe exciting 10th Annual Blue Suede Cruise Car Show.

We are proud to be the title sponsor for the retro 1950’sthemed event, which is co-sponsored and presented by Wanda distributor, PBEJobber Warehouse. In case you didn’t know, the annual Summit Motorsports ParkCar Showwww.summitmotorsportspark.com/BSCis the most popular car show event in the Midwest,drawing nearly 10,000 car enthusiasts each year.

Wanda’s Blue Suede Cruise will feature thousands ofbeautifully painted cars built in 1972 or earlier, in all makes and models…HotRods…Customs…Classics…Muscle Cars and Trick Trucks. Show attendees will bethrilled to experience the “Funs Runs” down the Summit Motorsports Parkquarter-mile drag strip, and a special Saturday night “All-Car Cruise” aroundthe property. Even my Lingenfelter LTA concept car that’s painted in customWanda colors and finishes will be on display. And that’s just the beginning!

I will be presiding as the Grand Marshall of the “NeonParade of Lights” event. You’ll see tons of Wanda themes everywhere―the WandaDiner, where folks can buy a yummy, hand-crafted Wanda burger; the “Evening with Wanda” gatherings, where the benefits of each of my product lines will beintroduced in an upbeat and interactive format; and the car clinics that will featurevaluable tips on car care and repair.

Wanda’s Blue Suede Cruise is definitely more than just a carshow – it offers something for everyone including a swap meet, special prizedrawings, food, music and vendor exhibits.  As you can tell, I’m pretty excited about thisincredible opportunity to meet so many new people. I sure hope to see YOUthere!

For updates on the many Wanda events taking place during theBlue Suede Cruise weekend, just go towanda.wpengine.com/news-events/blue-suede-cruise.I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Until next time!