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Summer Road Trips with Wanda

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying the warmth and fun of the summer season—I know I sure am! The summer months for me are always busy with lots of traveling to various trade shows and events, where I get to see many old friends and make new ones.

On June 7th the Wanda team participated in the third annual KC Auto Paint Auto Show in Prescott, Arizona. As always, KC’s owners pulled out all the stops to ensure a great time of “giving back to the community.” One whole city block was closed in front of the store so that 77 area car buffs could show off their custom hot rods and cars. Each visitor brought a donated can of food as their entry fee to enjoy a full day of BBQ, live music, door prizes and exhibit booths. More than 300 people attended this fantastic event and even got a chance to learn how my Wanda brand refinish products deliver simplicity, color, and value. The collected food goods were then transported to a local food bank.

I then made a quick trip to Canal Fulton, Ohio, on July 12th to join the folks at United Paint Supply for a customer golf outing. It was a fun, laid back event where my Wanda brand got lots of attention at hole #1!

On July 18-20, I hosted the 13th Annual AkzoNobel Wanda Blue Suede Cruise event at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, along with the whole Wanda team. This is the fourth straight year that we’ve been the title sponsor of Blue Suede Cruise and it was hands-down the best year yet! The weekend kicked-off on Friday with record-breaking attendance. The weather was beautiful and it was amazing to see the hundreds of candy-colored hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks lined up. Dare-devils enjoyed the quarter-mile fun runs down the famed Summit Motorsports Park race track, and young and old alike enjoyed a great cookout and sock hop. On Saturday there were more fun runs, a vintage fashion show, my Wanda Coloring Land for kids age 2-16, and the Wanda Challenge flag start race. That was a real blast with eight racers and a variety of cars from a Gasser, to a Tempest, even a Henry J that was painted in my Wanda bright green color! Who knows, maybe my Wanda products helped give it the boost it needed to win the race! Visitors really enjoyed the Wanda Car Care Clinics co-hosted with Presta Car Care products, where they learned how to turn their cars from bare metal to gorgeous color—all protected with Presta’s great car care products. Later that night I was honored to serve as Grand Marshall of the Neon of Lights Parade. The evening concluded with an amazing fireworks show and live performance by the legendary Van-Dells. The event concluded on Sunday, but not until after I got to choose the winner of the Wanda Choice Award. The honor went to Mark Jaynes and his gorgeous two-toned 1940 Mercury Eight Convertible. Of course, another important highlight of the weekend was seeing Jim Hurst win the 2014 Crusin’ Times Hot Rod Build-off. His custom 1951 Chevy was a real beauty—and painted in my Wanda Blue Suede color. If you didn’t get a chance to participate in this year’s Blue Suede Cruise, I hope you’ll make plans now to attend next year. Check out some these great photos of the event.

Next on my calendar is the annual Woodward’s Dream Cruise on August 16th in Detroit, Michigan. Situated between the cities of Ferndale and Pontiac, Michigan, this wildly popular event draws more than a million car enthusiasts who gather to show off their custom and classic wheels as they cruise up and down Woodward’s Main Street. I will join the team at the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering exhibit booth, where my custom Wanda paint and finishes will be showcased on several LPE concept cars. I look forward to another fun day of meeting new people, signing autographs, and cheering on the many gorgeous—and sometimes zany—vehicles on parade.

With the fall season just around the corner, I’ll soon be setting my sights on the 2014 SEMA trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 4-7, so stay tuned for more information about this exciting event and more, by visiting www.wandarefinish.us. Or visit my Facebook page for quick updates.

Until then,

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

Hi Everyone,
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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

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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!