Friday, 12 April 2019 14:25

On the Road with Keith MacDonald, PPG's Show Truck Driver

Keith MacDonald, PPG's Show Truck driver Keith MacDonald, PPG's Show Truck driver

Autobody News caught up with Keith MacDonald, PPG's Show Truck driver, on April 5 when the truck made a stop at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals car show in Del Mar, CA.

MacDonald has been driving trucks for over 35 years, 20 of which have been local in his home state of Michigan. For the past 15 years, he's been on the road attending car shows and races, working for various companies including BF Goodrich, Perelli , Detroit Speed and Engineering Inc. and PPG.

When asked about his schedule, MacDonald said, "I'm on the road usually about 20 weekends, about 200 days a year. I miss my my daughter and my grandson back home, but I get breaks out during the year, so I do get back home from time to time to visit them."

"The truck has three levels. On the first level there are three computer stations where the PPG reps can get various information about anything related to auto body repair, supplies and paint codes. A little further back are storage cabinets and drawers, and in the back is a kitchen area that has a refrigerator/ freezer, microwave and a small convection oven. Moving back to the front, you will go up three steps and into a lounge/ conference area with a flat screen TV on the wall. From there you will go up three more steps, and that is where we carry our golf cart, various displays and a car."

"It is 80 feet long and about 70,000 pounds. It's an old race hauler we bought. I think Rusty Wallace owned it at one time, and PPG purchased it from him."

PPG's Show Truck, a bold red, white and blue PPG tractor-trailer rig, known as a rolling exhibit of premium PPG products, made the first stop of its 2019 cross-country trip on March 8 at the 9th annual Goodguys Spring Lone Star Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

The truck will make more appearances across the country, concluding its tour season October 13 at Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tour stops include the top national and regional car, truck and hot rod events sponsored by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and other major auto groups.

The colorful show truck serves as a mobile PPG exhibit designed to give custom car builders and painters a chance to learn about PPG’s innovative products, hottest colors and dazzling special effects to create show-stopping finishes. At each location, PPG representatives will be on hand to welcome the public and answer questions about PPG’s refinish brands, which include the PPG DELTRON®, PPG VIBRANCE COLLECTION®, PPG GLOBAL REFINISH SYSTEM®, PPG ENVIROBASE® High Performance and PPG AQUABASE® Plus refinish systems.

PPG invites automobile enthusiasts to visit at any of the following upcoming 2019 stops.


May 3-5
14th Nashville Nationals
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee


June 21-23
Back to the 50's Weekend
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
St. Paul, Minnesota


July 5-7
28th Heartland Nationals
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Des Moines, Iowa


July 12-14
22nd PPG Nationals
Ohio Expo Center
Columbus, Ohio

July 26-28
32nd Pacific Northwest Nationals
Washington State Fair Events Ctr.
Puyallup, Washington


August 9-11
18th Great Northwest Nationals
Spokane County Fair & Expo Ctr.
Spokane, Washington

September 6-8
Frankenmuth Auto Fest
Heritage Park
Frankenmuth, Michigan


September 27-29
27th Lone Star Nationals
Texas Motor Speedway
Forth Worth, Texas


October 6-13
22nd Annual Cruisin' the Coast
Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Biloxi, Mississippi

Events and appearances are subject to change.

“We are very proud of our show truck and the excitement it generates at these events,” said Cristina Murray, PPG director, customer communications and service, automotive refinish. “Having our truck at these shows provides an excellent opportunity for us to engage with a variety of people in the automotive refinish industry and help them learn more about PPG products. The truck displays a unique collection of items painted with PPG products – from motorcycle half tanks and helmets to baseball bats and more. Our booth has something for everyone, even a coloring contest for kids and a collectible coloring book illustrated by artist Tony Squindo.”

For more information about automotive refinish products from PPG, visit ppgrefinish.com.