BMW April 2022

A part of Automechanika’s ongoing upliftment programme to honour body and panel spray painters’ expertise which feature in all the worldwide trade shops, selected winners in the global final competition which were held in the spotlight at the recent Automechanika Frankfurt show. The winners from Johannesburg, Birmingham, Shanghai and Germany had the task of designing a bonnet of a car that represented their country of origin for the custom painted entered piece on display. 

With only one outright winner to gain the most original design and well thought out concept, these elaborate pieces of refinish artwork were judged by Bodyshop News Australia expert Michel Malik and South African paint expert Ian Groat of Automotive Refinisher magazine. It was a close competition where really there were no losers because of their expert workmanship. 

The four finalists were Anthony Foyett from Autostyle Truro in Cornwall in the UK, Etienne Du Toit from Kansai Plascon Africa, South Africa, Sun Xiaou Shuai from Zhongguo Baohong from Automobile Sales and Services Co. Ltd in Shanghai, China and Alexander Hagemann from Karosserie Baur in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany. 

After all the deliberations were completed in a live online shoot out, hearty congratulations went to Alexander Hagemann whose masterpiece panel took an excess of some 225 hours to complete in total. His design was an elaborate filigree with embedded lettering integrated into a glazed foil technique and based on a black, gold, and red graduated background across both sides of the bonnet. It was all set off with glittering flip-flop pearl finishes and a black and white chequer border of a racing flag rendition.

The competition was noteworthy because of the total expertise of the four entrants. Their attention to detail and concepts were very different interpretations and each of a very high standard. 

There was also chance for the public to vote for their favourite panels in each country and globally. This created great exposure for the spray-painting trade and the contestants who participated. 


By Ian Groat