SEMA’s annual Battle of the Builders pits some of the country’s top car and truck builders against each other to see who can deliver the highest-quality custom work. Despite SEMA taking a break due to the pandemic, SEMA360 kept the show alive virtually for 2020, and that (naturally) included a Battle of the Builders competition.
Brady Ranweiler took home the top prize this year for a gorgeous 1963 Chevy wagon, but there were many builders that also deserved praise. You can see Brady’s build and the rest of the top 12 selected as finalists at SEMA’s Battle of the Builder website. We wanted to highlight four more builders and their amazing creations that didn't make it into the Top 12. Here are standouts from each of SEMA’s Battle of the Builder’s categories: Hot Rod, Sport Compact, Young Guns, and Truck/Off-Road.
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Your offerings include LS, LS, diesel and diesel. I admit that stuffing an engine into a chassis it wasn't designed for is a task, there still doesn't seem to be a lot of imagination being employed. The Datsun would have been "out there" with a Subaru turbo motor (with all wheel drive!) and the old Dodge would have really turned heads with a turbocharged injected flathead inline six. Just my six and a half cents (adjusted for inflation...)
The 47 Dodge is just awesome. Remember, builds don't have to be shinny to be good. Mr. Matteo Medoro is obviously a very talented young man. I LOVE this truck!
I like the Dodge best because it's a departure from mainstream thought. The interior is eye-catching.
The '70 C-10 leaves me cold. I don't care for huge out-of-scale wheels or lowering to just above a worm's tophat. Particularly off-putting to me are mechanical components protruding asymmetrically through otherwise pristine paint and body work.
These vehicles were not winners in their class at SEMA. Thanks for showing us why. Of the ones shown the old Dodge is by far the one I would like to take a closer look at.
All super well done...the Z may be the most mundane of the bunch, but it's so cleanly done, it's hard not to love it. For my driving pleasure it would be that or the Camaro...
SEMA produces some great designs from some extremely talented people. I mean, there are literally hundreds of cars there to chose from. These represent the best of the show?
Very well done to all constructors. My favorites would be the Camaro, even though I don't like the ergonomics, the exterior is excellent. The 1970 C10 is restrained and a great color combination as you mention. Very handsome truck.
The dodge truck should have NOT been up for consideration. Rust/patina is and IMO an easy way out. I walk by them and do not give these things a look.