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SEMA360: Chevy station wagon takes ‘builders’ crown

Brady Ranweiler’s 1963 2-door wagon adds SEMA honors to its Ridler prize

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More than 330 vehicles were submitted for the 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, including those in the Young Guns event for builders 27 years of age or younger.

When the smoke cleared, the last man and car standing was Brady Ranweiler and his 1963 Chevrolet 2-door station wagon, which added the Battle of the Builders honors to the Ridler Award they won earlier in the year at the Detroit Autorama.

The other finalists in the competition staged during the recent SEMA360 online show were Mark Giambalvo and his 1965 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck, Chip Foose and his 1974 Jaguar E-Type, and Young Guns winner Cody Medeisis and his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro.

1963 Chevrolet 2-door station wagon
1963 Chevrolet 2-door station wagon with hood up
1963 Chevrolet 2-door station wagon on display

Officials noted that this marked the first time in the seven-year history of the “Battle” that a station wagon drove off with the championship.

Ranweiler, from New Ulm, Minnesota, named his ’63 Chevy wagon “Impressive.” Originally, it was a red 4-door but was converted into a Nomad-style 2-door by the Ranweiler family — Brad and Cory as well as Brady. 

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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