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.
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.