It was a blistering night in Las Vegas as SEMA Ignited and a new King of the Battle of the Builders was crowned or should we say new Kings were crowned. Mike and Jim Ring duked it out with the incredibly stiff competition and came out with the top honor in hand (hands).
The Ring Brothers stunning ’69 Camaro “Valkyrja” slayed the competition. “This build was unlike anything we had attempted before, both in design and execution,” commented Mr. Ring. Going into that uncharted territory paid off in spades for the world renowned team. Though brothers Ring are no strangers to building world class rides, this is their first Battle of the Builders triumph, and with that their “Valkyrja” has set the winning bar to a new height.
Every inch of this stout ’69 was worked to perfection. Subtle modifications amp up the muscular attitude of this 100% carbon fiber build. This pavement pounder puts out 890-hp courtesy of the 416-cubic-inch Wegner Motorsports LS3 topped with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. A 6-speed Tremec enhanced by Bowler and a 9 inch rear end gets the power to the pavement. According to Mike Ring, the result is “a car with a classic look but entirely modern underpinnings, materials and technology. It’s the perfect mix of style and performance.” That perfect mix earned this ’69 the top honor at the SEMA Show. Now cast your peepers at the 2019 winner of the Battle of the Builders and fyi it also won Goodguys Gold and Chevy SEMA Car of the Year, hope there’s room in the trunk!
The three runners up didn’t exactly go away empty handed. They did after all win best in their class. Not too shabby when you think the field began with over 300 cars. The winner of the Sport Compact class and first runner up was Louie Shefchik and his truly unique 1968 Iso Rivolta. The winner of the Truck/Off Road class and second runner up was Randy Borcherding and his beautiful 1955 Chevy Pickup. And the winner of the Young Guns class and third runner up was Brad Swaney and his 1971 Chevy C-10. Pretty impressive for a 22 year old! By the way that C-10 was an eight year project.
Here’s the future number one arriving at the show.
By the by, the Ring Brothers have elevated the Builders dress code into the stratosphere. Their look is consistently fierce and worth comment, their custom threads at SEMa Ignited were the cat’s meow. You know if their look is that fly imagine the detail they put into their builds!
And now a little more SEMA eye candy for your viewing pleasure.
Come back and come back often. We have so much to bring you from this show of shows. It was SEMA and it was sensational and heck only 364 more days until the 2020 SEMA Show!
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Photo and Video Credit: Daryl Aldrich
Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!