Mike and Jim Ring, the Ringbrothers, and their 1969 Chevrolet Camaro beat out nearly 300 entrants to win the sixth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.
Mike and Jim Ring of Ringbrothers in Spring Green, WI, took the top prize in the sixth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, which concluded at SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party designed to celebrate the builders and showcase products from the trade-only Show.
For the second year in a row a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was selected from nearly 300 entrants in the internationally recognized competition that has unfolded during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The Top 4 finalists for 2019 came down to Jim and Mike Ring, the Ringbrothers, with their 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Hot Rod), Randy Borcherding with a 1955 Chevrolet truck (Truck/Off-Road), Louie Shefchik and his 1968 Iso Rivolta (Sport Compact), and Young Guns winner Brad Swaney with his 1971 Chevrolet C-10. Each and every builder brought their A-game this year and was recognized with trophies in their respective classes.
The 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition included submissions from seasoned builders as well as new customizers representing an elite group of individuals who demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs.
The Young Guns (builders 27 years and younger) category continues to evolve and expand, providing the next generation of builders with an opportunity to get their vehicles into the Battle of the Builders competition.
Two entries from Canada made it to the Young Guns competition.
Edmonton’s Matteo Medoro was there with his 1951 Ford pickup as was Penticton’s Chelsie Lesnoski and her Scion FR-S.
Medoro, 19, won “the golden ticket” invitation to SEMA by taking top honours at the Seattle Drift regional SEMA competition with his ’51 Ford rat rod.
Lesnoski of Penticton, B.C. and her 2013 Scion FR-S were chosen as the winner of the Young Guns Fan Vote competition. Lesnoski is co-owner of Throttle Thrashers Garage.
Industry experts RJ DeVera (Meguiar’s), Cam Miller (HS Customs), and Jeremiah Proffitt (Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers) were the competition’s judges and narrowed down the field of nearly 300 entries to the Top 10 in the remaining categories before selecting the Top 12 builds overall. The 12 finalists then took over judging duties and named the Ring brothers the overall winners.