By Fredy Ramirez
SEMA is gearing up for the 2019 Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition, set to take place during the SEMA Show, and the list of competitors keeps growing longer as November approaches. SEMA eNews will highlight several vehicles each week leading up to the Show. This week's featured builds include: Paul Jurewicz’s ’57 Studebaker Golden Hawk, Troy Gudgel’s ’69 Chevrolet Camaro and Ringbrothers’ ’69 Chevrolet Camaro.
Paul Jurewicz’s ’57 Studebaker Golden Hawk
Troy Gudgel’s ’69 Chevrolet Camaro
Ringbrothers’ ’69 Chevrolet Camaro
Paul Jurewicz, ’57 Studebaker Golden Hawk
Scheduled to Appear: Mattel Hot Wheels #V333
Mattel Hot Wheels Legends Tour Detroit winner and Select Six Win Field award Syracuse Nationals are just some of the accolades Paul Juerwicz has picked up on his way toward the SEMA Show. He intends to add another in BOTB. His ’57 Studebaker Golden Hawk features a ’57 Studebaker cowl/windshield, a ’60’s Pontiac front clip, ’60–’63 Chevy Corvair rear panel, a ’60 Thunderbird hood and an ’80s Audi station wagon sunroof used as a trunk lid for the car’s profile. The build sits atop of an ’80s Jaguar rear suspension and a ’90s Corvette chrome-plated front suspension. A ’96 Lincoln modular 4-cam V8, modified intake manifold Demon 3-bbl carburetor and MSD distributor power the build with a C-4 automatic transmission and Ididit steering column making it move.
Troy Gudgel, ’69 Chevrolet Camaro
Scheduled to Appear: HRIA/ARMO #23393
A previous BOTB participant, Troy Gudgel enters with a ’69 Chevrolet Camaro. The vehicle body features a hand-built aluminum lift-off top, custom-built rear sheetmetal, hand-built bumpers and a widened rear. The Camaro also includes one-off taillights, custom BASF paint and a flush-mount front and rear windshield. The build is powered by a supercharged LT4 engine that pushes out 700 hp and sits atop a custom-built engine bay and bellow by a hand-built aluminum hood. The interior features a hand-built aluminum dash and custom-built interior panels wrapped in high-end Italian leather.
Jim and Mike Ring, ’69 Chevrolet Camaro
Scheduled to Appear: BASF #V36
The Ringbrothers hope to catch lightning in a bottle again with a ’69 Camaro commemorating its 50th anniversary. Adding aggressive stealth styling while retaining its iconic beauty, this Camaro has been completely redesigned in CAD, machined in high-density foam and produced in carbon fiber. Ringbrothers widened the body 4 in. front to back. Aside from custom-billet details, the body is 100% carbon fiber, powered by Wegner‘s 416 LS3 with an 890hp Whipple supercharger. The Camaro also features custom HRE wheels and an interior by a Upholstery Unlimited.