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: Abelardo Armendariz and his ’67 Chevrolet Camaro, Marcel Horn and his ’89 Volkswagen Rallye Golf and the Dwayne Wiltshire and his ’47 Diamond T Model 306h.
Abelardo Armendariz, ’67 Chevrolet Camaro
Traveling from Mexico, Abelardo Armendariz enters BOTB with a ’67 Chevrolet Camaro. The keyless-start button turns on a 6.0 LS with FAST LSX manifolds and a camshaft kit from Comp Cams. Wilwood brakes are tasked with bringing the build to a stop. From the fenders to the trunk, the Camaro has been extended 2.5 in. in order to integrate an Airlift Performance suspension and an Art Morrison chassis. The project rests atop Lexani wheels and Pirelli Zero Nero tires.
Marcel Horn, ’89 Volkswagen Rallye Golf
For 29 years, Marcel Horn worked as a VW performance car builder. He enters BOTB from Canada with his ’89 Volkswagen Rallye Golf. The vehicle’s design pays homage to the original AWD Rallye Golf. The Golf is powered by a turbocharged 3.2L VR6 mated to a custom four-shaft, six-speed gearbox. The engine pushes out 800 lb.-ft. torque and 700 hp.
Dwayne Wiltshire, ’47 Diamond T Model 306h
Dwayne Wiltshire travels from Canada to enter BOTB with a ’47 Diamond T Model 306h. The build features a Detroit diesel controlled by a 2500 Allison automatic transmission. The vehicle sits atop a JK Motorsports wheel and tire package with Brakequip brake lines. The suspension includes a Ride Tech HD four-link in the rear and Slam Specialties SS7 bags in front. The project also features Grote lighting, an Icebox Performance radiator and New Vintage USA gauges.