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’68 Camaro Built For The Strip Wins SEMA Young Guns Great Lakes Virtual Qualifier

By Richard Hail

Cody Medeisis
At the heart of Cody Medeisis’ first-gen Camaro lies a Dart SHP Iron Block paired to Frankenstein Monster-Series heads replete with a Crower camshaft and hydraulic lifters, JE Pistons, Holley throttle body and more.

Cody Medeisis of Chicago has been named the winner in the SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns virtual regional qualifier for the Great Lakes region.

At the heart of the first-gen Camaro lies a Dart SHP Iron Block paired to Frankenstein Monster-Series heads replete with a Crower camshaft and hydraulic lifters, JE Pistons, Holley throttle body and more. Forced induction is provided by the Vortech V-7 YSi-B Supercharger and exits through the custom stainless-steel exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers and Granatelli Motorsports Electronic Exhaust Cutouts. A Pro Series Level 5.5 Powerglide transmission and ProTorque converter bolt up to the modified Ford 9-in. rear end.

Mickey Thompson ET Street tires hug the Billet Specialties Comp 7 and Win Lite wheels and are kept in check by Wilwood brakes. The Camaro is finished nicely with PPG Envirobase high-performance paint. The spirit of drag racing was built into this ’68 Chevrolet Camaro. “I just poured my heart and soul into it like I do everything I lay my hands on,” said Medeisis.

The Battle of the Builders competition celebrates the amazing craftsmanship and talents of people who create and build some of the most unique cars in the world. The “Young Guns” classification is exclusive to up-and-coming builders who are 27 and under who have performed the majority of the work on their vehicles.

To enter the 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition or the SEMA Young Guns program, visit www.semabotb.com or www.semayoungguns.com.