By Richard Hail
Brandon Henness’ LS-swapped Z was more than seven years in the making and boasts custom-fabricated components, tons of metal fabrication and upgrades throughout.
Brandon Henness of Westport, Washington, and his ’72 Datsun 240Z took home the final Golden Ticket in the Young Guns Online Fan Vote. The 27-year-old Henness won by a mere 36 votes in the public competition (October 5-25).
The LS-swapped Z was more than seven years in the making and boasts custom-fabricated components, tons of metal fabrication and upgrades throughout. Henness rebuilt the entire powertrain, the suspension and the interior. This 240z is truly one-of-a-kind.
“We moved the regional qualifiers online this year which opened up the field to a broader group of young builders that typically wouldn’t be able to make it to an in-person event,” said Ira Gabriel, SEMA vice president of marketing, PR and communications. “This years’ SEMA360 platform allows us to host the Battle of the Builders competition in a virtual format where we can still recognize these Young Guns for their talent and creativity.”
Now in its third year, the Young Guns Online Fan Vote was assembled from 15 runner-up contestants that were selected from 12 regional automotive events. Henness and eleven other Regional winners will now take part in the Young Guns category at the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition that includes more than 330 entries from all over the globe.
The winner of the Young Guns category and the Battle of the Builders competition will be announced during SEMA360 which takes place November 2-6, 2020. The 12 Young Guns competitors will also have their vehicles displayed at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.