Las Vegas, Nevada — Another successful SEMA Show is in the books and with that, the SEMA Battle of the Builders Competition crowned its new champion, Mike Ring, for his 1948 Chevrolet Loadmaster Pickup.
As one of half of the famous Ringbrothers, Ring’s pedigree for car building preceded him at this year’s competition where his brother Jim joined him in the top four of finalists, with his 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer entry.
Ring came away with top prize for his olive-green, low-riding Chevy pickup which made a splash in the Hot Rod/Hot Rod Truck category.
“Year after year, the SEMA Show gives us the opportunity to showcase what we are most passionate about,” said Ring. “This year, we had the opportunity to unveil four of our most extreme builds, both in design and execution. With the support from our partners and the enthusiast community, we continue to push the boundaries of custom car building which is what we originally set out to do.”
According to GM Authority, the build sits on a thousand horsepower 510-cubic-inch Goodwin marine racing engine fitted with eight-stack fuel injection and Holley fuel management, and connected to a Bowler Performance Corvette torque-tube 4L80 automatic transaxle.
As well, the Loadmaster’s body is a custom build by Scott Ahlman from Ahlman Engineering and features a single-piece carbon fibre belly pan, wings and splitter.
Honourable mentions go out once more to Mike’s brother Jim Ring, as well as TJ Russell and his 1991 Porsche 911, and Josh Michels and his 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, for cracking the top four.
The crowning of Mike Ring as this year’s Battle of the Builders champion took place at the close of SEMA’s final day on Friday.
A television broadcast of the competition will air on the History Channel on Jan. 28.
Stay tuned to Collision Repair as more coverage from the SEMA Show 2022 rolls out.