A pandemic doesn’t stop the creative flow of custom car builders, just as not having a physical show in Las Vegas prevented SEMA from coming through for the aftermarket with a virtual version in SEMA 360.This year’s competition included more than 330 submissions from a talented pool of builders from around the globe. These individuals are the best of the best, showcasing their extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs. 

Throughout the week, the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition has been narrowed down to 4 finalists in the Hot Rod, Sport Compact, Truck/Off-Road and popular Young Guns categories by a panel of industry experts featuring RJ DeVera (Meguiar’s), Cam Miller (HS Customs), Jeremiah Proffitt (Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers) and Mike & Jim Ring (Ringbrothers). And as per competition rules, the Top 12 finalists performed the final judging duties and rated their peers on the quality of their builds.

The Top 4 finalists were Brady Ranweiler and his 1963 Chevrolet Full Custom 2 Door Wagon (Hot Rod), Mark Giambalvo and his 1965 Chevrolet C10 (Truck/Off-Road), Chip Foose and his 1974 Jaguar E-Type (Sport Compact), and Young Guns winner Cody Medeisis with his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. 

Top 4 Finalist

Brady Ranweiler

1963 Chevrolet 2 Door Wagon

Cody Medeisis

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

After all the votes were in, Brady Ranweiler was named the winner of the annual competition and made it the first time in the seven-year history of the competition that a wagon has taken home the title.



The four finalists of this year’s competition will be highlighted along with other featured builders in a nationwide television special airing in 2021. The TV special, SEMA: Battle of the Builders, is scheduled to air on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block in January 2021 (time and date to be announced). Congrats to all the builders on a job well done!