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1933 Ford Roadster Wins SEMA Battle Of The Builders

This year’s SEMA “Battle of the Builders” competition for hot rodders has produced a rather unlikely winner: an old school 1933 Ford Roadster build, put together by hot rodder Bobby Alloway.

Alloway’s Ford Roadster was selected over hot rods from the likes of Chip Foose, Alan Johnson, and “Ringbrothers” Jim and Mike Ring.

“This has to be the biggest award I have ever won,” Alloway said in a SEMA release. “We were being judged by our peers – guys that can do and have done the same as I. That’s big!”

The Top 10 finalists in SEMA’s Battle of the Builders vote amongst themselves to determine the winner, making the 1933 Ford Roadster’s win all the more impressive. Alloway himself had doubts about his hot rod, owing to its lack of modern touches. He told the Hot Rod Network: “I just about didn’t enter this because I didn’t think I had a chance with an old hot rod as it doesn’t have all the technology the rest of the builders have.”

The 1933 Ford Roadster built and entered by Bobby Alloway is powered by a 241 cubic-inch (3.9-liter) Red Ram HEMI V8, with six Stromberg carbs. Those carburetors are mostly there for appearances, however; they hide a more modern fuel injection system.

Be sure to visit the Hot Rod Network for photos of the winning 1933 Ford Roadster build.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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