Last year, Jeff Schwartz, of Schwartz Performance took the Pro Builder of the Year award based on the number of votes cast by the readers of Car Craft Magazine and participants of the Car Craft Summer Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota.
This year, the win went to John Balow at Muscle Car Restorations in Chippewah Falls, Minnesota. There were six pro built entries and we were counting ballots right up until the Noon deadline on Sunday. It was very close, but the Car Craft Summer Nats participants chose the black ’68 Charger as the best build of the show. Muscle Car Restorations, John and Jason Balow, and the crew of stellar builders at MCR put this car with mirror-like PPG Pitch Black paint and concourse quality workmanship.
The Charger has a 572-inch Hemi and twin Garrett turbos with an AlterKation front subframe and Art Morrison suspension. The brakes have huge 14-inch Wilwood disks behind Billet Specialties Smoothie II wheels, 17x18 front and 15x20 in the rear. The tires are gigantic Mickey Thompson Sportsman Radials with 31 inches of rubber in the rear.
The car is what John Balow calls, “modern pro street.” It’s a look that was a hit at the show and the voting was proof of design.
We will hold the Pro Builder Shootout again in 2015 so look for entries posted online as we gather the best builders in the country for next year’s shootout.
See these cars and about 6,000 others in-person and soak in the details of these over-built machines at the Car Craft Summer Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2015.