Though the Battle Royal car show was just held in Hill City on Sunday, Sept. 18, event organizer Zachary Johnson of Rapid City is already planning for the 2017 Battle Royal.
Approximately 60 entries and 125 people turned out for the inaugural Battle Royal.
“We had a really good turnout for our first year,” Johnson said.
However, he is expecting attendance and entries to double or triple for next year’s show.
“It’s going to be bigger and better and we have some stuff we’re going to surprise people with,” he said.
Johnson has already lined up sponsors and arranged to give away a car as one of the improvements, leaving him looking for a venue with more space. While Johnson wants to keep the Battle Royal in the Black Hills, it may not stay in Hill City — even though most of the comments were positive.
“I couldn’t have been happier with (the show),” he said. “The positive feedback I got was above and beyond my expectations.”
The 2016 Battle Royal showcased an eye-opening array of what Johnson called “new generation hot rods.”
Judges from the Denver, Colo., Battle Royal awarded three Best of Show placers and winners in the domestic, custom, import and classic categories.
William Jacobs of Halliday, N.D., won first place Best in Show, with his supercharged 2008 Chrysler 300. He was followed by Brian Crandall of Sioux Falls with his Nissan 350 Z in second and Chas Jeske of Rapid City in third.
Grahm Winchester of Rapid City was the best domestic with his Ford Mustang. Chad Thomas of Trinity Customs in Sioux Falls had the best custom, his 2008 Nissan 350 Z. Kenny Jensen of Rapid City won best import with his 1993 Honda Civic upgraded with a 2005 Honda motor and Doug Lauritsen of Rapid City had the best classic, his 1986 Nissan 300 Z.