River City Rods Highly-Anticipated 2018 SEMA Project Vehicle Announced

The team behind the show-stealing C30 Camper is going even bigger and bolder – but where will it land at SEMA this year?

The next project for Piggott and the River City Rods team is a completely rebuilt 1976 Ford GTB100.

DAVENPORT, IOWA: All eyes are on builder Craig Piggott and River City Rods and Fabrication.

The custom rod shop based in Davenport, Iowa was behind one of the most popular project builds at SEMA this year, a converted 1968 C30 camper that quickly captured the attention enthusiasts and media alike. With prime placement in the AccuAir project vehicle corral, the C30 camper stole the show and soon went viral after photos and videos showcasing the incredible detailsof the build circulated online.

The River City Rods converted 1968 C30 camper.
The River City Rod team at the Lone Star Throw Down 2018 in Conroe, Texas.


But the past is only prologue for Piggott and the River City Rods team, and the next project is proving to be the most daring: A completely rebuilt 1976 Ford GTB100 designed to defy expectations.

Plans for the GTB100 include a complete Roadster Shop chassis with a retro-influenced Coyote engine many old-school aesthetics.

The clean, rich-looking custom red interior will be designed by Auto Kraft Upholstery, with a touch of modern thanks to the expertise of Dakota Digital.


The exterior of this Ford “unicorn” is planned to have the modern look of flush-mounted glass and Mustang mirrors and a complete facelift with a 2-inch chopped top and a laid back windshield.

Completing the package on any vehicle are the wheels and tires… and the GTB100 is no different. Teaming up with Delmo and Curtis Speed for the design work and machining, Falken Tires wraps it up for the perfect trio.

“We have a long way to go on the GTB100, but we are determined to make it our most impressive project yet,” Piggott said. “With support from partners like AccuAirididitDakota Digital and Currie, our vision for the build is coming together.”

The pressure is on to follow-up the C30 camper with an equally-impressive vehicle, and initial renderings of the GTB100 definitely indicate another show-stealing build. The team at River City Rods is currently sourcing products from aftermarket and performance manufacturers while finishing fabrication work on the body.

The scope of the GTB100 build is a big undertaking for any builder. Add running a busy construction company and fabrication business to the picture and a snapshot of Piggott’s dedication and determination becomes clear.

In fact, Piggott’s first SEMA vehicle was only the result of his tenacity to grind out the impossible. With just weeks until SEMA 2016, AccuAir had a prime spot open up unexpectedly in its corral right outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. After seeing River City Rods’ projects trending on social media, the company reached out to Piggott. Always up for a challenge, Piggott installed AccurAir suspension and got his flagship build, a 1968 Chevrolet C10 with a utility bed, SEMA show ready in just two weeks.

After the making quite the impression at SEMA 2016, Piggott further solidified his status as the builder to watch when the C30 Camper stole the show last year. Now, all eyes are on Piggott and River City Rods to create another unforgettable SEMA vehicle.

Manufacturers interested in participating in the GTB100 build are encouraged to contact Michael Murray at michael@performancebusinessmedia.com