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Ray Robinson of JAM Construction, Lake City, Fla., took first place after laying 697 bricks in one hour in the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 competition.

The bleachers were packed, Wednesday, January 19 watching 20, two-man teams—made up of a mason and mason tender—to compete to lay the most bricks while meeting strictly defined quality standards. The competition has the largest winner’s purse of any masonry competition.

Along with claiming the “World’s Best Bricklayer” title, Robinson won a new 2011 Ford F-250 4x4 XLT Crew Cab, $5000 cash, and thousands more in sponsor prizes.

Second place and a $4000 cash prize went to Charles “Jeff” Burton of Miter Masonry, Germantown, Ohio, for laying 671-brick-wall.

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Finally, Dave Moyle, of Moyle Masonry, Wadina, Iowa, placed 625 bricks to win third and $3000 cash. Moyle also won the SPEC MIX Top Craftsman award for his “most sellable” wall, claimed an additional $5000, and more sponsor prizes. About 10 of Moyle’s family and friends drove 22 hours from Iowa to watch his fourth participation in the competition. See the video below.

Burton’s son Raymond, won the SPEC MIX Toughest Tender competition. For setting up his work area the fastest, including brick and tools, he won $2500 cash and sponsor prizes. This father-and-son team dominated in the competition.

To view the free Web broadcast of the event, check out www.specmixbricklayer500.com.