2019 SEMA BOTB

SEMA Battle of the Builders® is a competition that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of SEMA vehicle builders

Featuring customizers with a car or truck on display at the world-renowned SEMA Show, the competition shines the spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world. It allows enthusiasts and fans a chance to learn the stories behind the builds, get to know the builders and be inspired along the way.

Young, up-and-coming builders who are under the age of 27 received special recognition as a ‘Young Gun’ in the competition, designed to spotlight and inspire future industry icons. Eligible builders must be over the age of eighteen and under the age of twenty-eight years’ old on November 2, 2019. There were also builders who met the age requirements of a Young Gun but did not have a confirmed feature or booth vehicle for the 2018 SEMA Show and were awarded a ‘SEMA Prize Package’ from one of our regional partners. These winners competed in the competition in Las Vegas alongside the other competitors.

2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders Champion

Kyle Tucker

1969 Chevy Camaro

2018 Top 4 Builder Finalists

Hot Rod Winner

Kyle Tucker

1969 Chevy Camaro

Truck/Off-Road Winner

Eddie Pettus

1932 Willys aircraft refueling truck

Sport Compact Winner

Rod Nielsen

1972 Mazda R100

Young Guns

Kyle Kuhnhausen

1972 Datsun 240Z

2018 Top 12 Builder Finalists

Dale Boesch - Humphrey, NE

1936 Ford Roadster | Booth #22391, Axalta Coating

Phil & Jeremy Gerber - Mundelein, IL

1970 Chevy Camaro | Booth #20353, BASF

Kyle Tucker - Mooresville, NC

1969 Chevy Camaro | Booth #22613, ARP

Rod Nielsen - Abbotsford, BC

1972 Mazda R100 | #V514 Silver Lot, Outside South Hall, Tire Stickers

Muzzy Yousefi - Middletown, DE

2004 Nissan 350Z | Booth #23429, Prosport Gauges Inc.

Igor Polishchuk - Sacramento, CA

1987 BMW 325 | #V65 Silver Lot, Outside Central Hall, Toyo Tires

Eddie Pettus - Cedar Rapids, IA

1932 Willys Aircraft Refueling Truck | #V36, Outside Central Hall, BASF

Jeremiah Proffitt - Austin, CO

1993 Toyota 79 Series | Booth #61015, Silver Lot, Maxxis

Jason Graham - Portland, TN

1934 Ford Pickup | Booth #23395, HRIA

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Kyle Kuhnhausen - Creswell, OR

1972 Datsun 240Z | Booth #20365, SEMA Young Guns

Dylan Goacher - Wathena, KS

1968 Chevy Nova | Booth #22475, Gear Vendors

Zach Lagarenne - Louisville, CO

1988 BMW M3 | Booth #21525, CSF

2018 SEMA BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS® Top 40

Truck/Off-Road

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Sponsor
Eddie Pettus - Cedar Rapids, IA 1932 Willys Aircraft Refueling Truck BASF
Jeremiah Proffitt - Austin, CO 1993 Toyota 79 Series Maxxis
Jason Graham - Portland, TN 1934 Ford Pickup HRIA
Blake Stoner - Hundson, IA 1956 Chevy Carryall Mobil 1
Erik Barnlund - Bloomington, IL 1974 Ford Bronco United Pacific Industries
Juan Diego Calle - Miami, FL 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ43 Weld CCW
Ross Logsdon - Lake Havasu City, AZ 1956 Chevy C10 E-Stopp
Carter Reed - Coldwater, MI 2019 Ford Ranger Ford
Randy Weaver - Sandy, UT 1941 Dodge Power Wagon Prestone
Billy Bibb - Castle Rock, CO 1973 Scout II Lund International

Sport Compact

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Sponsor
Rod Nielsen - Abbotsford, BC 1972 Mazda R100 Tire Stickers
Muzzy Yousefi - Middletown, DE 2004 Nissan 350Z Prosport Gauges Inc.
Igor Polishchuk - Sacramento, CA 1987 BMW 325 Toyo Tires
Gary Brown - Port Leyden, NY 1956 VW Bug Absorber
Takahiko Izawa - Japan 2008 Nissan R35 GT-R Kuhl Racing
Jorge Martinez - Sanger, CA 2017 Nissan GT-R KW Suspension
Mike Pateras - Niagra Falls, ON 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Sti WRC Hoonigan
Shawn Bassett - Apopka, FL 1972 Datsun 240Z Toyo Tires
Ernie Manansala - Newport Beach, CA 2018 Nissan GT-R Seibon
Ryan Jones - Burlington, WI 2000 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Tire Stickers

Hot Rod

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Sponsor
Dale Boesch - Humphrey, NE 1936 Ford Roadster Axalta Coating
Phil & Jeremy Gerber - Mundelein, IL 1970 Chevy Camaro BASF
Kyle Tucker - Mooresville, NC 1969 Chevy Camaro ARP
Steve Legens - Martin, TN 1936 Pontiac Silver Streak Mothers
Tom Nelson - Chatsworth, CA 1955 Chevy Bel Air Magnaflow
Steve Keefer - Brentwood, CA 1970 Chevy Chevelle Odyssey Battery
Tim Kilkeary - Eighty Four, PA 1956 Pontiac Star Chief BASF
Cam Miller - Logan, UT 1970 Chevy El Camino Mothers
Dave Salvaggio - Grafton, WI 1970 Dodge Charger Meguiar’s
Jonathan Goolsby - Hueytown, AL 1974 Plymouth Duster BASF

Young Guns

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Sponsor
Brad DeBerti - Arroyo, CA 2018 Ford F150 Ford Motor Company
Jacob Griffin - Escondido, CA 1927 Ford Roadster Meziere
Dylan Goacher - Wathena, KS 1968 Chevy Nova Gear Vendors
Tanner Timblin - Cave Creek, AZ 1964 Chevy C10 Dakota Digital
Jesus Lopez - York, PA 1985 Mazda RX7 SEMA Young Guns
Luke Merrill - Isanti, MN 1931 Chevy Rat Rod Hauler SEMA Young Guns
Kyle Kuhnhausen - Creswell, OR 1972 Datsun 240Z SEMA Young Guns
Corey Williams - Maryville, TN 1967 Pontiac GTO HRIA/SEMA Young Guns
Zach Lagarenne - Louisville, CO 1988 BMW M3 CSF
Ryan Martin - Alamosa, CO 1957 Chevy 150 Hardtop PPG

BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS® VIDEOS

Check out these behind-the-scenes videos, then tune in to the Velocity Network to see the entire special on the SEMA Battle of the Builders Competition.

INTERACTIVE VIDEOS

Trepanier Crowned 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders Winner

-- SEMA Show vehicle builders to be featured in one-hour TV special on Velocity Network Jan. 2, 2018 –

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2017) -- Troy Trepanier was announced as the winner of the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition during SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party held at the conclusion of the 2017 SEMA Show.

Trepanier’s 1929 Ford Model-A Tudor sedan edged out the amazing builds of fellow Top 3 finalists Alan Johnson (1932 Ford Tudor) and Troy Ladd (1936 Packard roadster) for the title. The three builders will be featured along with many other SEMA Show builders in a new episode of the TV special “SEMA: Battle of the Builders,” which will premiere on the Velocity Channel on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Since 2015, the unique one-hour program has aired on the Velocity network, giving viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the SEMA Show, up-close footage of the vehicles and exclusive interviews with builders as they share their personal stories and journey to the premier automotive trade show in the world.

For many of the builders, SEMA Battle of the Builders is their chance to prove that they are among the industry’s best. This year’s competition began with nearly 300 applications from builders representing an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs.

For more details about SEMA Battle of the Builders visit www.sema.org/botb.


About SEMA and the SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.

SEMA Battle of the Builders® is a competition that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of SEMA vehicle builders

Open to all customizers with a car or truck on display at the SEMA Show, the competition shines the spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world. It allows enthusiasts and fans a chance to learn the stories behind the builds, get to know the builders and be inspired along the way.

All builders with a feature or booth vehicle on display at the 2018 SEMA Show are invited and encouraged to participate. (Note that your vehicle must NOT be under embargo at the time of entry)

Young, up-and-coming builders who are under the age of 27 (as of November 2, 2018) will receive special recognition as a ‘Young Gun’ in the competition, designed to spotlight and inspire future industry icons. Builders who meet the age requirements of a Young Gun but may not have a confirmed feature or booth vehicle for the 2018 SEMA Show may be awarded a ‘SEMA Prize Package’ from one of our regional partners and invited to compete in the competition in Las Vegas. Click Young Gun Info below for details.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS AUGUST 31, 2018

For official Rules: Click Here

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How the Competition Works:

  • Submit vehicle details and THREE photos or renderings here (PRIOR to the August 31, 2018 Deadline). Or, win a SEMA Prize Package at one of the regional car shows to compete in the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders.
  • The day before the show, applicant vehicles are confirmed to be onsite at the 2018 SEMA Show. Remember, the competition is open to all cars and trucks on display at the SEMA Show. Applying for BOTB does not grant you placement.
  • The vehicle details and images provided in the application are reviewed and used to determine which cars and trucks advance to the next round, at which time the vehicles will be evaluated in person at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
  • Industry judges will select the Top 40 builds, representing each of the respected categories:
    • 10 Hot Rods
    • 10 Trucks/Off-Road
    • 10 Sport Compact
    • 10 Young Guns
  • The Top 40 will be announced on the opening day of the SEMA Show. The judges will then select the final Twelve which will be announced later in the week.
  • The Top Twelve vehicles will be re-located to a designated area where the twelve finalists will vote amongst themselves who will be named the winner.
  • The Top Twelve builds will lead the SEMA Cruise over to SEMA Ignited, the official after party of the SEMA Show, where the winner is announced.

Who Can Apply:

All feature and booth vehicles that have been accepted by SEMA for display at the 2018 SEMA Show and are not currently under embargo at the time of entry. Builders with vehicles from all market segments, including trucks, hot rods, street rods, off-road, motorsports, sport compacts, luxury exotics and the like are encouraged to enter.

young guns 2018 schedule

Young Guns Recognition

Young, up-and-coming builders who are under the age of 27 (as of November 2, 2018) will receive special recognition as a 'Young Gun' in the competition, designed to spotlight and inspire future industry icons.

Young Guns SEMA Prize Package:

Builders age 27 or younger (as of November 2, 2018) who may not already have an approved feature or booth vehicle for the 2018 SEMA Show can still qualify to enter the competition through our regional partners who will be awarding a SEMA Young Guns Prize Package.

This prize package includes an all-expenses paid trip for two, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot at the 2017 SEMA Show, and automatic entry into the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition!

*To qualify for the Young Gun designation at each of the regional shows, a builder must be 27 or younger by the final night of the SEMA Show, November 2, 2018, and must be designated as the winner of the promoter’s show, or achieve the highest overall finish within a group of the show’s young builders, or be designated as the winner of the category offered by the show. Click here for detailed rules and information.

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Why Compete:

MEDIA EXPOSURE

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4 From The Battle of the Builders SEMA 2017

One of the things that makes the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s SEMA Show so much fun is active competition. Walking for miles looking at thousands of innovative new parts and products is cool, but hot rodders are competitive at heart.

Winnipeg native victorious at SEMA

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) held its new products showcase at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. The largest automotive trade show in the world, the four-day event can best be described as "Disneyland for vehicle enthusiasts."

Speed Hunters: Setting The Honda Standard

Now in its third and ultimate evolution, the BB4 stood out at SEMA for all the right reasons, and Big Mike drove away with not only a Top 10 placing (out of around 260 entrants) in the show’s prestigious ‘Battle of the Builders’ competition, but received a ‘Young Gun’ award in the process.

BENEFITS

  • Have your vehicle stand out to thousands of show-goers
  • Exposure through media coverage in top publications and online sites
  • Networking with top builders from around the globe
  • Generated content of your build, your products, your vehicle
  • On-site exposure at the 2018 SEMA Show
  • Featured in SEMA Publications
  • Part of the celebrated SEMA Cruise
  • Inclusion in 1-hour TV special

EVENT SIGNAGE

FEATURED IN SEMA PUBLICATIONS

NATIONAL TELEVISION ON VELOCITY

EXPOSURE TO THOUSANDS OF SHOW-GOERS

NETWORKING WITH TOP BUILDERS AND AFTERMARKET COMPANIES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

First, all builders with a vehicle displaying at the 2018 SEMA Show may enter the competition at >www.semashow.com/botb before the deadline on September 1, 2018. Photos can be uploaded directly onto the online applications, which judges will use to select the finalists after vehicles are confirmed to be onsite at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

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The second way builders may participate in the 2018 SEMA BOTB competition is through the Young Guns program. Preselected regional auto shows will award a limited number of BOTB entries to builders age 27 or younger (as of Nov. 3, 2018), who may not already have an approved vehicle for the 2018 SEMA Show. The entries will then be included in the SEMA BOTB and compete among all other participants in the competition. For more information on the Young Guns regional venues, please visit semashow.com/botb.

Submitting an application for the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition does not guarantee space for a vehicle to be on display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. All vehicles at the SEMA Show must be sponsored by an exhibiting manufacturer. Exhibitors may choose to display vehicles in their booths, or they may purchase a feature vehicle spot. However, the spot may only be reserved by an exhibitor.

SEMA BOTB applications for vehicles that are not on display at the SEMA Show will not qualify to advance in the BOTB competition. Only vehicles on display will advance in the competition.

Builders under the age of 27 who do not have a confirmed SEMA Show feature or booth vehicle may be able to compete in the SEMA BOTB through a participating consumer auto show.

SEMA partnered with AutoCon, 4 Wheel Jamboree, Street Machine Nationals, and Goodguys to award six regional Young Guns winners a prize package that includes an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2018 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot at the SEMA Show and automatic entry into the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition.

Each regional partner will select its own winner and may have its own rules and criteria. Entries competing from a regional auto show partner are then included in the SEMA BOTB and will compete among all other participants in the competition.

Regional Qualifying Events Are:

  • March 26: AutoCon, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 19-21: 4Wheel Jamboree, Lima, OH
  • June 3-4: Goodguys Summer Get-Together, Pleasanton, CA
  • June 9-11: Goodguys East Coast Nationals, Rhinebeck, NY
  • June 17: Goodguys Speedway Motors, Lincoln, NE
  • June 30-July 2: Goodguys Heartland Nationals, Des Moines, IA
  • July 7-9: Goodguys PPG Nationals, Columbus, OH
  • July 28-30: Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals, Puyallup, WA
  • August 18-20: Goodguys Great Northwest Nationals, Spokane, WA
  • August 25-27: Goodguys West Coast Nationals, Pleasanton, CA
  • September 8-10: Goodguys Colorado Nationals, Loveland, CO

Supporting and inspiring young builders is crucial to the future of the automotive specialty equipment market. The Young Guns category is designed to encourage young builders to pursue their passions and shines the light on the up-and-coming builders.

The Young Guns is a designation within the overall BOTB competition to recognize builders at the SEMA Show who are under the age of 27 (as of Nov. 2, 2018). Those who have selected the Young Guns category on the online application, as well as young builders who were awarded a Young Guns prize package from a regional partner are eligible to participate. All competitors in the Young Guns category will be competing against the overall field of builders, regardless of how they entered the competition.

With more than 300 participants, industry experts will review all qualifying applications, including vehicle descriptions and photos. Judges will also walk the SEMA Show floor to review individual builds in person before selecting the Top 40 finalists in the competition. (Ten builds will represent the hot rod category, 10 will represent the trucks/off-road category, 10 will represent the sport compact category and another 10 will be from Young Guns.)

After the Top 40 finalists are announced on the opening day of the SEMA Show, the judges then narrow the finalists down to the Top 12, regardless of the category.

The Top 12 finalists then become the judges, and select from amongst themselves who is ultimately named the Top Builder of the SEMA BOTB.

The field of entries is narrowed down in six steps to get to the winner:

  • Step 1: Anyone who has booth or feature vehicle at the SEMA Show is welcome to enter the competition
  • Step 2: Applicants that were not able to secure a booth or feature vehicle spot at the SEMA Show will be cut from the competition
  • Step 3: Industry experts and our panel of judges review all applications and their submitted pictures to determine which are of interest to see during the visual walk-through judging process on the Show floor (about 70-80 vehicles)
  • Step 4: From the 70-80 vehicles that are seen on the Show floor, the Top 40 are determined (10 hot rod/10 truck/10 sport compact/10 Young Gun)
  • Step 5: The Top 40 are reviewed again by images, discussion and possible subsequent walk-through inspection and narrowed to the Top 12, regardless of the category
  • Step 6: The builders of the Top 12 will become the judges and select who will be named the winner.

The Top 40 finalists will be announced on the first day of the SEMA Show (Tuesday, October 31). The Top 12 are announced later during the week at the SEMA Show.

On the last day of the SEMA Show (Friday, Nov. 3), the Top 12 participants will evaluate and judge each other’s entry at the SEMA Show, before leading the SEMA Cruise to the official SEMA Show after party, SEMA Ignited. At SEMA Ignited, consumers, media and industry professionals will watch as the winner is announced and a television production team films for a television special that will air on the Velocity Network.

Each vehicle at the SEMA Show is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation. Personal tastes may vary and opinions will differ. Industry experts with years of experience serve as judges and narrow the entries down to finalists. However, it is the Top 12 finalists themselves who will be judging, voting and selecting the ultimate winner.

As builders, the finalists know and understand the challenges and complexity involved with a vehicle build. They are able to assess and determine the creativity, craftsmanship and skill that went into each vehicle, before selecting the winner.

The gates open for SEMA Ignited at 3:00p on Friday, November 3rd.

For more information on inquiring about a feature vehicle spot at the 2018 SEMA Show, please visit: www.semashow.com/feature-vehicle-application

A vehicle will be in one category. If a builder’s vehicle is identified as one that is in consideration of either the Hot Rod, Tuner, or Truck categories, it will be listed in those categories as top 10 of that category. Otherwise, if the vehicle builder is a Young Gun (age 27 or younger on November 2nd, 2018) and does not earn a spot in the top ten of the Hot Rod, Tuner, or Truck category, the vehicle may still be considered for the Young Guns category. A vehicle can only be in one category.

Winners of the regional Young Guns competitions will be placed at the 2018 SEMA Show in a feature vehicle location within the property of the SEMA Show.

While we cannot connect you to a specific manufacturer, you can find a list of companies that will be exhibiting at the SEMA Show by visiting www.semashow.com

While it is certainly possible that the judges may be viewing your vehicle during hours that you are there, it is not possible to schedule a time, nor coordinate when the judges will be viewing your vehicle. Vehicles will be viewed throughout all hours of Sunday and Monday. It is not a requirement that you are present when the judges will be viewing your vehicle.

Vehicles are not permitted to be under any embargo prior to the start of the 2018 SEMA Show. Any vehicle that cannot be available for public display prior to the opening of the show will not be considered for the 2018 SEMA Show Battle of the Builders®.

2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders Winner

Troy Trepanier - Manteno, IL

1929 Ford Model A Tudor | Flowmaster

2017 Top 3 Builder Finalists

Alan Johnson - Gadsen, AL

1932 Ford Tudor | Ford Motor Co.

Troy Ladd - Burbank, CA

1936 Packard Roadster | Clean Tools

Troy Trepanier - Manteno, IL

1929 Ford Model A Tudor | Flowmaster

2017 Top 12 Builder Finalists

Eddie Pettus - Cedar Rapids, IA

1963 Chevrolet Corvette | Billet Special, Booth #21359

The Corvette was a Select Six winner at Chicago World of Wheels, and received 1st in Class awards in best interiors, engine compartments, etc. The car has custom AME independent Chassis, floorpans, wheel houses, exhaust, bumpers, & interior, flush-mounted glass, machined trim parts, cross-ram EFI, Infinity box wireless control system, Kicker audio system, dash iPad interface, Tremec six-speed, extended body valences/rocker.

Andy Leach - Bennington, NE

1930 Ford Model A Coupe | Hot Rod Industry Alliance, HRIA Booth

Leach, owner of CAL Automotive Creations in Bennington, Neb., is a previous Ridler winner, 2014 Trend Setter of the Year, Ford Design Award winner, Barrett-Jackson Cup winner, and Top 10 Battle of the Builders finalist in 2015. The car has Art deco finned suspension and chassis, cast-looking interior and components. Coach-built body with attitude and elegance combining old-school hot rodding.

Alan Johnson - Gadsen, AL

1932 Ford Tudor | Ford Motor Co., Booth #22200

The project started with a clean 1932 Ford Tudor body canvas. All planned modifications were laid out before any cutting began. Certain dimensions were not determined until the body had been on and off the frame for the desired look. Johnson was a 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 3 finalist.

Mike Markin - Eau Claire, WI

1938 Graham 97 | Meguiar’s, Booth #61004

Markin converted a four-door sedan into a two-door coupe and restyled the entire car. Every piece of the car has been modified, remade, or custom-made for the car but for two pieces. 2017 ISCA Grand Champion, 2017 ISCA Rod Champion, and 2016 Pirelli Great 8 Finalist

Scott Roth - South Burling, VT

1966 Chevrolet Corvette | Classic Instruments, V30

The car is a SplitRay 2017 Pirelli Great 8 cut down the middle and widened 6 3/8. It has a Z06-inspired interior, LS9 with a one-off supercharger system, and a six-speed transmission. Multiple computers provide complete control of the car with a Bluetooth device. I took over 20,000 hours to build.

Troy Trepanier - Manteno, IL

1929 Ford Model A Tudor | Flowmaster, Booth #22351

Built by Rad Rides by Troy, whose mission is to build the finest hand-crafted automobiles in the world.

Phil & Jeremy Gerber - Mundelein, IL

1969 Chevrolet Camaro | AutoMeter, Booth #22931

A modern race-inspired Camaro with an LT4 and T56, hand-built front spoiler and side skirts, custom lower rear diffuser/valance, one-off wheels, fully fabbed underhood sheet metal, and tremendous amounts of metal fab on the entire car. The Roadster Shop has delivered cars to compete specifically in Battle of the Builders the last four years.

Troy Ladd - Burbank, CA

1936 Packard Roadster | Clean Tools, Booth #23035

The Hollywood Hot Rods Packard roadster is a one-off steel coach built from design drawings.

Jeremy Miranda

1969 Chevrolet Camaro | Taylor/Vertex

The car features a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis, 440ci LSX Motor Dry Sump w/ Flex Fuel, TR6060 Transmission, completely fabricated front and rear Valance, Rocker extensions, engine bay, flush-fitted front and rear glass, shaved drip rails, Infinity Wire multiplex system, custom one-off interior, custom Dakota digital gauge cluster, ADV1 wheels, and Wilwood brakes. “We’re just doing what we love to do,” said Miranda.

Larry Griffey - Knoxville, TN

1954 Chevrolet Corvette | Hot Rod Industry Alliance, HRIA Booth

Griffey is the owner of Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, Tenn. He has been in business building hot rods and restoring concours, vintage and classic cars for over 36 years. After years of building cars for customers, he and his wife decided it was time to do a build for themselves.

Peter Nam - Garden Grove, CA

1995 Porsche 911 Carrera | Meguiar’s, Booth #23643

Bespoke rebuild of the Porsche 993, an air-cooled car converted into a modern masterpiece that has full carbon-fiber wide-body construction.

Cris Payne - Taft, CA

1995 Ford Bronco | Vision Wheel, Booth #62004

Payne has participated, built, and designed over 68 builds prior to the 2017 SEMA Show. This year he brought 30 builds to the show with his name on them. “Battle of the Builders encompasses unique and innovative builds that make people’s jaws drop and create buzz in person as well as social media,” he said. “Well, my builds will do just that. They are one-off custom builds you won't see elsewhere.”

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