Premieres


Saturday, January 28, 2023 @ 9am (EST)

Why Compete

  • Have your vehicle stand out on social media
  • 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
  • Featured in SEMA Publications
  • Inclusion in 1-hour TV special
ENTER BOTB

2021 SEMA Battle of the Builders Champion

Robert Matranga

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Booth: Keystone

Booth/Location: 21249

Every part of Brute Force has been scratch-built or heavily modified to reward viewers with a seemingly infinite number of details. The handmade front sheetmetal gently slopes towards the front of the car. A mild 3/4-in. chop, resized wheel openings, handmade flushfit window trim and one-off bumpers complete the reproportioning. One-off front and rear lighting provide artistic focal points. From a CAN Bus wiring system, which controls every system via integrated iPad, to a one-off steering wheel with shift paddles to custom seats with integrated seatbelts, the interior is full of technology. A twin-turbo 540 Merlin with Arias heads powers a fully independent chassis, full of interesting and unique details like one-off suspension and handmade mufflers.

2021 Top 4 Builder Finalists

Eddie Pettus

1961 Austin Healey Sprite

Booth: BASF

Booth/Location: V034

Bryan Thompson

1934 Ford Pickup

Booth: Mothers

Booth/Location: 81240

Dayton Jacobson

2000 Chevrolet S10

Booth: SEMA Young Guns

Booth/Location: 12475

Robert Matranga

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Booth: Keystone

Booth/Location: 21249

2021 Top 12 Builder Finalists

Hot Rod

Mike Filion

1956 Oldsmobile 98

Booth: Wizard Products

Booth/Location: GL16

Radical custom 8-year build. Hardly anything original with many fabrications. '55 Chrysler Hemi with 6 injectors that look like carbs, Vertex-style magneto in total custom engine bay. Chopped top 2 ¼-in. Carson-type top. Bagged suspension. 3-D-printed head/tail light lenses; HOK "Way Past Midnite Blue" custom-blend paint with subtle scallops. Complete custom interior/trunk, frenched headlights, Corvette-style grille, frenched-in continental wheel; highly modified bumpers.

Mark Giambalvo

1930 Ford Model A 2-Door Sedan

Booth: HRIA

Booth/Location: 23295

The body was chopped 4 in., with flush-fit doors, 'hand-fabricated rear wheelwells,32 Ford cowl bottoms, a handbuilt roof section to mimic a '32 Ford with removable flush insert, handbuilt steel hood and hood sides, hand built floors and firewall with custom beadwork. Body channeled 1-in. over chassis, 2-in. section '32 grille shell with one-off insert. Custom Roadster Shop chassis with stretched wheelbase and one-off cantilevered suspension. One-off Dayton Wire wheels. Completely smoothed and detailed '56 Cadillac V8 with tri-powered fuel injection, one-off gauges, one-piece billet windshield frame. PPG Rebel Green paint, Pearl Chrome plating by Advanced Bux Customs.

Robert Matranga

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Booth: Keystone

Booth/Location: 21249

Every part of Brute Force has been scratch-built or heavily modified to reward viewers with a seemingly infinite number of details. The handmade front sheetmetal gently slopes towards the front of the car. A mild 3/4-in. chop, resized wheel openings, handmade flushfit window trim and one-off bumpers complete the reproportioning. One-off front and rear lighting provide artistic focal points. From a CAN Bus wiring system, which controls every system via integrated iPad, to a one-off steering wheel with shift paddles to custom seats with integrated seatbelts, the interior is full of technology. A twin-turbo 540 Merlin with Arias heads powers a fully independent chassis, full of interesting and unique details like one-off suspension and handmade mufflers.

Sport Compact

Samantha Frazier

1973 Nissan Datsun 240Z

Booth: Mothers

Booth/Location: 81040

The drivetrain starts with an external cosmetically modified 2006 LS2 8-stack injected GTO engine backed by a 2000 Camaro 6-speed transmission. The differential and the CV shafts are from a 1992 Infiniti Q45. All drivetrain components are metal finished and two-stage painted. The fuel tank door, all the emblem holes and side marker lights were welded up in the body. The fuel tank was swapped out for a 1989 Camaro EFI tank with the door located behind the license plate. The car has modified SubtleZ flares on it that allow for a 275/40-17 tire. The interior is saddle leather with Alcantara and black leather accents, and the color is a rich burgundy. All work on the car was done by myself, my dad Mark Frazier and a family friend, Mike Kamimoto.

Eddie Pettus

1961 Austin Healey Sprite

Booth: BASF

Booth/Location: V034

A full custom 1961 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite with a full custom frame/chassis. Shaved exterior body panels and moldings for a streamline, clean look. Custom-made rear tail pan/ under belly. Custom tilt front end/hood. Narrowed and shortened late-model Mazda Miata drivetrain, narrowed 1 ft. to fit under body and shortened over a foot, customized Mazda transmission to fit properly, custom floor pans and wheelwells. custom axles. Custom interior. Chopped and customized windshield. Adjustable QA1 coilovers and adjustable control arms. Cleaned and shaved custom dash. custom interior. Custom LED headlights and taillights.

Simo Veharanta

1982 Porsche 911 RSR

Booth: CSF Radiator

Booth/Location: 21725

Fully ground-up restoration of a 1982 Porsche 911 SC transformed to a 73 RSR-style backdate build. All-metal body with an aluminum hood and 959-style gas cap (world's first), one-off custom aluminum duck-bill deck lid, steel turbo rear fenders, and custom front & rear bumpers. Custom carbon-fiber front lip, rear diffuser and engine deck lid. Custom center lock wheels by Rotiform (world debut of a new design). Stoptech Level 3 big-brake kit. KW Suspension "Club Sport" coilover system. Porsche 991 GT3 titanium exhaust with custom titanium 935-style exhaust tips. Custom alcantara/leather interior with authentic Goyard handbags used for upholstery. A 3.9L engine with drive-by-wire technology, Motec ECU, Rywire harness and Kinsler ITB system.

Truck/Off-Road

Jeremy Miranda

1959 Chevrolet Apache

Booth: HRIA

Booth/Location: 23295

Custom fabricated metal engine bay, flush-fit front and rear glass, Roadster Shop SPEC Chassis, GM LS3/4L65E Connect and Cruise, Schott Performance Wheels, Wilwood Brakes, custom airbrushed bed wood, complete fabricated dash, one-off custom interior, PPG paint, Infinity Wire Multiplex System and modern door latches.

Kamaka Pocock

1967 Chevrolet C10

Booth: Mothers

Booth/Location: 81240

A 1967 Chevy C10 with a Porterbuilt chassis and AccuAir e-level. Rides on 20-in. Forgeline DE3C with a polished lip and satin bronze face. LSX 376 with a Magnuson supercharger and a TCI 6x auto. Custom engine bay designed to be clean and simple. Full custom handhammered bed floor and inner bed sides. The rear of the bedside was lowered approximately 2 in. to match with the bottom of the custom fit-and-tucked bumper. The front bumper was also shaved and cut up to fit the front end a lot better. Up front, the billet machined grilles were designed in-house and machined by Evod along with the headlight bezels, exhaust tips and hood hinges. We really tried to emphasize the fit and finish of the truck and just refine what is already a good-looking truck. Thank you for your time!

Bryan Thompson

1934 Ford Pickup

Booth: Mothers

Booth/Location: 81240

A 1934 Ford Pickup named "Serious Black." An original Henry Ford steel cab, chopped 5 in., stretched 6-in. in the doors, channeled over a Slivered 1934 Ford frame, sectioned grille. Custom Bed with beadrolls to match the tire size and body lines from the cab. The frame was stepped up in the rear in order to get it low with Alden coilovers and 9-in. rear. A '30s Ford luggage crate in back is now a gas tank. Up front is a suicide polished and drilled dropped axle with split wishbones. Engine is a 1949 Flathead 8BA with 3-97 Strombergs, C4. Full custom interior. Nearly every piece was custom built or modified (must-see motor mounts). Perfect paint. Coker, Speedway, Bob Drake, Superbell, Classic Instruments, SOCAL Speed Shop, BASF, Walker, Lokar, H&H and Firestone.

Young Guns

Dayton Jacobson

2000 Chevrolet S10

Booth: SEMA Young Guns

Booth/Location: 12475

1000hp built 5.3L aluminum block with a single turbo and built 4L80E transmission. 100% custom carbon-fiber/stainless grille. Panoramic glass sunroof. Six-piston Brembos up front, and 4-piston Brembos in the rear. 2020 Cadillac CTS-V hood vent placed in the highly fabbed hood. Leather and Alcantara trim with paint to match interior. Carbon-fiber bed floor with the center on an electric ram that opens up to access the rear suspension and fuel cell. Custom rear tail gate, Cadillac tail lights, handmade front bumper. Accuair E-Level Plus suspension, Ride Tech Shock Wave with four-link and Watts linkage. Three-piice wheels made to my spec and powdercoated by myself. Back-halved rear frame to fit the 335/30/19 tires. Massive sway bars. Narrowed Ford 9-in. rearend with a Strange case, Detroit Locker, 3.50 gears.

Chelsie Lesnoski

1993 Mazda RX-7 FD

Booth: SEMA Young Guns

Booth/Location: 12475

World's first mid-engine Audi 2.7 twin-turbo Mazda FD RX7. Custom metal 6-in. widebody with custom metal front fender vents, hood vents moulded in custom rear louvers, custom rear diffuser, custom lower aero, custom front trunk tubs with fuel cell in front. Custom twotone paint with satin and gloss finishes. Custom rear subframe to mate the midengined. Custom floor pans with tube bracing, custom rollcage, custom manifolds for rear-mount twin turbo in parallel form. Custom exhaust and rear axles. Custom dash and interior. Drive by wire throttle. Custom engine harness. Painted undercarriage. Custom bulletproof glass fire wall between seats and motor. Every nut, bolt, weld, paint done by my own hands.

Cole Marten

1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR

Booth: SEMA Young Guns

Booth/Location: 12475

World's first AWD 2JZ engine conversion. Custom front diff, trans tunnel and adaptor, plus AWD hydraulic controller. Custom left-hand drive converted as these cars never came left hand. Custom tubed front end with tubs shaved to look like engine is floating with no visible wires and no rubber hoses; all AN fittings, including radiator hoses. Moulded widebody with tubbed rear to accommodate the 6-in. width increase. Custom hood vent, fender vents, lower aero and diffsuer. Custom LHD dash and center console with touchscreen laptop and race display so I can tune on fly. A 1,000-whp 2JZ I built from a bare block with custom bottom mount turbo manifold I TIG'd. Three-piece wheels I assembled. Painted undercarriage with every part underneath powdercoate.

2021 SEMA BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS® Top 40

Hot Rod

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Booth Booth/Location
Brett Schmeski 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Mothers 81040
Mike Filion 1956 Oldsmobile 98 Wizard Products GL16
Mark Giambalvo 1930 Ford Model A 2-Door Sedan HRIA 23295
Lonnie Gilbertson 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Mothers 81040
Josh “Red” Gosnell 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback SEMA Builder Gallery D1T
Troy Gudgel 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe HRIA V0001-0008
Troy Gudgel 1969 Pontiac Firebird HRIA 23295
Robert Matranga 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Keystone 21249
Jeremy Miranda 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Meguiars 23643
Eddie Pettus 1941 Willys Coupe HRIA V001

Sport Compact

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Booth Booth/Location
Ryan Basseri 2007 Honda S2000 Turn 14 81050
Shawn Bassett 1999 Lexus GS300 TOYO Treadpass 26000
Peter Filippo 2019 BMW M2 HRIA V007
Marcus Fry 1972 Nissan 240z TOYO TREADPASS 26000
Samantha Frazier 1973 Nissan Datsun 240Z Mothers 81040
Paul Garcia 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR VSPEC CUB Elecparts 43137
Eddie Pettus 1961 Austin Healey Sprite BASF V034
John Sarkisyan 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL TOYO Treadpass 26000
Neil Tjin 2019 Ford Mach-E Ford 22200
Simo Veharanta 1982 Porsche 911 RSR CSF Radiator 21725

Truck/Off-Road

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Booth Booth/Location
Willie Davis 1971 Ford F100 Air Lift V081
Brad Deberti 1965 Chevrolet C10 HP Tuners 23365
Keith Kyker 1969 Ford F100 Wizard 70025
Jeremy Miranda 1959 Chevrolet Apache HRIA 23295
Craig Piggott 1974 Ford Bronco Roadster Shop C07
Kamaka Pocock 1967 Chevrolet C10 Mothers 81240
Daniel Smalley 1958 Chevrolet Apache Vibrant V146
Bryan Thompson 1934 Ford Pickup Mothers 81240
John Wargo 1968 Chevrolet C10 Sony 12229
Randy Weaver 1965 GMC C10 Adams Polishes 81160

Young Guns

BUILDERS Name Vehicle Booth Booth/Location
Kaylee Crayton 2013 Scion FR-S PAS Mag 22827
Thomas Dickerson 1967 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang SEMA Young Guns 12475
Ezra Evans 1951 Ford F1 Wizards V100
Dayton Jacobson 2000 Chevrolet S10 SEMA Young Guns 12475
Chelsie Lesnoski 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD ORACLE 12475
Cole Marten 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR SEMA Young Guns 12475
Jonas Neels 2008 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SEMA Young Guns 12475
James Thomas 1949 Ford F1 SEMA Young Guns 12475
Joe Wilder 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SEMA Young Guns 12475
Corey Williams 1968 Dodge Charger Mothers 81040

Connect With Us!

PROGRAM BENFITS

FEATURED IN SEMA PUBLICATIONS

EXPOSURE TO MILLIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

NETWORKING WITH TOP BUILDERS AND AFTERMARKET COMPANIES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

First, all builders with a vehicle displaying at the 2022 SEMA Show may enter the competition at www.semabotb.com before the deadline on October 14, 2022. Photos can be uploaded directly onto the online applications, which judges will use to select the finalists.

The second way builders may participate in the 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builder’s competition is through the Young Guns program. Preselected regional virtual corrals will award a limited number of BOTB entries to builders age 29 or younger (as of Nov. 4, 2022). 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 www.semayoungguns.com.

Yes. A vehicle must be approved by the Show committee to be on display at the SEMA Show and can be either a feature vehicle, or a booth vehicle. You may still enter the SEMA Battle of the Builders as you work to secure your vehicle spot at the Show. However, the BOTB will review all applications for the SEMA Battle of the Builders and check their status for displaying at the SEMA Show. Those vehicles who are registered for the BOTB, but not confirmed to display at the SEMA Show will not be allowed to continue in the BOTB competition.

The BOTB team will be in contact with you to set-up additional interviews and explain the next steps. You may also contact us at marketing@semaignited.com

Only an individual may enter. If you built the vehicle with the shop, you must have acted as a builder on the vehicle project.

Unfortunately, no. Only the individual who acted as a builder on the vehicle project may be listed.

Builders under the age of 29 (by November 4, 2022) may be able to compete in a SEMA Young Guns Virtual Regional corral. For more information, please visit www.semayoungguns.com.

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 who are under the age of 29 (as of Nov. 4, 2022). 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 virtual regional corral 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 then select 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 import/sport compact category and another 10 will be from Young Guns.) After the Top 40 finalists are announced, 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 regional Young Guns competitions leading up to the SEMA Show will be virtual. Once on site at the 2022 SEMA Show, all activities will be in-person.

Winners will be announced on November 4th at the 2022 SEMA Show and through Social Media.

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 can assess and determine the creativity, craftsmanship and skill that went into each vehicle, before selecting the winner.

SEMA Ignited, the official after party of the SEMA Show that is open to consumers is in the planning stages. Formore information please continue to visit semaignited.com.

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 29 or younger on November 4, 2022) 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.

INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY?

LEARN MORE