SEMA Show Vehicle Builders Invited to Apply for Top Competition

DIAMOND BAR, CA – August 23, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Builders of SEMA Show vehicles will take center stage in the third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. Introduced in 2014 to recognize and celebrate proven vehicle builders in all market segments, including hot rod, offroad and sport compact, the SEMA Battle of the Builders is considered to be the ultimate builder competition and is open at


The Top 10 Battle of the Builders participants review and evaluate one another’s vehicles, before the ultimate winner is announced on the final day of the SEMA Show.

As in previous years, candidates for top honors will be selected and announced during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. The competition will also be televised in a nationwide airing on the Velocity Network. New for 2016 is a special recognition program for builders under the age of 35. Participants who enter and qualify as a “Young Gun” will receive additional exposure through their participation in the overall competition.


Thousands of fans watch as the winner of the SEMA Battle of the Builders is announced and filmed for a nationwide television special.

“The Young Guns Program allows us to shine the spotlight on up-and-coming builders who have demonstrated that they can compete with industry veterans and icons,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA’s President and CEO. “These young builders, just like all the builders from the SEMA Show, have already proven themselves simply by having a vehicle at the SEMA Show. There is no question that they are amazing builders. The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition allows us to celebrate their talents and share it with the rest of the world.”


Television stars Chris Jacobs (left), and Adrienne Janic (right) interview 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders winner Bobby Alloway at SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after party where the competition culminates.

Industry experts RJ deVera, David Freiburger and Fred Williams are confirmed as judges for the competition. They will narrow the list of entries down to the Top 10, who will be announced during the week of the SEMA Show. The ten finalists will then take over and evaluate one another’s vehicle, before the ultimate winner is announced Friday, Nov. 4, at SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after party that is open to the general public.

For details on last year’s competition and winner, or to enter the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders, visit

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 or, 909/396-0289.

Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association

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