SEMA Announces Battle of the Builders Top 12 Finalists

2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders

Winner to be announced Friday, November 2, at SEMA Ignited

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 31, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) today announced the Top 12 finalists in the fifth annual SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition, the event that determines the builder the aftermarket community considers best.

The 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition began with more than 300 vehicles entered into the annual competition by vehicle builders and car customizers from across the United States. These builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs.

The 2018 Battle of the Builders Top 12 finalists are:

Dale Boesch – 1936 Ford Roadster
Phil & Jeremy Gerber – 1970 Chevy Camaro
Kyle Tucker – 1969 Chevy Camaro

Rod Nielsen – 1972 Mazda R100
Igor Polishchuk – 1987 BMW 325
Muzzy Yousefi – 2004 Nissan 350Z

Jason Graham – 1934 Ford Pickup
Eddie Pettus – 1932 Willys Aircraft Refueling Truck
Jeremiah Proffitt – 1993 Toyota 79 Series

Dylan Goacher – 1968 Chevy Nova
Kyle Kuhnhausen – 1972 Datsun 240Z
Zach Lagarenne – 1988 BMW M3

Industry experts narrowed the field to select the top 12 finalists, who will now judge one another on Friday at the SEMA Show and vote to determine who will be named the Ultimate Builder of the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders winner will be announced at SEMA Ignited, taking place after the trade-only SEMA Show closes, on Friday, November 2, from 3-10 pm, in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Platinum Lot, located on the east side of LVCC (on Swenson Street, between Desert Inn Road and Sierra Vista Drive). Hundreds of vehicles will exit the Las Vegas Convention Center after the SEMA Show for the SEMA Cruise and make their way to SEMA Ignited. Formula Drift demonstrations, exhibitors, products and celebrities from the SEMA Show will be on-hand along with food trucks, music and entertainment.

SEMA Ignited is open to the public and allows enthusiasts a chance to see many of the industry’s latest in automotive accessories on many of the 2018 SEMA Show vehicles that were on display during the 2018 SEMA Show.

To secure a ticket or more information about SEMA Ignited, visit For more information on the competition, 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