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 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

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