250 Custom Car Builders to Compete in 2016 SEMA Las Vegas ‘Battle of the Builders’
For an avid car fan, specifically those of you that enjoy personalizing their ride through aftermarket performance parts and accessories, SEMA Las Vegas is the Mecca, ground zero, of the rolling customized personal statement. Torque News was there in 2015 for the reveal of the 2016 Honda Ridgeline Desert Race Truck -- by SEMA standards, a ‘puff’ piece.
This show is way over the top -- a million square feet of custom car and truck entries brought in from every corner of the world -- and every conceivable restoration and modification part or accessory imaginable. In the first week of November, 250 custom car builders will compete in SEMA’s “Battle of the Builders.”Last year I drove a 4 day 2400 mile round robin to SEMA in this vehicle.
According to our friends at SEMA
Vehicle Builders Submit 250 Entries Into SEMA Builder Competition
-- SEMA introduces Young Guns recognition for up-and-coming builders competing side-by-side with industry icons and legends --
DIAMOND BAR, CA (October 10, 2016) – Featuring top vehicle builders who have proven their talents and craftsmanship by having a car or truck displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show, the third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition includes 250 applications, including builds from 98 up-and-coming “Young Guns.” As the basis for a nationwide television special, the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition honors SEMA Show vehicle builders, their vehicles and the products on those vehicles.
Industry experts will select the top 10 finalists during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. The 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.
Hosted by Chris Jacobs and Adrienne “AJ” Janic from “Overhaulin’”, the competition includes special recognition for builders under the age of 35 who are entered in SEMA Battle of the Builders.
To learn more about the competition or about SEMA Ignited, visitwww.semaignited.com.
About SEMA Battle of the Builders:
SEMA Battle of the Builders is a competition that honors and recognizes top vehicle builders who have proven their skills by showcasing a car or truck at the world’s premier automotive trade show – the SEMA Show. Builders from all market segments compete for the title of the Ultimate Vehicle Builder, as their talents and craftsmanship are highlighted at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas as well as documented through media coverage throughout the world. The winner is announced at the official SEMA Show after party, SEMA Ignited, which is open to consumers at the end of the four-day trade show. Additional details are available atwww.semaignited.com.
The complete list of competitors for the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition is:
Anthony De Guzman
EJ and Amy Fitzgerald
Jeremy and Phil Gerber
Mike and Jim Ring
For more information on the competition, visit www.semashow.com/botb.
On a personal note: I look forward to saying hi to old and new friends at SEMA Show Las Vegas 2016. Look for me at the Honda, Acura display. I’ll see you the first week in November.