Six Vehicle Builders Awarded Entry into SEMA Battle of the Builders® Competition

Sept. 19, 2017

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Six Vehicle Builders Awarded Entry into SEMA Battle of the Builders® Competition
-- Young Guns Winners to Compete at Premier Automotive Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV --

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2017) -- The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced six regional Young Guns winners who will be awarded a trip to the 2017 SEMA Show and automatic entry into this year’s SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition.

In an effort to identify and support young builders who may not already have an approved vehicle at the 2017 SEMA Show, SEMA partnered with regional event promoters during the past six months to provide heightened exposure for up-and-coming builders. Builders age 27 or younger were selected by partnering organizations (AutoCon, Bonnier and Goodguys) to receive a Young Guns prize package that includes an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2017 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot at the Show and entry into the Battle of the Builders.

Young Guns regional winners are:

  • Dylan Colman: 1996 BMW e30 M3 (Winner of AutoCon Los Angeles, from Los Angeles, CA)
  • Austin Haynes: 1970 C/10 (Winner of Street Machine Nationals, from Johnson City, IL)
  • Zach Johanson: 1970 Camaro (Winner of West Coast Nationals, from Hayward, CA)
  • Jacob Neuenschwander: 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 (Winner of 4Wheel Jamboree, from Bluffton, OH)
  • Henry Song: 2015 BMW 135 (Winner of AutoCon East, from Annandale, VA)
  • Cody Taintor: 1996 Ford Bronco (Winner of Bloomsburg 4-Wheel Jamboree, from Egg Harbor Township, NJ)

The regional Young Guns winners will now participate in the competition that includes more than 300 entries. Finalists will be announced during the SEMA Show, with the winner crowned at the official SEMA Show after-party, SEMA Ignited, on Friday, Nov. 3, in Las Vegas, NV.

The competition is the basis for a nationwide television special that will premiere on the Velocity Channel in January 2018. Features and behind-the-scenes footages from the exclusive trade-only SEMA Show will be shown during the television special.

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About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $41.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit , or

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