Battle of the Builders Interest Continues to Grow

SEMA News—January 2017


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By Juan Torres

In only three years, the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, held annually during the SEMA Show, has grown by leaps and bounds, and interest in this year’s edition was at an all-time high. Thanks in part to more than 250 vehicles that were entered into the competition and the new Young Guns distinction for builders who were 34 years old and under, this year’s contest generated plenty of media coverage (see the samples below) and will again be showcased in its own hour-long TV special that will air February 6, 2017, on the Velocity Network.

Hot Rod MagHot Rod

Hot Rod magazine is among the many media outlets that covered this year’s Battle of the Builders.

It provided a detailed account of the competition in its “SEMA Battle of the Builders Crowns a King” article, from the naming of the Top 10 builders to a description of the judging process thereafter, which culminated in the crowning of Cam Miller as this year’s Top Builder during SEMA Ignited.

Big Mike was named to the Top 10 in the Battle of the Builders competition, and Speedhunters gave the Young Gun builder’s entry—a ’92 Honda Prelude—well-deserved coverage through a detailed article highlighting several of the products used in the car.

Many of the items that helped the pristine build stand out in the competition were manufactured by SEMA Show exhibitors.
Bodyworx ProfessionalBodyworx Professional

For a description of each builder in the Top 10, Mike Davey’s four-page article in the December issue of Bodyworx Professional is a great option.

Heard in Social Media

“Congratulations to our friends at HS Customs for winning SEMA’s Battle of the Builders with their gorgeous ’69 Camaro!”—DUB Magazine, via Facebook

“Here at SEMA visiting my friend @thebigmike to see his new Prelude build. What a detail-oriented and beautiful build. Congrats and good luck to him in the #battleofthebuilders contest!”—Karla Pestotnik Racing, via Facebook

“Congrats to @BradDeberti and @Ringbrothers for making top 10 Battle of the Builders with these #QA1Equipped vehicles! #SEMA2016”—QA1, via Twitter

“It’s easy to see why the @Ringbrothers G-Code was a finalist in the Battle of the Builders.”—Royal Purple, via Twitter


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