By SEMA News Editors
“SEMA: Battle of the Builders” Chronicles 2018 Competition
Motor Trend Network Special to Air January 7
The “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” TV special chronicles the fifth-annual competition, giving a behind-the-scenes look and culminating with the announcement of the winner, which took place at SEMA Ignited after the close of the SEMA Show.
The top four contestants from SEMA’s 2018 Battle of the Builders competition will be featured along with many other SEMA Show builders in a new episode of the TV special “SEMA: Battle of the Builders.” Hosted by Adrienne “AJ” Janic and racer Tanner Foust, the one-hour special will air on the Motor Trend Network at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on January 7, 2019.
The 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition included submissions from seasoned builders as well as new customizers, representing an elite group of individuals who demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs. The program was expanded this year to recognize winners in each of the four different categories, with Kyle Tucker winning the Hot Rod title, Eddie Pettus earning the Truck/Off-Road honor, Rod Nielsen scoring in Sport Compact, and Kyle Kuhnhausen in Young Guns.
Tucker was crowned the overall winner of the fifth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition for his ’69 Chevy Camaro during SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party.
Tucker’s ’69 Camaro (sponsored by exhibitor ARP) beat out the amazing builds of Top 4 finalists Pettus (’32 Willys aircraft refueling truck, BASF), Nielsen (’72 Mazda R100, Tire Stickers), and Young Gun Kuhnhausen (’72 Nissan 240Z, Young Guns Regional Winner from Goodguys).
Industry experts RJ DeVera of Meguiar’s, David Freiburger of Motor Trend Group and Fred Williams of Motor Trend Group narrowed down the field of nearly 300 entries (an increase in participation from last year) to the Top 10 in each category before selecting the Top 12 builds overall. The 12 finalists then took over judging duties and voted to name Tucker the overall winner.
For more information about the 2018 Battle of the Builders competition and to see behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of some of this year’s contestants, visit www.sema.org/botb or the SEMA YouTube channel.
A panel of industry experts narrowed the Battle of the Builders entries from nearly 300 to 12 before the builders themselves took over the judging process to select the winner.
Kyle Tucker’s ’69 Camaro (sponsored by exhibitor ARP) beat out the amazing builds of Top 4 finalists Eddie Pettus (’32 Willys aircraft refueling truck, BASF), Rod Nielsen (’72 Mazda R100, Tire Stickers), and Young Gun Kyle Kuhnhausen (’72 Nissan 240Z, Young Guns Regional Winner from Goodguys).