The Cream of the Customizing Crop

SEMA News—June 2019


By Juan Torres

The Cream of the Customizing Crop

For the last five years, top vehicle builders from all over the world have helped SEMA Show exhibitors showcase their products and stand out by entering the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. The sixth annual contest will again shine a spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of these builders, who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world. All competitors are recognized in SEMA Show publications and on signage at the event, and many are featured in publications like the ones below and in a one-hour, nationwide television special that airs throughout the year. (The next airings of the 2018 competition will be shown June 5 and July 5 on MotorTrend TV Network.)


MSN picked up and ran Hot Rod’s article on Kyle Tucker and his ’69 Camaro called “Tux,” which won the overall 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders title. Tucker, who survived a field of more than 300 entries to secure the title, took nine years to complete the build.


The Gazette


Steve Gravelle wrote a feature article on local car builder Eddie Pettus, who has entered the two most recent Battle of the Builders competitions. After being named among the Top 12 finalists in 2017, Pettus won the Truck/Off-Road title last year with a ’32 Willys aircraft refueling truck.


Muscle Car PlusMuscle Car

Canadian builder Rod Nielsen made the trek to the 2018 SEMA Show pay off when his unique ’72 Mazda R100 won the SEMA Battle of the Builders Sport Compact title. Nielsen garnered extensive coverage thanks to Richardt Scholz’s article. His car also graced the cover of Muscle Car Plus.


Heard on Social Media

“Don’t forget the #SEMA Battle of the Builders #BOTB #TV special, tonight on the #MotorTrend network—click through to the article for details!”—AutoNewsblaster, via Twitter

“I want to bring a Tomahawk missile to a knife fight.’ Kyle Kuhnhausen’s LS-swapped 240Z might be the meanest Datsun around. It’ll surely be a major contender at this year’s Battle of the Builders.”—Turnology, via Facebook

“Kyle Tucker was crowned the 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.”—Autobody News, via Twitter


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