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125+ to Compete in SEMA Battle of the Builders™

By Della Domingo

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The first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders™ competition will take place at SEMA Ignited, Friday, November 7, 2014.

More than 125 vehicle builders and car customizers have been entered into the first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders™ competition taking place at SEMA Ignited, Friday, November 7, 2014. The builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs.

Editors of leading automotive magazines—Sam Du from Super Street, David Freiburger from Hot Rod, and Fred Williams from Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road—will select the Top-10 builders, who will be announced at the 2014 SEMA Show, Tuesday, November 4. These 10 finalists will then judge one another and vote to determine who will be named the ultimate winner in the 2014 SEMA Battle of the Builders™.

The competition is the foundation for a nationwide television special to be aired on the Velocity Network that will be filmed Friday, November 7, from 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. at the inaugural SEMA Ignited—an event taking place after the trade-only SEMA Show closes. Hundreds of vehicles will exit the Las Vegas Convention Center after the 2014 SEMA Show ends and make their way to The LINQ near the Las Vegas Strip, where SEMA Ignited will take place. They will join exhibitors, products and celebrities from the SEMA Show at The LINQ, along with food trucks, music and entertainment.

While the SEMA Show is a trade show that is not open to the general public, SEMA Ignited is open to consumers and allows attendees a chance to preview the industry’s latest automotive accessories on many of the 2014 SEMA Show vehicles that were on display during the week.

To secure a free ticket or more information about SEMA Ignited, visit

The builders participating in SEMA Ignited’s Battle of the Builders™ are:

Bobby Alloway
 Paul Garcia
 Jeff Kinsey
 Chris Ross
Gordon Aram
 Grant George
 Troy Ladd
 Tyler Scarfe
Ali Arsham
 James Gill
 Dave Lane
 Jordan Schultz
Robert Atkins
 Talbert Goldman
 JF Launier
 Casey Scranton
Jim Bassett
 Jonathan Goolsby
 Dave Lightner
 Mike Self
Bob Bertelsen
 Josh Govenor
 Dan Long
 Randy Sharpe
Ryan Bollens
 Charles Grubb
 Andrew Lowe
 Brandon Sisco
Dave Brower
 Max Grundy
 Joe Lutz
 Poison Spyder
Ernie Bunnell
 Timothy Haase
 Jeff Maldonado
 Mark Stielow
Larry Burchett
 Steve Hale
 Chris Mangum
 Steve Strope
Steven Burkett
 Michael Hamrick
 Maverick Mann-Brice
 Bodie Stroud
Bruce Canepa
 Frank Hansen
 Duane Mayer
 Alessandro Taltassori
Chris Carlson
 Jared Hare
 Greg McCallum
 Roger Tessman
Steve Carpenter
 Richard Harrison
 Lonnie McCurry
 Michael Thompson
Danny Carroll
 Mitch Henderson
 Blake Meaux
 Greg Thurmond
Jason Cenora
 Josh Henning
 Jonathan Mill
 Gene Marcel Tjin
Pete Chapouris
 Chad Hill
 Cam Miller
 Neil Tjin
John Cole
 TJ Hill
 Nate Miller
 John Toca
Complete Customs
 Ralph Holguin
 Jeremy Miranda
 Kim Tremelling
Brian Deegan
 Chris Holstrom
 Rod Nielsen
 Filip Trojanek
Dave Doetsch
 Marcel Horn
 George Ortiz
 Kyle Tucker
Dale Dondale
 Aaron Hubins
 Mark Osmundson
 Aaron Vaccar
Rick Dore
 George Huisman
 Jeff Page
 Armando Verdugo
Caleb Drennen
 Amber Huneycutt
 Craig Paisley
 Kenny Vinces
Chloe Eady
 Robert Jackson
 Cris Payne
 Harry Wagner
Jason Engel
 Bobby Johnson
 Josh Peavler
 Brad Ward
Ndubisi Ezerioha
 Jason Jones
 Preston Peebles
 Jonathan Ward
Mike Filion
 Steve Kelley
 Murray Pfaff
 John Wargo
Edward Fitzgerald
 Jeffery Kesterson
 Kurt Pfitzner
 Randy Weaver
Kelly Fromm
 Dieter-Heinz Kijora
 Samuel Piazza
 Dan Woods
Dimitrios Fuskandrakis
 Dave Kindig
 Scott Poncher
 Mitchell Yow
Leif’s Garage
 Chris King
 Mike and Jim Ring
 Mark Zarate