SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting announces the top 10 finalists for the first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders competition taking place at SEMA Ignited, Friday, November 7.
By SEMA Editors
More than 125 vehicle builders and car customizers entered the first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders competition taking place at SEMA Ignited, Friday, November 7. The builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs.
Judges—editors of leading automotive magazines—Sam Du from Super Street, David Freiburger from Hot Rod, and Fred Williams from Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road—have selected the Top 10 builders:
- Dale Dondel, ’14 Ford Raptor Pre-Runner
- Kyle Tucker, ’69 Camaro
- Larry McCrae, Jeep JK
- Ringbrothers, ’66 Chevy Chevelle
- Troy Ladd, ’32 Ford Roadster
- Jeff Kinsey, ’32 Ford 4-Door Sedan
- Steve Strope, ’67 Ford Black Ops Fairlane
- Gordon Aram, ’78 Ford Mustang II
- Bobby Alloway, ’37 Chevy Coupe
- Rick Dore, ’48 Jaguar
These 10 finalists will now 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 that will be filmed at the inaugural SEMA Ignited, an event taking place after the trade-only SEMA Show closes, on Friday, November 7, from 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Hundreds of vehicles will exit the Las Vegas Convention Center after the SEMA Show and make their way to The LINQ near the strip in Las Vegas, where SEMA Ignited will be taking place. They will join exhibitors, products and celebrities from the SEMA Show at The LINQ, along with food trucks, music and entertainment.