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Battle of the Builders: Behind the Scenes With Larry McRae

Nicknamed “Crispy,” Larry McRae's Jeep Wrangler was completely rebuilt after a fire left only the frame and part of the tub.
By David Hakim

Larry McRae likes to get dirty. And by just looking at the extreme off-road Jeeps that come out of his shop, you can see that all too well. McRae owns Poison Spyder—a company that supplies hardcore Jeep products for diehard enthusiasts, building on a love of four-wheeling that began as a child.

As a youngster, McRae and his father took their family Bronco out to explore the deserts and mountains of the southwest. From the first time his father let him take the wheel of that Bronco, he was hooked, and that passion has only grown since.

Today, Jeep models are his focus, and many of the Jeeps that McRae and his shop have built have been featured in magazines and recognized in the industry. Recently, that included a Jeep JK Wrangler being named a Top-10 finalist in SEMA’s first Battle of the Builders competition during its SEMA Ignited event.

Nicknamed “Crispy,” this Wrangler was completely rebuilt after a fire left only the frame and part of the tub. Every part of this build was designed and built by Poison Spyder’s engineers and shop staff. The most unique feature of Crispy is how much it still looks like a Jeep even though it is a full race vehicle. To garner its position in the Top 10 of 2014’s Battle of the Builders shows their level of excellence in modification is indeed “well-done.”

Check out this behind-the-scenes video from the SEMA Battle of the Builders TV special and tune in to the Velocity Network this Saturday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) to catch the full program. For more information and to learn about how you can be part of the 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders Competition, visit