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Top 10 SEMA Battle of the Builders® Finalists Announced

Battle of the Builders
The Top 10 Battle of the Builders Vehicles were judged by industry experts David Freiburger, Hot Rod Magazine (middle); Fred Williams, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road; and RJ de Vera (right), Meguiar’s.


SEMA announced the Top Ten builders in the SEMA Battle of the Builders® Competition. They now advance to the next round where Showgowers and the public watch as they evaluate and judge one another’s vehicle before the ultimate winner is announced at SEMA Ignited, Friday, November 6.

The Top Ten builders will judge each other from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, November 6, and the Top Three Finalists will be announced at 3:30 p.m. at the SEMA Show Car Crazy Stage. The winner will be announced later that evening at SEMA Ignited.

The 2015 Battle of the Builders Top Ten are (in alpha order):

  • Bobby Alloway, 1933 Ford Roadster
  • Ryan Basseri, Honda Integra Type R
  • Chip Foose, 1965 Impala 
  • Jeremy Gerber, 1973 Camaro
  • Phil/Jeremy Gerber, 2015 Chevy Colorado
  • Alan Johnson, 1953 Studebaker
  • Eric Kozeluh, 1995 Toyota Supra
  • Andy Leach, 1962 Chevy Bubble Top
  • Jim and Mike Ring, Mustang Fastback
  • Kyle Tucker, 1970 Chevy Chevelle

Introduced at the SEMA Show last year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition began with more than 200 vehicle builders and car customizers entering 260 custom cars competing for the coveted title of Top Builder. The Top Ten represent the most skilled in their trade, modifying cars, trucks and SUVs and inspiring the aftermarket community with their ingenuity and expertise. Builders who make it to the Top Ten round of competition will select amongst themselves who will be named Top Builder.

The vehicles were judged by industry experts: David Freiburger, Hot Rod Magazine; Fred Williams, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road; and RJ de Vera, Meguiar’s. The public is invited to attend SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA afterparty, 7:30 p.m., November 6, to share in the excitement as the Battle of the Builders Winner is announced.

SEMA Ignited features hundreds of cars, demonstrations, and entertainment from the SEMA Show and is open from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Gold Lot. Details are at