Deadline Approaching for Exclusive SEMA Show Vehicle Builders Opportunity

By Becca Butler

Exhibitors are encouraged to enter their vehicles into the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, taking place after the Show floor closes Friday, November 4.

The deadline to enter this year’s SEMA Battle of the Builders is Thursday, September 15. This one-of-a-kind competition is open exclusively to those with a booth or feature vehicle at the 2016 SEMA Show. The program celebrates the talents of proven vehicle builders and highlights their craftsmanship through increased media exposure, including a television special that airs on the Velocity Network. All types of vehicles are encouraged to enter. Visit to enter today!

Got Questions? Below are some FAQs:

Q: What is SEMA Battle of the Builders?

A: A competition that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of SEMA vehicle builders.

Q: Who can enter?

A: The only requirement is that your vehicle must be sponsored by an exhibiting company (either a booth or feature vehicle). If a builder has more than one vehicle, he/she may submit an entry for each vehicle.

Q: How is the winner selected?

A: Industry experts RJ deVera, David Freiburger and Fred Williams will narrow the list of entries down to the Top 10, which will be announced during the week of the SEMA Show. The 10 finalists will then take over and evaluate one another’s vehicles, before the ultimate winner is announced Friday, November 4, at SEMA Ignited—the official SEMA Show after-party that is open to the general public

Q: How is this year’s competition different?

A: New for 2016 is a special program for builders under the age of 35 called “Young Guns.” Participants who enter and qualify as a Young Gun will receive additional recognition through their participation in the overall competition. The Young Guns Program allows SEMA to shine the spotlight on up-and-coming builders who have demonstrated that they can compete with industry veterans and icons. All participants will still fight for a spot in the Top 21, Top 10 and ultimately to be named the winner.

Q: How do I know if I classify as a Young Gun?

A: To be considered a Young Gun, you must be 34 years old or younger on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Q: What if I have more questions/want more details?

A: Contact Mike Robleto at, 213-595-4720 or visit