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Battle of the Builders TV Special to Air January 2

By SEMA Editors

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With his ’29 Ford Model A Tudor sedan, Troy Trepanier was named the winner of the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition during SEMA Ignited.

A new episode of the TV special “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” will premiere on the Velocity Channel, Tuesday, January 2, 2018. The one-hour program has aired on the network since 2015, giving viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the SEMA Show, up-close footage of the vehicles and exclusive interviews with builders as they share their personal stories and journey to the SEMA Show. For many of the builders, SEMA Battle of the Builders is their chance to prove that they are among the elite.

“As a trade-only event that is not open to the general public, the SEMA Show is where every car fanatic dreams of going,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “SEMA Ignited—the official SEMA Show after-party—has made it possible for consumers to participate in the excitement. The Battle of the Builders TV special also gives viewers who have never experienced the SEMA Show an opportunity to see what actually happens, while those who attended the Show get to relive the experience.”

In addition to all the customized cars and trucks entered into Battle of the Builders, this year's competition featured expanded recognition for the Young Guns category, which shines the light on young, up-and-coming builders in the automotive industry. Automotive YouTubers Michael Nguyen (Smurfinwrx) and David Patterson (Thatdudeinblue) served as Young Guns judges, joining returning judges RJ DeVera of Meguiar’s, David Freiburger from TEN: The Enthusiast Network and Fred Williams from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road.

For more details about SEMA Battle of the Builders and the TV special airing January 2, 2018, at 10:00 p.m. (PST/EST), visit