By SEMA Editors
Young builders all over the country are competing in the SEMA Young Guns Regional competition for a chance to win a trip to the 2019 trade-only SEMA Show and have their vehicle displayed at the Show. SEMA stopped and talked to Keenen LaCour at the TX2K in Houston—one of the regional qualifier stops for the competition.
Keenan LaCour’s 1,100-hp Mitsubishi Evo is the SEMA Young Guns: Battle of the Builders Regional Winner at the TX2K this past March. Check out this builder profile video for a preview of one of the amazing builds you’ll see in November.
LaCour is truly passionate about his ’03 Mitsubishi Evo 8. Seven years ago he started out with a completely stock Lancer Evolution and that was only the beginning of this passion project. Over time, he added a Precision turbo, aluminum rods, upgraded the transmission and ECU and much more. After numerous tweaks and a custom tune, LaCour’s Evo 8 is now putting out 1,106 hp at 51 lb.-ft. of boost. All of the trial and error has paid off as LaCour earned himself a spot at the SEMA Show with this build.
The Battle of the Builders competition celebrates the amazing craftsmanship and talents of people who create and build some of the most unique cars in the world. The “Young Guns” classification is exclusive to up-and-coming builders who are 27 years old and younger and have performed the majority of the work on their vehicles.
The regional competitions open the program up to 10 more “Young Guns” who may not already be showcasing a vehicle at the SEMA Show, by partnering with event organizers throughout the country. The grand prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2019 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot and entry into the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.