SEMA Young Guns Continue to Battle It Out Online in Southeast Virtual Qualifier

By Rich Hail

SEMA Young Guns
The next SEMA Young Guns regional qualifier will be held in the Southeast region Sunday, April 26, with the winner to be announced the following week on social media.

SEMA continues the national search for young builders to compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders with the next virtual Young Guns regional qualifier to be held for the Southeast region, Sunday, April 26, with the winner to be announced the following week on social media. Builders ages 27 and younger who live in the following participating Southeast states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida—are invited to register and submit photos and a written description of their vehicles for judging. Rules and judging criteria for the Young Guns regionals remain the same; however, all judging will take place via video.

“The virtual regional qualifier for the Young Guns has allowed SEMA to open up the competition to a much wider audience than ever before”, said Ira Gabriel, SEMA vice president of marketing, PR and communications. “During this period, great stories have emerged of young builders spending more time working on their vehicles with the desire to earn a spot at the SEMA Show, which is the biggest stage of the automotive aftermarket industry. With the virtual qualifier, we’re now reaching young builders all over the country through social media.”

For the past six years, young, up-and-coming builders from across North America have had the opportunity to display their talents through the Battle of the Builders Young Guns competition. Entrants are given the opportunity to compete across the United States at various regional events with the winners recognized for their talents with an all-expenses-paid trip for two, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot at the SEMA Show and automatic entry into the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

For more information and to register for a Young Guns event, visit