By Richard Hail
The fan vote winner will join the ranks of the other Young Guns regional contestants and compete in the 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition that includes more than 300 other custom builds.
Fifteen runners-up contestants are now eligible to win a coveted spot as a SEMA Young Guns contestant in the SEMA Battle of the Builders through an online public fan vote. The fan vote winner will join the ranks of the other Young Guns regional contestants and compete in the 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition that includes more than 300 other custom builds. Vehicles will be judged by a panel of industry experts and past Battle of the Builders finalists. Top winners of each category—Hot Rod, Sport Compact, Truck & Off-Road, and Young Guns—will be announced during SEMA360, taking place November 2-6, 2020.
This year’s Fan Vote contestants are:
- Brandon Henness, Westport, Washington – ’72 Datsun 240Z (@brandonhenness)
- Anthony Hawkins, Petaluma, California – ’51 Dodge Truck (@hawkins.built.manufacturing)
- Jeffrey McHaddad, Los Angeles, California – ’58 Chevrolet Apache (@the_divergent_chevy)
- Brandon Melvin, New Jersey – ’18 Dodge RAM (@B_melvin)
- Mike Norrbom, Sonoma, California – ’64 Pontiac GTO (@mikenorrbom)
- Tim Tannhauser, Chicago, Illinois – ’04 Subaru Forester (@tim.tann)
- Dalton Dewsnup, Tooele, Utah – ’52 Buick Roadmaster (@daltondewsnup)
- Jen D’Erasmo, The Bronx, New York – ’65 Buick Riviera (@jennafinaaa)
- Franciso Quiros, ’16 Jeep Wrangler (@franciscoq123)
- Blade Manning, ’62 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass (@blademanning)
- David Wait, ’72 Datsun 240Z (@carz_240z)
- Josh Newton, Buffalo, New York – ’33 REO Flying Cloud (@newton824)
- Allen Woodruff, Modena, New York – ’51 Ford Coupe (@Italianjbond)
- Austin Phipps, Hermiston, Oregon – ’08 GMC Sierra (@1radaccord)
- Aidan Stenkamp, Klamath Falls, Oregon – ’65 GMC C10 (@c10sten)
The industry and public are invited to vote once a day at www.semayoungguns.com (link to https://woobox.com/66kpje) through October 25. Be sure to follow your favorites on Instagram to see more details of their builds and to support these promising young builders.
The SEMA Young Guns Regional Program supports young, up-and-coming builders who may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate on a national stage, and allows young builders a chance to compete alongside proven car and truck customizers in the annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. For more information on SEMA360, visit www.sema360.com.