SEMA News—May 2020


By Juan Torres

The Search Continues

For the fourth consecutive year, SEMA is traveling across the country as part of its Young Guns program ( to support and encourage builders ages 27 years and younger. The association has partnered with 13 events across the country to identify Young Guns who possess exceptional car-building skills, craftsmanship and ingenuity. One winner from each event will receive, among other prizes, an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to participate in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. The publications below are among those that have reported on the program.

Super StreetSuper Street

Last year’s Young Guns program made a stop at the Formula Drift event in Long Beach, California. For his event report, Super Street editor Bob Hernandez interviewed industry veteran Big Mike, who was among the judges who named Steven Nadaskai’s ’11 Volkswagen GTI the Young Guns winner.


Kelowna Capital News


Chelsie Lesnoski and her ’13 Scion FR-S won the online fan vote for the last spot in the 2019 SEMA Young Guns regional program. She went on to score a Top 10 finish in the Battle of the Builders Young Guns category at the SEMA Show.


Torqued Magazine


When SEMA announced this year’s Young Guns program, Hoss Nobles was quick to inform his readers about it. In addition to a winner being named at each event, all eligible runners-up will have a chance to take part in an online fan vote to determine a 14th participant.



Heard on Social Media

“#SEMA has named the first nine contestants in the Young Guns category for Battle of the Builders 2019 #BOTB—and YOU can vote for the 10th competitor until October 4.”—AutoNewsblaster, via Facebook

“BTS looked into the Young Guns Battle of the Builders and hoped that it inspires some of you to enter next year and grow this whole thing!”—Krispy Media,
via YouTube

“This Saturday at 9:00 a.m., I am talking with Austin Haynes, builder and winner of the SEMA Top 10 Young Guns Award at the 2019 SEMA Show.”—S.I. Car News, via Facebook

“We had the chance to go around and interview five of the 10 young builders and hear more of the story on why they built the car.”—Riding With Alex Taylor, via YouTube


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