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NEARLY 300 VEHICLE CUSTOMIZERS VYING IN SIXTH ANNUAL SEMA BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS®
-- Television special premieres for first time ever on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block --
-- Cam Miller, Jeremiah Proffitt, RJ DeVera serve as judges --
“Since the competition debuted in 2014, the SEMA Battle of the Builders has given hundreds of builders added exposure,” said Ira Gabriel, SEMA VP of Marketing, PR and Communications. “The media attention has also motivated and inspired consumers and enthusiasts to modify their vehicles.”
This year’s SEMA Battle of the Builders is being filmed for a television special that will air for the first time ever on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block. Judging this year’s competition are Cam Miller, 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders winner; Jeremiah Proffitt, a Top 12 finalist from the 2018 program; and RJ DeVera from Meguiar’s.
“A+E Networks is pleased to bring Battle of the Builders to its new home on FYI and HISTORY in 2020,” said Christian Murphy, Head of Enthusiast Brands, A+E Networks. “This original programming – showcasing truckloads of talent, craftsmanship and creativity – epitomizes the type of insider-content our passionate audiences are eager to engage with and find on our enthusiast blocks.”
The three SEMA Battle of the Builders judges will select the top builders in the hot rod, truck/off-road and sport compact categories, while social media influencers select top builders in the category referred to as “Young Guns,” which represents builders age 27 or younger.
The Top 12 finalists will be announced during the SEMA Show on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and then they will become the judges to determine the ultimate winner who is announced at the official SEMA Show after party, SEMA Ignited held on Nov. 8.
“The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition has become a coveted honor for builders and a great way to celebrate the passion and excitement of the industry,” said Gabriel. “We’re excited to bring the SEMA Battle of the Builders to FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block and looking forward to engaging their audiences.”
For more information about the 2019 Battle of the Builders competition and to see behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of some of this year's contestants, visit www.sema.org/botb or SEMA's YouTube channel. For information about attending SEMA Ignited, the official after-party of the SEMA Show, please visit www.semaignited.com.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $44.6 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com, or www.performanceracing.com.