-- Highly anticipated television special returns to A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block --

-- Cam Miller, Jeremiah Proffitt, RJ DeVera, Kyle Kuhnhausen serve as judges --


DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2021) – The 2021 SEMA Battle of the Builders® competition received more than 240 applications this year from vehicle builders vying for the top title in the prestigious contest. The exclusive competition is open to builders with vehicles displayed at the world’s leading automotive trade event.

After a one-year hiatus from Las Vegas, the SEMA Battle of the Builders returns to the SEMA Show being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 2-5. The competition serves as the focal point for a nationwide television special and provides builders and exhibitors with increased brand awareness.

“There is pent-up demand to reconnect at the SEMA Show, which is evident through the strong participation we are seeing in the SEMA Battle of the Builders,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA Vice President of Events. “It will be great to see the amazing vehicles and hear the stories behind the builds at this year’s SEMA Show.”

SEMA has once again chosen to air the Battle of the Builders television special 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; RJ DeVera from Meguiar’s; and Kyle Kuhnhausen, who placed first in the Young Guns category in 2018. The four judges will select the top builders in the categories Hot Rod, Truck/Off-road, Sport Compact, and Young Guns, which represents builders aged 27 or younger.

The 40 finalists will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 2, followed by the Top 12 finalists announcement on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The 12 remaining competitors will then take on judging duties to determine the ultimate winner, who will be announced prior to SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party held on Nov. 5.

For more information about the 2021 Battle of the Builders competition and to see behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of some of this year's contestants, visit  or SEMA's YouTube channel. For tickets to SEMA Ignited, the official after-party of the SEMA Show, please visit

About SEMA and the SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience, and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or