SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 46, November 13, 2014

Kyle Tucker Named SEMA Battle of the Builders™ Winner

By Della Domingo

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Kyle Tucker, with his ’69 Chevy Camaro, was the first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders™ winner.
   
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Event organizers estimated that more than 10,000 individuals attended SEMA Ignited.

With his ’69 Chevy Camaro, Kyle Tucker was the winner of the first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders™ competition. The announcement was made last week at SEMA Ignited, a new event designed to celebrate the builders and showcase products from the trade-only SEMA Show.

Tucker competed in the SEMA Battle of the Builders™ along with more than 125 vehicles customizers from throughout the country. Editors from leading auto magazines—Sam Du from Super Street, David Freiburger from Hot Rod and Fred Williams from Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road—selected the top-10 finalists for the competition. The finalists then became the judges to determine who would ultimately be named the winner of the competition.

Mike and Jim Ring, Jeff Kinsey and Kyle Tucker were announced as the top three competitors during SEMA Ignited, where producers were filming for a nationwide television special currently scheduled to air on the Velocity Network, March 8, 2015. The one-hour show will highlight innovations in vehicle customization and raise consumer awareness for the aftermarket industry. The TV show will profile Tucker as the first-ever SEMA Battle of the Builders™ winner, along with other competitors, to showcase the talent, creativity and craftsmanship involved with vehicle customization. While the SEMA Show is a trade show that is not open to the general public, SEMA Ignited was open to consumers and provided them with a chance to preview new automotive accessories on many of the vehicles that were on display during the 2014 SEMA Show week. Organizers estimate that more than 10,000 individuals attended SEMA Ignited.

2014 SEMA Battle of the Builders™ Participants

Top-10 Finalists:

  • Bobby Alloway, ’37 Chevy Coupe
  • Gordon Aram, ’78 Ford Mustang II
  • Mike and Jim Ring, ’66 Chevy Chevelle
  • Dale Dondel, ’14 Ford Raptor Pre-Runner
  • Rick Dore, ’48 Jaguar
  • Jeff Kinsey, ’32 Ford 4-Door Sedan
  • Troy Ladd, ’32 Ford Roadster
  • Larry McRae, Jeep JK
  • Steve Strope, ’67 Ford Black Ops Fairlane
  • Kyle Tucker, ’69 Camaro
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The top 10 builders’ cars were lined up beside the main stage.
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Mike and Jim Ring, Jeff Kinsey and Kyle Tucker were announced as the top three competitors during SEMA Ignited, where producers were filming for a nationwide television special currently scheduled to air on the Velocity Network, March 8, 2015.
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This season's final episode of “Overhaulin’” also was filmed during SEMA Ignited.
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The High Roller provided the perfect backdrop for the SEMA Ignited Event.

Entire List of SEMA Battle of the Builders™ Participants

Bobby Alloway   Paul Garcia   Jeff Kinsey   Chris Ross
Gordon Aram   Grant George   Troy Ladd   Tyler Scarfe
Ali Arsham   James Gill   Dave Lane   Jordan Schultz
Robert Atkins   Talbert Goldman   JF Launier   Casey Scranton
Jim Bassett   Jonathan Goolsby   Dave Lightner   Mike Self
Bob Bertelsen   Josh Govenor   Dan Long   Randy Sharpe
Ryan Bollens   Charles Grubb   Andrew Lowe   Brandon Sisco
Dave Brower   Max Grundy   Joe Lutz   Poison Spyder
Ernie Bunnell   Timothy Haase   Jeff Maldonado   Mark Stielow
Larry Burchett   Steve Hale   Chris Mangum   Steve Strope
Steven Burkett   Michael Hamrick   Maverick Mann-Brice   Bodie Stroud
Bruce Canepa   Frank Hansen   Duane Mayer   Alessandro Taltassori
Chris Carlson   Jared Hare   Greg McCallum   Roger Tessman
Steve Carpenter   Richard Harrison   Lonnie McCurry   Michael Thompson
Danny Carroll   Mitch Henderson   Blake Meaux   Greg Thurmond
Jason Cenora   Josh Henning   Jonathan Mill   Gene Marcel Tjin
Pete Chapouris   Chad Hill   Cam Miller   Neil Tjin
John Cole   TJ Hill   Nate Miller   John Toca
Complete Customs   Ralph Holguin   Jeremy Miranda   Kim Tremelling
Brian Deegan   Chris Holstrom   Rod Nielsen   Filip Trojanek
Dave Doetsch   Marcel Horn   George Ortiz   Kyle Tucker
Dale Dondale   Aaron Hubins   Mark Osmundson   Aaron Vaccar
Rick Dore   George Huisman   Jeff Page   Armando Verdugo
Caleb Drennen   Amber Huneycutt   Craig Paisley   Kenny Vinces
Chloe Eady   Robert Jackson   Cris Payne   Harry Wagner
Jason Engel   Bobby Johnson   Josh Peavler   Brad Ward
Ndubisi Ezerioha   Jason Jones   Preston Peebles   Jonathan Ward
Mike Filion   Steve Kelley   Murray Pfaff   John Wargo
Edward Fitzgerald   Jeffery Kesterson   Kurt Pfitzner   Randy Weaver
Kelly Fromm   Dieter-Heinz Kijora   Samuel Piazza   Dan Woods
Dimitrios Fuskandrakis   Dave Kindig   Scott Poncher   Mitchell Yow
Leif’s Garage   Chris King   Mike and Jim Ring   Mark Zarate
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