By SEMA Editors
Young Gun Brad DeBerti, 22, reached last year’s Battle of the Builders Top 10 with his ’17 Ford Raptor.
SEMA has selected events produced by Bonnier Corp.’s Family Events division as regional qualifiers for a limited number of open spots in the SEMA Battle of the Builders “Young Guns” competition at the 2017 SEMA Show. Two 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals participants and one Street Machine Nationals participant will receive spots as Young Guns in the competition at the 2017 SEMA Show, including a trip to Las Vegas.
4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals participants aged 27 and younger can compete at the Lima, Ohio (May 19–21), and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (July 7–9), events for the top “Young Guns” spots. Professional judges will choose one winner from each of these two 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals events to win the grand prize, including the trip to Vegas and a spot in the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders “Young Guns” competition.
Street Machine Nationals professional judges will award the top Young Gun-qualifying vehicle at the DuQuoin event, June 23–25, 2017. That winner will receive an expense-paid trip to compete in the Young Guns regional finals at the St. Paul, Minnesota, event (July 14–16, 2017). Expenses to be provided include one complimentary vehicle registration to the St. Paul event, two nights’ lodging in St. Paul at a designated Family Events-partner hotel and $200 toward other expenses. Street Machine Nationals professional judges will choose one winner from all competing cars at the St. Paul event to win the grand prize including the trip to Vegas and a spot in the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders "Young Guns" competition.
The Grand Prize
Three young Family Events participant builders (two 4-Wheel Jamboree participants and one Street Machine Nationals participant) will win the opportunity to have their custom creation compete at the 2017 SEMA Show. SEMA Battle of the Builders is an elite competition that recognizes vehicles displayed at the world’s premier automotive trade show. The SEMA Young Guns prize package consists of:
- A trip for the winner (and a guest) to the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
- Round-trip coach class airfare to the 2017 SEMA Show.
- Five nights’ lodging in Las Vegas at a designated SEMA-partner hotel.
- $500 toward other expenses.
- Vehicle transportation to and from the 2017 SEMA Show for the winner’s vehicle.
- A designated feature vehicle display spot at the 2017 SEMA Show.
- Credentials for winner (plus one guest) to the 2017 SEMA Show.
- Automatic entry to the 2017 SEMA Battle of Builders competition.
Young builders who are interested in pursuing the “Young Gun” competition will find complete information, qualifications and rules at www.4wheeljamboree.com/young-guns and www.streetmachinenationals.net/sema-young-guns.