By SEMA Editors
Young builders all over the country are competing in the SEMA Young Guns Regional competition for a chance to win a trip to the 2019 trade-only SEMA Show and have their vehicle displayed at the Show. Austin Haynes joined SEMA at the Street Machine Nationals in Du Quoin, Illinois—one of the competition’s Regional Qualifier stops.
Haynes’ ’70 Chevrolet C10 has come a long way since he acquired it as a sophomore in high school. The frame-off restoration took him about six years to complete. With a clean, stock look in the cockpit, the most notable changes aren’t just skin-deep. The truck has been lowered by flipping the rear end and using drop spindles and lower coils on the front while the entire body has been smoothed over. The classic pickup is dressed in a Mandarin Pearl finish. The powerplant under the hood is an immaculate 461 big block complemented by chrome and stainless-steel components.
The Battle of the Builders competition celebrates the amazing craftsmanship and talents of people who create and build some of the most unique cars in the world. The “Young Guns” classification is exclusive to up-and-coming builders who are under 27 years old and have performed the majority of the work on their vehicle.
The Regional Competitions open the program up to 10 more “Young Guns” who may not already be showcasing a vehicle at the SEMA Show, by partnering with event organizers throughout the country. Grand Prize is an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2019 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot, and entry into the Battle of the Builders competition.