SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 19, May 7, 2020

The Virtual Young Guns Competition Continues to Build Momentum

By Rich Hail

  Jacob Griffin
SEMA held its second Virtual Young Guns competition April 18, and awarded Jacob Griffin of Escondido, California, the Golden Ticket for his work on a ’00 Ford F-350 Dually.
   

SEMA held its second Virtual Young Guns competition April 18, and awarded Jacob Griffin of Escondido, California, the Golden Ticket for his work on a ’00 Ford F-350 Dually. Griffin is a third-generation hot-rodder who placed in the Young Guns division Top Ten at the 2019 SEMA Show with his ’75 AMC Gremlin.

His latest build was inspired by his interest in towing his award-winning hot rods around in comfort and style to various car shows and events. This Super Duty sits on massive 24-in. American Force wheels wrapped in Pirelli rubber, while the stance is provided by lowering arms in the front and airbags in the rear.

Custom amenities include a Kenwood touchscreen multimedia system, captain’s chairs in the rear, an electric truck bed cover, a carpet kit, an under-bed gooseneck hitch and an integrated back-up camera in the tailgate.

Under the hood lives a 7.3L diesel with a Banks Power intercooler and upgraded turbo, which should provide plenty of towing power to get his cars to their destination.

Griffin said that he’s not done modifying this truck and looks forward to competing in the 2020 Battle of the Builders competition at the 2020 SEMA Show. His mantra is, “it’s all about the ride.”

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 vehicles.

For more information about the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition or the SEMA Young Guns program, visit www.semabotb.com or www.semayoungguns.com.

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