By SEMA News Editors
“SEMA: Battle of the Builders” Returns to Velocity
New TV Special Airing January 2, 2018
Adrienne “AJ” Janic (left) and racer Tanner Foust host the fourth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders TV special.
A new episode of the TV special “SEMA: Battle of the Builders,” based on the competition held during the 2017 SEMA Show, will premiere on the Velocity Channel on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Since 2015, the unique one-hour program has aired on the network, giving viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the SEMA Show, up-close footage of the vehicles, and exclusive interviews with builders as they share their personal stories and journey to the world’s premier automotive trade show. For many of the builders, SEMA Battle of the Builders is their chance to prove that they are among the elite. Hundreds enter, but only one builder can be crowned the winner of this illustrious competition.
|RJ DeVera of Meguiar’s, David Freiburger from TEN: The Enthusiast Network, and Fred Williams from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road magazine served as judges and narrowed the competition down to the top three cars. The builders themselves (shown here) then selected the winning vehicle.|
“As a trade-only event that is not open to the general public, the SEMA Show is where every car fanatic dreams of going,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “SEMA Ignited—the official SEMA Show after-party—has made it possible for consumers to participate in the excitement. The Battle of the Builders TV special also gives viewers who have never experienced the SEMA Show an opportunity to see what actually happens, while those who attended the Show get to relive the experience.”
|Viewers will be able to see competition highlights and experience the excitement of the SEMA Show when the new “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” episode airs on Velocity January 2.|
In addition to all the customized cars and trucks entered in the SEMA Battle of the Builders, the program features an array of vehicle customizers as they reveal the excitement, struggles and journey leading up to the competition. The expansion of the Young Guns recognition, new this year, spotlights young, up-and-coming builders in the automotive industry.
Automotive YouTubers Michael Nguyen (Smurfinwrx) and David Patterson (Thatdudeinblue) served as Young Guns judges, joining returning judges RJ DeVera of Meguiar’s, David Freiburger from TEN: The Enthusiast Network, and Fred Williams from Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road magazine. Together, they narrow the nearly 300 applications down until the final winner is announced.
For more details about SEMA Battle of the Builders and the TV special airing January 2, 2018, at 10:00 p.m. (PST/EST), visit www.SEMAShow.com/botb.