Making Headlines

SEMA News—March 2018


By Juan Torres

Making Headlines

More than 250 top vehicle customizers competed in the fourth annual SEMA Battle of the Builders contest—one of the industry’s most prestigious vehicle-build competitions—held during the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The program, detailed on, gives builders and exhibitors an opportunity to increase their exposure through the many media outlets that follow the competition—among them a one-hour nationwide TV special airing throughout the year on the Velocity Network. Regarded as hometown heroes, the builders also receive local coverage, as seen below.

Daily Journal   Burbank Leader  
The Daily Journal

The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois, reported on 2017 Battle of the Builders winner Troy Trepanier and his ’29 Ford Model A Tudor sedan. Trepanier, who operates Rad Rides By Troy in Manteno, Illinois, was one of more than 300 applicants for the 2017
  The Burbank Leader

Hollywood Hot Rods owner Troy Ladd was featured in his hometown paper after his ’36 Packard, nicknamed the Mulholland Speedster, was named a Top 3 finalist in the 2017 SEMA contest. The Packard had won every building competition it was entered into
in 2017.


Gadsden Times

Heard in Social Media  
“A 1966 Ford Bronco Four-Door Modern Classic Heads to SEMA for the Battle of the Builders.”Four Wheeler, via Twitter
“Troy Trepanier was named winner of the prestigious SEMA Battle of the Builders competition for 2017. See all 12 finalists here.”—On All Cylinders, via Facebook
“Built for battle. Polished by Mothers. Congrats to Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop and their ‘32 Ford, selected for SEMA’s Battle of the Builders.”—Mothers Polish, via Twitter 
“Two Camaros and three Corvettes made the 2017 Battle of the Builders Top Twelve, but a 1929 Ford Model A came away with the win.”—GM Authority, via Facebook

The Gadsden Times

Alan Johnson built a ’32 Ford Model A Tudor sedan that finished as runner-up in the 2017 competition. The operator of Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, Alabama, spent three and a half years completing the build.

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