SEMA Announces Battle Of The Builders Top 10 Finalists -

SEMA Announces Battle Of The Builders Top 10 Finalists

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has announced the Top Ten finalists in the third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition - the event that determines the builder the aftermarket community considers best.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has announced the Top 10 finalists in the third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition – the event that determines the builder the aftermarket community considers best. 

The 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition began with 250 vehicles entered into the annual competition by vehicle builders and car customizers from across the United States. These builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks and SUVs.  

The 2016 Battle of the Builders Top 10 finalists are (in alpha order):

• Brad DeBerti, 2017 Ford Raptor, Young Gun
• Jeremy & Phil Gerber, 1967 Chevy Chevelle Onyx, Young Gun
• Jesse Greening, 1961 Chevy 2 Door Sedan
• Big Mike, 1992 Honda Prelude, Young Gun
• Cam Miller 1969 Chevy Camaro
• Mike & Jim Ring, 1948 Cadillac
• Mike & Jim Ring, 1969 Chevy Camaro
• Gordon Ting, 2016 Prius
• Kyle Tucker, 1941 Willys 2 Door Coupe
• Mark Turner, 1958 Jeep FC170

Industry experts, David Freiburger, executive producer, TEN: The Enthusiast Network; Fred Williams, Editor-At-Large, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road; and RJ de Vera, Customer Engagement Leader, Meguiar’s Inc., narrowed the field to select the top 10. These 10 finalists will then judge one another and vote to determine who will be named the Ultimate Builder of the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders.

Top 10 judging will take place at the SEMA Show on Friday and will be filmed for a nationwide television special that will air on a later date. Each of the Top 10 finalists will vote for the coveted title of the winner of the Battle of the Builders competition.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders winner will be announced at SEMA Ignited, taking place after the trade-only SEMA Show closes, on Friday, November 4, from 3-10 pm across from the Las Vegas Convention Center. Hundreds of vehicles will exit the Las Vegas Convention Center after the SEMA Show for the SEMA Cruise and make their way to SEMA Ignited. Formula Drift demonstrations, exhibitors, products and celebrities from the SEMA Show will be on-hand along with food trucks, music and entertainment.

SEMA Ignited is open to the public and allows enthusiasts a chance to see many of the industry’s latest in automotive accessories on many of the 2016 SEMA Show vehicles that were on display during the 2016 SEMA Show.

To secure a ticket or more information about SEMA Ignited, visit For more information on the competition, visit

You May Also Like

ASE Instructor Conference Set for July in North Carolina

The in-person conference will provide separate tracks for auto, medium/heavy truck and collision repair instructors.

The 2023 ASE Instructor Training Conference is scheduled for July 17-20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte. Hosted by the ASE Education Foundation, the conference will host hundreds of high school and college instructors from auto, truck and collision repair programs nationwide at the premier national training event of the year.

Livestream: OBD Zero Diagnostics In An OBDII World

Join us at 2PM EST on Friday, February 25 for this live event sponsored by Summit Racing.

US Auto Industry Update: What You Need To Know

Automotive industry expert Daron Gifford, of Plante Moran, discusses the outlook for doing business in the U.S.

More Than A Model – Building Small-Scale Race Cars

The builds feature every detail of the real vehicle both inside and out and give the illusion of a real car.

How To Take Advantage of Powersports Opportunities

Demand is building for powersports engine machining as well as metric and European street bike work.

Other Posts

WIN Scholarship Program Awards Record Number of Students

A record 20 new recipients received WIN College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Awards in 2023.

CREF Opens Applications for 2023 Benchmark Grants

Completing CREF’s online application will qualify collision schools to receive up to $25,000 in funding.

Automotive, Heavy-Duty Scholarship Deadline Nears

In 2022, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation awarded 461 scholarships totaling $731,350.

Dorman Releases OE FIX Guide 4th Edition

Dorman says the guide highlights its top repair solutions for faster, longer-lasting repairs.