Top 10 Finalists Announced for SEMA Battle of the Builders


Winner to be Announced Friday, November 4 at SEMA Ignited

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) today 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. 

battle of the builders, semaThe 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 Ten 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 ten. These ten 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 ten 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 Ten 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

About SEMA and the SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or, 909/396-0289.