SEMA IGNITED 2016

SEMA IGNITED

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6th, 2016

3150 Paradise Road at Convention Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV

500+ SEMA SHOW CARS & TRUCKS • DRIFTING • CELEBRITIES • MUSIC • FOOD TRUCKS

WHAT IS SEMA IGNITED™?

After four days behind closed doors in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), visible only to industry professionals, hundreds of cars and trucks from the SEMA Show will roll out of the Las Vegas Convention Center in the SEMA Cruise and assemble at “SEMA Ignited,” an extravaganza that will include food, music, celebrities, iconic builders and displays.

The event gives the public, media, SEMA Show exhibitors, attendees and guests a rare opportunity to collect and share images of hundreds of customized vehicles featuring the newest and most innovative products from the SEMA Show.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at marketing@semaignited.com.

SEMA BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS®

The SEMA Battle of the Builder competition features top automotive builders from across the nation fighting for the winning title. New for this year will be the introduction of a Young Guns (Under 35) recognition. Open to anyone with a display, feature or booth vehicle at the SEMA Show, participants will showcase their vehicles during the annual event for a chance to prove they are among the elite. A panel of top automotive experts narrows down the competition to just ten finalists who then vote amongst themselves who will be named the winner. Builders with vehicles from all market segments, including trucks, hot rods, street rods, off-road, motorsports, sport compacts, luxury exotics and the like are encouraged to enter. Register today to participate in the one and only SEMA Builders competition. The entry deadline for Builders is September 15, 2016.

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2016 SEMA BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS®
Air Dates

All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT).

Calendar Dates Time
8/28/16 10:00 am
10/22/16 4:00 pm
10/23/16 1:00 pm
10/29/16 7:00 pm
10/30/16 8:00 pm
10/30/16 11:00 pm
10/31/16 3:00 am
10/31/16 6:00 pm

2015 Top Builder Finalists

Bobby Alloway, 1933 Ford Roadster

Louisville, TN
Sponsored by: PPG
Bobby Alloway had second thoughts about entering this year's SEMA Battle of the Builders, but he's glad he did. His "old-school" 1933 Ford Roadster, powered by a vintage Dodge Red Ram HEMI, not only impressed the judges, but also his fellow competitors.



Engine: 245 Red Ram HEMI

  • Big Stuff Fuel Injection
  • Crower Cam
  • Aerodyne Automotive
  • Hot Heads
  • Lokar Cables
  • Stromberg Carburetors
  • OTC Breathers

Suspension/Chassis/Differential

  • Winters Performance Quick Change
  • Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts

Wheels:

  • Billet Specialties

Tires:

  • Michelin Tires

Brakes:

  • Stainless Steel Brakes

Body:

  • Steve' s Auto Restorations
  • Valley Automotive

Exhaust:

  • Porter Mufflers

Transmission/Shifter

  • Legends

Paint:

  • PPG

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Castrol

Gauges/Interior:

  • Classic Instruments
  • Ididit Steering Column

Ryan Basseri, Honda Integra Type R

Garden Grove, CA
Sponsored by: CSF Cooling
Ryan Basseri and his import spec right-hand-drive Japanese Honda Integra Type R made history during this year's SEMA Battle of the Builders. It was one of only two import vehicles to make it to the Top Ten from over 200 entries. The judges found this car cool for many reasons, but one was the level of detail, as well as the MOTEC electronics normally found in exotic million-dollar racecars.

Engine: 245 Red Ram HEMI

  • MOTEC
  • XRP
  • Web Camshaft
  • Honda HPD
  • Precision Turbo
  • K-Tuned
  • Braille Batteries
  • CSF Radiators

Suspension/Chassis

  • Eibach springs

Wheels:

  • RAYS Wheels

Tires:

  • TOYO

Brakes:

  • AP Brakes

Exhaust:

  • custom

Transmission/Shifter

  • custom

Paint:

  • PPG

Interior:

  • Recaro Seats

Chip Foose, 1965 Impala

Huntington Beach, CA
Sponsored by: Pirelli
Chip Foose raised the bar during this year's SEMA Battle of the Builders and his entry had the fans, judges and the competition doing a double take. Aptly name "Imposter", Chip morphed a 1965 Chevy Impala onto the frame and driveline of a 2009 Corvette. The result is modern performance and all the conveniences of a late-model Vette, but with classic lines of the big Chevys of the 1960s.

Engine: Chevrolet Production LS3

  • Magnuson Supercharger

Exhaust:

  • Magnaflow

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Stock GM

Suspension/Chassis:

  • Eibach

Wheels:

  • MHT/Foose

Tires:

  • Pirelli

Brakes:

  • Baer Brakes

Paint:

  • BASF
  • 3M

Body:

  • Trim Parts
  • Lincoln Welders

Interior:

  • Katzkin Leather

Gauges:

  • Production Corvette

Jeremy Gerber, 1973 Camaro

Chicago, IL
Sponsored by: Penske Racing
Jeremy Gerber from the Roadster Shop created a unique wide-body 1973 Camaro for the SEMA Battle of the Builders. With an early SCCA/IMSA theme about it, this pro touring F-body looked like it could cut some serious curves and, judging by some slight road rash on the rear flares, Gerber's been driving it. Under the custom carbon fiber hood resides a 750 HP LS Chevy motor that gives the Jericho 5-speed trans a work out.

Engine: LS7

  • Lingenfelter built
  • KRC front drive
  • K&N Air Filter

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Jerico five-speed

Suspension/Chassis:

  • Penske shocks
  • Hyper Coil Springs

Wheels:

  • Forgeline

Tires:

  • Michelin

Paint:

  • PPG

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Mobil 1

Cooling/Fuel

  • XRP Plumbing
  • DEI Heat Shield
  • Fuel Safe Fuel Cell

Gauges:

  • MOTEC

Brakes:

  • Performance Friction

Interior

  • Racecraft Seats
  • AM Hot Rod Glass

Phil/Jeremy Gerber, 2015 Chevy Colorado

Chicago, IL
Sponsored by: Go Pro
Phil and Jeremy Gerber also built a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup for the SEMA Battle of the Builders. The All Out Custom "Luxury" Pre-Runner stood out. It also earned the Roadster Shop a 2015 SEMA Design Award for best Chevrolet Truck. This Colorado is also all business, with suspension travel greater than 25" with in-house chassis components designed and built by the Roadster Shop. Powering this extreme Pre-Runner is a 700-horse LS7 engine and a 4L80E trans.

Engine: Chevrolet LS

  • RHS Block
  • FAST Intake
  • KRC front drive
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Ultimate Headers

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Jerico five-speed

Suspension/Chassis:

  • Fox shocks
  • Fox Springs

Wheels:

  • Ultra

Tires:

  • BFG Tires

Paint:

  • PPG

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Mobil 1

Cooling/Fuel

  • XRP Plumbing
  • Ron Davis Radiator
  • Fuel Safe Fuel Cell

Other Components

  • DEI Heat Shield
  • Warn Winch

Gauges:

  • Autometer

Brakes

  • Wilwood

Stereo

  • MB Quartz Stereo

Lighting

  • Vision X

Action Camera

  • GoPro

Alan Johnson, 1953 Studebaker

Birmingham, AL
Sponsored by: ARP Inc.
It might be an orphaned brand, but Studebaker designed some cutting edge cars of the 1950s and early 60s. 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders competitor Alan Johnson knew this when he massaged the 1953 Studebaker's sexy lines to give it a Salt Lake racer vibe. Powered by a Chevy big-block, Johnson's Studebaker moves as good as it looks.

Engine: Chevrolet Big Block

  • Hilborn Injection
  • FAST Electronic Fuel Injection
  • ARP Fasteners
  • Aeromotive Fuel Pump
  • Vintage Air
  • Optima Batteries

Transmission/Shifter/Differential

  • Bowler GM 4L80E
  • Currie 9"
  • Royal Purple Transmission Fluid

Suspension/Chassis

  • RideTech Coilover Shocks

Wheels:

  • Evod

Tires:

  • Pirelli

Brakes:

  • Wilwood

Interior:

  • DEI/Boom Mat

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Royal Purple

Gauges:

  • Classic Instruments

Exterior:

  • PPG Paint
  • Mother's Polish

Eric and Marc Kozeluh, 1995 Toyota Supra

Signal Hill, CA
Sponsored by: BBS
Eric Kozeluh made history and became the second Import/Tuner entry to make to the Top Ten of the SEMA Battle of the Builders. Known as the "Turbo Twins", Eric and his brother built a 1995 for this year's competition. Their building/styling touches included a smooth engine bay with no visible wires. They also laid out the intercooler in a V-mount configuration. The underside is detailed like the top, every nut and bolt was hand finished and cad plated, and every suspension arm is hand detailed.

Engine:

  • Toyota TRD
  • Precision Turbo
  • Borg Warner
  • ARP Fasteners
  • NGK Spark Plugs

Exhaust:

  • (custom)

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Tilton Clutch

Suspension/Chassis:

  • HKS

Wheels:

  • BBS Wheels

Tires:

  • TOYO

Brakes:

  • Brembo

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Motul

Interior:

  • Recaro Seats

Andy Leach, 1962 Chevy Bubble Top

Omaha, NE
Sponsored by: HRIA/ARMO
Andy Leach is a seasoned veteran to building award winning show cars and his 1962 Chevy "Bubble Top" is a modern tribute to the iconic design that defined the start of the factory horsepower wars. Speaking of power, it's motivated by a Chevy LS-9 supercharged engine connected to a Bowler six-speed, while an Art Morrison chassis keeps it glued to the road. Andy applied his styling touches and machined side trim, door handles, tail lights interior handles and gauge bezels.

Engine: LS9

  • Chevrolet Performance LS9 Crate Engine

Exhaust:

  • SPINTECH Mufflers

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Bowler Tremec T56

Suspension/Chassis:

  • RideTech Coilover
  • Art Morrison Chassis

Wheels:

  • Billet Specialties

Tires:

  • Toyo
  • Diamond Back Classics

Brakes:

  • Wilwood

Paint:

  • PPG
  • Adams Polishes

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Royal Purple

Gauges:

  • Classic Instruments

Interior

  • (Custom made)

Jim and Mike Ring, Mustang Fastback

Madison, WI
Sponsored by: BASF
Another team of brothers entered the 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders and brought an impressive vehicle to top their entry from last year. Mike and Jim Ring used the legendary 1965 Mustang and recreated the body in lightweight carbon fiber, widening the body panels. Painted in "Spy Green", the Ring Brothers call this Mustang "Espionage" and with over 900 galloping horses, it's one Trick Pony.

Engine: 427 LS7

  • Whipple Supercharger
  • Comp Cams
  • Callies Crankshaft

Exhaust:

  • Flowmaster

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Tremec

Suspension/Chassis:

  • Detroit Speed

Wheels:

  • HRE

Tires:

  • NITTO

Paint:

  • BASF

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Royal Purple

Cooling:

  • AFCO Radiator

Gauges:

  • Race Pak

Kyle Tucker, 1970 Chevy Chevelle

Mooreseville, NC
Sponsored by: SEMA Garage
Detroit Muscle was well represented by Kyle Tucker's '70 Chevelle SS. This car defined "Resto-Mod" with its LSX 427 Supercharged engine and paddle-shifted GM Bowler 4L80E transmission. Other high-tech goodies include a BOSCH M4 Motorsport ABS package working in conjunction with a Davis Technologies Traction Control unit. Rolling on Forgeline wheels and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, Kyle's Chevelle oozes attitude.

Engine: Chevrolet LSX 427

  • MAST Performance Chevrolet LSX
  • 4.0L Whipple Supercharger
  • Holley Performance

Exhaust:

  • Borla

Transmission/Shifter:

  • Bowler GM 4L80E

Suspension/Chassis:

  • Detroit Speed

Wheels:

  • Forgeline

Tires:

  • Michelin Pilot Sport

Brakes:

  • Brembo
  • Bosch Motorsport ABS

Paint:

  • PPG

Lubricants/Fluids:

  • Joe Gibbs DRIVEN engine oil
  • Royal Purple Trans Fluid

Interior

  • Recaro seats
  • Alpine Stereo

WHO ARE THE JUDGES?

The 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builder Competition was judged by three industry experts: David Freiburger, Hot Rod Magazine; Fred Williams, Peterson's 4Wheel & Off Road; and RJ de Vera, Meguiar's.

David Freiburger – Muscle Cars/Street Rods/Hot Rods

David Freiburger is the Editor-In-Chief of HOT ROD and HOT ROD Deluxe. He's never held a job that did not revolve around cars. David landed at Petersen Publishing in 1991 as a HOT ROD staff editor. David's been the editor of 4Wheel & Off-Road, Car Craft, Rod & Custom, and many other publications. Freiburger can often be seen on HOT ROD TV, heard on HOT ROD Live Radio, and followed on road trips in episodes of the Roadkill show at YouTube.com/MotorTrend. He's a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, having held many land-speed records.


Fred Williams – Off Road 4X4 Trucks/Jeeps/SUV

Fred Williams is the Brand Manager and Technical Editor for Petersen's 4Wheel & Off Road. This influential magazine has been on the forefront of the off-roading community for decades because of passionate and knowledgeable writers like Fred. Not only does Fred drive a truck with big tires, he loves the off-road trucking community. He does more than just write about trucks, he spends most of his time working on projects that help enthusiasts make the right choices when it comes to making modifications for off-roading. Fred is the real deal and loves playing in the dirt, rocks, sand and mud.


RJ de Vera – Sport Compacts/Tuners/Imports

RJ de Vera is the Digital Marketing Leader for driving eCommerce, eMarketing, and Social Media initiatives for Meguiar's. He's passionate about the Sport Compact/Tuner market. Because of this, he's created holistic marketing efforts that build authentic meaningful relationships and increases relevancy with Meguiar's customers. RJ is a 20-year veteran in the automotive aftermarket industry and has worked as a brand ambassador for the likes of Pepsi, Valvoline, Denso, Michelin/BF Goodrich, American Honda and Acura, among others. In addition to working as a contributor to numerous publications, he co-hosted the MTV reality series "Trick It Out."


Top 21 Finalists

The 2015 Battle of the Builders Top 21 listed in alpha order by category (sponsored by):

HOT ROD

  • Bobby Alloway, 1933 Ford Roadster (PPG)
  • Chip Foose, 1965 Impala (Pirelli)
  • Jeremy Gerber, 1973 Camaro (Penske Racing)
  • Alan Johnson, 1953 Studebaker (ARP Inc.)
  • Andy Leach, 1962 Chevy Bubble Top (HRIA/ARMO)
  • Jim and Mike Ring, Mustang Fastback (BASF)
  • Kyle Tucker, 1970 Chevy Chevelle (SEMA Garage)

OFF-ROAD

  • Casey Currie, 2014 Jeep JK with JK8 Truck bed (BFG)
  • Phil/Jeremy Gerber, 2015 Chevy Colorado (Go Pro)
  • Kenny Hauk, CJ2A - Willy's Rock Rat (OMIX-ADA)
  • Dominic Le, Datsun Truck (Toyo Tires)
  • Andy Leach, 1966 Half Cab Bronco (HRIA/ARMO)
  • Kevin Stearns, 2011 Chevy Colorado (BDS Suspension)
  • John Yeiser, Ford F2000 (Hella Inc.)

SPORT COMPACT

  • Ryan Basseri, Honda Integra Type R (CSF Cooling)
  • Freddie Fernandez, Nissan 240SX (ENEOS)
  • Kevin Desirello, 1967 Datsun Roadster (Garrett by Honeywell)
  • Eric Kozeluh, 1995 Toyota Supra (BBS)
  • Sam Lee, Hyundai (Hyundai)
  • Troy Spackman,1992 VW Corrado (ESAB Cutting & Welding Products)
  • Neil Tjin, 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec (Hyundai)

2015 SEMA Battle of the Builder Participants

This year's competition included more than 200 vehicle builders and car customizers from across the country who entered 260 custom cars. Here's a list of the 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builder participants;

Aaron Brown

David Meyer

John Pangilinan

Rich Taylor

Alan Banuelos

David Crook

John Wargo

Richard Kvamme

Alan Johnson

David Sawyer

John Mik

Richard Harrison

Andrew Cohen

David Singleton

John D'Agostino

Richard and Judy White

Andrew Lowe

Dominic Le

John Yeiser

Rick Dore

Andy Leach

Doug Taylor

Jonathan Chu

Rilber Li

Andy Krause

Doug Gonzales

Jose Martinez

Robbie Bryant

Art Caldwell

Doug Graf

Joshua Brack

Robert Brown

Augusto Perez

Dylan SIevers

Juan Rosales

Rod Nielsen

Austin O'Krinsky

Eddie Potestio

Justin Padfield

Rodger Lee

Bake Foster

Edward Fitzgerald

Karl Hacken

Roger Tessman

Barry Lipscomb

EJ and Amy Fitzgerald

Keith Hill

Ryan Basseri

Barry Blomquist

Enrique Munoz

Keith Charvonia

Ryan Gruba

Benjamin Tran

Eric Conner

Kelly Fromm

Ryan Bollens

Bill Kilpatrick

Eric Kozeluh

Kenny Hauk

Sal Danley

Bisi Ezerioha

Eric Newman

Kevin Stearns

Sam Lee

Blake Meaux

Eric Haselton

Kevin Desirello

Scott Laitinen

Bob Falleur

Freddie Fernandez

Kyle Tucker

Scott Bonnell

Bobby Alloway

Gary Hagar

Lance Martz Kleinn Air Horns

ScottyV Nadeau

Boynton Clune III

Gary Wescott

Leonard Lopez

Sean Tessman

Brad Mckinnon

Gary Higginbotham

Lonny Childress

Shaun Freilich

Brad Coleman

Geoffrey Gates

Lorenzo "Dox" Dossena

Shaun Callaway

Bradley Lewis

George Ortiz

Lukasz Granicy

Steve Hill

Brandon Naivar

George Huisman

Lyon McClenahan

Steve Hoard

Brian Moat

Gilbert Losi

Marco Trejo

Steve Keefer

Brian Alvarado

Goolsby Customs

Mark Gearhart

Steve Cook

Brian Doyen

Greg Meyer

Mark Johnson

Steven Martinson

Bruce Harvey

Greg Higgs

Mark Cerquone

Steven Vuong

Bryan Dagel

Gregg Ovist

Marlon Ortiz

Talbert Goldman

Caleb Luce

Hassan Sutherland

Marshall Lum

Terry DeLong

Carl Merdith

Heartland Customs

Matt Alcala

Terry Shofron

Casey Currie

Henry Chan

Matthew Davis

Thomas Ess

Chantal Ballo

Ian Johnson

Michael O'Krinsky

Tim White

Charles Otwell

J.F Launier

Michael Mclin

Tim Strange

Charles Grubb

Jaime Torrez

Michael Losh

Tim Palazzolo

Chip Foose

Jake Encinas

Michael Kirk

Tim Riley

Chris Holstrom

Janet Fujimoto

Michael Ma

Tom DeFranzo

Chris Webb

Jason Duhon

Michelle Perez

Tom Heusinger

Chris Carlson

Jason Childress

mike francis

Tommy Z

Chris Kleber

Jason Huckabay

Mike Mashburn

Tony Arme

Chris Ryan

Jay Torres

Mike Haig

Travis Bishop

Chris Lange

JC Fisher

Mohammed Hosein

Travis Haecker

Cody Turner

Jeff Maldonaldo

Murray Pfaff

Travis Ball

Craig Simonian

Jeff Cleer

Neil Tjin

Troy Spackman

Cris Payne

Jefferson Bryant

Nicholas Ashby

Tyler Stephens

Curt Curtiss

Jeffery Kesterson

Nicole Viscovich

Tyler Scarfe

Dan Short

Jeremy Rice

Patrick Leong

Walter Palencia

Danny Roberts

Jeremy Gerber

Paul VanNus

Wataru Kato

Darin Smith

Jeremy Dixon

Phil & Jeremy Gerber

Wayne Halabura

Darren Redmond

Jerry Hill

Randy Borcherding

Wendy & Richard Alcedo

Dave Kindig

Jesse Osborne

Randy Riggs

Wesley McFarland

Dave Widmann

Jesus Aguiniga

Randy Weaver

Will Posey

Dave Doetsch

Jesus Estrada

Rebeca Olavarrieta

William Brice

Dave Salvaggio

Jim Bassett

Reginald Rachal

Zach Adams

Dave Tucci

Jim and Mike Ring

Rey Rivera

Ziggy Sadler

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