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Young, up-and-coming builders who are under the age of 27 (as of November 6, 2020) will receive special recognition as a ‘Young Gun’ in the competition, designed to spotlight and inspire future industry icons.

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For custom builders, displaying your vehicle at the SEMA Show represents a milestone. It can be the catalyst that solidifies your place in an elite group of custom automotive royalty. And who wears the crown? The winner of SEMA's annual Battle of the Builders competition. The challenge for young builders, however, is that it’s almost impossible to get their vehicle on display at the SEMA Show. Spaces are limited to only those vehicles that are invited by exhibiting manufacturers.

To support the next generation of builders, SEMA created the SEMA Young Guns Regional Series. Now in its third year, the program provides opportunities for young builders to get their time in the spotlight. The Young Guns Regionals is a feeder series that helps build out the field of competitors in the Young Guns Division of Battle of the Builders. The 2020 series will feature 13 regional events across the United States. Young builders can apply for a chance to be featured in one of these 13 Young Guns corrals with the hopes of winning a Golden Ticket to the SEMA Show.

Golden Ticket winners will receive a spot to showcase their vehicle at the 2020 SEMA Show, professional transport of their vehicle to and from Las Vegas from anywhere in the United States, round trip airfare for them and a guest and hotel accommodations for the entire week of the 2020 SEMA Show...and the best part? Automatic entry into Battle of the Builders. Winners are selected through a rigorous process that determines how much custom work the builder actually completed. This vetting process is executed with the help of some of the greatest professional builders in the United States. Attending the SEMA Show on this level opens new doors and opportunities to jump start a young builders' career in the automotive aftermarket.

2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders Champion

Jim and Mike Ring

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

2019 Top 4 Builder Finalists

Hot Rod Winner

Jim and Mike Ring

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Truck/Off-Road Winner

Randy Borcherding

1955 Chevrolet Truck

Sport Compact Winner

Louie Shefchik

1968 Iso Rivolta

Young Guns

Brad Swaney

1971 Chevrolet C-10


Austin Haynes

1970 Chevrolet C10 | Street Machine Nationals - Du Quion, IL

Curtis Larsen

1970 Plymouth Barracuda | Tuner Evolution - Philadelphia, PA

Chelsie Lesnoski

2013 Scion FR-S | Formula Drift - Seattle, WA

Cody Nebeker

1930 Chrysler 2 door | The Show - West Valley City, UT

Keenen LaCour

2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo | TX2K - Houston, TX

Matteo Medoro

1951 Ford F1 | Formula Drift - Seattle, WA

Shane Durrence

1991 Toyota MR2 | Street Machine Nationals - St. Paul, MN

Steven Nadaskai

2011 Volswagon GTI | Formula Drift - Long Beach, CA

Thomas Nguyen

2010 Nissan 370Z | Formula Drift - Atlanta, GA

Zach Zadoo

1931 Ford Model A | Goodguys - Pleasanton, CA


Builders age 27 or younger (as of November 6, 2020) who may not already have an approved feature or booth vehicle for the 2020 SEMA Show can still qualify to enter the competition through our regional partners who will be awarding a SEMA Young Guns Prize Package.

This prize package includes an all-expenses-paid trip for two, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot at the 2020 SEMA Show, and automatic entry into the 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition!

*To qualify for the Young Gun designation at each of the regional shows, a builder must be 27 or younger by the final night of the SEMA Show, November 6, 2020, and must be designated as the winner of the promoter’s show, or achieve the highest overall finish within a group of the show’s young builders, or be designated as the winner of the category offered by the show.

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