SEMA’s first annual ‘Battle of the Builders’

Kyle Tucker winner of SEMA’s first annual ‘Battle of the Builders’ competition

Kyle Tucker was named the winner of SEMA’s first Battle of the Builders competition during the trade show’s inaugural after party, SEMA Ignited.

Beating out over 125 vehicle customizers from across the country, and coming in directly ahead of Mike & Jim ring and Jeff Kinsey, Tucker’s win was announced November 7.

Industry magazine editors, such as Super Street’s Sam Du, David Freiburger from Hot Rod, and Fred Williams of Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road, were tasked with the selection of the top 10 finalists. Through the process, these finalists—also including Bobby Alloway, Gordon Aram, Dale Dondel, Rick Dore, Troy Ladd, Larry McCrae, and Steve Strope—then joined the judges in determining the winner of the competition.

Tucker, along with other competitors, will be profiled as part of a Velocity network special set to air March 8. The one hour show will focus on innovations in vehicle customization and raise awareness of the aftermarket industry.

SEMA Ignited was open to the public, and showcased new automotive accessories, featured on the vehicles displayed during the 2014 SEMA show. Organizers estimate that more than 10,000 attended the event.

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