SEMA Show, Day 3 Highlights: Battle of the Builders Top 12 Announced

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Battle of the Builders Top 12 Announced

The field has been narrowed from over 300 vehicles entered into this year’s Battle of the Builders to the final 12. The 2018 Battle of the Builders Top 12 finalists are:


Dale Boesch – 1936 Ford Roadster
Phil & Jeremy Gerber – 1970 Chevy Camaro
Kyle Tucker – 1969 Chevy Camaro


Rod Nielsen – 1972 Mazda R100
Igor Polishchuk – 1987 BMW 325
Muzzy Yousefi – 2004 Nissan 350Z


Jason Graham – 1934 Ford Pickup
Eddie Pettus – 1932 Willys Aircraft Refueling Truck
Jeremiah Proffitt – 1993 Toyota 79 Series


Dylan Goacher – 1968 Chevy Nova
Kyle Kuhnhausen – 1972 Datsun 240Z
Zach Lagarenne – 1988 BMW M3

SEMA Tells NHTSA to Quit Stalling Replica Vehicle Production

SEMA informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is prepared to challenge the agency in court if it fails to take immediate action to implement the low volume replica car law. Under the 2015 law spearheaded by SEMA, small automakers (5,000 or fewer vehicles produced globally) may sell up to 325 turn-key replica cars a year in the U.S., vehicles that resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago.


Coffee and Conversation presented by WTC
8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. (Las Vegas Convention Center, Inside Lower South 1)
Come out and enjoy bagels and coffee with the Wheel and Tire Council (WTC), just inside the West entrance to the Global Tire Expo located in Lower South Hall. Get your day started with energy and engaging conversations on the latest wheel and tire trends.

TRI-ACE Tires, Breakfast Press Conference
9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m. (Media Center)

Turtle Wax, Marvel Mystery Oil Lunch Press Conference
12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. (Media Center)

History Channel Press Conference
2:30 p.m. (Grand Lobby SEMA Central)
A+E Networks will announce a new automotive programming block debuting in January 2019. Find out more at their press conference this afternoon.

“Why I Drive” Celebrity Panel Discussion
3:00 p.m. (Grand Lobby, SEMA Central)
How will today’s vehicles coexist with autonomous vehicles? Find out what these thought-leaders have to say about the passion that drive them in this industry. Hear Chip Foose, Wayne Carini, McKeel Hagerty and Brian Scotto, on a panel moderated by Wade Kawasaki during this all-star lineup.

SEMA Industry Awards Banquet
6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. (Westgate, Garden Patio & Paradise Event Center)
The SEMA Industry Awards Banquet is the automotive specialty-equipment market’s premier awards ceremony where industry excellence and achievements are celebrated. Held annually, the event is the industry’s single largest gala attended by nearly 3,000 automotive icons, professionals, supporters and celebrities. This year’s event will feature a networking cocktail hour, delicious dinner and top-flight entertainment by ZZ Ward. For more information, visit

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