SEMA is a massive show, the go-to place for aftermarket companies to showcase their latest and greatest products in car customization. The industry event is packed with wild rides, gorgeous custom cars, and a litany of exciting new trends and products. But SEMA, the organizer, takes time to award exceptional show cars at the show, too. One such event is the SEMA Battle of the Builders, which celebrated its fifth year at the 2018 show. SEMA crowned Kyle Tucker and his custom 1969 Chevy Camaro this year’s Battle of the Builders winner.
Tucker and his ’69 Camaro beat out nearly 300 other entries in the competition—a noted increase over last year. Judges narrowed the field down to 10 finalists per category before selecting the top 12 builds overall. These 12 finalists then took over judging duties, voting Tucker the overall winner, beating out three other finalists that included vehicles such as a 1932 Willys aircraft refueling truck, 1972 Mazda R100, and a 1972 Nissan 240Z. Tucker also won the Hot Rod title.
The 1969 Chevy Camaro features a host of hand-fabricated parts such as the wheel houses, floor pan, transmission tunnel, rocker panels, inner quarter panels, and trunk pan. The sub-frame is handmade, and the car features custom bumpers. Up from there are billet headlight doors and at the rear there are billet taillight bezels. Bright Forgline custom wheels contrast with the black paint. The interior, done by M&M Hot Rod Interiors, is minimalist, yet functional with a custom dashboard and billet steering wheel. Under the hood is an LS2 engine from Keith Urban Performance.
SEMA Battle of the Builders was designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of SEMA builders that attend the show, highlighting the fantastic talents and craftsmanship of builders. After looking at the car, SEMA awarding Tucker and his 1969 Chevy Camaro top honors makes perfect sense.