LAS VEGAS — The three finalists in this year's SEMA "Battle of the Builders" competition — which crowns the best custom builds shown at the annual SEMA Show — used period-correct tires distributed by Coker Tire Co.
This year's competition, the fourth annual such event, featured entries from seven countries and 38 states. Judges picked a dozen custom vehicles for final judging from among hundreds that were vying for the award, which was awarded on Nov. 3 at the conclusion of the four-day SEMA Show.
This year's winner was a 1929 Ford Model A Tudor designed and built by Manteno, Ill.-based Rad Rides by Troy, under the direction of the designer and builder Troy Trepanier. This one-of-a-kind Model A is powered by an all-aluminum small-block with a five-speed transmission, a modified original Halibrand quick-change rear axle and mounted on Excelsior Stahl Sport Radials from Coker.
Owned by Dennis Mariani, the car features a highly customized body riding on a 1932 Ford boxed-in frame with a custom crossmember and an internal torsion bar suspension with RideTech shocks at the front and rear.
Runner-up honors went to a 1932 Troy Ladd Mulholland Speedster, which was named "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" earlier this year at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Calif.