DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has opened registration for its annual "Battle of the Builders" competition for contestants who design and build their own vehicles.
"The fifth annual contest shines a spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world," SEMA saide.
New in 2018, the contest will recognize winners in four categories — Hot Rod, Truck/Off-Road, Sport Compact and Young Guns, SEMA said.
Builders who plan to display a car or truck at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas Oct. 30-Nov. 2 are eligible to enter the contest, the association said.
This year, SEMA is partnering with AutoCon, Bonnier and Goodguys to award a SEMA prize package at select regional car shows. Designated regional winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the SEMA Show, free transportation of the winning vehicle, and a designated feature spot at the show, the association said.
Last 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. The competition drew more than 250 entries from seven countries and 38 states.
To enter the competition or for more information, go to semashow.com/botb.