Top vehicle builders from all over the world will help SEMA Show exhibitors showcase their products and stand out at the at the premier automotive aftermarket trade show by entering the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. The fifth annual contest will generate worldwide attention for the exhibitors while spotlighting the amazing talents, products and craftsmanship of the builders.
"The 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition will allow us to learn about the products and stories behind the cars and trucks of these top builders," said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events and business development. "Companies who exhibit one of these builds benefit from the increased brand awareness and product exposure."
All SEMA Battle of the Builders competitors are recognized in SEMA Show publications and on signage at the event, and many will be featured in a one-hour, nationwide television special that will air exclusively on the Velocity Network in January 2019.
The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition was expanded this year to recognize winners in each of the four different categories: Hot Rod, Truck/Off-Road, Sport Compact and Young Guns. Industry judges will narrow down the field of nearly 300 entries to the Top 10 in each category before selecting the Top 12 builds overall. The 12 finalists will then take over judging duties and vote to name an overall winner, which will be announced Friday, Nov. 2, at SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party.
SEMA also expanded its Young Guns regional program to give 14 up-and-coming builders age 27 and younger the opportunity to showcase their vehicles and talents at the exclusive trade show. Winners at select car shows throughout the country were awarded a package that included an all-expenses paid trip to the SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot, and entry into Battle of the Builders.
For more information about the 2018 Battle of the Builders competition and to see behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of some of this year's contestants, visit www.sema.org/botb or SEMA's YouTube channel. For information about attending SEMA Ignited, the official after-party of the SEMA Show, please visit: www.semaignited.com
About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.
Edelbrock is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Morse to the position of Account Sales Manager at Edelbrock, LLC.
Rob brings 28-year of experience in the automotive industry to the Edelbrock Sales Team. He was most recently the Sales Operations Manager at AutoRep Sales Company.
While with AutoRep Sales, he represented some of the most respected product lines in the performance aftermarket industry including Edelbrock. Robs experience is specialized in Project Management with performance OEM and private label sales. Prior to this, Rob spent 15-years in the performance aftermarket at Ford Motor Company holding various management positions such as Senior Zone Manager, Regional Marketing Manager, and Retail Development Manager culminating his career at Ford as Global Representation Planner. I am honored to be joining the Edelbrock Team.
"Not only have I spent my entire career working in the automotive industry, I also have been a performance enthusiast, race fan, and drag racer since I was a teenager. To be joining one of the most historic and founding companies of the performance aftermarket is truly a great opportunity," states Rob Morse.
About Edelbrock Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as one of the nations premier designers, manufacturers and distributor of performance replacement parts for the automotive aftermarket. Edelbrock produces their core products in the United States of America using state-of-the-art equipment in their world class manufacturing facilities. Edelbrock, LLC encompasses five locations in Southern California and one location in North Carolina totaling more than 500,000 square feet. For more information, visit www.edelbrock.com
by Eric Blakely
Rock 'n' Roll/Automotive Journalist, Influencer, Editor and Publisher of Gearhead Magazine,