Battle of the Builders

By CRM Staff 

Toronto, Ontario — November 12, 2018 —Kyle Tucker and his 1969 Chevy Camaro took home first place in this year’s fifth annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

Tucker’s 69 Camaro, which was sponsored by exhibitor ARP, was one of four finalists; beating out Eddie Pettus and his 1932 Willys aircraft refuelling truck, Rod Nielsen and his 1972 Mazda R100, and Kyle Kuhnhausen and his 1972 Nissan 24OZ.

This year’s competition included entries from new to seasoned builders, making up an elite group of individuals who demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying trucks, cars and SUV’s. The program was expanded to accommodate winners in four different categories, with Tucker also winning the Hot Rod title, Pettus earning the Truck/Off-Road honor, Nielsen scoring in Sport Compact and Kuhnhausen in Young Guns, for builders 27 years and younger.

Industry experts narrowed the field of nearly 300 entries, an increase in participation from the previous year, to determine the top 10 in each category. Eventually the applications were diwnled down to the 12 finalists. From here the remaining 12 participants took over the judging duties and voted to name Tucker the overall winner.

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