More than 300 applications were submitted for the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders contest, which were whittled down to the Top 40, then the Top 12 by industry judges before the 12 finalists judged their fellow competitors in front of an audience at the 2017 SEMA Show.
The winner will be announced in a new episode of the TV special “SEMA: Battle of the Builders,” which will premiere on the Velocity Channel on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 10 p.m.
Narrowing them all down to just the top 3 builders of the 2017 SEMA Show…here’s a look at the finalists.
Alan Johnson – Gadsen, AL
1932 FORD TUDOR | FORD MOTOR CO.
The project started with a clean 1932 Ford Tudor body canvas. All planned modifications were laid out before any cutting began. Certain dimensions were not determined until the body had been on and off the frame for the desired look. Johnson was a 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 3 finalist.
Troy Trepanier – Manteno, IL
1929 FORD MODEL A TUDOR | FLOWMASTER
Built by Rad Rides by Troy, whose mission is to build the finest hand-crafted automobiles in the world.
Troy Ladd – Burbank, CA
1936 PACKARD ROADSTER | CLEAN TOOLS
The Hollywood Hot Rods Packard roadster is a one-off steel coach built from design drawings.