SEMA Battle of the Builders TV Special Premieres January 28

DIAMOND BAR, CA (01.26.23) – All-new, behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews from the newest SEMA Battle of Builders competition will premiere on January 28, 2023, at 9:00 am (EST) on the History Channel’s Drive Block and A+E Network’s FYI.

“SEMA: Battle of the Builders, Presented by Mothers High Performance Car Care” began with 240-plus vehicle builders and culminated during the 2022 SEMA Show last November in Las Vegas, Nev. In addition to featuring the winner and finalists, the one-hour television special highlights many new, up-and-coming builders and includes all-new stories and footage chronicling their journeys to the SEMA Show.

“This was one of the best and most exciting SEMA Battle of the Builders competition yet,” said RJ de Vera, SEMA vice president of marketing and communications. “The TV special is a chance for those who did not attend the SEMA Show to see what happened at the Show, and for those at the Show to relive the excitement and even discover some of what they may have missed.”

Since 2015, the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition has shined the light on vehicle builders who have already proven their talents by showcasing their vehicles at the SEMA Show. With the world’s best vehicle builders competing against one another, the contest is considered by many to be the ultimate battle.

The television program is hosted by Adrienne Janic and Tanner Foust, and features Cam Miller, Ryan Basseri, Jeremiah Prophet, and Kyle Kuhnhausen as industry experts selecting the top 12 builders in four categories: Hot Rod/Hot Rod Truck; Sport Compact, Luxury & Exotics; 4-Wheel Drive & Off-Road; and Young Guns, a category for builders age 29 and under. Viewers will see the judges narrow the competitors down to 12, and then the top 12 finalists vie amongst themselves to select the final winner.

For more information about the SEMA Battle of the Builders, visit

Mothers Polishes Sponsors 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builders

DIAMOND BAR, CA (10.12.22) – Mothers Polishes has been named the presenting sponsor of the 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builders, the aftermarket industry’s ultimate vehicle competition featuring customizers who have a vehicle on display at the world-renown SEMA Show.

With exhibitors relying on the builds at the annual trade-only event to showcase their hottest parts and accessories, the vehicles at the SEMA Show are carefully curated and represents the best in the industry.

Mothers Polishes has been named presenting sponsor of the 2022 SEMA Battle of the Builders, the aftermarket industry’s ultimate vehicle competition held annually during the SEMA Show.

“It’s not a casual decision that an exhibitor makes when selecting what vehicle to showcase at the SEMA Show,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events. “The vehicle they ultimately choose and the builder they choose are the best of the best. It really is the Top Gun of the industry.”

Deadline for builders to enter this year’s SEMA Battle of the Builders sponsored by Mothers Polishes is Oct. 14. Top builders will be recognized in four categories as Class Champions – Hot Rod & Hot Rod Truck; 4 Wheel Drive & Off-Road; Sport Compact, Import Performance, Luxury & Exotic; and Young Guns – before one Grand Champion winner is named on the final day of the SEMA Show, Friday, Nov. 4.

The competition will unfold throughout the week, with the Top 40 announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and the Top 12 announced on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The decorated dozen will examine and critique each other’s vehicles at the Show on Thursday, Nov. 3, as they become the final judges and select the ultimate winner.

Throughout the entire competition, camera crews will follow the action for a television special that will air on the HISTORY Channel in January 2023. For more information about the SEMA Battle of the Builders, sponsored by Mothers, visit

Registration Now Open for SEMA Battle of the Builders

DIAMOND BAR, CA (06.11.2021) – Applications are now available for SEMA Battle of the Builders, the coveted competition that unites and recognizes SEMA Show vehicle builders. Open exclusively to those with a car or truck displayed at the annual trade show taking place in November, the competition celebrates and honors top builders for reaching what many consider to be the pinnacle of automotive events. The competition, now in its eighth year, tells the stories behind the builds, and it provides builders with additional exposure and a chance to be recognized and named as the industry’s top builder.

With vehicle space available only to qualified exhibitors, SEMA Show vehicle builders represent an elite group of individuals who have the distinction of superior craftsmanship and proven excellence. Exhibitors are highly selective on the vehicles and builders they choose to showcase their products, capture attention, and drive traffic to their booths.

Registration for SEMA Battle of the Builders, the coveted competition that unites and recognizes SEMA Show vehicle builders, is now open at

“Exhibitors rely on vehicles at the SEMA Show to optimally showcase their products in use and generate buzz,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events. “When an exhibitor chooses to showcase a vehicle, whether it’s in their booth or elsewhere in the Show, that exhibitor is investing in the build and the builder. They’re choosing the best builders to represent their brands and tell their stories.”

The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition will award one winner in four different categories—Hot Rod, Truck/Off-Road, Import/Sport Compact, and Young Guns—before crowning an overall top builder during SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party that takes place on Friday after the weeklong trade show ends.

Click here for the online application

As part of SEMA’s initiative to support and encourage the younger generation in the industry, the association will continue its SEMA Young Guns Regional Qualifiers. Applications for the Young Guns Regional Qualifiers are also available online, making the program open to builders who may not already have a vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show, provided they are 27 years and younger. Young Guns Regional Qualifier winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2021 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature vehicle spot at the Show, and entry into the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, where they will compete alongside established vehicle builders from the industry.

“Each year, we meet amazing young builders through the Young Guns Program,” said Gattuso. “It’s inspiring to witness the passion they have for all things car-related, and to see the industry embrace them as they build a network of contacts and connections that will fuel a lifelong career.”

To register, or for more information on the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, log on to The deadline to register is October 15.

Watch “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” on History Channel This Sunday

The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. The 2020 “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” TV special will air on A+E Networks’ History Channel this Sunday, February 7, at 9:00 a.m. (EST). Now in its seventh year, more than 1,000 builders have competed in the annual event.

The one-hour program highlights skilled builders who are vying for the industry’s ultimate accolade—the Battle of the Builders Top Builder Trophy. Beginning with more than 300 entries, the Top 40 vehicles are chosen from four distinct categories—Hot Rod, Import/Sport Compact, Truck/Off-Road, and Young Guns—and go head-to-head in a battle for top build.

But before that, there are still three more past episodes that you can catch this week during the SEMA: Battle of the Builders Marathon. Point your browser to the SEMA Show YouTube channel where you can set a reminder to watch the next SEMA Battle of the Builders competition each night at 6:00 p.m. (PST). Join Adrienne “AJ” Janic as she gives an exclusive look at past competitions. Other special guests will also make an appearance throughout the night. Join in the conversation, learn some interesting facts and maybe you’ll get the opportunity to chat with a SEMA builder.

Be sure to subscribe and click that “set reminder” button on the SEMA Show YouTube channel. And follow along with all the #SEMABOTB action on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

For more information about the SEMA Battle of the Builders program, visit