SEMA Battle of the Builders was designed to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of SEMA builders that attend the show, highlighting the fantastic talents and craftsmanship of builders.
SEMA crowned Kyle Tucker, president of Detroit Speed, and his custom 1969 Chevy Camaro named TUX as this year’s Battle of the Builders winner.
Detroit Speed has won the Battle of the Builders contest twice since the company won the inaugural event in 2014. Both wins were with 1969 Camaros. Detroit Speed is the only builder to have won the award twice.
Tucker and his ’69 Camaro beat out nearly 300 other entries in the competition. Judges narrowed the field down to 10 finalists per category before selecting the top 12 builds overall. These 12 finalists then took over judging duties, voting Tucker the overall winner, beating out three other finalists.
The Battle of the Builders competition was stiff this year in all four categories. In the Hot Rod category, Detroit Speed was paired against two other superbly built cars; a 1936 Ford Roadster by Dale Boesch and a 1970 Camaro by Phil and Jeremy Gerber of Roadster Shop – fellow builders Detroit Speed is honored to call friends and competitors.
Other category winners in the Battle of the Builders competition include:
- Truck/Off-Road: Eddie Pettus, 1932 Willys Aircraft Refueling Truck
- Sport Compact: Rod Nielsen, 1972 Mazda R100
- Young Guns: Kyle Kuhnhausen, 1972 Nissan 240z
The Detroit Speed Inc. built ‘TUX’ 1969 Camaro, owned by customer Stuart Adams, was also honored earlier this year with the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award.
The 1969 Chevy Camaro features a host of hand-fabricated parts such as the wheel houses, floor pan, transmission tunnel, rocker panels, inner quarter panels, and trunk pan. The sub-frame is handmade, and the car features custom bumpers. Up from there are billet headlight doors and at the rear there are billet taillight bezels. Bright Forgline custom wheels contrast with the black paint. The interior, done by M&M Hot Rod Interiors, is minimalist, yet functional with a custom dashboard and billet steering wheel. Under the hood is an LS2 engine from Keith Urban Performance.
The 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition will be broadcast on the Velocity channel at 10pm EST on January 7th, 2019.