TUX Wins Battle of the Builders

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2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders Winner DSE Tux

Red sky at night, SEMA Ignites, and Ignite it did.  The party after the party that is SEMA was off the hook.  Not only was it a feast for they eyes, it was bass thumping, tire burning, pro drifting, Nitro Circus jumping high horsepower party!  All that and for a group of builders the most anticipated announcement of the week.  The winner of the prestigious Battle of the Builders competition.

As I said the other day, this year SEMA made things very interesting by choosing the top 3 vehicles in each of the 4 categories.  So today we saw the Top 12 go the top 4 and we just found out who won. That coveted number one spot at the 2018 SEMA Battle of the Builders went to Kyle Tucker and his ’69 Camaro “TUX”.

“TUX” is a performance-packed, highly modified muscle machine wrapped in sophisticated detail.  The list of all the modifications to “TUX” is virtually endless.  From the hand-fabricated, custom floor pan and transmission tunnel.  To the hand-built and narrowed Detroit Speed front subframe with hydroformed frame rails and custom stamped steel cross-members.  The list also includes the six-point roll cage that’s integrated into the dash and interior body lines, the hand-built custom dash panel and console.  This Camaro is like no other and a deserving recipient of the SEMA Battle of the Builders Award.

You can check out more of this winning ride in the Event Gallery

If you would like more of the nitty gritty on this ride, check out my article from the GoodGuys Nationals where “TUX” won the Street Machine of the Year.

Winning top spot in your individual category isn’t like winning overall, but it ain’t too shabby either.  The winners for the other 3 Battle of the Builders Categories are as follows.  Eddie Pettus and his 1932 Willys Aircraft refueling truck.  Kyle Kuhnhausen and his 1972 Nissan 240Z in the Young Guns category.  And lastly, in Sport Compact category it was Rod Nielsen with his 1972 Mazda R100.

The Battle of the Builders competition was smoking hot and so was the rest of the SEMA show.  Here is just a little more of that famous eye candy.

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Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!