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Friday evening at SEMA Ignited, the big celebration party staged at the conclusion of the annual gathering of the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show, the winners of the Battle of the Builders will be crowned.
Three finalists have been selected in each of four categories, and one of those categories is called Young Guns and is open only to car builders aged 27 or younger.
Those three finalists are Dylan Goacher for his 1968 Chevrolet Nova, Kyle Kuhnhausen for his 1972 Datsun 240Z and Zach Lagrenne for his 1998 BMW M3.
While the Hot Rod, Sport Copact and Truck or Off-Road vehicle categories are open to all builders, the Young Guns is designed to encourage and feature those just starting in the profession.
Indeed, Lagrenne’s BMW project was done with help from his fellow students at the University of Colorado.
Of the nearly 300 entries in the builders competition this year, 14 were from those in the Young Guns category, SEMA said.
Preliminarily, cars were displayed at various regional car shows with 14 of the Young Guns selected to expense-paid trips to the finals at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The 2018 SEMA Ignited celebration runs from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the Platinum parking lot on Swenson Street on the east side of Las Vegas Convention Center. Unlike the trade show itself, Ignited it open to the public.