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Troy Trepanier was named the winner of the 2017 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition for his 1929 Ford Model-A Tudor sedan. Trepanier owns Rad Rides by Troy, a one-stop custom auto shop in Manteno, Illinois, and is among the best known builders in the aftermarket.
Trepaunier’s Tudor edged out builds by the other top three finalists in the competition: Alan Johnson (1932 Ford Tudor) and Troy Ladd (1936 Packard roadster). The three builders will be featured along with many other SEMA Show builders in a new episode of the TV special SEMA: Battle of the Builders, premiering on Velocity Channel in January.
Trepanier’s custom Tudor was stationed in the Driven Performance booth during the SEMA Show last week in Vegas.
Rad Rides by Troy was established in 1995 as a father and son business. Today the shop employs 14 full-time team members and features an 800-square-foot machine shop, 5,000-square-foot fabrication shop, 3,750-square-foot shop front and showroom, and a 1,800-square-foot body shop and paint facility.