SEMA Puts Young Builders in Seattle on Notice

SEMA’s search for young vehicle builders has moved to the Pacific Northwest, as the SEMA Young Guns Regional Program joins Formula Drift at Evergreen Speedway this weekend.

The Seattle visit, set for July 20, marks the fifth in a nine-city tour where top young vehicle builders-age 27 and under-will win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to this fall’s SEMA Show. The award package includes transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature vehicle spot at the show and entry into the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

Participants in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition are featured at the SEMA Show, online, in magazines and on TV, according to the association. Open exclusively to builders with vehicles on display at the SEMA Show, the competition expanded in 2017 to provide exposure for a limited number of rising young builders. This year’s program includes partnerships with nine venues, with one winner from each venue awarded a Golden Ticket into the competition.

“We’ve already seen some amazing young builders on the SEMA Young Guns Regional Tour,” said Ira Gabriel, SEMA vice president of marketing, public relations & communications. “The talent, creativity and craftsmanship from the younger generation has been phenomenal. We’re looking forward to seeing what Seattle brings.”

Four competitors from across the country have already won regional competitions and are set to compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders. A fifth builder will be selected at Formula Drift’s July 20 event in Monroe, Washington, located roughly 30 miles north of Seattle. It marks the third Formula Drift event of the year in SEMA Young Guns Regional Competition.

“The SEMA Young Guns program has brought an exciting energy to the Formula Drift events,” said Jim Liaw, Formula Drift president. “We’re excited to see the regional winners compete at the SEMA Show and look forward to supporting them in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.”

Participants for the Seattle competition will be selected from qualified applicants who enter at For additional details, visit the website or contact

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