UPDATED: Canadian builders make the TOP 12 in SEMA Battle of the Builders

by | Nov 3, 2021 | 0 comments

Cole Marten and Chelsie Lesnoski, owners of Throttle Thrashers Garage in Penticton, B.C., both have projects selected in the Young Guns Category. Marten built a one-of-a-kind high horsepower, AWD Nissan Skyline. Lesnoski entered a 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD.


Throttle Thrashers Garage partners Cole Marten and Chelsie Lesnoski have both made it to the prestigious Top 12 in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

Both had been named to the Young Guns Top 10 as the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the Top 40 builders in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

They will now square of against other builders from all categories for the Battle of the Builders crown.

Battle of the Builders is a competition to honour and recognize builders at the premier automotive trade show, the SEMA Show.

Marten and Lesnoski, owners of Throttle Thrashers Garage in Penticton, B.C., both had projects selected in the Young Guns Category. Marten built a one-of-a-kind high horsepower, AWD Nissan Skyline. Lesnoski entered a 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD.

Check out our recent podcast featuring Cole and Chelsie, recorded just before SEMA.

CHECK OUT THE TOP 12

The 2021 Battle of the Builders Top 40 are (by category):

HOT ROD
•    Brett Schmeski — 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS    
•    Mark Giambalvo — 1930 Ford Model A 2-Door Sedan    
•    Lonnie Gilbertson — 1965 Chevrolet Corvair    
•    Josh “Red” Gosnell — 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback    
•    Troy Gudgel — 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe    
•    Troy Gudgel — 1969 Pontiac Firebird    
•    Mike Fillion — 1956 Oldsmobile 98    
•    Robert Matranga –1955 Chevrolet Bel Air    
•    Jeremy Miranda — 1967 Chevrolet Camaro    
•    Eddie Pettus — 1941 Willys Coupe    

SPORT COMPACT/IMPORT
•    Ryan Basseri — 2007 Honda S2000    
•    Shawn Bassett — 1999 Lexus GS300    
•    Peter Filippo — 2019 BMW M2     
•    Samantha Frazier– 1973 Nissan Datsun 240Z    
•    Paul Garcia — 1999 Nissan Skyline GTR VSPEC    
•    Marcus Fry — 1972 Nissan 240z    
•    Eddie Pettus — 1961 Austin Healey Sprite    
•    John Sarkisyan — 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL     
•    Neil Tjin — 2019 Ford Mach-E    
•    Simo Veharanta — 1982 Porsche 911 RSR    

TRUCK & OFF ROAD
•    Willie Davis — 1971 Ford F100    
•    Brad Deberti — 1965 Chevrolet C10    
•    Keith Kyker — 1969 Ford F100    
•    Jeremy Miranda — 1959 Chevrolet Apache    
•    Craig Piggott — 1974 Ford Bronco    
•    Kamaka Pocock — 1967 Chevrolet C10    
•    Daniel Smalley — 1958 Chevrolet Apache    
•    Bryan Thompson — 1934 Ford Pickup    
•    John Wargo — 1968 Chevrolet C10    
•    Randy Weaver — 1965 GMC C10    

YOUNG GUNS
•    Kaylee Crayton — 2013 Scion FR-S    
•    Thomas Dickerson — 1967 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang    
•    Ezra Evans — 1951 Ford F1     
•    Dayton Jacobson — 2000 Chevrolet S10    
•    Chelsie Lesnoski — 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD    
•    Cole Marten — 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR    
•    Jonas Neels — 2008 GMC Sierra 2500 HD    
•    James Thomas — 1949 Ford F1
•    Joe Wilder — 1969 Chevrolet Camaro     
•    Corey Williams — 1968 Dodge Charger    

The Battle of the Builders Top 12 will be announced in SEMA Central, on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. These 12 finalists, chosen by industry judges, represent the best of the best in the industry.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks.

Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com

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