SEMA Young Guns

The Street Machine Nationals series and SEMA will send two "Young Gun" participants to the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to compete in the Battle of the Builders competition.

SEMA will host a Young Guns qualifying round at two Street Machine Nationals events - awarding one winner from both DuQuoin and St. Paul an expense-paid trip to the SEMA Show and a spot to compete in the national Battle of the Builders Young Guns competition.


Age 27 or younger (by Nov 8, 2019)

Build your vehicle primarily on your own

Registered Street Machine Nats participant

Choose Your Event

Young Gun qualifying rounds will be hosted at the Street Machine Nats events listed below.

One winner from each event will win an expense-paid trip to Vegas to compete in the Battle of the Builders "Young Guns" competition at the 2019 SEMA Show!

Already registered your ride, but still want to compete? No problem...CLICK HERE and fill out the application.

If you still need to register your ride and sign up to compete, just select event below to sign up.

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You must be registered for a Street Machine Nationals to participant.

SEMA Young Guns Regional Application
Du Quoin, IL Registration

JUNE 21-23

$45 pre-registration / $60 on-site

St. Paul, MN Registration

JULY 19-21

$50 pre-registration / $65 on-site

How It Works

It's simple! Register for and attend any of the above qualifying events. Judging will take place in the Young Guns corral on Saturday and the winner will be announced during the Participant Awards Ceremony on Sunday at each event.

You must register for the Street Machine National and Young Guns qualifier. Compete at both if you'd like!

Young Guns judging hours and Award Ceremonies vary by event. Check schedule of events for more info.

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Battle of the Builders

The Battle of the Builders program was launched by SEMA in 2014 to recognize the top builders and vehicles on display at the SEMA Show. It's included in the Discovery Channel coverage of the SEMA Show and covered by hundreds of media outlets world-wide.

In 2016, SEMA launched a special recognition within the Battle of the Builders program featuring younger builders who designed, built and brought their vehicles to the SEMA Show.

In 2017, SEMA took the "Young Gun" program on the road hosting regional qualifiers within big events drawing younger enthusiasts building their own rides. This year, SEMA is expanding their Young Guns road show offering young participants from more than 20 events across the country the opportunity to qualify for a Young Guns grand prize trip to SEMA. Two of those events are the Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, IL and St. Paul, MN.

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