The automotive nirvana we all know as the SEMA Show is now just a couple weeks away. For the past few years, builders have been invited to compete in the Battle of the Builders competition to show off their latest masterpieces. The competition generally airs a couple months after SEMA, but the actual competition takes place at the show in Las Vegas.
In the video below we get a sneak peek at one the cars competing this year. Owner and builder Jerry Jacob will be bringing his 1966 Corvette coupe to SEMA in hopes of winning the Battle of the Builders.
Jacob will be showing off the culmination of his 5 years of hard work. Inspired to build a car after seeing a 1965 Corvette at the 2012 SEMA Show he located a rough 1966 coupe, spent 4 hours just digging it out, got home, and went to work. Today the car wears a custom mixed BASF silver paint. All the exterior chrome and stainless has been removed from the car. The rockers and front and rear fascias were hand fabricated out of aluminum and fiberglass and the rear bumpers have been cleverly molded into the body.
Power comes from a 670hp MAST Motorsports 427 backed by a Tremec T-56 transmission. Willwood brakes on all 4 corners provide the stopping power. That big LS motor exhales through a polished 3-inch custom exhaust system which exits below the rear license plate.
The other thing to note here is that he’s building the car himself in his garage. He’s doesn’t have a huge shop like Foose, Trepanier, or Kindig. As you can see he’s quite enthralled to be competing with professional builders throughout the industry. The 2018 SEMA Show takes place October 30th – November 2nd. Best of luck to Jerry in the Battle of the Builders.
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