Few places are more exciting for a project vehicle unveiling than at SEMA. Here is where the automotive world’s builder elite show up with vehicles worthy of magazine covers and movies. From vintage restorations and overhauls, to fresh-off-the-line models modified to standards of perfection, there is a little bit of everything at SEMA.
One of the biggest show elements is the annual Battle of the Builders competition, which follows builders along their journey to creating a project vehicle worthy of accolades and awards among fellow heavyweights. 2016 will also launch the new Battle of the Builders Young Guns, lending recognition to up-and-comers under 35 that are already at the skill level it takes to debut at a show of this magnitude.
One Young Gun is Jon Nyberg, who is gearing up to debut his 1957 Chevy Bel-Air that aims to win. It features a fully powder-coated chassis, Air Ride Technologies 4-Link and Shockwave system, Raceline Challenger wheels, Pirelli Tires, Corvette LS1 Motor and 4L60e Transmission Twin Turbo setup. Everything in the engine compartment is painted and chromed, with no detail left untouched. The body exterior is factory, dressed up with BASF Paint with a full hot rod-style interior complete with a massive Alpine sound system. AMSOIL lubricants are installed throughout to keep the engine and components up to par with the rest of the build. (He’s clearly a builder who knows what he’s doing.)
We can’t show you the end result just yet, but Nyberg will have parts of his build documented on the Velocity TV Network both before and during SEMA. After the show his ’57 Bel-Air will have prime stage placement at the SEMA Ignited after party, where show-goers gather afterwards to celebrate another year of automotive innovation with months of hard work behind them. However, SEMA is only the first of what’s to come; Nyberg and his Bel-Air are already slated for appearances at 60 shows, 2 magazine shoots and an epic road trip on the Hot Rod Power Tour. Win, lose or draw at Battle of the Builders, we definitely haven’t seen the last of this ride.
Read up on the Battle of the Builders competition here, and stay tuned for much more to come next week on the sights and sounds of SEMA 2016. We just might be sending a congratulatory message to Jon Nyberg and his team behind a winning ’57 Chevy Bel-Air.