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Published on Sep 13, 2019
Young builders all over the country are competing in the SEMA Young Guns Regional competition for a chance to win a trip to the 2019 trade-only SEMA Show and have their vehicle displayed at the Show. We sit down with Zach Zadoo at the Goodguys 33rd West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, CA, one of the Regional Qualifier stops for the competition.
As a resident of the Pleasanton area, Zach was no stranger to the Goodguys car shows. When he first decided that he wanted to restore a car, he was looking for a hot rod. A few car shows and a few months later, he came across his project car in Green Bay, WI. Zach found a 1931 Ford Model A that was being sold by the original owner’s sons. After a few days on an open trailer in the dead of winter, Zach’s new project car arrived in NorCal covered in salt and muck from its 2,200 mile journey.
Transforming the stock Ford into the hot rod you see today took Zach a few years to accomplish, but it was well worth the wait. In addition to the major body, suspension, and interior work Zach did, he recently swapped out the 350 he had in there for a Blueprint 383 Stroker. The years of work paid off as Zach has received a Golden Ticket to get his Model A into the Battle of the Builder competition at the SEMA Show this November.
The Regional Competitions open the program up to 10 more “Young Guns” who may not already be showcasing a vehicle at the SEMA Show, by partnering with event organizers throughout the country. Grand Prize is an-all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2019 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, a designated feature spot, and entry into the Battle of the Builders competition.