Transamerican Auto Parts Life Is Better Off-Road Award #TENSEMA2016Posted in Sema: 2016 on November 4, 2016
The 2016 SEMA Show was a cornucopia of custom trucks and Jeeps, with many builders putting their all into making their vehicle stand out. 4 Wheel Parts and their parent company Transamerican Auto Parts have created an award to recognize a set of ten builders and they were judged on a very specific set of criteria. Of course all the builds had to be reliable and capable off road machines, but they also had to function in the real world taking people places and have the ability to pick up kids, also it had to fit up to a level of craftsmanship and have a good design scheme.
The ten finalists included a roster of some of the top builders in the industry that brought out a variety of trucks and Jeeps both new and vintage. Damnic Sandry had his ’17 tactical Ford Raptor outfitted with enough firepower to take over a small country, Chris Payne built a ’16 Colorado Diesel displayed proudly in the American Force booth, Melanie White from Hellwig outfitted a ’16 Nissan Titan that would make any overlander proud, Jeff Garland built a big ’16 Jeep Bruiser that certainly lives up to its name, Westin Automotive built a bright green ’14 Jeep JK two door, Mark Turner from Daystar Truck and Jeep accessories pulled off a patina’d 1941 Dodge Power Wagon complete with a moonshine still in the bed, and Robbie Bryant from KEG media pulled double duty with both a ’16 Jeep Rubicon, and a ’16 Nissan Titan.
In the end it was the Power Wagon that won over the judges that included Truck Trend Network’s own Sean Holman along with Ricky Johnson from American Off Road, Bill Caswell of Caswell Motorsports, Brian Deegan from Metal Mulisha, Justin Watney from SCORE, and Criag Perronne from Off Road Adventures. The trophy winner was Mark Turner and his Power Wagon with Transamerican Auto Parts CEO Greg Adler presenting the award.