Bushwacker Announces First Founder’s Award Winner at SEMA 2014
Owner of First Prize Ford F-350 Takes Home Trophy and Check
Bushwacker announced the winner of its first-ever Founder’s Award yesterday, recognizing Josh Ellison’s ’14 Ford F-350 crew cab as the best truck at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. According to Bushwacker, Ellison drove his truck from Oregon to Las Vegas for the competition at SEMA.
Ellison, president of Royalty Core Truck Grilles and Accessories, equipped his 6.7L Power Stroke truck with tons of modifications and accessories. A Bulletproof Suspension lift kit with dual shocks, steering stabilizers, and traction bars made space for massive rolling stock comprised of 24-inch Hostile wheels and 40-inch Interco tires. An Edge Evolution CTS programmer, an MBRP dual exhaust, an S&B Filters intake, and an H&S intercooler pipe kit unlocked some ponies from the diesel V-8.
With the mechanicals enhanced and sorted, Ellison added some pretty sweet cosmetic and functional mods to the truck. A Royalty Core grille joins with ultrabright LED lighting, a Warn winch, and a Cervinis ram-air hood to cut a brutal front profile. Fusion bumpers, Monster Hooks tie-downs, and a custom bed and roof rack for Ellison’s Polaris RTV side-by-side add to the truck’s utility. A complete Kicker sound system (with waterproof exterior speakers) keeps the party going hard and loud. A surprising touch is the baked-on ceramic coating to the exterior paint, giving the finish a subtle (but very classy) deep gloss.
For his cohesive, functional build, Ellison won a trophy and cash prize of $1,500 awarded by Bushwacker founder Jerry Logan. Runner-up Kelly Fromm won $250 for his built ’14 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD, and runners-up Lonnie McCurry Sr. and Lonnie McCurry Jr. won $250 for their custom ’76 Ford Bronco.