Forget the presidential election: After months of project planning, torch welding, plasma cutting and skilled craftsmanship, Toyota's Dream Build Challenge custom-vehicle build-off is now ready for you to decide the winner.
Here's the background: Toyota chose four professional racecar teams and had each one build very different custom cars or trucks for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Each team had a theme and had any and all tools from their own garage at their disposal. The team leaders were NASCAR racers Clint Bowyer (Prius) and Kyle Busch (Camry), plus NHRA hot shoes Antron Brown (Sequoia) and Alexis DeJoria (Tundra).
All you have to do is go to the Dream Build Facebook page and vote for your favorite custom vehicle. (Here's a hint: We want you to vote for Alexis' Extreme Tundra Desert Runner.) You can also watch several youtube.com videos of each project as it progresses through the (sometimes complicated) build process.
After the vote-collecting Facebook page opens, fans will be able to vote once per day for the next 10 days. During this time, you can track the teams' progress as they head to the finish date. Fans can also change their vote from day to day while competing for daily prizes, plus a chance to win the main giveaway: the Toyota Racing Dream Trip Grand Prize.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time Oct. 29, right before SEMA opens. Votes will then be tallied in the early morning hours. "Top Gear USA" host Rutledge Wood will announce the winner live at 11 AM Oct. 30 at Toyota's SEMA Show press conference. The winning team will be awarded $50,000 for its designated charity, with second place receiving $25,000, third place $15,000 and fourth place $10,000.
So get out there and vote!
TUNDRA OFF-ROAD PRE-RUNNER--ALEXIS DEJORIA (NHRA)
FAMILY DRAG RACING SEQUOIA--ANTRON BROWN (NHRA)
"ROWDY" EDITION CAMRY--KYLE BUSCH (NASCAR)
TEKKED-OUT PRIUS--CLINT BOYER (NASCAR)
BUILD LEADERS--ALEXIS, ANTRON, CLINT, KYLE