Cole was one of three Battle of the Builders entrants to receive a Golden Ticket, which earned him transportation and accommodations to SEMA and a spot in the Young Guns competition.
Chelsie Lesnoski and Cole Marten
Story by ALLISON ROGERS
A collision repairer for over 35 years, Chelsie Lesnoski’s father never wanted her to find a career in collision repair; he swore she would end up resenting a life in the sector.
But now, Reb Lesnoski couldn’t be more proud of his daughter.
“I finally conquered it,” Chelsie told Collision Repair, following on from SEMA 2021, where she won the title of the first-ever female builder to earn a top-three finish in the Battle of the Builders Young competition. Guns.
Cole Marten and Chelsie Lesnoski are the owners of Throttle Thrashers Garage in Penticton, British Columbia, a shop specializing in custom builds and paint. The pair are also known for breaking records at the SEMA Show’s annual Battle of the Builders Young Guns competition.
Cole and Chelsie’s first swing in Battle of the Builders happened in 2019 when they brought Chelsie’s 2013 Scion FR-S to Vegas. Chelsie had first met Cole during a test drive on her boyfriend’s car. The rest is history. Two years and a company together later, the pair performed a Nissan Skyline engine swap and refurbished the Scion in a custom purple developed by Chelsie; but she didn’t expect him to go to Vegas.
“I was building this car for the purpose of doing a little car cruise here in town,” she said. “I rolled it out in the sun the day before the cruise and asked, ‘why the hell does that quarter panel look more pink than purple?’ It was really devastating – doing this car cruise was a personal goal that I set for myself.” I’m sitting there scratching my head thinking, ‘This car hasn’t even been driven yet, and you want to do a cruise?'” Cole laughed. After their first SEMA experience, Cole and Chelsie turned the Throttle Thrashers’ attention to Nissan Skylines. Chelsie would handle the paint, while Cole would handle the mechanical work and maintenance. manufacturing.
“No matter how blasphemous the idea, we love it,” beamed Cole. “The worse, the better.”
And unique builds were certainly the couple’s goal heading into SEMA 2021, where each brought their own unique car to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“My goal was to make the Top 12, considering I made the Top 40 in 2019,” Chelsie said.
Chelsie’s build at the 2021 SEMA Show was a 1993 Mazda RX-FD, which she says is the world’s first mid-engined Audi 2.7 twin-turbo Mazda FD RX7. Its construction received a custom metal six-inch widebody treatment and incorporates custom fender and front hood vents, custom rear louvers and diffuser. For the paint, Chelsie custom-mixed a two-tone black cherry hue with satin and gloss finishes.