What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas, but not when it concerns what goes on at the annual SEMA Show. Our team on the ground has been wading through the endless sea of shiny chrome wheels, bolt-on wings and compact coupes fitted with Lambo doors to bring you the best and brightest of what's being shown here at the annual tuner show – some straight from the aftermarket, and some direct from the manufacturers themselves.

We'll have a whole 'nother helping of SEMA goodness for you tomorrow (and the tomorrow after that), but for now, have a look below at what we've managed to capture so far.

14Pics Aplenty: Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ show up en masse at SEMA

Scion made a huge investment in the 2012 SEMA show, and its spanking new FR-S coupe, by putting hundreds of cars in the hands of tuners. The result on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center is unmissable, as just about everywhere we turn we find another FR-S peeking out at us.

15Pure Vision Design imagines what could have been with Martini Racing 1966 Ford Mustang T-5R [w/video]

Imagine, for a moment, this scene taking place way back in the 1960s:

29RK Concepts custom motorcycles look ready for Rod Serling

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the SEMA Zone.

23Chevy cooks up custom Camaro, Corvette for "Smoke," Fieri

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is known as "Smoke" to many, and the custom Camaro ZL1 he helped create for SEMA reflects his sometimes mysterious personality. Chevy design manager Dave Ross worked with Stewart to come up with not only the flat red and silver tribal theme, but the custom gray-metallic paint and the red-haloed headlights, as well.

9Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City

Who knew the Toyota Avalon could be so... sporty? SEMA isn't just about tuning no-brainers like the Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S, it's about showing what's possible for a wide variety of cars, even seemingly geriatric machines like the big Avalon.

282013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Supercharged adds what we've been missing

If there's one legitimate complaint that can be hurled at the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport, it's that it has no more power than its less-sporty siblings. It's not that 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque isn't enough for good performance – as the GS 350's 5.7-second sprint to 60 can attest – it's that a separate model that's billed as a performance version could use a few bonus ponies to keep enthusiasts buyers from feeling snubbed.

8Holman & Moody 50th Anniversary TdF Mustang is a blast from the past

It's easy to forget it was Holman & Moody that helped first put a Ford Mustang on track in competition. Well before Carroll Shelby ever spun a wrench on one of the pony cars, H&M served up a set of race engines for Alan Mann Racing. That team took four specially prepared 1964 notchback Mustang models to the 4,000-mile Tour de France Automobile and brought home first place in the Touring Car class. Holman & Moody have chosen to celebrate that milestone with a special 2014 Ford Mustang

13Underground Racing creates 1,000-hp Audi R8 GT

It is unlikely that anybody has ever accused the Audi R8 GT of being a slow car, but like everything else on display at the SEMA Show – where the unofficial motto should be "if there's a will, there's a way" – Underground Racing has proven that fast can also get faster. Starting life as a 560-horsepower R8 GT, Underground Racing has developed four stages for the car ranging from a "mild" 700 hp up to a ridiculously wild 1,000-hp version... and that's just on pump gas.

5Scion FR-S SCCA World Challenge racecar, ready for the track

Of all the many Scion FR-S models here on the SEMA floor in Las Vegas – and there are a great many of them, have no doubt – the very purpose-built car from Stout Racing is one that we may hear about again in the future.

21Chevrolet builds Sonic B-Spec racer concept

Chevrolet Performance worked over the Chevrolet Sonic just for this year's SEMA show to create this B-Spec racecar concept. Built to conform to all of rules and regulations of the B-Spec subcompact classes in both the SCCA and the Grand-Am series, the five-door features new coilovers on all four corners with revised mounts, adjustable front stabilizer bar links and a rear axle shim kit. The requisite air inlet restrictor has also been shoved in place, and the ECM and EBCM have been recalibrated

28Ford Mustang Build Powered by Women proves the XXs can compete [w/video]

What's so special about the customized Mustang you see above? Well, first of all, it's very well done – nicely designed and assembled with care – but that's not its main claim to fame. In an industry dominated by persons born with both X and Y chromosomes, the XXs don't want to be overlooked, and so this Ford Mustang Powered by Women came into existence.

41Jeep JK Six Pak Concept is the three-row family off-roader you've been hankering for

Quality Metalcraft's CEO Michael Chetcuti has got big plans for the Jeep Wrangler – big enough to seat six, in fact. This QMC Jeep dubbed the JK Six Pak, for obvious reasons, is here at SEMA as a sort of proof of concept project.

29Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge declares a winner

We're all still a little taken aback at the sheer number of Scion FR-S mods we've seen at SEMA this year. Not only did the FR-S win the Best of Show award for the Sport Compact class, but based on gross tonnage the rear-drive Scion has got to be one of the most popular models in the tuner world today.

7Fisker Karma and 3M at SEMA, that's a wrap

Electric carmaker Fisker has partnered with car-wrapping specialists 3M for an interesting demonstration of what could be at this year's SEMA festivities. As we reported in greater detail earlier, the folks from 3M are wrapping up the Karma in a few fairly wild shades and stripe packages, to have a little fun with the already drop-dead gorgeous Fisker.

24HRE carbon fiber wheels for all your customizing desires

HRE has brought some pretty excellent wheels to market in the past, such as the retro-tastic Vintage Series, bridging old and new in fantastic fashion. The wheel-maker's latest offering is the Carbon Series CF2 Concept, now on display at SEMA.

11Acura preps ILX for endurance racing challenge

Acura has used the occasion of this year's SEMA show to unveil a 2013 ILX that is remarkably different from the road-going car that we are familiar with. A far distance from the rather mildly performing street car, this ILX Endurance Racer is actually prepped to race at the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill in Willows, California.

27Legacy Power Wagon Conversion is three tons of vintage American iron

There's a soft spot in our hearts for well-done resuscitation of vintage off-road iron. Perhaps the most notable company performing such restomod work is Icon 4x4, but the Californian outfit isn't the only company turning its attention to the down-and-dirty side of the vintage scene.

11Ford Focus ST makes presence known with five custom cars in Vegas

These are the funky quintet of five custom Ford Focus STs that were teased not long ago, built by Tanner Foust Racing, Bojix, M&J Enterprises, Galpin Auto Sports and Steeda Autosports.

7Hyundai goes bonkers with performance Velosters

Hyundai's news that it would be producing a new Re:Mix edition of the Veloster was passingly interesting, at least for fans of the sprightly hatchback. But that wasn't the only Veloster we saw at the SEMA show this year... far from it.



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      Ben Doolittle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I obsessively wasted so much time at work...
      autopten
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be waiting for the pictures then!
      Valkyrie
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's good to hear some great news about SEMA. It's a good news break after the devastation of the Eastern Coast. I don't know that there was a show on Vegas. Good thing I landed here at Autoblog via www.zizbang.com/search/showsearchcontent/search/cars+reviews/ I now believe that Autoblog is the first when it comes to news and reviews in the Auto industry. I can't wait for the following pictures and updates from SEMA.
      Tom Bryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      meh, im done with this tuner crap.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      can't wait for the tragicomic sema photos to stop infesting autoblog.
      Mike Satterfield
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like you guys missed all of North Hall!