You have to admire the dedication of SEMA's booth professionals. Though there are many jobs in Vegas for a woman with a large chest and a fake smile, they faithfully serve the needs of chrome and carbon fiber.
Just in case there's any doubt the auto aftermarketgasm called SEMA is the trashiest show on the automotive calendar, here's a gallery of attendees too fat and/or lazy to walk the show floor unaided.
Honda's not-quite-in-house tuner Mugen brought out a trio of tweaked Hondas and the best one is this wonderful 1984 CRX Mugen prototype. Oh, how far we've not come.
Wanna rebel against tradition? Spit in the eye of convention? Enrage old fogies and confuse the kids? This is how you do it. The Fairlane Afterburner; one of the most original and over-the-top customs we've seen in a while.
The new Ford Taurus SHO is a pretty sweet ride, but the fellas at Mobsteel have gotten their hands on one and blacked it out, smoothed things over and slammed it to the ground. We're not sure about this one.
Seibon's created replacement carbon fiber bodies for the Smart and Elise. The former? Ludicrous. The latter? Potentially amazing, as carbon fiber's for making things lighter. Unfortunately, both are heavier and $10,000 more than stock counterparts.
How do you get a FWD Scion tC to put 900+ HP to the track effectively? With a ginormous front wing. Chris Rado's modification to this Time Attack racer makes total sense, but it's still ugly.
Since Michelin's been dragging its wheels forever on the Tweel project, Resilient Technologies announced a competitor called, unimaginatively, the Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT), which is being developed with US Military cooperation with planned prototype delivery scheduled for late 2011.
If you've ever seen a Mazda rotary engine or driven an RX, you've wanted the same powerplant plopped into the nose of a Miata. Mike Burlas Design has done just that and thrown in a turbo.
Dunkel Industries' Luxury 4x4, built on a Ford F-650/F-750 chassis, measures an astonishing 32 feet long! It's designed to transport the space shuttle to the launch pad, tow battleships into dry dock and house a family of nine. [Pickuptrucks.com]
Toyota's Tundra Midnight Rider Tailgater concept by Brooks & Dunn has got western belt buckle-styled door handles. As the name implies, it's designed to be the ultimate tailgating vehicle. But seriously, belt buckle handles.
Toyota's taken a Lexus GS, dropped on a bunch of F-Sport accessories and painted it a metallic brown for SEMA. The car looks the F-in' part, although no word on whether the engine upgrades are F-sporty. Still, it is brown.