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Check out some of the amazing machinery on display at the annual modification show in Las Vegas

The Specialty Equipment Market Association Show is held annually in Las Vegas, California, US. That's fitting because, like the city itself, it’s a bold, bright, unashamedly gaudy version of a typical motor show.

What started as a trade show to unite manufacturers and buyers has grown into a vast gathering of the performance and customization industries, with several major manufacturers having a presence.

After recent ‘traditional’ motor shows were focused on future concepts such as electrification and autonomy, there was something refreshingly old-fashioned about this year’s SEMA Show. Everywhere you turned, big engines were proudly being crammed into big cars and trucks, with their builders loudly trumpeting their big power outputs.

Yet, if you look closely, even SEMA showed signs of the future. A small but notable number of electric cars could be found, and several stands were trumpeting advanced driver assistance and autonomy systems.

With more than 2400 exhibitors and 1500 vehicles spread across 2.7million square feet of space both inside and outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, there were plenty to take in. Check out our gallery above for some of the most notable, interesting and just plain weird motors on display.

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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