Just because the economy has come to a screeching halt, the banking industry is upside down, and nobody wants to buy a new vehicle isn't any reason to be glum. Because it's SEMA time; the time of year when all the silly and whacky and extreme vehicles make their way to Las Vegas to capture a little bit of attention at one of the biggest car shows on the planet. Technically, it's a trade show and closed to the public, many of the companies involved, including the more intelligent automotive manufacturers, spend all year designing and building their special rigs so they can show off their creativity. In a nutshell, if you take away all the buying and selling that goes on, SEMA is all about automotive creativity. We'll bring you all the cool pickups and SUVs we can find, with as much information as we can gather in the time it takes to shoot a photo and run up to our rooms for downloading. And don't be surprised if you see some of the more interesting vehicles show up in Truck Trend Magazine's SEMA coverage in the March/April issue. In the meantime, enjoy the wildest and crazy car show of the year.

The 2008 SEMA show kicks off on election day, Tuesday November 4, and runs until Friday November 7.

Featured Vehicles

Ford
2009 Ford Edge "Sport" Edition by Steeda
2009 Ford Escape by HPA Motorsports Inc.
2009 Ford Escape Hybrid by EcoTrek
1970 Ford F100 Explorer by Ford Motor Company
2008 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Dually
2009 Ford F-150 by Ford Custom Accessories
2009 Ford F-150 Sport Truck by Turbonetics
2009 Ford F-150 by Street Scene Equipment
2009 Ford F-150 Heavy Duty DeWalt Contractor Concept
2009 Ford F-150 by Hi-Pa Drive
2009 Ford F-150 Fahrenheit FX-4 by X-Treme Toyz
2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
2009 Ford Flex by Ford Custom Accessories
2009 Ford Flex by West Coast Customs
2009 Ford Flex "Euro Series" by 3dCarbo
2009 Ford Flex by Catalyst Industrial Marking
2009 Ford Flex by Kal Concepts/Air Syndicate, Inc
2009 Ford Flex by Galpin Auto Sports
2009 Ford Flex Art Car by Automobile Magazine & Lee Quinon
2009 Ford Flex "Reflex" by CGS Motorsport
2009 Ford Flex by Rick Bottom Designs
2009 Ford Flex by Hot Rod Magazine
2009 Ford Flex by Heavy Hitters Magazin
2009 Ford Flex by Motor Trend Magazine
2009 Ford Transit Connect_concept by H&R Special Springs
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

General Motors
2009 Hummmer H3T Weekend Warrior
2009 Hummer H3 X Concept
2009 Hummer H3 Alpha Project Trailhugger

Lexus
Lexus LX 570 by ICON 4x4 Design

Lincoln
2008 Lincoln MKX by Street Concepts

Mercedes-benz
Legendary Motorcars Company Mercedes-benz GLK
Brabus Widestar Mercedes-benz GLK
Boulevard Customs Mercedes-benz GLK
RENNtech Rally Race Mercedes-benz GLK

Pontiac
2010 Pontiac G8 ST Concept

Saturn
2008 Saturn VUE Hybrid by Bottom Designs
2008 Saturn VUE Greenline HYLINE by Sound Choice designer

Scion
"Cross Country" SCION xB By Blaine Fontana
SLAMMER Scion xB by Jeff Soto
Scion xB Tacos and Paint Truck by Kenton Parker

Subaru
Subaru Forester XTI Concept
Subaru Forester Mountain Rescue Vehicle