Every year, thousands of people flock to the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to check out the hottest fads and latest creations the auto manufacturers have to offer.

With the economy on the mend, the automotive aftermarket has experienced a rise in sales and new products. Truck owners are holding on to their vehicles longer and opting for DIY projects to keep them rolling. While there will be plenty of new products to explore in the New Product Showcase, it's really the vehicles scattered throughout the 3.2-million-square-foot facility that draw the most attention.

Some of the best vehicles are right in the OEM booths. Though most of the modifications are not available directly from the dealers, the SEMA show makes it easy to find who makes the parts you need to build your very own show stopper.

For Part 1 of our SEMA Coverage, we'll take a look at the useful, the cool, and the go-any-where vehicles Ford, Mopar, Chevy, and all the other OEMs want us to see.

Come back next week for Part 2 of our 2011 SEMA story, where we'll bring you more of the best trucks and SUVs from the show.