Unlike most other auto shows, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is a trade-only event. Unless you're in the aftermarket business it's off-limits, but that hasn't stopped SEMA from becoming an important event on the auto show calendar.
Much of that popularity stems from the fact that many full-line carmakers use SEMA to showcase project cars and concepts that wouldn't otherwise get much attention. We're talking one-off cars and trucks that are designed to show off some of the more extreme fringes of what's possible.
This year will be no different, as we expect to see a wide range of performance cars both big and small. The Detroit automakers always bring a large contingent of vehicles, so there are guaranteed to be plenty of modified Camaros, Mustangs and Challengers. And as small cars have become a bigger draw at dealerships, their presence at SEMA has also become more important. Look for various takes on the Chevrolet Sonic, Dodge Dart and Ford Fiesta from both the OEMs and tuners alike. Trucks are always a big draw, too, so there will be plenty of new Chevrolet Silverados, Dodge Rams and Ford F-150s as well.
We'll cover those vehicles and everything in between starting on Tuesday, November 5. We'll have photos, news stories and plenty of tweets to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of automotive customization at the 2013 SEMA Show.