Millions of bright lights, topnotch custom vehicles all around, and the sound of slot machines paying out-we experienced all of this and more while in town for the aftermarket's largest coming-out party of the year. Well, we didn't take home any extra money ourselves, but those who we saw winning in the casinos looked pretty darn happy.

SEMA represents many things to us. We get a glimpse of the many innovative products that will soon be introduced to the marketplace, but our favorite part about the weeklong automotive smorgasbord is the unveiling of completed projects that we've been keeping tabs on during the year. This year, we were introduced to a handful of highly anticipated minis that pretty much stole the show in our humble opinion. You'll be seeing more of the trucks in question much sooner than later, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground.

Without further ado, check out our encounter with the monster that is the SEMA Show. If you've never had the opportunity to attend, do whatever you can to score your credentials for next year's party. It's like nothing you've ever seen before.