Consider it the ultimate automotive irony: One of the biggest car shows of the year, chock-full of show cars and parts, isn't open to the average Joe. Only those employed in the auto industry are allowed into the SEMA show, held in Las Vegas the first week of November.

Which means you have to rely on us, dear reader, to tromp through a dozen or so miles of aisles to find trick new items and custom builds of compelling interest to Corvette enthusiasts. Be glad we're willing to step into the breach for you, because by the end of the week our dogs are barkin'-loud. We've fried pedometers trying to cover just the SEMA portion of the show (not even attempting to traverse the million square feet of exhibits of tools and trinkets at the nearby AAPEX event).

Even so, we like walking the SEMA beat, because we're lousy gamblers, and those Vegas shows seem kinda blah compared to all the exciting new things we encounter. Granted, some of the products we come across are a bit odd (like Last Rides' custom-car urn to store your corporeal ashes, for when you head to that salvage yard in the sky). But strange stuff is all part of the fun. So we've gathered a bunch of spicy chestnuts for you to munch on, seasoned with shots of some of the weird and wonderful show cars. Sit back and enjoy, and be glad you're feet don't ache like ours.