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The SEMA organization is known for hosting its annual show in the land of excess, Las Vegas, Nevada, the most important aftermarket and tuner industry event of the year. Enthusiasts and companies from across the world await event coverage to get a preview of the latest and greatest from the aftermarket industry. As an industry only event, the tuners and fabricators present the best of what they build, manufacturers show off their innovation and latest products, while buyers from all over the world congregate, looking to promote the next best thing in their showrooms.

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Welcome to day two of our continued coverage of the 2013 SEMA show from the land of excess, Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’ve already run through our day 1 coverage, featuring what SEMA is and why it’s one of the most important and celebrated industry-only events for the automotive world.

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The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show is the epitome of the automotive aftermarket industry with exhibitors bringing only the best to show off their craft and design while giving the market a glimpse well into the future. With over 130,000 participants and 2,500 exhibitors from 130 countries, the show truly reaches all corners of the globe. The industry has been preparing and anxiously awaiting its arrival all year and the whole world is watching, business and enthusiasts alike. This is our day one coverage highlighting some of the more popular SEMA builds and platforms.

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This is Shift S3ctor's Airstrip Attack. You have two days of sanctioned racing down the strip at the New Coalinga Municipal Airport in central California. Drivers get a half-mile to push their cars to the limit of power and speed and compare themselves with other contenders. The vehicles competing here are built by some of the biggest names in the industry—the crème de la crème of the racing world. This is certainly the place to be if you want to see state-of-the-art technology in some superbly tuned vehicles.

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Bimmerfest has been one of the largest BMW owner and enthusiast gatherings for the last fourteen years. Originally held only on the West Coast, the event has been organized very successfully on the East Coast for the past two years—even matching, if not surpassing, the West Coast. It gets bigger every year, and this time around was no exception. Check out our lifestyle event coverage highlighting a few of the industry's biggest names in performance aftermarket modifications.

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AMS Performance has taken the Alpha Omega GT-R to the max; it’s the first to hit 9s, 8s, and now 7s in the quarter-mile. Hitting the milestones was no easy task with the GT-R’s complex drivetrain. Always trying new approaches with its products and ECU calibrations and working very closely with other companies to push the envelope, it’s obvious AMS Performance will surely raise the bar again with this platform.

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We’re often asked what “Stages” refers to regarding automotive performance packages. What are the differences between Stage 1 and Stage 3? Can stages be compared between different platforms? Or how much power will I receive if I get a Stage 4? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a definitive line between white and black, but we will explain car stages in a general sense so that you can better understand what automotive performance stages mean as they apply to your vehicle.

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Petrolheads have various reasons for wanting to modify a vehicle, be it an expression, obsession, perfection, or a need for speed. Regardless of the reason, however, you should have a specific goal in mind. This article explores the common goals and the first steps to obtaining them.