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Most extreme cars at SEMA show | photos

No city does over-the-top better than the world's gambling capital of Las Vegas, and no more so than when it turns into the world's extreme car focal point for the annual SEMA show.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association event is where the major car companies join with custom, modification and tuning brands to show what a car can become when unfettered by legal restrictions, functionality or the laws or logic.

Highlights this year included a Chevy SS (exported to the US as the first wave from Holden) prepped by racer Jeff Gordon, hot Hyundais, music-powered Kia Souls and plenty more. There were also some incredible Ford Mustangs, including the evil-looking Bad Penny Mustang and the Hollywood Hot Rods aluminum-bodied Mustang.

The strong showing from the Ford pony car gave the Mustang a double-down to win the SEMA show's Hottest Car award for the second year running. The award is judged on which car is the most accessory-friendly -- with the show cars already likely giving inspiration to Australian aftermarket fans for when the car arrives here as the Ford halo vehicle after the Falcon exits in 2016.

Ford also won the Hottest Truck award with its F-Series pick-ups, while Jeep picked up the Hottest 4x4-SUV title for the Wrangler. Toyota took the Hottest Sport-Compact for its second year in a row with the Scion FR-S (known as the 86 rear-wheel drive sports hero here) with modded cars including a 560kW racing prototype.

This reporter is on Twitter: @KarlaPincott