Cool Hand Customs was chosen as one of 25 golden ticket winners when its truck was chosen at last year's SEMA Show while on display in the E3 Spark Plugs Booth and then invited to participate in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Challenge Invitational. Their orange 1941 Dodge pickup was featured at the Las Vegas Speedway as part of the festivities.
"It was a lot of fun and we were so excited when we got the opportunity to participate in the OUSCI and really show that the SEMA vehicle could perform on the street and in road courses,” Amy said. “Now we can't wait to participate in more auto cross and road rally events. It was a real honor to be considered as one of the best 25 street-worthy show cars at SEMA and it really provided us with a lot of momentum from this event."
Ten years after their first involvement in SEMA, Amy is playing an integral role within the organization and proud of it. She currently sits on the ARMO/Automotive Restoration Market Organization Council and on the ETTN/Emerging Trends and Technology Network Cross Council Sub Committee and is also part of the SEMA Scholarship Committee to review applications to award SEMA scholarships.
"When I was sitting at that first banquet, it really hit me: ‘Wow, we have arrived,’" Amy said. "Now I sit on two SEMA councils and am on one committee and want to be as involved as I possibly can because I love this industry so much. If I can give back in any way, I want to do it."
Amy also participated in a few all-women builds, including a 1969 AMX and recently a 1957 pickup with Bogi's Garage. Bogi’s Garage is a shop owned and operated by Bogi Lateiner, host of Velocity’s “All Girls Garage.”
"Ninety women working on these types of projects is so inspiring and really empowering," she said. "The teamwork and talent that goes into these vehicle builds is something I want to do as much as I possibly can."
As her husband's "second hands" Amy loves what they create and never tires of the frenetic pace and hard work involved.