Although there were several highlights from the first day of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday for AM Hot Rod Glass, the most important was one the public couldn’t see on the convention center floor. According to Carmen Bélanger-Martin, president of AM Hot Rod Glass and Aero-Marine, the company got the news that it received its DOT manufacturing number and glazing materials identification code from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Mariani Streamliner from Rad Rides by Troy was the main attraction in the AM Hot Rod Glass booth at the SEMA Show.
“The DOT number is a longtime coming,” Bélanger-Martin said after a long day at the show dealing with thousands of attendees filling the booth to get a glimpse of the remarkable Mariani Streamliner (read the story) and automotive celebrities who made appearances throughout the day. “It makes a large percentage of our custom AM Hot Rod Glass acrylic product line street legal, which is huge for us. We also received a lot of positive feedback on various projects we had on display at the show.”
Along with the Mariani Streamliner Landspeed Car, the latest build from Rad Rides by Troy which features a custom acrylic canopy/windshield, another AM Hot Rod Glass project that drew plenty of attention was one on display in the GoPro booth—a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro built by the Roadster Shop (RS) named “Rampage.”
Check out the slideshow above for more AM Hot Rod images from the 2014 SEMA Show.
Equipped with RS Fast Track Chassis, RS Elite series billet rocker arm suspension upgrade, RS fabricated 180-degree headers for unique exotic sound, carbon-fiber hood, decklid, fenders, nose and rear valance, as well as dozens of one-off billet machined parts, the CAD-designed custom carbon-fiber widebody package includes a Lingenfelter 750-hp LS7 engine with billet daily drysump, RS aluminum airboxes mated to a Harrop carbon-fiber manifold and Jericho road race dog box transmission.
“As we designed and built one of the most radical ’70 Camaros of all time, we found the rear of the car lacking the aggressive look that we wanted,” said Jeremy Gerber, vice president of the Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Ill. “The back glass on the car was just plain boring. Ordinarily glass isn’t really modified beyond tinting it so we felt that our hands were tied in respect to modifying that area of the car. With the help of AM Hot Rod Glass we were able to carry our modifications beyond the body and into the back glass. Emulating a certain iconic supercar from the ’90s, we rendered a louvered back glass and put it in Carmen’s hands to execute it. She was a pleasure to work with and, with her super energetic approach to business, was able to knock this project out in a short time frame.”
Bélanger-Martin, who is displaying at SEMA for third straight year and has had acrylic pieces at the show for the past seven years, is looking forward to the next several days in Las Vegas. She invites everyone to stop by the booth and visit with her and industry icons such as the Mariani family, Gerber, Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy and Dave Kindig and the Kindig-it Design Crew.
“We are still proud of our marine division and actively involved in several builds,” Bélanger-Martin added. “In fact, we are awaiting news on how the Talbot Excavating team does in Key West this week.”