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Great Turnout at Concord Car Stereo’s Second MECA Competition

Concord Car Stereo hosts first MECA audio competitionCONCORD, CA (05.24.2016) – Concord Car Stereo & Tint is making the most of their MECA retail shop membership. As active competitors in local car audio competition and as a 12 volt audio retail shop, it was a natural next step to host a MECA event at their shop.Concord Car Stereo hosts first MECA audio competition

Concord Car Stereo hosts first MECA audio competition

Competitors are pictured at the end of the day with their trophies. Linda Kobayashi and Richard Papasin are kneeling in the foreground.

Nestled in the Northern California San Francisco Bay Area, Concord Car Stereo sponsored and hosted a MECA 2X double points event at their shop on Sunday, May 22. They welcomed both seasoned and new competitors from as far away as Reno, NV, as well as many Northern California locals. Competitors were met with warm hospitality by the shop owner, Mike Bender, who provided and grilled beef skewers and hot links for lunch.

Mike along with his shop employees, James Dinse and Jessey McLain, also competed at the event on Sunday. With 14 competitors and mix of cars for a Sound Quality (SQ) only event, good food, and great weather, the show ran smoothly and was a success!

Concord Car Stereo hosts first MECA audio competition

Consumers were drawn to the event and spent time in the showroom.

While SQ judging proceeded, competitors and spectators alike took time to peruse the shop’s offerings. Concord Car Stereo is a dealer for Pioneer, a MECA manufacturer member, and a flagship dealer for Alpine Electronics. Kenwood, Rockford Fosgate, Sony, Kicker, Viper are also offered at this shop along with 3M tinting services. Concord Car Stereo is also one of the few shops in the San Francisco Bay Area that offers Brax / Helix, making it a unique shop in the region.

Concord Car Stereo hosts first MECA audio competition

Concord Car Stereo shop owner, Mike Bender (R) at awards.

Concord Car Stereo hosts first MECA audio competition

Mike Bender, shop owner on the left and James Dinse, employee of Concord Car Stereo on the right preparing lunch for the competitors.

Shop owner, Mike Bender, has a rich history in how Concord Car Stereo came into existence. Early on, Mike had a strong interest in mini trucks with audio and liked the bass that these mini trucks were producing. His knowledge in car audio began with this interest which led to installing systems in friends’ cars, working in Race & Performance shops, and later starting his own shop. From 2002-2008, he was the photographer for Hot Import Nights covering car shows around the world. In 2011, Concord Car Stereo was born.

In true mini trucker fashion, Mike ended by saying, “Keep on trucking.”