HUNTSVILLE, AL (10.21.2013) – Competitors from four major sound-off organizations, DB Dag Racing, IASCA, MECA and USACi met at the Von Braun Center for the the season ending Car Audio Championship the weekend of October 19th and 20th.
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The arena inside the Von Braun center was ground zero for SPL and the spacious hallways in the facility were home to the sound quality competitors. The DB Drag Racing scoring center towered above the competition floor with IASCA and USACi trailers spotted on the floor with the MECA motorhome.
IASCA’s Paul Papadeas commented to 12voltnews.com “The turnout of competitors was stronger than recent years. There were a lot of late entries on the IASCA side and the line was three wide for 20 or 30 feet for hours. Overall it seemed there were well over 120 SQ cars among the four organizations.”
Celise Harris, who coordinated many elements of the event, related to 12voltnews.com “Each organization contributed to make this event a reality. A strong radio schedule was in place on two major local stations with a radio remote.There was also a very good article in local newspaper. Social media was a focus with each organization committing time and resources to maximize the total reach. The Von Braun Center was a tremendous facility and handled the competitors, competition lanes and vendor exhibits. The large hallways were great for the SQ area.”
JL Audio and MMATS were late additions to the list of exhibitors that included Pioneer, Tantric, Incriminator Audio, DB Drive, Maxxsonics, Digital Designs, Kicker, Linear Power, Kinetik, XS Power, PHD, Soundstream, AudioPipe, Image Dynamics and Re Audio.
Area distributors AED-Birmingham and P&E-Nashvillle played a valuable role to promote the event to 12volt retailers in the area. P&E’s Josh Eatherly commented to 12voltnews.com “A major event like the Car Audio Championship can create consumer interest throughout the area. Consumer interest will led to store traffic and sales. We had staff members working the event and supported vendors like Kicker, RE Audio, Kinetik and XS Power. AED’s Blake Potts competed with his MECA Champion Scion xB under the Pioneer tent on the show floor. “I showed the Pioneer system in my xB to a ton of people over the weekend and let them hear quality sound and showed them the convenience of utilizing their smartphones with Pioneer head units. Rex Ragland, District Manager, was on the floor and showed his Camry to a large number of people too.”
Area distributor Vickers A/V was on site under the Image Dynamics tent that featured an over the top Cutlass prepared by Elmer Harville at Audio Express, Pearl, MS. Vickers A/V had a special program that gave a $100. Vickers’ merchandise credit to each 12volt retail storefront attending the event and visiting the Vickers booth. Javier Gonzalez, Image Dynamics traveled from Los Angeles to attend the event. Gonzalez said “The Car Audio Championship was a terrific event. We worked with competitors running our products and had a chance to meet with a number of prospective area dealers plus spend valuable time with Vickers A/V staff.”
A strong initiative on the show floor were raffles benefiting cancer research and the Livestrong organization. Audio Enhancers conducted timed contests to install a woofer basket in an enclosure. 256 Motoring, with Greg Gentry, and Image Dynamics provided raffle items for the Audio Enhancers contest. Ted Sharp, Audio Enhancer owner and Stage 4 cancer survivor, commented to 12voltnews.com “Cancer research is such an important cause. We had some fun, gave back to the industry and raised funds for cancer research at the same time.”
ARC Audio prepared a special amplifier, powder coated in pink, as a raffle item. Brian Mitchell, who amassed the most points for IASCA and MECA, brought the amplifier to Huntsville in the trailer with his “new look” Chevy Cruze dubbed the Zombie Killer. “The ARC Audio amp is definitely pink – and the Zombie Killer Cruze definitely turned heads as soon as the trailer door dropped and the Cruze rolled out. It was definitely a hit on the floor and in the lanes.”
Ben Vollmer unveiled and reintroduced the SQLegend to the car audio scene at the event. Vollmer relayed to 12voltnews.com, “We brought four vehicles from Audition Audio to compete at the Car Audio Championship in Huntsville. Participating in consumer events of this type is very positive for the 12volt industry overall. I know I showed the SQLegend to over 200 people during the event.
12voltnews.com promoted and covered many aspects of the 2013 Car Audio Championship including the above mentioned Mitchell and his trek 2400 mile trek from Modesto CA to Huntsville plus Roger Beauchamp and his families journey from Leduc Alberta Canada to Huntsville – a trip of well over 2000 miles. Numerous 12voltBite posts during the event drew strong viewership on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Check out the many 12voltnews posts related at hashtag #CarAudioChampionship.