THE 12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (07.08.2020) – The Sling Experience was originally scheduled for April. Due to COVID-19 the event was rescheduled to June 25th through the 28th. Over the weekend the event lit up Houston. The huge grounds surrounding the Marriott Westchase Hotel for the national event was filled with over 30 exhibitor setups and over 300 Slingshots. Live DJ, kids activities, food trucks, audio competition, lighting competition, People’s Choice Awards, donut competitions, after party and more were on the schedule.
Event organizer Mark Mallet offered on Instagram, “Although the odds were stacked highly against us with the pandemic and sketchy weather reports the event was truly a memorable experience for all who attended. We had well over 300 Slingshots on site and had many more who wanted to attend but could not attend”
House of Sound Car Audio is a huge player on the Slingshot scene in Houston and sponsored the audio competition at the Sling Experience. Owner Alex Restrepo related “This year’s Sling Experience, the second annual was truly amazing. We had our work on 33 of the Slingshots showing at the event. Audio, lighting, wheels, graphics and air ride systems are big product categories for aftermarket add-ons for Slingshots. DS18, Beyma, db Drive and PRV are audio brands we installed on Slingshots at the event.
Houston retailer Dabass is also big on the Slingshot scene. Mike Truong commented “We look forward to the Sling Experience as a place to show our work. We custom fabricate several items that go into our Slingshot projects and utilize DD Audio gear for the audio many times. Our friend and customer @rokstar100 won the lighting competition this year and finished second n the sound competition. The turnout at the Sling Experience this year was really amazing. Events like this really raise the awareness and drive business.”
Jack Polubinski, Underground Auto Styling, made the trip from Sarasota FL to The Sling Experience with his Slingshot in the trailer. “At our retail store we have been working with Slingshot projects for several years and actually produce quite a few items that are used to customize Slingshots. This category is red hot for us and we see it continuing to grow. Events like The Sling Experience accelerate that growth. Right now we are working on our 4th custom Slingshot for the one and only Shaq. One of our projects with him was on display at CES and SEMA”
Amir Dhanani, SSR Distributing in Houston, is seeing much growth from area 12volt retailers for PowerSports and Slingshot products.
Great to see events like The Sling Experience draw large turnouts and create excitement in the marketplace.