JL Audio Relaunches Clarion Marine Brand Into Retail

MIRAMAR, FL (07.02.2020) – Clarion Marine is positioned to make 2020 a breakout year by returning to the retail marine audio channel, under the management of JL Audio, Inc. The company has expanded Clarion Marine’s distributor base and is building a network of specialty retailers.

This follows JL Audio, Inc.’s licensing of the Clarion Marine brand from Clarion Co., Ltd. of Japan, an agreement not affected by the subsequent acquisition of Clarion Co., Ltd. by Faurecia, a global automotive supplier based in France.

Since the licensing agreement went into effect in late 2018, JL Audio hired a dedicated group of product planners, engineers and supply chain experts to form a product development team that could lead Clarion Marine’s return to prominence in the marine audio market. The first wave of new products from this team will debut this summer, with many more products scheduled for delivery in 2021.

“Clarion has a deep history as a pioneering car audio company, and a particularly strong reputation as a marine audio brand. We accepted the challenge to return Clarion Marine to a leadership position with products that are relevant, well-priced and able to deliver a great customer experience,” said Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio, Inc. “It’s very exciting to see the product development team’s hard work come to market. With our disciplined marketing and distribution plan, we expect Clarion Marine to set new records for sales by 2023.”

The Clarion Marine product line is well-focused at key retail price points and will rely on a distribution model that recognizes the value of approved brick and mortar retail outlets. Key distribution partners sharing the company’s vision for the Clarion Marine brand will also play a key role in some markets.

A select group of authorized internet retailers, meeting Clarion Marine’s high standards, will be authorized to sell online.

JL Audio, Inc’s network of sales representatives will manage retail accounts across the United States, guided by the JL Audio, Inc’s sales team. VP of US Retail Sales, Brian Power said, “We have such a great opportunity in front of us, with a great plan for Clarion Marine that complements our well-established JL Audio brand. Our sales team is already hard at work, looking for the best opportunities for success in each market.”

Manville Smith, VP of Marketing for JL Audio, Inc. said, “Our new Clarion Marine tagline, ‘Let’s Hear It.’, anchors our brand message for Clarion Marine. We will focus on communicating in human-centered terms that emphasize the enjoyment our products bring to boaters.” Smith continued, “We will also place an emphasis on Clarion Marine’s longstanding reputation for building products that last in real marine use. We call it ‘Salt and Sun Certified,’ which is a short way of describing the intense testing and certification our products must pass.”

Clarion Marine products have already begun shipping to authorized retailers around the U.S.A.

Visit clarionmarinesystems.com and jlaudio.com for more.

SSV Works Announces the Arrival of Its X3 & RZR Pro XP Kits Featuring JVC Radios

OXNARD, CA (07.01.2020) – SSV Works is proud to announce that its new 3- and 5-speaker kits with JVC backup-camera-ready radio for CanAm Maverick X3 (2017+) and Polaris RZR Pro XP (2020) are now shipping. SSV Works is also offering, for a limited time, free shipping (to lower 48 states) as well as including the backup camera with these new systems free of charge.

SSV Works announced a collaboration with JVC during the 2020 CES Show in which SSV Works is now the exclusive Powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS marine / powersports digital media receiver.

“As the exclusive distributor for JVC’s new KD-MR1BTS marine/powersports digital media receiver, we are excited to continue to make our kits available for even more of today’s hottest and most popular off-road vehicles,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Everything in one box…no soldering, no cutting, no crimping. Simply bolt in the pre-installed speakers and pre-tuned amplifiers with the included vehicle specific plug-&-play wiring harness.”

The CanAm X3 5-speaker kit includes:
• Direct-Fit dash kit with JVC MR1 Media Receiver and Backup Camera
• SSV Works dash speaker pods with Kicker 4-inch speakers
• SSV Works rear cage-mounted speaker pods with 6.5-inch speakers
• SSV Works driver or passenger underseat sub enclosure Kicker 10-inch subwoofer
• Direct-Fit amp mounting system with two Kicker amplifiers (totaling 800W)
• Plug-&-Play harness, wiring, and cables

A JVC Digital Receiver lights up the dash on this RZR headed into the sunset.

The Polaris RZR Pro XP 5-speaker kit includes:
• Direct-Fit dash kit with JVC MR1 Media Receiver and Backup Camera
• Front door panel speaker pods with SSV Works 6.5-inch speakers
• Direct-Fit amp mounting system with 4-channel amplifier
• Plug-&-Play harness, wiring, and cables

*The 3-speaker kits are the same for both minus the cage pods.

Kits previously made available include those for Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 (2014 – ’18) and Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 (2019 – ’20).

The IPX6-rated KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver features Bluetooth, USB, a 2.7-inch color display, global tuner with weather band, 7-Band EQ, rear view camera capability, and is SiriusXM-Ready.

“Current SSV Works customers can upgrade their audio kits with a plug-and-play mounting and harness solution, as well,” added Kaplan. “JVC is a legacy in the mobile audio radio market, and we could not be more excited to partner with such a brand and provide our customers with the best powersports radio and overall audio solution kits in the market.”

Added Ron Trout, Director of Sales – Regional Sales Group – Car Electronics Sector – JVC Mobile, “SSV Works is the market leader in aftermarket powersports audio solutions, making them the ideal partner for our KD-MR1BTS. We are looking forward to both our and SSV’s customers to benefit from each other’s expertise and experiencing the next level of powersports audio.”

For more information, visit www.SSVWorks.com, call 818-991-1SSV (1778), or email sales@SSVworks.com.

717 Car Audio Celebrated 3 Year Anniversary

MOUNTVILLE, PA (06.30.2020) – 717 Car Audio invited friends, customers and enthusiasts to celebrate the company’s 3 Year Anniversary on Saturday, June 27th. The event, from 10 AM until 4 PM, was held at the company’s Mountville store with a full slate of activities for all to enjoy.

Scott Wagner related “It was a super day. We had between 40 and 50 people through the day even though the weather was not so good. In the lot during the day we had over 30 cars including some really nice show cars. The shop ‘Rat Rod’ was right up front, along with Stephanie’s Pink Jeep and both got a lot of attention. We offered a free custom 717 Car Audio T-shirt and went through nearly 4 dozen very quickly”

The shop ‘Rat Rod’ and ‘Fight Like Girl’ Pink Jeep were up front and anniversary T-ShirtS were free to those attending.

Attendees enjoyed contests, prizes and giveaways along with refreshments and hotdogs on the grille. There was a custom 60 quart Roller ice chest rockin’ with SounDigital, Ground Zero and Kenwood gear that kicked off a contest for the next year. “We put together a contest for our customers to build their ice chest and compete. There was a $100. entry fee with the with all proceeds going to a charity of the winner’s choice. We had 16 people sign up on the spot” Wagner offered.

A number of top show car and classics were on the 717 lot.

A major event during the event was the “Beat the Jeep” audio contest. No one beat Stephanie’s ‘Fight Like Girl’ pink Jeep loaded with 4 JL Audio Amps and 4 JL Audio subs.

Stephanie and Bob (L) and Stephanie and Jason flank the Shop 51 graphic. Mike McDade, Shop 51, made the unique prizes being held by Bob and Jason from old engine parts.
This 717 60 quart cooler loaded with SounDigital, Ground Zero and Kenwood kicked off a contest for next year.

717 Car Audio support has strong support with prizes and giveaways from vendors including Kicker, SounDigital, Ground Zero and Kenwoood and others.

Scott Wagner is pictured with a classic Chevy and hot bike in front of 717 Wraps a sister company.

Jamie White, Opus Marketing principal, related “Chuck Ottati handles the 717 account for our firm. 717 Car Audio is a very proactive dealer in our territory and he works closely with their team. 12volt retailers that are visible and connect with consumers in their marketplace are so important. We congratulate 717 car Audio for all they do to move the 12volt industry forward”

This bike is amazing… and the graphics are even more amazing!

A big 12volt hats off to owners Stephanie Stryjwski and Jeremy Lease along with Scott and the Team at 717 Car Audio.

Visit 717caraudio.com for more.

Scrapin’ the Coast 2020 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

BILOXI, MS (06.29.2020) – The 2020 Scrapin’ the Coast event filled the Gulf Coast Coliseum and surrounding grounds the weekend June 26th thru 28th in Biloxi MS. A large enthusiastic crowd is checked out hundreds of rides, exhibits and vendors.

DS18 was setup on the Gulf Coast Coliseum grounds with a number of Team demo vehicles.

The DS18 Team was on site with Mr.DS18 Rob Ferro and a large contingent including The Limitless Lithium Gorilla, GROUNDPOUND Boombox and El Fuego crews. Ferro offered “We made so many demos on Saturday and Sunday. Members of the crowd outside were really drawn to the demo vehicles we had setup outside. The all learned that at DS18 ‘We Like It Loud’ for sure”

“I am so excited to have been awarded the ‘Best of Show Full Size Truck at Scrapin’ the Coast 2020. Winning Best of Show is like Boom”!

Also on the grounds outside Pro Audio Center from Richland MS was set up demoing the company’s RAM pickup loaded with Kicker Gear. Payton Ham was behind the wheel. Pro Audio Center is located just over 150 miles north of Biloxi and this was an opportunity to show the company’s creativity to area enthusiasts.

Performance Audio, in Brookhaven MS, showed the company’s great work in a Chevy Pickup just outside the Coliseum. The custom console in Nick Brooks demo showcased very creative work that was highlighted by eye catching lighting in the cockpit.

Rob Ferro, MR.DS18 said “We saw so many friends running DS18 and did so many demos on Saturday and Sunday.

Mike Barcia’s NOCOMPROMIZEDUALLY was positioned up front on the Gulf Coast Coliseum floor and drew raves from attendees around the large booth. Barcia offered “The show was really busy. We have been on the floor at Scrapin’ the Coast a few years. It’s always a great time. The Beach cruising was the best. Scrapin’ the Coast never disappoints.”

Pro Audio Center in Richland MS made the trip to Biloxi with Payton Ham behind the wheel to show the company RAM loaded with Kicker gear.

Across the 12volt industry there are continuing reports indicating 12volt retailers are having record sales months. Distributors are slammed with business and there are rising product shortages from vendors. Manufacturer rep firms are beginning to travel their territories in certain areas of the U.S.

The Performance Audio, Brookhaven MS, Chevy highlighted the company’s creativity for attendees with a great custom console with eye catching lighting. Hats off to Nick Brooks.

Scrapin’ the Coast is an example that the overall marketplace has a desire to return to normal. Against the above backdrop the number of COVID-19 cases is rising again. Professional baseball training camps have closed and the MLB season may only be 60 games. The NBA has plans to kick of a shortened season in July at the ESPN Disney complex in Orlando. Members of top college football teams, along with pro teams, have tested positive for the CORONA-19 virus.

Mike Barcia’s NOCOMPROMIZEDUALLY was positioned up front on the Coliseum floor.

WTF… What’s The Future? Day by Day, from the 12volt Central Studios, we will strive to highlight positives across the 12volt industry. We trust others will do they same in all business segments, organizations and personally. Please be safe, courteous of others and practice social distancing.

We encourage your input.

The 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Is Rolling In 2020 – Intense Car Audio Wins Spin 82

SHREVEPORT LA (06.27.20)  WTF…Win This Friday. The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. Seven months ago we celebrated the first anniversary of the weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel.

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The latest 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Winner, Number 82, is Intense Car Audio in Oklahoma City OK. The Wheel landed on the JBL space Friday morning June 26th. We left word for Rene Rodriguez that a cool JBL portable prize would be headed his way.
Spinning out a new winner each Friday, a 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, Cadence, PowerBass, Sony, CRUX, DS18, SoundStream, AIS, Precision Power, JBL, Power Acoustik, Farenheit, Image Dynamics and SpellBrite. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX and Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX and Wired Electronics in Linden NJ. Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Friday, July 3rd.

Want to enter for future spins? It’s easy – when making an Instagram post for your store include the hashtag #12voltspin to make sure your company has a slip in the jar. There are over 1100 #12voltspin posts on Instagram.  

With 18 chances to WIN, the 12Volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is ready to shower a lucky weekly winner with one of the cool prizes.

Stay tuned to 12voltnews.com on the web and @12voltnews on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for 12volt Spin-To-Win winner announcements every Friday!

WTF… What’s The Future as the Road Forward Is Filled with Questions and Events Ramp Up

THE 12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (06.26.2020) – With recent news that COVID-19 is spiking, the road forward is filled with questions as we enter the last weekend of June and get ready for the second half of 2020.

This amazing demo at the Florida Jeep Jam was loaded with DS18.

People in general are ready for everything to return to some degree of normal. The Florida Jeep Jam in Panama City, on Fathers’ Day Weekend, drew a large number of Jeepers and amazing demo vehicles to Panama City, FL. Reports are the crowd was less than expected and social distancing was not wide spread as enthusiasts checked out the rides and seeing fellow enthusiasts.

Scrapin’ the Coast 2020 will rock the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, MS.

The 2020 Scrapin’ the Coast event is set to happen this weekend June 26th-28th in Biloxi ,MS. A large crowd is expected. The DS18 Team will be on site with MrDS18 and a large contingent including The Limitless Gorilla and GROUNDPOUND. Mike Barcia will show the award winning NoCompromizeDually inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Inside and outside the event will undoubtedly be packed.

Mike Barcia rolled in early to set up the NoCompromizeDually at Scrapin’ the Coast.

The Rednecks with Paychecks event will take place in Saint Jo, TX, close to the Oklahoma border, on a 1,200 acre site set for UTV’s in the mud and on rocks. Camping and an outdoor drive-in outdoor music festival is also on tap.

Kicker’s Randy Botts (R), Jeremy Wynn and Tim Smith worked to get a loaded RZR ready for the PowerSports crew and the Rednecks with Paychecks event.

717 Car Audio in Mountville, PA is planning a 3-Year Celebration event at their store on Saturday, June 27th. Prizes, Contests, Giveaways, Food and Drink, along with a Beat the Jeep Audio contest is on the schedule from 10 AM till 4 PM.

Stephanie, Jeremy and the Team have big plans for the 717 Car Audio 3-Year Celebration.

The Sling Experience in Houston is expected to draw a big crowd to see amazing Slingshots. Bike rally events are happening, the boating season is making waves plus the dunes and trailers are drawing UTV riders.

The Sling Experience in Houston will definitely be showcase hundreds of Slingshots.

Across the 12volt industry, there are continuing reports indicating 12volt retailers are having record sales months. Distributors are slammed with business and there are rising product shortages from vendors. Manufacturer rep firms are beginning to travel their territories in certain areas of the U.S.

The above examples are signs that the overall marketplace has a desire to return to normal. Against the above backdrop, the number of COVID-19 cases are rising again. Professional baseball training camps have closed and the MLB season may only be 60 games. Members of top college football teams, along with pro teams, have tested positive for the CORONA-19 virus.

In addition, general unrest across the population is a very significant factor in the road forward.

WTF… What’s The Future? Day by Day, from the 12volt Central Studios, we will strive to highlight positives across the 12volt industry. We trust others will do the same in all business segments, organizations and personally. Please be safe and courteously practice social distancing.

We encourage your input.

The AutoTech Engineering Bass And Chill Meet June 14th

RIVERSIDE, CA (06.25.2020) – The recent AutoTech Engineering Bass and Chill Meet, along with a Car Show, at the company’s Riverside plant was a very bright spot on the car audio scene in Southern California. The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted daily lives across the state and U.S. The Sunday, June 14th, event was a chance for many car audio enthusiasts to get outside and enjoy their ‘sport.’ Over 185 vehicles were on the property and members of the crowd enjoyed showing off their rides…while keeping social distancing in mind.

The huge lot on the AutoTech Engineering property in Riverside CA was filled with vehicles and car audio enthusiasts.

Sam DeSantos, who orchestrated the event, stated, “It was terrific to see the huge turnout. This was our second event this year and enthusiasts from around the area really turned out. Chris Denardo, from Al&Eds in Escondido, helped get the word out and put together a raffle with great prizes that excited members of the crowd and helped local charities.”

Products from AutoTech, SoundStream, Cerwin Vega and SoundSkins brought smiles to raffle winners faces.

SoundstreamUSA, in Montebello, CA, got behind the event with their area Soundstream Team members. “We had a great turnout from the Soundstream Team with 15 vehicles onsite featuring full Soundstream systems,” Jordan Shahriary, Soundstream Social / Marketing Manager, stated.

SoundStream Team members numbered 15 at the event. This installation is amazing.
Chris Denardo’s Scion, loaded with Cerwin Vega from AlandEd’s in Escondido, was a top demo vehicle at the event.

Chris Denardo from the Al&Eds location in Escondido offered “People in the area turned out to breathe some fresh air, see friends and check out great systems at the event. We had an Al&Ed’s tent set up and drew a lot of traffic to the booth with the raffle along with my red Scion that is loaded. The winners of the great Cerwin Vega and SoundSkins raffle prizes were smiling from ear to ear. Our store in Escondido is maybe 70 miles away from AutoTech in Riverside but we have had people contacting us after the event.”

SoundSkins and Cerwin Vega prizes were awarded to these raffle winners.

Reisenauer Designs, with Chris, displayed his great acrylic creations at the event and added to the prizes raffled. “I do a lot to support car audio and BassHeads. People who display their systems are very creative and they appreciate the detail in my work.”

This acrylic Soundstream logo showcases the details in work from Reisenauer Designs.

AutoTech Engineering manufactures a wide variety of high output alternators driven by quality, value and performance.

AutoTech makes a wide selection of custom high performance alternators.

Visit autotechengineeringusa.com for more.

Race Sport Lighting Shipping a New 3-in-1 Automotive Protection Kit

RINGWOOD, IL (06.24.2020) – Race Sport Lighting is excited to announce the launch of their Race Sport Lighting’s 3-in-1 automotive protection kit. Designed for businesses who service any type of customer vehicles, to provide a simple layer of protection for porters, installers and technicians from potential transmission of germs, bacteria and viruses.

This kit features a recyclable slipcover for three of the most common surfaces technicians come in contact with while servicing a vehicle. One protective cover for the steering wheel, one for the gear shifter and one for the driver’s seat.

“Having a protective barrier between your employees and potentially contaminated surfaces within the vehicle they are servicing, is a simple and effective way to lower employee exposure to germs, bacteria and viruses. As well as giving customers peace of mind that they are not being exposed by the staff servicing their vehicle,” stated Steve Jergensen, President, Race Sport Lighting.

“To shield the surface, simply stretch the elastic band of the steering wheel and shifter knob cover out over the mechanism. The driver seat cover has a pouch on the back that you simply slip over the headrest. Drape the rest of the cover over the seat. We protect every test vehicle that comes in during our intake procedure,” commented Mac Gracia, Installation & Tech Support, Race Sport Lighting.

3-in-1 Automotive Protection kits are in stock and shipping in cases of 100 for your average dealer, or 1000 for large dealerships or WD Distributors to sell to their active dealership base.

Click here for more info and resources on this new product.

Visit racesportinc.com for more.

Scrapin’ The Coast 2020 with DS18 and Limitless Lithium on the Gulf Coast

MIAMA GARDENS, FL (06.23.2020) – Coming like a freight train right into the new show season! DS18 and Limitless Lithium are the perfect combo for any enthusiast wanting to get the most bang for their bucks with the best designed equipment in the field.

Team DS18, lead by Rob Ferro-MR.DS18, will be in full force at Scrapin’ the Coast just like very year with their closest of kin in audio, Team Limitless! These two teams combined will no doubt blow away any COVID-19 that may be in the air with the massive amounts of cone area pushing hurricane force winds from these amazing manufacturer demo builds. Leading the limitless Team is Chris Allen, Matt Leisch, and Roy Rose who are prepared for a hot and windy day in Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The DS18 Big Bad Wolf and more will be Scrapin’ The Coast.

MR.DS18 himself will be there with his gang of amazing fully build audio Jeeps. Alongside will be a couple DS18’s newest dealers Kyle Wardwell and Sammy BOOBMOX Serrano. Both Kyle and Sammy will have their fully build audio Jeeps there showing off their amazing fabrication work and 100% DS18 equipment setups. These Jeeps define what pro audio is all about. The immense sound coming from these vehicles is as impressive as their sound quality. Also joining will be a plethora of other Team DS18 members and DS18 enthusiasts.

These DS18 and Limitless Lithium builds are nothing like people have ever seen and are guaranteed to LITERALLY blow all away. Just between the Limitless Gorilla and Ground Pound, there is a combined 180,000 watts of goose bump making high powered pro audio sound! These two vehicles alone can stop breaths, shatter windshields, and make people squirm when the massive 165+ DB bass moves through their body. These vehicles are not just about the bass. Both are LOADED with DS18 Mids and Highs to compliment all that DS18 subwoofer bass and give an experience that rivals the Sydney Amphitheater!

See MR.DS18 and the Big Bad Wolf

This year will be an amazing experience at Scrapin’ The Coast. DS18 and all are ready to get back to normal and start all the summertime shows all have been missing!

Team Members of DS18 are driving across the country just to have a portion of WE LIKE IT LOUD to start this season with a GIANT BANG!

Visit ds18.com and scrapinthecoast.com for more.

Elite Audio Hosted a Very Successful MECA Event

ATHENS, TN (06.22.2020) – Long-time MECA Retail Member, Elite Audio in Athens TN, hosted a MECA event at the Sweetwater Flea Market on Sunday May 31st. Elite Audio has hosted numerous events at this venue through the years.

MECA Members pitch in to help a fellow competitor get a big number on the meter.

Oran Barkley, Elite Audio owner and MECA 2018 SPL Street 5 World Champion stated “The Sweetwater Flea Market is just up the road from our store a few miles. We had a great event. Over 60 competition vehicles were in the lanes for MECA Show & Shine, SQL and SPL runs. In addition there were NSPL and Bass Outlaw competitors plus about 20 friends that just came to demo their rides. There was a lot of enthusiasm among competitors who were very happy to be back at a MECA event. We had competitors from Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia plus many from Tennessee.”

Oran Barkley was happy to see friends and competitors at the Sweetwater Flea Market.

Steve Stern, MECA Commish, offered “This was the first show for the East Tennessee/Virginia area and spectator turnout was especially good, and lots of enthusiasm. People were genuinely grateful to be back at a MECA event, able to see friends, show new builds, and lots of car audio gear.”

This amazing Chevy pickup was one of the ultra tricked rides on site at the event.

Continuing, Stern stated “Oran is a believer in hosting cost-effective, fun events that highlight his store plus the products and services he provides. He understands the sound-off competitors since he has been one for many years. Team O.S.C. is a testimony to the relationships he builds with his customers, who turn into friends as they travel and socialize at the events. This makes for loyal customers, and that’s really important to speciality car audio shops.”

The Odd Squad Custom Team was founded in 1995 as a low rider club.

Barkley started Team O.S.C. (Odd Squad Custom) in 1995 as a Low Rider Club for car shows. Through the years the marketplace has changed and now club members focus on car audio competitions and car shows.

Barkley related business has been strong during the COVID-19 pandemic with strong sales across the board in car audio, marine and side-by-side categories.

Concluding, Stern offered “Starting Monday, June 22nd, we will make daily posts on Facebook highlighting MECA Retail Members. The first post will be last year’s Team Of The Year, Team O.S.C. owned by Oran Barkley-Elite Audio and featured above.

Visit mecacaraudio.com for more.