The Uncensored Motorsports RZR in the KICKER Booth at the Sand Sports Super Show Was Livin’ Loud

COSTA MESA, CA (09.22.2021) – The Sand Sport Super Show, Friday-Sunday September 17-19, was the Mecca for motorsports enthusiasts who like to play and race in the sand. Since 1999 the Sand Sport Super Show has been the biggest and most exciting dune and dirt sports expo in the world. 2021 was reported be be the largest to date as hundreds of exhibitors and 60,000 plus attendees came together at the 130 acre OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa to see the latest vehicles, demos, gear and accessories for motorsports.

KICKER had a 140’ booth in Costa Mesa.

The KICKER booth included a partnership with area retailer Uncensored Motorsports from Temecula CA. The Uncensored Motorsports 2021 RZR Turbo S Dynamic 4-seater no doubt set the standard for demo side-by-sides at the event. Chris and Amy Call headed the area retailer’s team on site. “Our new RZR demo is brand new and has less clocked less that 5 miles. After the event last year we started talking with Tracy Focht, KICKER Western Regional, about partnering on a demo in their booth for this year’s event. It all came together and we think it is over the top. We got so much positive feedback from people at the event and did so many demos. Our RZR is already back at our store in Temecula and will be Livin’Loud there… hopefully to return to the Sand Sports Super Show 2022,” Chris Call related.

Chris and Amy Call pictured with their Uncensored Motorsports RZR creation.

“Chris, Amy and their team did an over-the-top installation on the Uncensored Motorsports RZR. Amy provide ideas for the color scheme and their tech team did a super job with every facet and presentation of the KICKER products on board. Not sure I have ever seen a list that long of KICKER products installed in a vehicle. We feel the Uncensored Motorsports was without a doubt the best demo at the event. With the travel restrictions I could not be on site but I have seen pictures and heard the super reports. Hopefully next year I can attend,” Focht stated.

The Uncensored Motorsports RZR parked behind the company’s store in Temecula, CA.

Lorin Morrell, Maddog_Media, orchestrated set up at the KICKER booth as pandemic resurgence cancelled the onsite presence of the 82’ KICKER XRV at the event. Morrell offered, “We had a 140’ long booth to fill and it all turned out very well. We positioned tents, displays and demo vehicles. The Uncensored Motorsports RZR was spotlighted and drew a crowd throughout the event. Their team, along with representatives from KICKER’s area rep firm Murphco, provided staff to speak with enthusiasts about the many product categories in KICKER’s product lineup.”

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“The vehicle is a 2021 RZR Turbo S Dynamic 4 seat. What we’ve installed into it includes the following: All Kicker pieces, KMC5 Media Center, KX2400.1 Sub Amp, KX1200.2 Amp for the 11″ cans, KX400.4 Amp for the 9″ cans and 8″ front pods, 2 rolls of 0-gauge Kicker power and ground wire, 2 rolls 4 gauge power and ground wire for amplifiers, KMT 11″ tower speakers, KMT 9″ tower speakers, KMT 8″ LED front speakers, L7T 12″ subs X2 in a custom-built enclosure. Total power is 4270 watts, 2 full-throttle batteries with an isolater to supply power. Everything is controlled through Bluetooth via KMC 5, iPhone, or Apple Watch!”

Riley Murphy, Devin Daniel and Victor Pietro were on site with Murphco. “The KICKER booth at the event was definitely packed throughout the 3 days. Saturday we were slammed. We have not done many in-person events over the last couple of years and it was definitely very refreshing to be among so many enthusiastic motorsports enthusiasts. We all worked together and Lorin did a super job with the booth layout. No doubt attendees will be talking KICKER for weeks and months to come. I am sure Chris and Amy will see action at their store in Temecula as a result of the show,” Murphy stated.

The motorsports and powersports categories had been growing very rapidly and the 2012 Sand Sports Super Show will definitely add high octane fuel to the categories.

To see much more action from the Sand Sport Super Show over this past weekend see @12voltnews on Instagram and Facebook.

KICKER Celebrates Employee Service in Awards Ceremony

STILLWATER, OK (08.04.2021) – KICKER celebrated the anniversaries of 55 employees on Tuesday, culminating with recognition of KICKER department heads Kim Wright and Lance Noble, both of whom are starting their fourth decade with the company.

Steve Irby

“I’m really honored,” said KICKER founder Steve Irby. “It’s rewarding to me to know somebody wants to stay here, and great to see people that are team players. I really value that.” KICKER has been celebrating work anniversaries since the early 1980s.

Held during a company-wide meeting, Irby presented the awards to each honoree. A pin with the KICKER logo was awarded for one year of service, a watch was given for three years and a ring for five years. Awards were also given to employees with 10-to-30-year anniversaries this year.

Visit kicker.com for more.

KICKER Returns to DuneFest

STILLWATER, OK (07.21.2021) – KICKER has announced its return to DuneFest at the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area in Winchester Bay, from July 27 through August 1.

KICKER will be on hand to support longtime DuneFest sponsor and KICKER authorized dealer Brad’s Car Tunes (Eugene, Ore.), which will have a booth area in Vendors Row during the event. Brad’s Car Tunes will have multiple show cars in the KICKER booth, including a Jeep Gladiator and a pair of Polaris RZRsall with custom installs. Brad’s Car Tunes will be offering on-site installations and products available to purchase during the six-day event.

DuneFest is packed with family-fun experiences throughout the week. In conjunction with JetCity FMX freestyle motocross demo team, KICKER rider and X Games medalist Robert Haslam will take to the air in a wild freestyle show all week long.  Haslam and other JetCity FMX riders will also host a youth mini-camp for kids 7-13 years, teaching them basic maintenance and long-jumping skills.

A poker run, long-jump contests, treasure hunts and multiple races across the dunes offer riders plenty to try from sunup to sundown. As evening sets in, night rides will be offered in addition to live music Friday and Saturday nights. 

For more information, consumers can go online to www.dunefest.com and www.bradscartunes.com.

KICKER Introduces and Ships New, More Powerful KMA Marine Amplifier Line

STILLWATER, OK (07.12.2021) – KICKER has developed the KMA-Series Marine Amplifiers for 2021, made to be as versatile as they are affordable. Featuring even higher power ratings than its predecessors, these five new models of amplifiers are now shipping and ready for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online.  Introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live show in October, KMA Marine Amplifiers retail in a price range from $179.95-$449.95.  KMA Amplifiers are also available at http://www.kicker.com.

Continuing to research the products most requested by boaters, KICKER created the full-range, six-channel KMA600.6 to power up to three independent full-range zones simultaneously. This 600-watt-plus amp provides an easy way to get the perfect volume levels on the deck, in the water, or inside the cabin at the same time.

The 800-watt KMA800.1 subwoofer amplifier comes with a remote bass-level controller, and a fixed 25dB subsonic filter that ensures improved subwoofer performance by actively filtering out damaging ultra-low frequencies during playback.  KMA800.1 represents KICKER’s only true marine mono-channel amp.

A pair of four-channel amps and a stereo amp round out the lineup, perfect for adding extra intensity to a large boat system.  The amplifiers are also equipped with the KickEQ 6dB of variable bass boost, as well as a 12dB crossover.

Every KICKER KMA-Series Amplifier comes with a host of Real Marine features:  weather-ready speaker terminals, stainless-steel hardware, gasket-sealed input connectors, conformal-coated circuit boards and ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) / NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association)-compliant power connections.  KICKER only designs and builds USCG (U.S. Coast Guard) and ABYC-compliant, marine-accessory products. KICKER Marine Audio products undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet or exceed marine-industry standards for UV exposure as well as humidity and salt-water exposure. 

For more information on this product, consumers can visit www.kicker.com/kma-amplifiers.

KICKER Returns as Title Sponsor of the KICKER Country Stampede Music Festival

STILLWATER, OK (06.22.2021) – KICKER returns to music events for the first time since COVID as the title sponsor of the 25th annual KICKER Country Stampede, at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan., June 24-26.

More than 40 bands will perform during the three-day event, with over a dozen featured on the Main Stage alone. This year’s headliners are Riley Green, Sam Hunt and Luke Combs, along with Ashley McBryde, Maddie & Tae, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Kentucky Headhunters, and a host of others.  The attendance is expected to exceed 160,000 fans this year, placing it among the largest country-music festivals in the nation.  

KICKER plans to bring the completely revamped XRV (Xtreme Recreational Vehicle) tractor-trailer to serve as the cornerstone of the KICKER booth area. The 82-foot big rig houses a full showroom of KICKER products in addition to the legendary Boom Room, which returns to life following major upgrades. A larger, louder enclosure is now suspended in a custom steel framework, built to withstand the torture emanating from a massive 40,000-watt power plant of amplifiers. A dozen KICKER Q-Class L7 15-inch subwoofers, in addition to an array of 11-inch compression-driver, KM-Series Tower Speakers, deliver tons of bass – and fun – to countless thousands of rabid music fans.

Under the XRV’s awning will be a trio of KICKER-equipped UTVs, featuring a range of powersports speakers, amplifiers, and customized subwoofer enclosures. The SSV Works-equipped Polaris RZR features a KICKER Stage 5 audio kit featuring a 10-inch subwoofer, coaxial speakers and two weather-proof amplifiers.

Select KICKER lifestyle gear will be for sale all weekend, including phone chargers, personal-audio gear, and select wearables. Show-goers will also be able to register for a daily giveaway of a KICKER Bullfrog wireless speaker.  Winners will be announced via email, at the KICKER XRV and on social media.  Before each performance, each artist will receive a gift basket filled with KICKER gear.

Visit countrystampede.com and kicker.com for more.

KICKER Returned to American Flat Track at Remington Park in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (06.21.2021) – KICKER was the presenting sponsor of the 2021 OKC Mile, an American Flat Track race at magnificent Remington Park in Oklahoma City, on June 18th and 19th.

Remington Park and Casino was the site of the American Flat Track OKC Mile.
Friday with racers on the track.

KICKER was set up outside and inside the grounds at Remington Park. Saturday nights event was sold out. RZR’s and motorcycles were set in place for members of the crowd to experience the latest from KICKER Performance Audio. Lifestyle and marine products were also on display.

Kevin Campbell, KICKER Director of Marketing, welcomed the crowd for Saturday’s OKC Mile.

Each day, KICKER supported AFT riders Cory Texter and sister Shayna Texter-Bauman as they took on the OKC Mile. KICKER also featured live demonstrations of its motorcycle and powersports audio systems, installed in a custom Harley-Davidson Road King and Polaris RZR. KICKER powersports systems are designed for maximum reliability, sound quality and volume, all without over-burdening the factory charging systems.

KICKER demos were set up outside.
Racers on the track during Saturday’s OKC Mile.

“At KICKER, we deliver the kind of products that excite – that make your heart race when you hear your favorite song through our equipment. Members of the crowd experienced that at Remington Park” stated Kevin Campbell, KICKER’s Director of Marketing. “Now approaching our 50th year of developing high-performance audio, our “Livin’ Loud” trademark is a perfect fit for the passion of the athletes and teams of American Flat Track racing.”

The outside KICKER booth after set up on Friday.
Numerous demos were also set up inside.

AFT racers exceeded 140 miles-per-hour in the straightaways and 90 mph in the corners at the OKC Mile. The sport remains perhaps motorsport’s purest test of man and machine.

With more than 75 competitors racing nights, the thrilling American Flat Track race format brings thousands of spectators to each of 17 race dates throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.kicker.com and www.americanflattrack.com.

KICKER Returns to American Flat Track in Oklahoma City

STILLWATER, OK (06.17.2021) – KICKER is excited to be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 OKC Mile, an American Flat Track race at magnificent Remington Park in Oklahoma City on June 18-19.

Each day, KICKER will be supporting AFT riders Cory Texter and sister Shayna Texter-Bauman as they take on the OKC Mile. KICKER will also feature live demonstrations of its motorcycle and powersports audio systems, installed in a custom Harley-Davidson Road King and Polaris RZR. KICKER powersports systems are designed for maximum reliability, sound quality and volume, all without over-burdening the factory charging systems.

“At KICKER, we deliver the kind of products that excite – that make your heart race when you hear your favorite song through our equipment,” said Kevin Campbell, KICKER’s Director of Marketing. “Now approaching our 50th year of developing high-performance audio, our “Livin’ Loud” trademark is a perfect fit for the passion of the athletes and teams of American Flat Track racing.”

AFT racers can exceed 140 miles-per-hour in the straightaways and 90 mph in the corners. The sport remains “perhaps motorsport’s purest test of man and machine” according to americanflattrack.com. With more than 75 competitors racing every night, this thrilling race format brings thousands of spectators to each of 17 races throughout the year.

For more information, consumers can visit www.americanflattrack.com.

KICKER Sponsors Slamology for Third Consecutive Year

STILLWATER, OK (06.10.2021) – KICKER will once again sponsor Slamology, the 2021 version at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. The automotive and mobile audio-heavy show will take place June 12-13.

A competitor at Slamology gushes over his power bank.

In its 18th year, Slamology is billed as a “family friendly, yet edgy” event put on by Donnie Babb, the show organizer and founder.  In its third year of sponsorship, KICKER has frequently attended as a corporate brand.

“We (always) wanted a way to connect with (fans) and have a weekend-long party,” said Babb.

Billed as one of the largest car-stereo competitions in the country, Slamology plays host to competition organizations USACi, MECA, IASCA and dB Drag Racing, which will all have multi-point competitions at the Raceway during the weekend. In the spirit of mobile-sound competition, KICKER is the official car-audio contest sponsor for Slamology 2021 and will run a huge contest in which one lucky show attendee will win special KICKER product.

In addition to a “full-tilt demo session,” the show also features live bands along with RC racing, a tattoo competition, auto-limbo, a hydraulic contest, big-rig show, a bikini contest and more.

For more information, consumers can visit slamology.com and kicker.com.

KICKER Went Overboard in Arizona at Lake Havasu Events

LAKE HAVASU, AZ (04.30.2021) – KICKER stretched West from Stillwater, OK to join dealers and fans with festivities at Desert Storm, running April 21-25, on Lake Havasu and Lake Havasu City.

The KICKER XRV rolled out of Stillwater, OK early Tuesday morning for the 1,100 mile trip west to Lake Havasu, AR.

The KICKER XRV rolled out of KICKER HQ on Tuesday morning, April 20th, for the 1100 mile trip to Lake Havasu. Jeremy Wynn, Events and Promotions Manager, was behind the wheel as the XRV hit the road for the first time in a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tracy Focht, Western Regional Sales Manager, and David Glasgow were also in the big rig. Glasgow is involved in International Sales and has had his travels overseas restricted as well for nearly a year.

This is the 5th year with KICKER participating in Desert Storm. KICKER first started at Desert Storm with a 10×20 booth with River Dave and Wired 4 Sound. The last 3 years KICKER has been onsite as the Title Sponsor with a much, much larger presence at the downtown Street Festival and on the lake with the Poker Run and boat parades through the days and evening Friday and Saturday.

 The vendor party Thursday evening got the activities in gear.

“We feel this grass roots event is the perfect event to work directly with both boat manufacturers, dealers and end consumers. This allows us and our dealers to learn more about what customers are actually looking for and where the the target market is headed. In the years since it evolved the KICKER Sales Team, along with Events and Promotions Manager Jeremy Wynn, continue to see growth at the Desert Storm event. Each year we work diligently to better our approach and showcase KICKER at the event” Focht stated.

KICKER staff worked with their Southern Nevada/Arizona and SoCal Rep Firm Murfco at the event. Dealers Wired 4 Sound, Ron’s In Your Ear Audio and Premium Golf Carts showcased many of their jobs at the event.

There was plenty to see around the XRV.

Murfco’s Riley Murphy stated “Desert Storm was such a great event and we were all excited to get back outside and work with dealers and talk with consumers.” Devin Daniel, also with Murfco said “There was so much excitement during the Poker Run. Boats would pull up beside the Boom Toon to make sure they got their packet with cards. Everything on the water was exciting in spite of the wind.”

Wired 4 Sounds’ Jeff Cuvelier offered “We were right across the street from BJ’s Bar downtown.The number of people on the street was just amazing.To put the Wired 4 Sounds brand in front of people is an investment that will drive store traffic and business.”

The KICKER UTV brought the PowerSports category to Desert Storm.

Ron Burnett, Ron’s In Your Ear Audio, related “Being involved with KICKER and Desert Storm brings so much visibility to consumers for the products we sell. We always see a spike in business from Desert Storm.

KICKER’s Glasgow added “Participating in an event like Desert Storm is certainly something that will interest all of the international customers that I work with…they all like to know about Livin’Loud activities in the US.”

The strong partnership with Rod Voegele of Gatorwraps adds to the overall success of KICKER’s presence at Desert Storm.

The KICKER XRV was a magnet for members of the crowd at Desert Storm.

On the Poker Run, boats competed for the hefty purse. Some prominent boats, including a customized Trifecta Pontoon boat outfitted with top-of-the-line KICKER Marine Audio gear and an 11” Tower System were Livin’Loud on the water. This boat owned and equipped by Dan Murphy of MurfCo. Inc., KICKER Marine Audio’s Manufacturers Rep Group, emphasized the company’s tag line of “Livin’ Loud!”

The Trifecta is one of many boats the 38-year veteran KICKER representative has outfitted for this and many other events. Murphy, who has partnered with KICKER for so long because they are “the best” also partnered with Frank Zepeda on the “Boom Toon”. The “Boom Toon” is a “vintage” 30-foot Starlight 1986 riverboat that was along for the ride and the fun. The boat was transformed into a runabout double decker party barge, and is now a fan favorite, complete with a slide, party poles and a KICKING, KICKER Marine Audio system. The Desert Storm event was “sold out” with 237 boats participating in its 24th year.

This image from above shows the scope of KICKER’s presence at the event.

Also along for the ride at Desert Storm was another KICKER Marine Audio fan and partner, Rod Voegele of California-based, Gatorwraps. The company displayed its specialty large-scale vehicle and vessel wraps on its Kenworth W9 Show rig, and International CXT show truck, both heavily decked with KICKER audio components and broadcasting live and loud from the Street Party and throughout the event.

Also at the event Gatorwraps featured a 30’ Formula 302 SR-1, fully customized with 11 amps powering its over 25 speakers and subs. In addition, a Rinker Flotilla F-24 that has too many KICKER Marine Audio components to list. But ten 8” Horn Coaxial speakers with LED Speaker Rings (plus 2, 6.5” Horns) and 6 11’ Horn pods, plus the appropriate number and size of amps and support gear, gave some idea of the SOUND of this boat that is KICKER Marine Audio ‘Going Overboard’.

The KICKER Boom Toon was a star on the water at Desert Storm.

Said Voegele, “The clarity of KICKER Marine Audio is what sets it apart from other brands. I have a friend with a Rinker installed by Wired 4 Sound in Lake Havasu and when he pulls into a cove, everyone else shuts off their stereos because his sounds like a live concert! We get those comments all the time when we play our KICKER sound systems—the sound is that clear!”

Both MurfCo and Gatorwraps have had long-time KICKER audio affiliations including friendships with KICKER founder Steve Irby, who is known as a pioneer in the 12volt mobile audio world.

The downtown area was packed as enthusiast checked out boats parked along the way.

“KICKER Marine Audio finds kindred spirits in the performance boating community,” stated Jeremy Bale, brand manager, “This group of boaters enjoys being seen and heard and KICKER certainly has all the right top-grade marine equipment to help them achieve those goals! Lake Havasu has been a good location for us with long-time dealers, distributors and installers and we enjoy getting together with Rod (Voegele) and Dan (Murphy) at these events to engage with our customers. We’re happy to lend our support!”

Concluding, Focht offered, “From the first night kicking off the vendor party Wednesday night, to the hustle of the street party Thursday, to the Poker Run on Friday and the family atmosphere throughout the event Desert Storm at Lake Havasu is amazing. We have built friendships and created extended families with the people of Desert Storm. We look forward to learning more that we can do right for 2022 and remain the audio company of Desert Storm.”

Visit kicker.com/marine-audio for more.

KICKER Ships New-for-2021 CompRT Thin Loaded Enclosures

STILLWATER, OK (04.22.2021) – KICKER has developed and perfected four new, thin CompRT Loaded Enclosures, now shipping and ready for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers in-store and online. Introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live show in October, CompRT Loaded Enclosures retail from $169.95-$299.95. Compact CompRT Loaded Enclosures are also available at www.kicker.com.

The strength of the CompRT Enclosure is its extraordinary mounting flexibility. Built to fit behind the seat of a pickup or in the back of a hatchback with equal ease, these enclosures deliver serious bass without a deep box, leaving plenty of legroom or cargo space. And with the genius reFLEX passive radiator mounted in the box alongside the active CompRT woofer, listeners enjoy a significant upgrade in bass without increasing overall enclosure depth.

New for 2021, the shallow-mount CompRT features Forced-Air Cooling, which contributes to the woofer’s efficiency and durability. It allows the subwoofer to run more than 20 percent cooler than previous woofer versions. In addition, high-temp, voice-coil wire windings surround a high-mass, solid pole piece for excellent thermal management, and a bumped top plate allows for full voice-coil clearance and excursion. 

The CompRT’s large-diameter, progressive-roll spider ensures increased linearity, better overall sound quality and outstanding bass reproduction. Thanks to innovative engineering, the shallow-mount CompRT handles an exceptional amount of power without sacrificing depth. The ribbed Santoprene surround sports signature red KICKER stitching, while the thick polypropylene cone, now blacked out in color, pumps out smooth, clean bass.

Built with thick internal MDF bracing, the enclosures are carpeted and custom embroidered with the KICKER and CompRT logos for a sleek look that is uniquely KICKER.

Visit www.kicker.com for more.