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.

MECA Car Audio Restarts the 2020 Season with the 14th Annual “The Vinny” Event

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (05.19.2020) – The 14th Annual ‘The Vinny’ Event 2020 was held in 2 locations on Sunday, May 17th. The SQL event took place at Audio Specialists in Clarksville TN and the SPL competition took place at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland, TN. At each venue there were 11 MECA members competing. XSPower sponsors MECA events in Tennessee.

The Audio Specialist location in Clarksville TN was the site of the MECA SQL competition.

Steve Stern, MECA Commish, stated “We wanted to get back to sensibly and safely providing venues for our MECA Club members. With the COVID-19 crisis finally easing it seemed now was the right time for a ‘Restart’ of the 2020 MECA season. Starting to get back on track, with ‘The Vinny’, seemed like the thing to do. Rob Bess has a great location in Clarksville that was ideal for the SQL Competition. We were mindful of restrictions for SPL and chose the Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland, TN that offered a wide open venue with plenty of space bass and for social distancing.”

This group is pictured at the MECA SPL competition at Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland TN. On the left MECA Commish Steve Stern, Judge Malani Puni and Ethan Stern along with a number of MECA SPL competitors.

Rob Bess, Audio Specialists owner stated “It was so great to see MECA competitors showcasing their systems. We provided ample space for social distancing during the event and judging. We had a competitor drive from Atlanta and one from South Carolina. Everyone that came was so happy to get out in the world and be among fellow MECA members.”

Competitor Doug Hyden wiped out the windshield in his ride and had to drive carefully back to Newport, TN… over 150 miles away. He did win “Best of Show” in the SPL competition.

Bess added “We brought in pizza for lunch which everyone enjoyed. In fact a couple of competitors mentioned this was the first food they had eaten outside of their home in a couple weeks. We all had a really good time.”

MECA’s Ethan Stern behind the meter in the SPL lane.

Continuing Stern offered “I drove the 40 miles to the SPL event at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds with the event setup gear in the MECA van with my son Ethan. It was terrific to see the competitors plus hear and judge their rides. Team American Bass had 2 vehicles that were really loud. Doug Hyden, Team High Voltage, topped 152 and shattered his windshield. He then drove, very carefully, over 150 miles back to Newport TN. It was a good trip for him because he had the Best of Show trophy in his back seat. Hyden runs MECA Manufacturer Member gear…Sundown subs, Stinger wire and accessories and has 3 Mechman alternators in his ride.”

SPL Competitor Matt Holloran and his son relax between runs in the SPL lane.

Concluding, Stern stated “The Vinny” is named for MECA Charter Member and SQL Coordinator and Judge Vinny Taylor from Franklin TN. Vinny is still active and helps with Rules and Ethics Committe, Judge training and larger events including the Finals.”

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For information on the 2020 MECA event schedule, visit mecacaraudio.com

MECA Is Moving Forward

NASHVILLE, TN (04.30.2020) – MECA is moving forward and featuring a Manufacturer Member every weekday at facebook.com/steve.stern07.

“Keeping our members and fans engaged, plus highlighting our sponsors’ brands, keeps all fresh in enthusiast’s minds. Even with the suspension of events, participants are working on the vehicles and installs. They are also preparing for reinstatement of the Event Schedule at mecaevents.com, so they can earn their credentials as State and World Champs for the 2020 season” MECA Commish Steve Stern related.

MECA plans to move forward with events as soon as government entities allow gatherings of automotive show events. There will be CDC protocols to follow, including masks for all, and gloves for the judges who will consent to work the show. Competitors will be asked to sanitize their vehicles as much as possible, especially for SQL judges who must sit in each vehicle to listen to music and judge it. Vehicles and people must maintain 6′ social distance at all times, except for testing, which will be done as quickly as possible. Local sponsors, hosts, judges, and Event Directors will all be involved in setting up shows properly for the safety of all present. A state, city, local or county government agency may approve of events, but all involved will have to be totally comfortable with judging and administering the event.

Steve Stern

“We will be vigilant in our pursuit of safe events and protocols may change in response to any number of variables” Stern added.

Continuing, Stern offered “MECA will be announcing the Car Audio Championship – United Finals – dates and location soon. There have been issues around setting this Finals event, but the car audio sports organizations – dB Drag Racing, IASCA, EMMA, and MECA – want to present this event, in mid-October, if possible. More to come on the 2020 Car Audio Championship.The Event Schedule will become very active once we get back to show business, so please watch as we remove shows that we can’t do, and add shows that we can do.”

Visit mecaevents.com for more.

MECA Highlights Daily Manufacturer Member Facebook Posts – Ohio Generator

NASHVILLE, TN (04.17.2020) – MECA, the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, Inc., based in Nashville, begins a series of daily posts featuring 2020 Manufacturer Members at: facebook.com/steve.stern07

The car/truck/motorcycle events, with MECA sound-off contests, have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MECA is working to keep members engaged and ready for future shows, hoping to resume in early summer.

Highlighting the Manufacturer Members, focusing on each brand, and working with the club’s Retail Members to sell the gear is always priority one for the faceted organization. Offering a proven business plan for hosting and sponsoring events, the club has been a beacon for car audio professionals and enthusiasts since 1999.

Steve Stern

“Our Manufacturer Members are critical for our club and contests, helping to make what we do bigger and better. The industry benefits from our partnerships with Manufacturer and Retail Members who participate, building and fortifying their brands. These facebook posts will bring a lot of good mojo for our Manufacturer Members.”

See Manufacturer Member section at www.mecacaraudio.com and News regarding the rest of the 2020 season.

MECA to Feature Daily Manufacturer Member Facebook Posts

NASHVILLE, TN (04.16.2020) – MECA, the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, Inc., based in Nashville, begins a series of daily posts featuring 2020 Manufacturer Members at: facebook.com/steve.stern07

The car / truck / motorcycle events, with MECA sound-off contests, have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MECA is working to keep members engaged and ready for future shows, hoping to resume in early summer.

Steve Stern

Highlighting the Manufacturer Members, focusing on each brand, and working with the club’s Retail Members to sell the gear is always priority one for the multi-faceted organization. Offering a proven business plan for hosting and sponsoring events, the club has been a beacon for car audio professionals and enthusiasts since 1999.

“Our Manufacturer Members are critical for our club and contests, helping to make what we do bigger and better. The industry benefits from our partnerships with Manufacturer and Retail Members who participate, building and fortifying their brands. These facebook posts will bring a lot of good mojo for our Manufacturer Members.”

See Manufacturer Member section at www.mecacaraudio.com and News regarding the rest of the 2020 season.

The MECA SQL Judges Training Covered 3 Days

NASHVILLE, TN (02.25.2020) – MECA Commissioner Steve Stern organized and hosted the annual SQL Judges Training session in Nashville on February 21st – 23th. Fourteen serious Sound Quality League judge trainees participated in listening sessions throughout the weekend. MECA trains judges on an on-going basis, always on the lookout for the most talented listeners and scorers for Sound Quality contests.

MECA Commish Steve Stern with the new 2020 SQL Rulebook.

Bringing their ears to the mix: Nick Adams-CA, Chad Bleeke-IN, Dean Elzey-TX, Mike Flanagan-MS, Eric Halfacre-TN, Thomas Hendrix-SC, Klifton and Ethan Keplinger-IN, Jeremy Price and Andrea Paulson-TX, Sean Scott-PA, Mike “Conehead” Shubert-TN, Tim Smith TN and John Yi-CA.

Jeremy Price (L) and Thomas Hendrix enjoy dinner Friday night at the Caney Fork Grill while listening to the Mel-tones playing live at the table.

Friday night featured dinner and live unamplified bluegrass music at Caney Fork Grill. The Mel-tones are a must-hear for judges, and all were treated to 5 songs played live right at the table.

Saturday included listening sessions leading up to the Beethoven’s Birthday Bash concert at the Nashville Symphony Hall that night. Most of the focus during the day Saturday was on the technical side of training and geared toward scoring the official test tracks approved by MECA SQL. Four vehicles were on site for judges to score. Plus, everyone was getting dialed into the 2020 SQL Rule Book overview and fine points.

Vinny Taylor conducting a Saturday session at the Holiday Inn Express meeting room. Taylor is MECA’s longtime SQL Coordinator.

On Sunday Audio Specialists in Clarksville, TN hosted the annual Freezefest SQL event at their new store location which provided a great venue for 19 vehicles involved in the 3X points contest. XS Power was on-board for awards as Tennessee Title Sponsor for 2020. The day’s activity was integrated into a SQOLOGY event with Klifton Keplinger directing the show. MECA’s longtime SQL Coordinator, Vinny Taylor, conducted the judge listening sessions during the show. Results are listed with the event at www.mecacaraudio.com. During the day Sunday there was an SPL event at the Tennessee Speed and Sport location in Nashville.

A group of the MECA Judges entering the Nashville Symphony Hall for the Beethoven’s Birthday Bash performance Saturday night.

Excitement at the events was evident with new competitors and new vehicles plus the batch of new engaged Judges for the club members to work with at the contests.

MECA judges seated in the Nashville Symphonic Hall for the Beethoven’s Birthday Bash performance.

“The weekend was a great team effort which benefits the mobile electronics industry plus all professionals and enthusiasts who love cars and trucks, the gear, and Music” Stern stated.

Contact the Commissioner at mecacaraudio@comcast.net or call 615-851-7428 to get information, and to join the club and benefit from the program.

Fortified SQL for 2020

NASHVILLE, TN (02.12.2020) – MECA’s Sound Quality League (SQL) program is growing, with more people involved as competitors and judges for the 2020 season. With 80+ vehicles involved in SQL contests at both the 2018 and 2019 Finals, MECA entertained the largest sound quality groups in the club’s history. With the 2020 season underway, the state of MECA SQL is strong.

Steve Stern, MECA COMMISH, has the new MECA SQL Rules Book set for 2020.

The 4X SQL contests were well received during the 2019 season, the first year these elite events were offered. With major support from ARC Audio as Title Sponsor for the series, MECA will elevate the sound quality contests, using the 3 judge rating system for each vehicle. Each judge scores the systems, and the average score determines the winner. MECA has used a 100 point scoring system since 1999, updated and improved as needed over the years. ARC Audio’s participation will help to pay for travel expenses for the judges, the most experienced and talented “ears” in the organization.

MECA’s annual SQL Judge Training session will be held in Nashville on the weekend of 2/22-23. This is the largest class of judge hopefuls to date, with 18 signed up from TX, CA, TN, SC, PA, and IN. On Saturday, judges will be trained specifically on scoring the sound quality contests. This will include listening to source music tracks on a “reference” system, a live performance with TN string band The Goodies, and the Beethoven Festival concert at the Nashville Symphony. Training will be held at Stu Phillips’ Stage d’or, owned by the Grand Old Opry Hall of Fame entertainer. Trainees will practice real-world scoring at MECA’s annual Freezefest event (part of the SQLOLOGY series) on Sunday, working at Audio Specialists store in Clarksville, TN. Several SQL World Champion vehicles will be there for training listening sessions, including Rob Bess’ 2019 Culbertson Cup winner. The SQL Judge Training session provides several listening experiences, so that judges can compare and concepetualize the quality and realism of SQL systems. Commisioner Steve Stern and SQL Coordinator Vinny Taylor will conduct the training.

The 2020 SQL Rule Book is posted at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jRr6lUNB2y17Q6Z-bTfpnEO4_mxxJYX_/view
No major changes were added, only verifications and some necessary judging guidelines.

Contact the Commissioner at mecacaraudio@comcast.net or 615-851-7428 to review options for SQL contests for worthy promotions for Retailers and Manufacturers. MECA is very active at: facebook.com/steve.stern07 and PM’s are welcome.