Statements like “This show truly feels like a true ‘Finals’ events again” and “One of the best shows I have ever attended as a competitor” were heard throughout the weekend at the Co-Joined Finals event featuring annual finals events for IASCA, USACi and dB Drag Racing.
With well over 300 registrations, the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana was packed with cars, vendors and competition.
Special thanks from all three organizations goes out to the retailers and vendors who supported the effort; without them, the show would not have been a success. Among the participating manufacturers were Scosche, XS Power, Kicker, Ohio Generator, Hybrid Audio Technologies, Metra, dB Drive, B2 Audio, Alpine, Kinetik, Audio Technix and Tantric Technologies. Retailers who supported the event through booth spaces and show vehicles include, Perk’s Audio, Audio Plus and Cartronix.
A competition schedule was also devised for the different competition formats and each organization worked together to schedule their competitions so they did not overlap the other formats. It was also the first year for a “Noise Free” zone at the show, allowing spectators the ability to watch the show without the usual excessive noise floor to contend with. It also presented a great opportunity for USACi and IASCA sound quality judging to be performed while there was no noise. The “Noise Free” zone was a great success and everyone appreciated the “quiet time”. SPL competitors were very respectful of the noise free zone and were very happy that the SPL competition was moved into the afternoon.
“IASCA would like to thank our judging staff and each and every competitor and retailer that supported the show.” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Worldwide Operations for IASCA “Between the satellite locations and the main event, IASCA competition had more than 200 registrations, which was a welcome sight. With close to 100 registrations in sound quality competition alone, the proof was there that sound quality competition is far from dead. We’re very excited at the prospects for the 2013 season in all competition formats.”
“ What a great show!” Said Wayne Harris, President of dB Drag Racing “To me, it was reminiscent of events from late 90s.Officiating went smoothly and coordination between organizations was excellent. And, it was nice having the quiet time in the morning. This allowed the SQ judges to spend quality time with those contestants. In addition, the SPL classifications were more efficient. A big thanks to everyone involved with the show.”
“I feel the event was a great effort by all parties involved and came off without a hitch.” stated USACi President Ralph Randall ” As we continue to work together on a joint finals I feel confident the participation by both competitors and manufacturers will continue to grow. So far 100% of the feedback we have received from our competitors was positive.”
IASCA President Paul Papadeas stated “ It’s great to see the Soundoff Finals event unify the IASCA, dB Drag Racing and USACi organizations into one forum. This vision, more than 10 years old, has finally come to fruition. Event logistics were very manageable and the venue was most accommodating.”
Competitors from all over the continent came to the event to compete and many just came out to check out the show. There were competitors from as far away as California, Western Canada and even competitors from Mexico at the event.