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Well, for those that don't know I finished 3rd in MECA Street. My car is not glamorous does not have no real pretty trunk installation but it doesn't sound to bad. I am thinking in the future I may be getting asked for more demos.
thats honestly really impressive considering there were 20(?) in that class
 

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That said, here is my Finals album hosted on imgur.

https://imgur.com/a/zIGwQDk


Sorry for a lot of duplicates. During the awards i had my camera on burst mode and i am not trying to filter through all of them to find the best of each set. That said, i finally got to meet our dear leader, /u/beardednole and his friend /u/MPAncraVErbo . Glad you guys made it out. Its definitely an experience for someone whos new to the competition side of things. And heres a little copy/paste from my FB post..

Wow. What a great time we shared this weekend. The team at Apicella Auto Sound would like to congratulate not only the winners, placers, or whatever, but everyone that made it out to the 2018 Finals. Seems like every years line up gets even more crazy than the last. I'd personally like to thank Damian Mullings (he doesnt have a facebook..yet), who not only joined me on this trip, but will be joining Apicella Auto Sound as its first full time employee very shortly. This dude has more skills and passion for this that i could even attempt to explain via text, so i wont even bother. His car is the matte blue Prius with esotar 6.5's and tweeters in his pillars for those of you wondering. I'd also like to thank Josh Kleckner (who also doesnt have a facebook). I met this man about 5 years ago when i first got into the hobby. I had just started an apprenticeship in the industry and went to a show at Stephen Krells old shop where i met him. Josh was different than anyone else at that small event. He just loved to do crazy shit with his system, much like i always wanted to do. It was inspiring. We kept in contact through forums and email over the years when i got a message from him last summer when i was still working out of my parents driveway asking if i would like to do some work on his install. It was my chance. Finally someone who was as willing to do absurd shit to take their system to the next level. Not only did he let me, but he trusted me. However many iterations later, he still trusts me to take this car as far as it can, and i cant thank him enough for that. This past weekend it has done the best it ever has at finals.. 3rd place in MECA's Modex class. Although its not what we were hoping for, i really couldnt ask for any better. What we really wanted was to de-throne Rob Bess, but thats proven much more difficult than we could have imagined. Rob, your talent and passion are truly inspiring, but we're coming for ya next year ;) .. Hats off to Rob, Robert Corwin, Jason Hale, John Hale, Kirk Proffitt, and the rest of Team Audio Specialists. As a new shop owner/competitor(?) i can only aim to achieve half of what Rob and Steve Cook have done in our field. Steve, im still upset we didnt get to cross paths this weekend, but hats off to you and Team Audio X as well. Especially Tim Smith for taking home the cup this year. To my fellow SSQ guys, Joseph Davis, Bruce Miller, Geoff Schneider, Kyle Ragsdale (nice to finally meet you after all these years), Its always a fun time hanging out with you guys. Till next time. Ron Baker, Leonard Day, and Albert Akinduro.. you guys are always a blast to be around and never fail to make me laugh. Paul Adams, it was great to finally meet you and congrats on defending the street class title. Hope you and your brother from another mother Nick Adams make it home safely. Nick, congrats as well and it was also great to finally meet you. Your car kicked serious ass, and the build John Tanaka did in it is flawless. Still need to work on that stage width though sarcasm.. Brian Mitchell aka The River Gambler, still not sure how you even made it there, but im glad you did. The new setup is awesome and congrats on how you did this weekend. Safe trip home. Erin Hardison, was about god damn time we can shoot the shit in person instead of on FB messenger. The system in your Civic is damn impressive. Your car very well might be the one i'd take if i had to pick a key off the rack and drive it on out of there. Gerald J. Costa, damn good job on the new install. It sounded much better than i have ever heard it before. Have a safe trip home, dont drive off the side of the earth. Matt Roberts, Richard Papasin, Vinny Taylor, and the rest of the judges.. you guys did a great job out there. We need more like you if we want this hobby of ours to continue. Steve Stern, im really happy to see MECA growing and i'm happy to be apart of it in some way. Steve Head, your a funny son of a bitch, please never change. Sucks we didnt get to talk much this weekend. Dan E. Arndt, good job out there, and i cant wait to see what you come up with next year if you decide to move up. Feel free to message me and pick my brain. Mic Wallace, unfortunately i didnt even see you were there until awards. Good job on placing though. Brian Gill, that car of yours is beautiful, and sounds as good as it looks. Nice meeting you. Jeff Hyder, Good job out there. When we talked before we met up i figured i'd have to do a bit of work on the laptop. Surprisingly enough, you did a great job. Keep working at it. Feel free to contact me about anything we discussed. Tom Meyers, Klifton Keplinger, & Scott Welch, you three are always a good time to hang around. Unfortunately there wasnt much time for that this weekend. Maybe next year. Congrats to both of you on your placings this weekend. Garcia Garcia, glad to see again, and congrats on how you did. Wish i had time to demo the Bug. Next time. John Kiser, im glad i was finally able to listen to one of your cars. It was great. Its also always nice getting to talk to you about things/concepts that im still working at. Thanks for always being willing to help me, and im sure many others out. Bob Johann, sad to see that its the last year with the contour. I'm just hoping to see you out there again with something new next year! Mick Shuck, nice finally meeting you, and the install looks as badass as always. Maybe next year i can get some seat time in it. Pawel Rogowski, im glad to see you out there branching off into another part of this ridiculous hobby. Dan Erickson, Im very impressed with the car. For a simple install the midbass and overall ability of the system is killer. Good job on the pillars btw. Jeffrey Hald, nice to finally meet you. Your trunk looks fuckin sweet. Hopefully next year i can get a chance to listen to it. Michael Myers, again, nice to finally meet you. Your install is very tastefully done, and is one of the most accurate cars i heard to date. Good job. Ben Zimmerman your the fucking man, and i love getting to see you. The Durango was awesome. My only regret is not getting to hear the BMW that you and Toby Broadfield built </3. Taylor Fade Gardner, Brandon Brumley, and Brad Knobloch.. I'm glad i got to meet you guys. You are definitely a fun bunch. Because of you guys i can say "I went to MECA Finals and all i got was a stupid mug i stole from T-Fade" lol. Congrats on second place Taylor, and great start brandon. Keep at it. Hats off to John Borges of Zapco for being there and supporting his guys. Congrats to Charles Haley for taking home Best Of Best Of Show. Robert Anderson, great job on your install. Your pillars and trunk setup are both unique, good looking, and functional. Nice meeting you. Tam Nguyen. Where the hell do i start with you.. Your the nicest dude out there, and you always look like your gunna steal all of the ladies at the event. Thank you for being there for me personally, as a distributor to products i offer, as support for team Audible Physics, and as a sponsor to the event. You deserve nothing but praise. Bill Gunsallus, your FJ just keeps getting better and better. Steve really knocked those pillars and kicks out of the park. Jason Carter, always good seeing you and chatting with you. Unfortunately we didnt get to do that much this time around. Jay Mcgraw, good shit on your results in the 2x. Always good seeing you as well. Im glad i was of some help to you. Jeremy Huston, it was nice meeting you, and thanks for letting me have a go at your truck. Those Audio Development plates and neos fucking kick ass. Adam Schlepphorst.. man, it worries me how alike we are. You are easily my favorite person to hang around during events. Your no fucks given, lets all laugh attitude matches mine and i love it. Never change. Even on the internet. Screw anyone that says otherwise lol. Matt Hall.. when you messaged me all those years ago about an "amp test" i was doing, i thought our quick convo would leave off at that. Fortunately it didnt. Seeing you take that passion and turn it into Revelation Audio is what i love and is exactly what i did. Its great to see you out there busting ass to make sure your crew is ready to go for any event. No one does it like you, and i cant wait to see what you do next when your back in the lanes.

One more person who deserves a shoutout of his own. Steve Weigner, i dont even know where to start with you. Your skill, dedication, class, sportsmanship, and will to help others is totally unmatched. You are not only available to me at any time during any day for a phone call to help, but you are there for ANYONE who seems to ask for help. You ran around like an absolute mad man helping to make sure all of your friends were ready for this event before your car was even tuned, and had a smile on your face the whole time. I'm proud to call you my friend, and strive to be half the person you are. You are the real winner. But for fucks sake, hit your shots.

If i forgot anyone, im sorry. I have a terrible memory and just got in the door from a 13 hour drive.
 

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thats honestly really impressive considering there were 20(?) in that class
I'm not surprised Jeff placed so high considering how good it sounded when he left the Nashville meet. Couldn't believe what they were able to squeeze out of it. Look forward to spending more time in it soon. Keep at it Jeff!
 

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I wanted to thank everyone that stopped by for a demo and offered your thoughts and suggestions while at the Finals... Was able to listen some absolutely fantastic sounding cars... The quality level of ALL the cars have exponentially grown...

It was a fun time !!!



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What car was yours? I finished 3rd in the 2x extreme class, you had to see me, it was the blue Prius I was putting together at the show cuz I didn’t plan on going since the car wasn’t ready but said give it a try, judging was supposed to be on Sunday so I thought I had time Saturday to finish and tune when Kyle ragsdale walked up and ask if I was ready and I said not till Sunday for judging and he said nope I have to finish now and gave me about half an hour . When he came back I was level matching and fine tuning the time alignment and he said “it’s now or never” so I let him jump in and at the announcements I wasn’t even thinking about even making the top 5 till they called my name, everybody that was around my car while I was working on it was shocked, I couldn’t believe I managed to pull off a 81on a unfinished tune. So on Sunday morning I asked Kyle to go listen to the car and give his thoughts and he said all it needs is more sub bass and minor fine tuning, same feedback from mike young and two other judges. Overall it was a blast though, I demo so many cars that in the end bill call me like 3 times to listen to his truck but my ears was shot at that time.
I had the black Jetta next to the red Mustang and I was the guy with the beard and wearing the black Audiofrog t-shirt and you said you was wanting to get some Audiofrog speakers.
 

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Ooooooooohhhhh I remember you, congrats on your placing man, your car had to sound good considering the amount of cars in your class.
 

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Was a great time- lot's of fun.


I ended up winning my first championship :)


Iasca ProAm INAC - Champion
Iasca ProAm 3x Event- 1st
Meca Extreme Finals- 2nd place
Meca Extreme 2x Event- 2nd place




Had a blast although the first 2 days were pretty hectic running around to so many different cars and getting some tuning done. Gotta keep pushing to improve to get that elusive Meca championship!!
 

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Was a great time- lot's of fun.


I ended up winning my first championship :)


Iasca ProAm INAC - Champion
Iasca ProAm 3x Event- 1st
Meca Extreme Finals- 2nd place
Meca Extreme 2x Event- 2nd place




Had a blast although the first 2 days were pretty hectic running around to so many different cars and getting some tuning done. Gotta keep pushing to improve to get that elusive Meca championship!!
Congratulations buddy, I didnt have time to hear your truck, I hope so see you at College Station

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Was a great time- lot's of fun.


I ended up winning my first championship :)


Iasca ProAm INAC - Champion
Iasca ProAm 3x Event- 1st
Meca Extreme Finals- 2nd place
Meca Extreme 2x Event- 2nd place




Had a blast although the first 2 days were pretty hectic running around to so many different cars and getting some tuning done. Gotta keep pushing to improve to get that elusive Meca championship!!
Congratulations again! One of these days I will get to hear that thing.
 

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Anyone know anything about this beast with the Phoenix Gold Zen 9? Who's car is it and what's in it? Looks pretty cool
Rob something I believe. Talked to him briefly. RAM front speakers, not sure of subs
 

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Anyone know anything about this beast with the Phoenix Gold Zen 9? Who's car is it and what's in it? Looks pretty cool
Robert Anderson's car. Audible Physics RG100 and RG50 in the pillars. Not sure about midbass. JBL GTI subs.
 

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Great news guys! A coworker agreed to switch me days so I can go! I can't wait I am so excited to meet you all this is so welcoming. I just need to know where to get a hotel if anyone is familiar.

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I may have asked before, but where in Michigan?

This year, I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport (literally across the street from the venue.) Worked out pretty good except for the 4am emergency wake up call. lol. There are probably 5 hotels within walking distance. The event is at the Kentucky Expo Center, more specifically Broadbent Arena. Might be good info for next year. If not for construction, it would have been like a 6.5 hr drive going down through IN. I prefer driving through Ohio, so I went to Bojangles' on my way to JP Jones' shop (Autosound of Lexington) then home via I75.

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Robert Anderson's car. Audible Physics RG100 and RG50 in the pillars. Not sure about midbass. JBL GTI subs.
Super cool guy to talk to. I got the impression the Zen9 belonged to Peter Holm in the Celica next to him and was on loan.

Congratulations again! One of these days I will get to hear that thing.
You were only like 6 cars away! lol. I missed getting demos in some of the cars, and then Winfred dragged me around to some cars that he said I really needed to hear toward the end. Tim's Sequoia was amazing and dead quiet outside. Bruce, I gotta know where to find that Fireworks track. I heard it in your truck at SVR in '17 I think, and this year. I feel like the dynamics were way better than at SVR. Extremely realistic.

thats honestly really impressive considering there were 20(?) in that class
Bruce how could you he was in that car the entire weekend with the laptop and mic connected to him I think...LOL jk well sort of.... it wasnt the entire time just 75 % ;)

For anyone that doesnt know he is just an all around great guy but also a perfectionist with relentless drive so he was very busy making sure to present a great sounding car after the long trip from ny...I'm happy to call him a friend, one of the many I've met through car audio and going to shows.

Look out not only for his car to place well in the lanes next year but also his install skills to be put on full display because he is the same in that area as well.

Great job at your first finals brother...there are good things ahead for you :cool:
Who's car? Kevin's? Seemed like he just kept trying to make it better. I don't know how many times I'd come past the Versa, and see him in there all weekend. lol

I didn't compete at Finals (0 points to qualify, lol) but I entered the MECA 2X. I took 3rd in Mod Street. I think the only demos I gave all weekend were Nick Adams (of course, he helped me tune it Saturday after I made the tune Nick Apicella did worse) and Nick Wingate. I had one other person ask, but I think Mike was judging it at the time, and he never came back.

Maybe next year, I'll get to give more too.

Jay
 
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