Car audio superstar, Mark Eldridge from Bixby, Oklahoma, added MECA Sound Quality League Championship credentials to his impressive list at the MECA World Finals Soundfest in Lebanon, Tennessee on October 17th. He has been chosen MECA's October 2010 Member of the Month.
Mark's one-of-a-kind NASCAR meets "high performance car audio" wizard vehicle is a little tough to climb in and out of; mostly crawling and bending involved. But, for any car audio enthusisast, especially one tuned in to the dramatic audiophile aspects of listening in a mobile environment, the awkward entrance and exit is worth the trip.
Mark's vehicle won the Master SQ class with a 3 judge panel averaging 86.7 out of 100 points. That was the best SQ score at Finals, so Mark's name will be inscribed on MECA Culbertson, signifying the best sounding system at the 2010 Finals.
Mark's 97.5 points to win Extreme Install, and the Install Best of Show, is as close to perfection as any vehicle ever shown at a MECA Finals.
In MECA's 2-seat judging sound quality contest, SQ2, Mark won with 180 out of 200 possible points.
Mark will be competing and helping to organize events in the Oklahoma and Texas states for 2011. He'll be competing at the Choctaw Casino points series in Oklahoma through-out the season, and at many 3X triple points events in the USA.
Mark shared some great detail about his car (which you can read here), and shared with us why he likes MECA so much:
It’s Fun!!! Any questions???
I have been involved in car audio since 1978, installing a new system in my first vehicle, a 1974 Chevy Blazer, the day after I bought it. Since then, designing and building high quality car audio systems has been a big part of what I enjoy doing. In 1990, I learned about sound quality car audio competition… Cars, music, great quality sound systems, competition, and the chance to keep learning more about how to make car audio systems sound as good as possible. I was hooked!
And still now, 32 years later, no one knows it all, and we keep learning more all the time about how to do it better.
What I like most about MECA is that it gives us the chance to get together with friends in a competitive environment, where we can all learn more about how to make mobile audio systems perform better, whether it is Sound Quality or SPL. The combination of the enthusiasm amongst the MECA members/judges, and the competition format, makes for a great environment that I like being a part of.
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every MECA event that I have attended. And while 2010 is the first year I have been able to attend enough shows to qualify for Finals, I have been attending MECA events since 2002 (as a competitor, supporting manufacturer, etc). At every event, the competition is very serious in the lanes, but the friendly club atmosphere is what it’s all about.
As seen at the Finals last week, as well as every show I have attended, many competitors, often in the same classes, were listening to and helping tune fellow competitors’ systems. Sharing what works, ideas to improve system performance, how to make a system louder, etc. The rivalries are there, but the friendships and respectful relationships run deeper.
Many thanks to Steve, the judges, and everyone that attended the shows this year. I had a blast, met a lot of new friends, truly enjoyed the shows, and learned more about making car audio systems sound great. I am very happy to see MECA growing in new areas of the country, and in particular in my region (OK, TX, AR, LA… Thanks, Tony!) It is great to see car audio competition growing again, and I will do everything I can to help continue to grow MECA in 2011.