Sounding Off: MEASQ [SA] Round 2 Another Success
- Wednesday 4th April, 2012
As part of the national series of MEASQ Sound Quality Competition, March 31st, saw MEASQ competitors from South Australia occupying the Horseshoe Reserve in the heart of Old Noarlunga to well and truly kick of Round Two. After quite a warm day for the previous competition at Autobarn Elizabeth last month, it was a great location for competitors to enjoy some cool weather, relax by the river and get their cars judges for sound quality.
After feedback from judges at Round One there were quite a few competitors who’d made radical changes to their vehicles in the hope to reclaim some points and hopefully take a trophy home. The first was Beau Linn who spent the month adding a pair of Jaycar 8 inch woofers into the floors, and 4 inch Tang Band full range drivers onto the dash. Douglas Johnson, also hunting for some points in MEASQ, managed to pull a fully finished install together just in time, and I also spent the month making new A Pillars to house some new Fountek Midrange's and Scanspeak Tweeters.
The lead up however was not without casualty. Douglas Johnson's head unit decided to drop a channel the night before the event, so with some frantic fiddling with his head unit in the early hours of the morning he managed to get it sorted just in time for registration.
Once competition was underway with novice class, a new entry by the name of Gavin Wollaston was eager to enter just to see what his Falcon F6 could do. Hi did very well for his first competition but just fell short finishing second with 87 points. He was runner up to Paul Laurence who scored 102 points in his Ford Falcon.
While the local ducks and fish in the nearby river were doing their thing, Intermediate class was certainly hotting up. David Janitz was at Round Two to defend his place at the top of the podium for Intermediate Class. Looking to take that spot from him was Daniel Melville in his stock Mitsubishi Lancer. After talking to Daniel it seems he has some really good plans for the car, unfortunately though he wasn't able to take the glory from David this time around coming in at 100 points in comparison to Daniel’s 115 points.
If the taste of the local hotdogs weren't enough there was still one class left to judge. Advanced Class was certainly going to be a tight contest with 4 promising competitors in the mix. Callum Martin in his Mazda 6 normally dominates Advanced Class, however this round he finished fourth with 91 points. Unfortunately prior to the competition his ‘Mini DSP’ failed and caused quite a few headaches for Callum. Once sorted I think we will see Callum looking to reclaim his top spot.
In third place came Beau Linn in the Holden Barina. In his words he performed "dismally" at the last round and so he came back with a new install and ended the day with 93 points. Second place was snapped up by Douglas Johnson with 102 points in his AU XR Falcon, with equipment from Mosconi and Hybrid Audio Technologies. I think Doug won't be far from the top of the podium in the near future.
Taking out first place has been in my sights for a long time now. Constantly pulling out and putting new equipment in just to get those extra points and it finally paid off. My Mitsubishi Magna with new A Pillars managed to finish with 110 points, however I know it could be short lived with some serious competition from my fellow competitors. The next round will be anyone’s game.
The next round will be held at AMPL Audio, Shearer Drive in Seaford.
New competitors are always most welcome, and spectators can come along and listen to some of the best sounding cars in South Australia. I hope to see many of you there!