Inaugural John Fisher Memorial Event

We are dedicating a new event coming up Saturday, April 14th, in honor of California SQL Competitor John Fisher. California Event Coordinator Richard Papasin, one of the event organizers, shared these thoughts about John:

In March 2017, we lost John Fisher to cancer, an avid competitor with a passion for Sound Quality. John drove across the country from California to two World Finals Events. In 2013, he won the MECA Modified Sound Quality World Championship. We have missed John dearly at our events and commemorate his memory with the Inaugural John Fisher Memorial event this Saturday. It will be hosted by the captain of Team Arc Audio, Brian Mitchell, with Arc Audio being one of MECA’s proud Manufacturer Members, and the Manufacturer Team that John competed for.
We hope to see many MECA members attend to help commemorate John and share the memories with his car audio family.

John touched a lot of people in the club, was an SQL World Champion at the highest level, and is honored April 14th, and for years to come.

MECA’s Motorcycle Contests

We want all motorcyclists to know that they are welcome at our events, and we have competition classes for them, too.
We have Show & Shine, SQL, and SPL classes. These classes are State Champion eligible, and we do have them at Finals in October.
These contests can be stand-alone events, or we can partner with car/truck/motorcycle shows and other events to provide motorcycle judging.

Show & Shine
Judging is based on clean and detailed vehicles, and Theme.
1 open class at most shows
More specific classes can be established, minimum 2 per class.
We have “Ride The Light” specialty lighting contest, too, for night events.

2 Sound Pressure League Contests
Sound Pressure – sensor on headrest stand, tones & sweeps allowed. 30 seconds Peak.
Park & Pound – sensor on stand 4.5′ tall, 6′ from right side of vehicle. Must play music tracks, no foul language. 30 seconds Average.

2 Sound Quality League Contests
Sound Quality – 2 classes – judging based on Tonality, Loud and Clear Music.
Dueling Demos – 1 class – head to head challenge matches timed for 1 minute. Competitor picks the song, lyrics or no lyrics, and no foul language. Judge Panel or People’s Choice determines winner.

4 2X Points Events This Weekend Coast to Coast

We now have 105 events confirmed USA events on the Event Schedule and we’re heading to 150+ USA events in the 2018 season.
We have 4 fun shows set up for this weekend. Watch the Event Schedule every week to see the new dates posted with details.
Here’s what’s up for This weekend:

03/17/18 Dino’s Sound Challenge Greensboro, NC
03/18/18 SoundCheck Slam I Lafayette, IN
03/18/18 High Output Sound Smackdown Garner, NC
03/18/18 Luxe CoachCraft Sound and Show Torrance, CA

Welcome Back Manufacturer Members

Thanks to the good people at these Manufacturer Members, who have renewed their commitment to our club and contests for 2018: American Bass, Arc Audio, Audible Physics, B2 Audio, Ballistic, Beyma, Heise, Hybrid Audio, Incriminator Audio, JL Audio, Lanzar, Linear Power, Massive Audio, Mechman Alternators, Metra, Ohio Generator, Pioneer, Pyle Audio, Shuriken, Sundown Audio, TermLab, True Bass Solutions, T-Spec, US Acoustics, XS Power Batteries, Xstatic, and Zapco.
There are a few more to be added to the list, and don’t forget new Manufacturer members Dayton Audio and JY Power Batteries.
That’s quite an impressive list, and we appreciate their continuing support and participation!

StanceWars adds MECA to Events

StanceWars – – car/truck shows have added MECA SQL and SPL contests to their schedule for 4 events this season.
Our first StanceWars/MECA event is in a month, April 8th, in Las Vegas at the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino. Gate fee for MECA Members is only $10, and regular 2X show score sheet prices are posted. Event Director Richard Papasin will be in charge of the fun and games.
3 more events are on tap, in Seattle, WA on July 15th, and NJ on September 9th. The Houston, TX show is actually happening on November 18th, which will be part of our 2019 season.
Thanks to Mike Tolliver from for including our club and contests in these events.

2018 Spring Break Nationals

The “World’s Most Famous Sound-off” is a month away and pre-registration is over on March 11th. Join our SPL and SQL Judge Crews for fun and games at the Daytona International Speedway, Saturday and Sunday, March 24/25th. The annual Spring Turkey Run car show is also part of the event, and there will be thousands of vehicles on display.
Thanks to Beyma and Ohio Generator for helping to sponsor the awards!

CarTronics Sound-off Series Ignites TN Events Schedule

CarTronics, Nashville’s 3 store mobile electronics gurus, are joining with MECA to host 7 events at Tennessee Speed Sport during the 2018 season. The “CarTronics Sound-off Series” will feature SQL, SPL, and Show & Shine contests, along with dB Drag Racing contests. This is great news for all Members in Middle Tennessee, and Members up for a drive to Music City USA. The 2X events will be on Saturdays, and 3 3X events, including the TN Soundfest – State Finals, are on Sundays. And, showing support for our car audio community, XS Power Batteries is the Title Sponsor for all events in Tennessee. Please see flier for details for Freezefest in less than 2 weeks.

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Club Celebrates 20th Anniversary

MECA, the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, Inc., based in Nashville, TN, is building it’s Event Schedule for 2018. Over 200 events worldwide will be sanctioned by the club, with 150+ on track in the USA. MECA’s International Partners include China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Trinidad/Tobago, with an agreement with India pending.

MECA, acting in it’s capacity as a Trade Association, has 100+ USA Retail Member storefronts and 35 Manufacturer Members. With Retail membership only $75/year, and events costs usually below $500, MECA offers the most cost-effective and worthwhile program for industry promotion and brand building at the grassroots level.

The Sound Quality League (SQL) has been building participation and influence in the marketplace, especially since 2014 with improved, more clear and understandable rules and ease of participation, at all levels. The 2017 Finals brought together 79 SQL vehicles for SQL contests, the largest turnout in club history, up 21% since 2016. The focus of our listening tests is clarity and accuracy, and the ability to turn up the volume, with concert quality volume levels. We advocate precise, professional installations, with 4 classes based on complexity of design, in our SQL Install contest. Rule Book Link:

The Sound Pressure League’s 2018 SPL Rule Book has been posted and offers the best, fairest contests for sound pressure contests, in and out of the vehicle, with the focus on clarity and power of bass notes, and making loud and clear music. The TermLab Magnum meter is our Official SPL Meter and contributes to the legitimacy and accuracy of our contest results. Rule Book Link:

MECA events, at best, really are car/truck/motorcycle shows with music. Our Show & Shine car/truck/motorcycle contests are gaining popularity and a big part of our culture. The #1 thing-to-do in the USA centers around car/truck/motorcycle events, and visiting and participating in the activities. MECA’s new school Shine & Shine contest brings all kinds of motor vehicles together, as a celebration of all things automotive, and car audio is the star of the show. Our Ride The Light specialty lighting contest is a great fit for nighttime events. Every business in the industry benefits from the events that MECA oversees, and that’s part of the plan.

A big part of our club and the car audio sports culture are Teams: Independent, Retail, and Manufacturer Teams. The Teams are listed in the results of each competitor, and are very significant credentials for mobile electronics brands and businesses. To have a Team member earn MECA State Champion, or World Champion, status is a big thing. MECA’s entire program is aimed at bringing car audio people together and recognizing them for their individual and Team achievements.

MECA’s Event Coordinators, Directors, and Judges are trained to present our industry, our sport, our hosts and sponsors, and our competitors with professional, well run events that move along quickly, and are fun family events. They are the basis for the good we do in the lanes, and in our neighborhoods.

The club cooperates to involve our Retailers in charity and benefit events close to home, to build brand recognition, familiarity, and respect. Over 10% of the events we host each year are associated with charities and people in need. This is vital to business perception and warrants customer loyalty and repeat business.

MECA offers all this, and more, to our industry and creates pro-active opportunities for quality inexpensive promotions. Check out www.mecacaraudio for 100+ pages of info. For those who haven’t seen it, check out and search “vice news car audio” for the 5.5 minutes segment on HBO’s VICE News October 20th program, featuring MECA’s 2017 Finals, at the Car Audio Championship in Louisville, KY.

Contact the Commissioner at or call 615-851-7428 to ask questions, set up shows, and become part of the club.

2018 SPL Rule Book Link

Good news for our SPL competitors! The 2018 SPL Rule Book is complete and can be viewed and downloaded free at:

This is the best, most fair SPL Rule Book in our 20 year history. Clarifications we’ve made make it easier to understand the Sound Pressure League formats and divisions, class structure, and the Pressure Class Number system.

Thanks to our R&E Committee Members for their time and consideration given to further the goals of fairness and sportsmanship in our club and contest events.

2018 SPL Rule Book

Our 2018 SPL Rule Book is ready for club review. We will give this a few days to be seen and read by the members, and if there are any issues, we will review them. So, for our SPL competitors, please take a few minutes to go over the Rule Book, especially for class(es) you are preparing to enter at our events.

The link for review is:

Changes include clarifications and new text and rules. Here are the updates.
– Points required for Finals invite have been increased 5 points to 45 points. We have a new clause that allows for members who are challenged by geography to be considered for Finals participation, and also military and first responders are given due consideration because of limits their jobs have on travel and participation.
– Points required for State Championships have been increased 5 points to 25 points. To be State Champion, member must have 25 points at the end of the State or Regional Finals and have the highest score in the class in the state at that event.
– Street 5 unlimited class has been added.
– Pressure Class number brackets have been increased in all SPL Divisions except Street 1 – 4.
– MECA Kids MK1 and MK2 both are permitted to use 80 amp fuse.
– All sub-amp power wires must be clamped at 3X events and World Finals Soundfest. For 1X and 2X contests, with systems with multiple sub-amps, the Judge may select wire to clamp and use TermLab multiplier. This allowance will be removed in 2019. We are giving competitors time to adjust to the requirement for 3X events, and will clamp all power wires at all events in 2019.

Thanks to our R&E Committee members, especially Rick Washabaugh SPL Coordinator, and Richard Papasin who formatted the Rule Book and updated the text.

If you see any issues, please send your message to and we’ll review.