Linda Kobayashi-Papasin

Location: California
Certification: SQL Judge
Contact Info: [email protected]
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Linda: Has a musical background having played the flute and piano throughout her childhood.  She played for both band and orchestra as well as played as the piano accompanist for her high school choir.

Her passion for music stems from having learned to play the piano at the early age of five. Music is ingrained in her lifestyle and she continues to play piano for enjoyment today.  Her fascination with sound quality started with competing her infamous Smart Car in street and extreme MECA classes. 

Although competing was a lot of fun, judging and giving feedback on what she hears has been much more rewarding.  

Linda continues to refine the art of translating what she hears into words on a scoresheet and strives to give the best possible feedback to MECA competitors.

Mrs. Papasin’s (Linda Kobayashi’s) Smart Car Photo Portfolio:

MECA Accomplishments:

2021 – Inducted to MECA Sound Quality League Judge Hall of Fame

2021 – MECA Commissioner Award

2021, 2020, 2019, 2016 MECA Best Penmanship

2018 – MECA TCB (Taking Care or Business) Award

2018 – MECA CA Judge Team of the Year

2017 – Interviewed by Vice News –

2017 MECA Sound Quality League Judge of the Year World Finals Sound Quality Judge 2016 – 2019, 2021 World Finals 2-seat SQ Judge 2016, 2018

2015 MECA World Champion Extreme Install

2014-2015 MECA Sound Quality Extreme National Points Champion (back to back)

2014 & 2015 MECA SQL Spouses Award (back to back)

2014 MECA SQL Sprit Award

Started competing in MECA in 2013

Daughter Audrey with help from big brother Scott:

2015 MECA Kids 1 Sound Pressure and Park and Pound World Champion

2014 MECA Kids 1 Sound Pressure World Champion