Welcome Menard Family

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Today, we recognize Greg Menard, and his family, as officially becoming part of the car audio competition team and family that is Team Hybrids. As is the case with most stories such as this, there is much more than what meets the eyes. Greg and his family have recently encountered an event in their life that easily qualifies as “life changing,” and the following is a rare glimpse into the meaningful details of that experience through the eyes of Scott Buwalda, Founder of Hybrid Audio Technologies.

 

I met Greg Menard almost a decade ago. Greg was a local IASCA competitor in North Georgia, and being newly transplanted from Florida, I quickly bonded with Greg given our like-minded interests in cars and audio. Greg is someone you appreciate having as your friend.

Greg is a modest man (a decidedly complimentary term, Greg’s life is unencumbered by worldly pursuits that steal time from us and our families).  I am thankful he’s wired that way, and at the end of this story you’ll understand why, and further appreciate what kind of man Greg is.  You see, Greg and his wife Becky are proud parents of a miracle baby, Joshua, who was born with his heart positioned backwards and on the opposite side of his chest. You can imagine the complications associated with having your heart on the “wrong” side. However, it doesn’t seem “wrong” for the Menard family, for Joshua is truly a “one in a million” boy, and that’s precisely the way they view him.  He’s their special purpose baby; at a mere twelve years old now, we don’t know what his gift will be to the human race, but we do know that he’s been “specially equipped.”

Greg and I lost contact for a number of years as his family dealt with the doctors, hospitals, and surgeries. Our paths crossed again in June 2013. Somehow, I feel we were meant to be put back together. The months passed and we collaborated on his beloved Chevy HHR; a finely-tuned IASCA competition car was borne shortly thereafter.

Everything changed in March 2014, and suddenly car audio wasn’t as important anymore. Josh was slated to undergo an “outpatient” internal scope procedure. Greg was always diligent about keeping me up to date via e-mail about his life-happenings. There were a few days of silence, and I didn’t think much of it. That is until Greg walked in one afternoon. It was common for Greg to pop in to hang out, but today was different. Greg was white as a ghost and couldn’t find words to speak. He was only able to mutter, “Scott, brother, can we talk?” I squared my shoulders to find a shell of a man standing in front of me. This was the day everything changed for Greg and his family. Greg began unpacking what was on his mind, telling me that during Josh’s heart catheterization, the doctor mistakenly crossed the AV septum in his heart. I cannot recall what I was working on at that moment; whatever it was it had little importance. I listened to Greg tell me what happened. I realized that I was probably Greg’s first stop after the procedure, and perhaps even the first of his friends to get the news about his son. My life changed that day, as I contemplated Joshua’s condition and how I could support Greg as a friend, especially in his time of need.

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Josh & Eli learning from Micah Williams

The following weeks were excruciating for the Menard family, as they negotiated the procedure to fix Josh’s heart at Boston Children’s Hospital, and more importantly trying to come up with the funds necessary for the trip. Making matters worse, the procedure would need to be booked three months in advance, meaning three months of living with the knowledge of their being a golf-ball sized hole in their son’s heart. This time was spent by the Menard family in what my mom would have called “making memories.” Facebook posts were a regular occurrence from Greg and Becky, as they recalled good times just being busy to pass the time. Josh was often pictured target practicing with his compound bow, pulling a large catfish out of their local secret fishing spot, and building speaker pods in Greg’s car. Greg and co-pilot Josh even had time to convincingly win a few IASCA-sanctioned events, including a big win at the Hybrid Summer Regionals on June 29, 2014. Alas, it was all a temporary diversion.

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Minutes before Josh’s surgery begins.

At last the day had come to leave for Boston. With clear minds and nothing more than faith, this Georgia couple took their son to Boston Children’s Hospital. The plan was to arrive on Monday, pre-op on Tuesday, and surgery on Wednesday – or so they thought. Instead, the Menard’s insurance company politely informs them a mere eight hours before the surgery that they are not covering the procedure. The doctor heard of this and stated to Greg and Becky, “be here tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM and I will fix your son’s heart” (this was irrespective of the insurance company covering the procedure — yes there still are beautiful people in this world).

A week before Josh’s surgery, I laid in bed one night and thought about that day Greg told me what happened to their boy. I realized Greg needed me (and at the same time I discovered I needed Greg). So I had this hair-brained idea to get a plane ticket and surprise Greg and Becky at the hospital. I purposely made my flight for Thursday, July 10, the day after the surgery. This way, I could go without intruding on their family, and maybe see Josh in recovery. I was watching Facebook closely as the Menard family was posting about the surgery being postponed because of insurance issues. I thought for a split second to cancel the trip — I desired to stay out of the way — but something told me to stay the course. So I flew out of Atlanta to Boston as scheduled that Thursday morning not knowing what to expect.

After the mildly entertaining rental car experience, and the GPS lying to me on no fewer than two occasions, I arrived at the hospital. I asked the front desk attendant where I might find the children’s cardiac wing. He said “third floor.” So off I went, scouring the entire floor; no sign of Greg nor Becky. I had to resort to text. I started “what’s the update?” hoping not to give myself up and my grandiose plan (I had hoped Greg would say something like “we’re in the fourth-floor waiting room” or “we’re out for a walk.”) Greg dutifully responded with Josh’s prognosis. We texted a few times and Greg still doesn’t tell me where he and his wife are at, to which I finally texted “so where are you right now?” Greg replies “in the cafeteria on the first level.” And a second text a few moments later “where are you at?” Oh boy, he’s onto me. I walked to the cafeteria, and was met halfway by Greg shaking his head in disbelief, tears streaming down his face. We hugged for a very long time. I said “where’s your wife?” “She’s sitting over there” (pointing to his right and behind him). “She spotted you walking in and said ‘there he his.’” I make my way over to their table as they gaze at me as if I had a third eye. “I can’t believe you are here.” Yes, I was there, and the reason would make itself apparent in short order.

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Scott with Becky after arriving.

I grab a bite to eat and return to the waiting room with the Menards. We got caught up a good bit – perhaps it was a good diversion from the reality of the life-changing surgery going on just a few doors down. Both Greg and Becky kept saying how I “changed the dynamics of the day” for them. I didn’t really understand this. They began to tell me how they were dealing with the stress, oftentimes in different parts of the hospital, and separate from each other. And how the tension had them snapping at each other. Yes, somehow I was here to put these two people back together – and here I thought the purpose of my visit was to cheer a young man up when he woke from his surgery.

About an hour into our conversation, almost unexpectedly, the head nurse enters the room and says “he’s off the bypass machine.” We all knew what that meant – Josh’s heart has been repaired and was beating on its own. Time was beginning to fly by as we waited – it was an atypical waiting room experience for me, for all of my previous experiences in this setting have decidedly been negative, with feedback from staff few and far between. We got right back into our conversation and it seemed only a few minutes later (but in reality was well over an hour), the doctor walked in with a big smile and said that Josh’s heart had been repaired, the surgery was done and a complete success, and that Josh was headed to the ICU where we’d be able to see him in short order.

I thought to myself that maybe there was a bigger purpose for me being here – and it was becoming clear. The impact happened as the three of us walked into ICU. You’re only allowed to have two family or friends at a time in the ICU, so naturally I expected Greg and Becky to go first and I’d wait behind. Becky insisted that I accompany Greg. We made our way through the double doors and around the corner to room 21, and Greg’s pace shrinks to a crawl “I can’t go in there.” “I can’t see him like that.” Greg fell into my arms and wept. Now it is earth-shatteringly clear, this is the reason I am here. “Greg, let’s go see your beautiful boy” as I prompted him into Josh’s ICU room. “Look at him Greg, he’s beautiful.” Greg wouldn’t look. He clutched me and continued to weep. “Bro’, he’s beautiful, he’s HEALED! Look!!” Greg pops one eye open and peers in Josh’s direction, unlatches from me and walks over tentatively. “Bro’, he’s perfect…look at him…he’s healed!” “Yes Scott, yes he is” as he began caressing his arm. The moments that followed encompassed emotions ranging from relief to outright anger – clearly to be expected. I excused myself and got Becky (and in disregard to the rules, walked in as the third person in with Becky – hey, someone needed to show her where to go!). I witnessed their family unit brought back together – now whole.

As apropos as it could be, the ICU encounter left me a half-hour before having to leave for the airport. The day had swiftly concluded; what a blessing it was to conclude this day as quickly as it did. I conversed with Greg and Becky and challenged Greg, still visibly upset, “Greg, I have a bit of homework for you: I want you to take a walk and look around, give thanks for the sky, for the birds, for the water and fish.” I quoted my favorite passage from The Bible (Matthew 6:26-28) and hit the road for the airport. I went with the intentions of bring blessings upon their family and instead, I was the one blessed. Greg texted me later that he gave thanks for more than one hundred things that same evening.

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Josh in recovery

Joshua has been in and out of the hospital for the majority of his short life, having endured numerous life-sustaining surgeries, including no fewer than two open-heart procedures. It would be an understatement to call this a devastating blow. The good news is that Josh is making a full recovery, and has returned home as of July 23, 2014.

In the beginning of this story, I said that Greg and family lead modest lives. Although they may lead modest lives by the majority’s standards, they are uniquely equipped to care for their child, and by proxy, all those around them. I am blessed to know them.

Outstanding Results Roll In From Spring Break Nationals and Around The World

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Julian Ridi from Canada earned first-place honors in each of three classes competed in MECA (the Modex class for sound quality, install quality, and RTA Freq. Out), also achieving best MECA sound, best install, and the MECA event Best of Show. He also earned first-place in IASCA Pro Install and IASCA RTA-SPL, while earning the coveted one-seat Triple Crown award. Taylor Mushtare earned the IASCA Rookie Championship, and Jim Meyer earned the Championship in both IASCA Pro and MECA Xtreme, and posted the highest sound quality score of the day in IASCA. Neil Cobilla backed this up with a third place in IASCA Pro, as did Chad Romano with a third place in IASCA Pro/Am. Finally, in IASCA’s top class, the Expert division, John Marsh posted a first-place finish.

Meanwhile on the other side of the nation at NorCal MobileWarz in Fresno, California, Scott Welch and Larry Ng earned first-place trophies in IASCA Pro, MECA SQ+ 2 Seat, IASCA Pro/Am, and MECA Modified, respectively.

And in Salzburg, Germany, Richard Salmon had an outstanding placement at the EMMA European Championships. Richard competed in the highly contended Master Unlimited division, and placed third of 19 vehicles, a mere six points from the championship vehicle. Outperforming competitor’s vehicles from 10 other countries. This event drew nearly 170 vehicles with competitors from 26 nations.

“It was a great weekend” noted Scott Buwalda, founder and CEO of Hybrid Audio Technologies. “The passion for competing is at an all-time high. I witnessed at least two class champions tearing up in elation as they celebrated their wins. We are pleased to have the opportunity to show the ability of our speaker designs in organized competitions such as this, and look forward to hosting our second annual IASCA Summer Regionals at Hybrid Audio Technologies headquarters on June 29.

Unified Finals & Car Audio Championship to Raise Awareness for Cancer Research

feat_ryan-bartlett-iascaIn an effort to help raise awareness of cancer research and early detection, the four car audio competition organizations (dB Drag, IASCA, USACi, MECA) have donated a booth at the 2013 Car Audio Championship in Huntsville, Alabama this October, to showcase a cancer victim’s car and sound system.

Ryan Bartlett was an avid lover of car audio and performance cars and was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer in October of 2010, while he was working on the BP oil spill in the gulf. Sadly, Ryan succumbed to the disease in January of 2012. Before Ryan passed, three of his co-workers got together to give Ryan his dream car, a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, which was then customized and included a high end car audio system.

Ryan-Bartlett-01 “Ryan’s life was stolen by cancer” said Tom Bartlett, Ryan’s father “The way he fought the disease was nothing short of inspirational; he never gave up fighting or said he wanted to quit. Ryan’s medical staff and specialists continually commented on how tough he was; his passing shook them very deeply. He fought until the very day it took him from our family. Even though he didn’t win his battle, the car and sound system provided him with what modern medicine couldn’t; an escape from the pain and hardships he faced along the way. Now, we use his dream car to help raise awareness of his battle and the battle we still face to beat cancer.”

The Camaro’s sound system was made possible by the generosity of many companies, including Audio Xperts of Vacaville, California, who donated the system build and customization of the vehicle. Support came from many car audio manufacturers as well.

“It was an honor to build the car for Ryan” said Vince Miranda, owner of Audio Xperts “Special thanks to great mobile electronics companies like Hybrid Audio Technologies, Arc Audio, JBL, JVC, Viper and Stinger for their support.”

iasca_5_Ryan_Bartlett_Ryan’s car will be on display at the Unified Car Audio Championship event in Huntsville, Alabama on October 19th and 20th, 2013. Throughout the weekend, raffle tickets will be sold to attendees of the event (spectators, competitors, etc.) with all proceeds from the raffle going to the LIVESTRONG Foundation towards cancer research. All staff at the booth are volunteers from the LIVESTRONG Foundation and they are also donating gift bags to the raffle. Prizes are all donated by mobile electronics manufacturers and dealers.

iasca_4_Ryan_Bartlett_“I met Ryan’s dad Tom at the IASCA West Coast SQ finals in 2012″ said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA Worldwide “His dedication to his son’s passion is second to none; he’s brought Ryan’s car to dozens of car shows across the country, telling Ryan’s story and helping others understand the importance of cancer research and early detection. IASCA has made Ryan an honorary lifetime member in honor of his passion for car audio. The Unified Finals Car Audio Championship is proud to support Ryan’s cause and hopes that other mobile electronics industry members will do the same.”

West Coast IASCA North American Championships

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A big congratulations to Team Hybrids for their outstanding showing at the West Coast IASCA North American Championship this past weekend.

Hybrid Audio Technologies-equipped vehicles earned championships and multiple placements in Ultimate, Pro, Pro/Am, and Amateur classes. In addition to the coveted one seat Triple Crown awarded to Ryan Bartlett’s Camaro.

Many thanks to IASCA Worldwide Inc. and Kingpin Car & Marine Audio for making the show possible, and to the outstanding support of Audio Xperts Vacaville and Northwest Team Hybrids.

From left to right: Jeremy Weaver, Jason Evango, Bill Pleasant, Ben Maxwell, Larry Ng, Jonathan Howard, Drew Snapp, Scott Welch, Vince Miranda, and Tom Bartlett.

Spring Break Nationals 2013

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Hybrid Audio Technologies-equipped vehicles achieve what no other competition team has done before, earning both of the coveted SBN Triple Crown awards, the highest achievable honor in sound quality competition.

Hybrid Audio Technologies has become the choice of car audio champions around the world since its inception almost eight years ago. Since then, no other brand has achieved more in organized sound quality competition.

For the first time in several years, Spring Break Nationals was no longer host to the IASCA INAC finals event, however the competition was stronger than ever.

Team Hybrids’ members did an outstanding job as usual, and had a few new and returning members who proved their worthiness in exceptional ways.

Key placements included Chris LaCombe, Team Hybrids’ Coordinator, with a 1st place in IASCA’s Pro class for sound quality, and backed up with first-time IASCA competitor, Neil Cobilla in 3rd place, an outstanding achievement. In IASCA’s Ultimate class, Garvin Williamson was runner-up in his first-ever sound quality competition, even despite technical difficulties with his digital signal processor. And finally, in Expert Solo and Pro/Am, Klifton Keplinger and Rick Haentjens took home the coveted SBN Triple Crown’s in both the two-seat and one-seat divisions, respectively; a result never before accomplished by one competition team.

In other events, Robert Hilton was runner-up in MECA’s Street class and Dave Brooks returned to competition with a fresh build, and achieved 3rd in MECA’s Modex class.

“We enjoy the Spring Break Nationals each year as a ‘must attend’ event. It is a perfect mixture of industry event and car audio competition, and this year did not disappoint. The weekend was made even sweeter taking home both Triple Crown awards, IASCA’s highest honor” noted Scott Buwalda, founder and CEO of Hybrid Audio Technologies.

Team Hybrids Dominates Season-Ending Finals

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Over the course of the season, Hybrid Audio Technologies-equipped vehicles, through the outstanding group of individuals known as Team Hybrids, independent Hybrid Audio Technologies enthusiasts, and select Hybrid Audio Technologies retailers, collected an innumerable amount of trophies, and at the season’s closing finals events collectively earned over seventy (70) top-three placements and over twenty-five (25) championships in IASCA’s INAC, EMMA, AYA, MECA, and USACi competition leagues, in addition to three coveted Triple Crown awards by IASCA. The wins and placements cap yet another season of total domination by Hybrid Audio-equipped cars in North America.

Key placements included Ben Maxwell in IASCA’s Rookie class with a North American Championship for sound quality. Likewise, Bramouse Muhammad won IASCA’s Amateur class with a North American Championship for sound quality, and not only earned the Triple Crown for the IASCA East Coast Championship but also the heavily coveted one seat Triple Crown in the IASCA North American Championship, IASCA’s greatest honor. Hailing from Canada, Louis P. Chouinard earned a North American Championship in IASCA’s Pro/Am class for installation, and Rick Nichols earned a North American Championship for sound quality in the heavily-contested IASCA Pro class. In the Ultimate division, Larry Woolacott (also of Canada) won a North American Championship for installation and another in the RTA/SPL challenge. Hybrid Audio Technologies company founder Scott Buwalda doubled-up the wins with a North American Championship in both sound quality and installation quality in IASCA’s highest class, Expert Solo. Buwalda also posted the highest single-sheet sound quality score of the event, and a perfect RTA score with no tweeters in the vehicle. Also in the Expert Division, Vince Miranda (of Audio Xperts, in Vacaville, CA) placed fourth in IASCA’s Expert Solo class, but more importantly, he earned the IASCA Triple Crown for the West Coast Championships. Team Hybrids competitor Mike Peterson retained the West Coast Championship in IASCA’s Expert two-seat division.

In addition to the IASCA championships noted above, other IASCA North American Championships results included:

  • Diana Snapp, in her first season, with a 2nd place in IASCA’s Rookie class for sound quality and a West Coast Championship for install;
  • Jeremy Weaver with a West Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Amateur class;
  • Jason Glass (in his third competition) with a West Coast Championship for install in IASCA’s Pro/Am class;
  • Klifton Keplinger with an East Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro/Am class;
  • Scott Welch with a West Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro class;
  • Robert Hilton with an East Coast Championship for install in IASCA’s Pro class; and.
  • Vince Miranda with a West Coast Championship for install in IASCA’s Expert Solo class.

In the past few competition season-ending finals, Hybrid Audio-equipped vehicles have posted winning “sweeps” in several classes, wherein two or more competitors “swept” the top placements at the Finals. The 2012 IASCA Finals was no different, as follows:

  • One – two sweep (Ben Maxwell & Diana Snapp) in the West Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Rookie class;
  • One – two sweep (Jeremy Weaver & Darren Binkley) in the West Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Amateur class;
  • One – two – three sweep (Scott Welch, Drew Snapp & Jim Becker) in the West Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro class;
  • One – two sweep (Klifton Keplinger & Louis P. Chouinard) in the East Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro/Am class;
  • One – two – three sweep (Rick Nichols, Chris LaCombe, and Jim Meyer) in the East Coast Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro class;
  • One – two sweep (Larry Woolacott & John Sketoe) in the East Coast Championship for install in IASCA’s Ultimate class;
  • One – two sweep (Ben Maxwell & Diana Snapp) in the North American Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Rookie class;
  • One – two sweep (Bramouse Muhammad & Jeremy Weaver) in the North American Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Amateur class;
  • One – two sweep (Louis P. Chouinard & Jason Glass) in the North American Championship for install in IASCA’s Pro/Am class;
  • One – two – three sweep (Rick Nichols, Scott Welch & Chris LaCombe) in the North American Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro class; and
  • One – two sweep (Larry Woolacott & John Sketoe) in the North American Championship for install in IASCA’s Ultimate class.

The North American Championship for sound quality in IASCA’s Pro/Am and Ultimate classes were extremely competitive. With Klifton Keplinger posting a score within 2 points of first place in IASCA’s Pro/Am class, and John Sketoe & Larry Woolacott in IASCA’s Ultimate class, posting scores within 2.5 & 4 points of first place, respectively.

In other events, Robert Hilton received a World Championship for install in MECA’s Street class, Scott Welch received a California Championship for sound quality in MECA’s Modex class, Vanessa Miranda received a California Championship for sound quality in MECA’s Extreme class, Vince Miranda received a California Championship for install in MECA’s Extreme class, and Jim Becker received a California Championship for sound quality in MECA’s Master class, posting the highest sound quality score of the event. Vince Miranda received the Overall Points Championship in California, awarded by MECA. Dean Elzey received a Texas Championship for install in MECA’s Street class, and for sound quality in MECA’s SQ2 class and Chris Myers (of The Sound Factory in Knoxville, TN) received a Tennessee Championship for sound quality in MECA’s Modified Street class. Notably, Neil Cobilla (of Norton’s Car Stereo in Charleston, SC) received a second in MECA’s packed Modified Street class at their World Finals. Meanwhile, at USACi’s world finals, Robert Hilton received a second place in Modified SQ, Jim Meyer a third place in Super Modified Q, Bramouse Muhammad a third place in Modified Q, and Lee Torres was two points away from having a perfect install score in Modified SQ.

Around the world, Hybrid Audio Technologies-equipped vehicles continued to garner championships, with four earned in EMMA, and a German Championship in AYA’s top class, Premier, earned by Patrick Börger. Richard Salmon received an EMMA UK League title in the Master Unlimited category, and Gavin Tomlison, an EMMA UK League title in the Experienced 4000 Euro category.

When the smoke cleared, it was apparent once again, Hybrid Audio Technologies had clearly earned its spot atop the high end sound quality world with its wide-bandwidth drivers allowing enthusiasts to obtain perfect phase with tweeter-less front stages, perfectly blended sub bass with its subwoofers, unmatched mid bass impact with its transient midrange/mid bass drivers, and headphone-like detail from its latest product release, the Legatia L3 Pro dome midrange driver.

“As I reflect on the various season-ending Finals results, I am humbled by the fine people and specialty retailers that have invested the time and energy required to make these championship vehicles using Hybrid Audio Technologies products” noted Scott Buwalda, founder and CEO of Hybrid Audio Technologies. Buwalda closed out the season yet again winning both Expert Solo classes in which he competed, making his total win count ten (10) IASCA North American Championships, the most of any competitor, past or present.

Sound Quality on the West Coast is Alive & Well!

Hybrid Audio Technologies-equipped vehicles “one-two” sweep two classes, “one-two-three sweep” one class, and wins and placements in others at the International Auto Sound Challenge Association North American Finals, West Coast Championships.

On September 22nd, 2012, at the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) West Coast Championships, Hybrid Audio Technologies once again proved the finest-sounding vehicles by organized car audio competition standard are those using Hybrid Audio Technologies products. The results notably included two “one – two sweeps” and one “one – two – three” sweep of classes by competitors using Hybrid Audio Technologies products as their sole front-stage speaker brand. A sweep of the first and second place spots in the Rookie class by competitors using Hybrid Audio Technologies products was earned by Ben Maxwell (1st place), and Diana Snapp (2nd place). A sweep of the first and second place spots in the Amateur class by competitors using Hybrid Audio Technologies products was earned by Jeremy Weaver (1st place), and Darren Binkley (2nd place IASCA & 1st place MECA). And a sweep of the first, second, and third place spots in the Pro class by competitors using Hybrid Audio Technologies products was earned by Scott Welch (1st place), Drew Snapp (2nd place), and Jim Becker (3rd place).

Other key placements included Mike Peterson with a first place finish in Expert SQC and a first place in Expert IQC, and Vince Miranda, with a third place finish in Expert Solo and receiver of the coveted two-seat Triple Crown Award. Also Drew Snapp received second place in IQC, Jason Glass received first place in Pro/Am IQC, and Diana Snapp a first place in Rookie IQC.

Hybrid Audio Technologies dealers Audio Xperts of Vacaville CA (owner: Vince Miranda) and Audio NW of Lacey WA (owner: Jesse Peterson) were present to compete and lend assistance for the competition vehicles they had built. Team Audio Xperts did extremely well at the event, posting two first-place finishes and a third place finish in IASCA competition and a first place finish in MECA competition at the same event, while Team Audio NW’s competitor Jason Glass scored a second place finish in his class.

“It was a great event, and incredibly promising for the future of organized competition to see the enthusiasm by competitors. All vehicles present were extremely strong, and the level of competition was high. I am ecstatic on how cars equipped with Hybrid Audio products fared in competition, further reinforcing our position as the speaker brand of choice for car audio competitors all around the world,” noted Scott Buwalda, founder and CEO of Hybrid Audio Technologies.

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Tweak & Tune Friday night.

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Darren Binkley in the sound quality lanes Saturday morning.

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Drew Snapp, Jason Glass, Vanessa Miranda, Jim Becker & Scott Welch (right-to-left)

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Michael Peterson, Jeremy Weaver, Diana Snapp, Ben Maxwell, and John Davis (left-to-right)

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Diana Snapp (2nd Place Rookie SQC, 1st Place Rookie IQC)

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Ben Maxwell (1st Place Rookie)

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John Davis

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Jeremy Weaver (1st Place Amateur)

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Jason Glass (2nd Place Pro/Am SQC, 1st Place Pro/Am IQC)

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Jim Becker (3rd Place, Pro)

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Scott Welch (1st Place, Pro)

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In the SQ lanes.

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Vince Miranda (2-seat Triple Crown Champion)

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Diana Snapp & Ben Maxwell receive their trophies, sweeping Rookie.

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Darren Binkley & Jeremy Weaver receive the top-two spots in Amateur. (left-to-right)

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Jim Bishop (center) & Jason Glass (right) receive 2nd & 3rd in ProAm

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Scott Welch (center), Drew Snapp (left), and Jim Becker (right, with Darren Binkley standing in) sweep Pro.

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Michael Peterson receives first place in Expert SQC.

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Vince Miranda receives third in Expert Solo SQC.

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Jason Glass receives first place in ProAm IQC.

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Drew Snapp receives second place in Pro IQC.

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Michael Peterson receives first place in Expert IQC.

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Vince Miranda receives two-seat Triple Crown Championship.

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Team Hybrids with trophies after ceremonies.

picsIMG_4478.pngTweak & Tune Friday night.Darren Binkley in the sound quality lanes Saturday morning.Drew Snapp, Jason Glass, Vanessa Miranda, Jim Becker & Scott Welch (right-to-left)Michael Peterson, Jeremy Weaver, Diana Snapp, Ben Maxwell, and John Davis (left-to-right)Diana Snapp (2nd Place Rookie SQC, 1st Place Rookie IQC)Ben Maxwell (1st Place Rookie)John DavisJeremy Weaver (1st Place Amateur)Jason Glass (2nd Place Pro/Am SQC, 1st Place Pro/Am IQC)Jim Becker (3rd Place, Pro)Scott Welch (1st Place, Pro)In the SQ lanes.Vince Miranda (2-seat Triple Crown Champion)Diana Snapp & Ben Maxwell receive their trophies, sweeping Rookie.Darren Binkley & Jeremy Weaver receive the top-two spots in Amateur. (left-to-right)Jim Bishop (center) & Jason Glass (right) receive 2nd & 3rd in ProAmScott Welch (center), Drew Snapp (left), and Jim Becker (right, with Darren Binkley standing in) sweep Pro.Michael Peterson receives first place in Expert SQC.Vince Miranda receives third in Expert Solo SQC.Jason Glass receives first place in ProAm IQC.Drew Snapp receives second place in Pro IQC.Michael Peterson receives first place in Expert IQC.Vince Miranda receives two-seat Triple Crown Championship.Team Hybrids with trophies after ceremonies.

Team Hybrids UK – EMMA UK 2012 League Champions

Congratulations to Richard Salmon and Gavin Tomlinson on their EMMA UK League titles. Both competitors have just completed their first season of organised sound off competition and taken 1st place trophies in their respective classes.

Pictured left to right: Mark Stringer (Team Coordinator), Gavin Tomlinson (EMMA UK 2012 ‘Experienced 4000 Euro’ League Champion), Dave Wilkins (UK Hybrid Audio Technologies Distributor), Richard Salmon (EMMA UK 2012 ‘Master Unlimited’ League Champion)

Richard scooped 1st in the hotly contested “Master Unlimited” category, which is renowned for being the toughest class of all. This fantastic achievement is further enhanced by the fact that his install was only built this year and he was pitted against seasoned competitors and installs.

Gavin’s 1st place in “Experienced 4000 Euro” is no less of an achievement. Very much a DIY build and tune affair, with total system cost being significantly below the top bracket for his class.

Both Richard and Gavin use Hybrid Audio Technologies speakers for their front stage – a mixture of the Imagine, Legatia and Legatia SE mid bass / wide-bandwidth midrange drivers. Their installations use infinite-baffle mountings wherever possible as recommended by the guidance material that accompanies each of these speaker products.

Consistency of effort throughout the season has been the key for both of these guys. Their championship titles earn them invitations to EMMA European Finals, which will be held early in 2013.

We’d like to congratulate and thank them for their ongoing efforts, and we look forwards to another season of team success in 2013.

Congratulations to Team Hybrids on Another Great Weekend!

On the weekend of June 2–3, 2012, eleven Team Hybrids competitors vied for honors at two locales in Marysville, Washington and Conway, Arkansas. These eleven competitors earned twenty-three (23) placements, twenty (20) first-place finishes, and one 1–2 sweep. The following is a break-down of the Team Hybrids competitor’s achievements:

2012 06 02 08 23

Conway Arkansas Event
International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA)

1st • Scott Buwalda • SQC Expert Solo (highest SQ score of the event)
2nd • James Halter • SQC Expert Solo
1st • James Halter • IQC Expert Solo
1st • Chris LaCombe • SQC Pro
1st • Chris LaCombe • IQC Pro
1st • Klifton Keplinger • SQC Pro-Am

2012 06 02 15 22 30

Conway Arkansas Event
United States Auto Sound Competition International (USACi)

1st • John Roberts • Xtreme SQ+
2nd • Chris LaCombe • Mod SQ+
1st • Chris LaCombe • Mod Q
1st • John Roberts • SB5 (SPL) • 146.4 dB
1st • John Roberts • Mod 1001–2000 (SPL) • 151.3 dB
1st • John Roberts • Super Port (SPL) • 163.3 dB

2012 06 02 15 21

Marysville Washington Event
International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA)

1st • Mike Peterson • SQC Expert
1st • Bill Pleasant • SQC Ultimate
1st • Drew Snapp • SQC Pro
1st • John Davis • SQC Pro-Am
1st • Jeremy Weaver • SQC Amateur
1st • Diana Snapp • SQC Rookie
3rd • Sanjay Frank • SQC Rookie
1st • Mike Peterson • IQC Expert
1st • Drew Snapp • IQC Pro
1st • John Davis • IQC Pro-Am
1st • Diana Snapp • IQC Rookie

IASCA 2X Results From Washington State

Congratulations to Team Hybrids’ showing at the IASCA 2X event yesterday in Washington State:

Drew Snapp – 1st place Pro
Mike Peterson – 1st Place Expert
John Davis – 1st Place Pro-Am

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Pictured here, L-to-R: Drew Snapp, Diana Snapp (1st Place Rookie), Bill Pleasant, Mike Peterson, Aaron Trimble, Sanjay Frank (3rd Place Rookie)