If your car draws some serious attention every time you pull up at the robots, whether because of the roar coming through your windows or from under the bonnet, then there’s somewhere you need to be this Easter weekend.
Hold onto your eardrums, as the Rand Show once again hosts the ear-splitting challenges set by the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) ofSouth Africa.
Car sound and performance junkies from across the country will be pulling into the Rand Show 2012, from 6-9 April, in the hopes of blasting their way onto the winner’s podium (and maybe even into the World Record books).
And this year, there are more challenges than ever before.
Installer Challenge (Friday to Monday, 6-9 April)
Get the inside track on the intricacies of designing, building and installing car audio equipment, as four teams battle it out to build four complete mobile audio systems in just four days. Working on site at the Rand Show, the teams will build either a budget-beating sound quality system where the installation and clarity of the sound is of paramount importance; an entry-level SPL system that’s loud with lots of bass; or one of two complete audio systems within two scooters sponsored by Big Boy Scooters.
The idea is to sound as loud as possible, while still sounding good. The car with the highest points average on Monday 9 April will be crowned Installer Challenge Champion.
Static Display (Friday to Monday, 6-9 April)
Some of South Africa’s finest car audio and performance cars will be on display throughout the Easter weekend. Now’s your chance to experience what true car audio should sound like.
Tweek-and-Tune Clinic (Friday, 6 April)
IASCA will host a Tweek-and-Tune clinic for the man in the street who needs expert advice on tuning the sound of his car. The clinic will give competitors in the IdBL format a chance to test their cars on test equipment prior to Sunday’s competition, as well as get advice and the inside track on the 2012 competition rules from IASCA’s experienced judges.
Sound Quality Format (Saturday, 7 April)
Come and see some exotic-looking cars competing for top honours when it comes to the sound clarity, creativity and precision of their sound system’s installation. Not just for the big boys, competitors from expert right down to rookie class can compete.
International IASCA dB League (IdBL) Format (Saturday and Sunday, 7-8 April)
This competition is all about volume. Does your sound system have what it takes to blast out the highest in-car decibels? If so, close your car doors and windows and crank that sucker up, in a challenge that pits South Africa against 26 other countries – maybe you’ll go home having broken the world record.All rookie and stock competitors will compete on 7 April, while stock pro, advance, ultimate and bass boxing vehicles will battle it out on 8 April.
The Dyno Challenge (Sunday, 8 April)
Want to prove that your car can talk the torque? Then you need to bring it to the Rand Show for a session of ‘static racing’. Put your car onto the rollers and let IASCA’s dynamometer give you the full picture: exactly what kilowatts, torque and speed can your vehicle put out?
Show and Shine Challenge (Sunday, 8 April)
This challenge is for you if you’re big on modifications and enhancements, whether to your car’s body or engine. There are divisions for everything from mild to wild, all the way through to the wreck of the day.
Bass Boxing (Monday, 9 April)
Rapidly taking over as the most popular SPL competition format in the world, Bass Boxing pits competitor against competitor to find out who has the best sounding and loudest sound system, while playing real music tracks. Anyone can enter and anyone can win!
So whether you’ve got a pimped-up ride you want to share with the world, or you prefer to just look and listen, be sure your GPS is set for the Rand Show 2012 at Nasrec – it’s going to be the loudest fun you can have this Easter.
Call Elaine Squires at IASCA on 082-953-1958 to pre-register, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All entry fees allow access to the competition, as well as admission for the driver and one passenger to the Rand Show.
Sound Quality Format (7 April): from R200 for rookies to R300 for experts.
International IdBl Format (8 April): R250.
The Dyno Challenge (8 April): R100.
Show and Shine Challenge (8 April): R100.
Bass Boxing (9 April): R250.
Competitors must be in the competition area by 9am on the day of their chosen format.
Visit iasca.com for more information about each competition format, and a breakdown of the 2012 competition rules.
THE RAND SHOW 2012
WHEN: From Friday 6 to Monday 15 April 2012. Gates open each day at 9am and close at 6pm, although the Show will remain open until 8pm.
WHERE: Johannesburg Expo Centre,Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS – S26° 14.810’ E27° 58.695’)
COST: Adults – R80; Pensioners over 65-years – R40; Kids 12-16 – R40; Kids 6 – 12 – R20; Under 6 – free. Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. (There is no surcharge on Computicket tickets.)
VALUE: Your ticket gets you free entry to events as published on the web