"…they are nothing like the trunk-rattling thugs most people see at traffic lights. They are louder."
Mechanics sneak nips from longnecks. Others clench cigarettes
between their lips as they twist wires and pump bass-heavy tracks from
Outkast and Eminem, which grow louder with each component added to the
electrical daisy chain. A green Ford Metropolitan, lifted on 6-foot
wheels and 5-ton axles, rises above the sea of polished metal. The
truck has a detachable, touch-screen CD player, three amps and six
15-inch speakers wired to eight car batteries. A black van from
Moberly, Missouri, blasts test tones that trigger car alarms — its
open rear doors reveal a cargo of amps stacked like shipping boxes.
Some cars have enough raw power to torch amplifiers, shatter glass
windshields, rend metal.
Welcome to the 17th annual Tuner Jam: the largest, loudest
car-stereo competition on the planet. Stereo geeks from around the
country converge here once a year, morphing their cars into the world’s
most powerful portable boomboxes, pitting sound system against sound
system to find out whose is loudest. Read more…