In addition to promoting boom cars on the highway, creating an everyday
hazard to society, the boom car industry has taken this one step further.
There are national and international competitions to see who can produce
the loudest sound from a boom car. The boom car industry, stereo companies,
and boom car owners spend THOUSANDS of dollars per automobile to get it
ready for these events. The contests are called dB DRAG RACING competitions.
These events are not just "boys being boys" or "good clean fun." These competitions create death machines, due to the EXTREME intensity of sound and the ultra-low frequency levels produced.
To sit in some of these automobiles during the sound competitions would mean instant death. This type of vehicle is reinforced and highly modified to accommodate the massive amounts of amplifiers, sub-woofers, and electrical equipment. The sound produced by some of these monsters is accomplished by remote control.
Though some of these machines are not street worthy, young people who witness these competitions are inspired to go home and build their own boom car to drive on the street. Thus, even more of these hazards are on the road to be a menace to the peace and safety of society.
Boom car operators thrive on getting attention and being noticed. The more intense the decibels and the lower the frequency, the more respect and bragging rights they have over their peers.
These are a few examples of competition boom cars and the power they produce:
|The Beast - a Ford Bronco owned by Alma Gates. In 2000, it had 48,000 watts of power. It was designed to pump out 175 dB. That is eight times louder than a 747. Instant death would result from it's sound if you were sitting inside of it a full power.|
|The Terminator - a 1960 Cadillac Hearse owned by Wayne Harris. In 1997, it easily yielded 146 dB-C and cost over $50,000 to build. Half of the total power was used at 48 Hz and below. The speakers could handle ultra-low frequencies at 10-50 Hz. Infrasound!|
|Dodge Caravan - an 18-year-old van owned by Troy Irving. In 2003, it had $80,000 worth of stereo equipment and 130,000 watts of power. It was designed to produce a single frequency of 74 Hz.|
|Stock, unmarked 1987 Impala - owned by Jason Parsons. In 2003, he won the Super Street class with 155.8 dB. He plays music through the system, and the car is driveable on the street.|
|Chevy Astro Van - owned by DJ Billy E., it could produce up to 155.8 dB. Though entered periodically in dB drag racing competitions, in 2000, he regularly drove it on the street to set off car alarms, disturb the peace in affluent business districts, get attention, and "get chicks." At one point, he used his 150-dB power to follow a young woman driving a red compact. Following close behind her, he repeatedly strafed her with extreme blasts of amplified bass. She turned off the street to get away from him.|
|In 2002, a team of German audio engineers set the dB drag racing record. The level was an astonishing 177.6 dB.|
As more and more boom cars are being made by teenagers hungry to prove themselves to their peers and get attention, sadly, the automotive industry is beginning to install powerful stereo systems right from the factory. In addition, factories are now installing DVD players in automobiles. With factory systems so powerful, police are now ticketing owners of these brand new boom cars. The sounds from their factory systems can be heard blocks away!
These are examples of a factory and an after-market audio system in 2003:
|Toyota Scion - There are 3 settings in its 6 CD stereo system. The highest setting makes you feel like you are on stage at a rock concert. It has 1,350 watts of power.|
|Alpine Audio - Super Street magazine reviewed this 1,800-watt system, heralding, "Alpine's amplifiers are so tough that some people use them as weapons of mass destruction. With 1,800 watts of power, this thing can ruin a whole city block."|
Sony sells their Xplod car stereo remote by announcing, "It's not my remote, it's my DETONATOR."
Hollywood Sound offers "a sub designed to SHAKE SEATS AND ANNOY NEIGHBORS."
MTX Audio encourages a boom car owner to - "Got loud? Get Louder! Turn it up - Keep it up."
The Tantrum series of amplifiers encourages boom car owners by stating, "No one ever said you had to be good in your own car. Throw a tantrum in your car!"
Orion car audio recommends boom car owners "be loud be obnoxious man up and bounce with the legend."
JBL proudly proclaims, "Either we love bass or hate your neighbors."
Rockford Fosgate, which has advertisements for 'The Fast and the Furious' movies on its web site, has the headline, "GO FAST, BE LOUD."
In 2003 Pioneer launched a new Internet program to sell their powerful systems. The web site has the 4 titles ' DISTURB, IGNITE, DEFY, and DISRUPT. On this web site, a viewer can watch movies and see boom car owners brag about disturbing others, talk about illegal street racing, and view boom car owners staying out all night, cruising, partying, etc.
Sony sells their XPLOD car audio system by announcing this headline on one ad: "Mobile ES gives you the technology you need to Disturb the Peace " Below the headline is a boom car driver saying, "Oh yeah? Your silence disturbs me."
Cerwin Vega has an ad that pictures a set of earplugs. The ear plug box reads, "When your neighbors complain about the volume of your Cerwin-Vega speakers, kindly tell them to stick it in their ears."
A Pyle Driver 2000 ad has a photo of a demolished house. The caption reads, "Pyle Driver was here."
From these few examples, it is clear that these stereo companies are not concerned with a law-abiding citizen's health, safety, or right to quiet.
In addition, some stereo ads have exploited women, declaring them as "trophies," and featuring women practically nude in provocative poses.
Is this "good clean fun" and boys being boys?"
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