August 1, 2016
Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet
For immediate release
Chapel Hill: The “End of Summer Bash” on August 28, 2016 sponsored by WC Auto Accessories in Columbus, Ohio has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet for promoting extreme levels of noise. The theme of the noisemaking event is “mad scientists on wheels.”
The event is sanctioned by the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, whose motto is “fun and fair, loud and clear.” The wholesome, family-friendly Columbus event will feature the “SPL Smackdown” (the loudest bass measured at the headrest), “Park and Pound” (ground-pounding music systems, with decibel levels measured six inches from the passenger side of the vehicle), and “Dueling Demos” (bumper-to-bumper challenge matches, stock street and modified).
Larry Deal, a member of Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet, noted that “these contests have one thing in common: a mega amount of noisemaking and the celebration of noise. Contest sponsors and participants believe that the more decibels, the better. The contestant with the loudest car sound system wins the prize.”
One of the WC Auto Accessories customers had a 1200 watt amplifier and a 10 inch Kicker subwoofer installed by WC Accessories in his 2002 Tahoe. The customer commented, “The outcome was mind-blowing!”
Deal commented that “I’ll bet that the noise was also ear-blowing and nerve-shattering to the public when he pounds away with his boom car!”
Unfortunately, these so-called “boom car enthusiasts” do not limit their extreme noisemaking to boom car contests. They also show off their excessively loud sound systems on public streets and inflict excessive and nerve-racking, thumping bass on the public.
Ted Rueter, director of Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet, noted that “the totally unnecessary and extremely high-sound pressure levels produced by boom cars can cause hearing damage and induce cardiovascular and emotional stress. Excessive noise poses a major public nuisance and health hazard.”
Rueter noted that boom car contests are part of a culture of aggressive noisemaking, which is present in advertisements for boom car equipment. The boom car industry features such positive and uplifting slogans as “Disturb the peace,” “Turn it up; keep it up,” and “Got loud? Get louder!”
Larry Deal concluded, “WC Auto Accessories and the boom car industry should be ashamed of themselves for sponsoring boom car contests and encouraging anti-social behavior and harmful noise pollution. But they will continue to do so as long as they can get away with it and profit by it.”
Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet is a national citizens’ organization opposed to excessive noise. Past “winners” of the Noisy Dozen award include the Midwest Car Stereo Competition, the Aspen sound stereo competition, and the plague of boom cars in Roseville, Michigan.