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Car audio meetings
OtoSam 1998

Car audio store "OtoSam" is like Holland's car audio guardian angel. When no shows seem to be there, when little people buy car audio and car audio enthausiats prepare for winter, OtoSam pops up an end of year show. At first the rainy weather seemed to stop contestants and visitors from attending, but later that day the show turned out to be a welcome success in the quiet world of Dutch car audio. OtoSam choose rainy November 8 for a car audio show featuring many manufacturer's cars ( Sony, Kenwood, Pioneer, Alpine, Infinity, Rockford Fosgate, Jamex, Philips, JBL and Caliber), a car audio show and an official dB drag race.

I only attended the show, not competing in the dB drag race. OtoSam has its own car audio club and most of its members competed, as did many new comers. Professionally hosted as ever Car Systems Breda brought the dB drag installation and ran a fine tuned show. No matter what weather, no matter how cold the cars kept coming to the tents and the spectators loved every minute. To no one's surprise the members of Boomcar Club Bollenstreek won all trophies. Their newest boomcar was a red Fiat Panda carrying twenty eight 10 inch Boss subwoofers driven by 7 Boss amplifiers each capable of 240 watts RMS. During SPL the wind shield blew bolder and bolder until it cracked! The result was a whopping 153.5 dB and a broken window.

The event used OtoSam's own parking lot around the shop based in the town of Hoorn. The second picture shows some of the manufacturer's cars lined up close to the store itself. There's a bit of the back of Rockford Fosgate's Peugeot 406 (a remarkable car with very good sound driven by just 4 x 30 watts), my beloved Suzuki limousine, the Caliber Volkswagen Golf and just a bit of the Kenwood Opel Tigra. The third picture shows the rear of my favorite car and that of Holland's most beautiful Peugeot: Dirk Lub's Peugeot 205 GTi as re-styled by Dimma and installed by OtoSam (including Pioneer ODR system and a complete Philips in-car vision system). I judged his car earlier this year during the Ron de Vries meeting. Finally I want the world to know I'm a happy Apple Macintosh user, hence the sticker on the back of my car. Think different!

dB Drag race results

0 - 300 watts
1.Gerben GrobbenToyota Corolla145.5 dB
2.Rene KloostermanToyota Starlet138.8 dB
3.R. SchijffVolkswagen Corrado134.0 dB
301 and more watts
1.Leffert BackersFiat Panda153.5 dB
2.Arther van den HeuvelOpel Kadett147.7 dB
3.BlokHonda Civic143.3 dB

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