An­ni­hi­la­tion of the Senses at Sound Wars

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Star Re­porter

It was the bat­tle of the sounds in all senses, as speaker heads con­vened at the Philip Marcelin Grounds in Vieux Fort last Sun­day, for Sound Wars, An­ni­hi­la­tion edi­tion.

The event, or­gan­ised by the St. Lu­cia Auto Sound Club (SLASC), saw weeks and months of in­vest­ment and ef­fort come down to who could tweak and tune their mu­sic most ef­fort­lessly, for the clear­est, loud­est, and most im­pact­ful pre­sen­ta­tion that would not only wow the judges but keep the au­di­ence thor­oughly en­ter­tained through­out the evening. The event’s cul­mi­na­tion took place when a va­ri­ety of spe­cially mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing lux­ury cars, mini-vans, SUVS and 4X4 dou­ble cab trucks, made their way to a pit set up on the out­skirts of the field to care­fully se­lect the songs in­clud­ing the manda­tory judg­ing num­bers that would seal their fate on the night.

For the new­bie who might have thought the event was solely fo­cused on which sound could per­me­ate the widest dis­tance of the field, there was much to be re­learned, dis­cov­ered, and ap­pre­ci­ated. All the best in the game al­ready knew just how much of a dif­fer­ence the right song se­lec­tion could make when it came down to acous­tics, clar­ity, and over­all loud­ness – the abil­ity to pack a se­ri­ous punch.

The com­peti­tors, di­rected by the MC of the day, Scady. P, wasted no time get­ting down to busi­ness. One by one they shared their love for sound, cre­ativ­ity and flair. They were be­ing judged for Cre­ativ­ity, Safety, Sound Qual­ity( SQ) and Sound Pres­sure Level (SPL) in three ba­sic cat­e­gories: Rookie SQ, Streets and Ul­ti­mate.

In the Ul­ti­mate class, the win­ners were none other than Ja­son Jankie’s ‘Hot Rod’ in first place, Ron God­dard with ‘The Lab’ in sec­ond, and ‘Hard Knocks’ by Aloy­s­ious Charles in third. Ja­son’s win earned him $2,000 cash, a week­end for two at Co­conut Bay, and a tool set from Au­to­mo­tive Art. Ron’s prize of­fered sim­i­lar win­nings, trad­ing in a week­end for two for a day pass at Co­conut Bay. For his ef­forts, Aloy­s­ious walked away with $1,000 cash, a day pass for two at Co­conut Bay, and a tool set from Au­to­mo­tive Art.

The ‘Loud­est’ Hot Rod prize as well as the ‘Best SQ’ Hot Rod went to Ja­son Jankie.

In the Streets Class, first place bounty of $1,000 cash, a week­end for two at Co­conut Bay, and a cleaner de­tail kit from Au­to­mo­tive Art went to Cleavy Ge­orge’s ‘Un­ruly’, while $500 cash, and a cleaner de­tail kit from Au­to­mo­tive Art was Gary Gee Charle­magne’s re­ward for the per­for­mance of ‘Dhz’. Third place went to Damian Kan­gal who was gifted with a mo­bile phone with a plan from Flow plus a cleaner de­tail kit from Au­to­mo­tive Art.

Loud­est, and Best SQ in the Streets Class went to Stephen.

In the Rookie SQ cat­e­gory, Un­ruly RAV4 (Cleavy Ge­orge) was in first, Alvin Jn Baptiste in sec­ond, and Un­ruly Rover (Cleavy Ge­orge) in third. First prize was $1,000 cash and a tool set from Au­to­mo­tive Art; sec­ond: $500 cash and a tool set from Au­to­mo­tive Art, and third: a mo­bile phone set up with Flow plus a tool set from Au­to­mo­tive Art.

The Peo­ple’s Choice (Grudge Match) win­ner was none other than Stephen, who went home with brag­ging rights and $1,000 cash.

The top win­ners are soon ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in a re­gional chal­lenge that will put their speak­ers to the ul­ti­mate test. Some­thing tells us that they’re ab­so­lutely ready!

SLASC ladies get­ting in on the ac­tion.

Fi­nal check for sound with the judges look­ing on.

Crowd favourite ‘Hot Rod’ was the win­ner in the Ul­ti­mate class.

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