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Mobile Electronics SpecialistMobile Electronics Specialist “Installer of the Year” 1991

In 1991, I was at the top of the heap installing custom car audio in the United States, working for the premier custom shop in the Northwest, Mobile Audio. During the course of the year I worked on only a very few, very expensive car audio systems and working toward getting most of the cars I worked on to the IASCA Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nationals bring the best of the best from all over the United States together to find out who has the most creative, most technical and best sounding vehicle in a number of different power categories, both in amateur and professional classes. This Mustang was owned by the owner of Mobile Audio, who gave me total freedom to push the limits on this car – the only thing that was absolutely written in stone was that the car HAD to be in Phoenix one month from the beginning of the project – an extremely tight schedule…

It took day and night effort for a straight month – no days off – early days & late nights to get it done, but in the end, it did get done. The car made it to Phoenix, where it took 5th in the country in our power class! And this was against other cars that had been tweaked for years, instead of less than a week! All in all I was proud of the effort and in the end it turned out to be worth all the grief that I went through to get it done…

Partly as a result of the placing of this car, I was recognized by my peers in the car stereo industry as one of the top 12 installers in the country for 1991. I wrote about the experience in the article I submitted to Mobile Electronics Specialist magazine as the car most representative of my talents…

I’ve scanned all the pages of the article that details this installation so you can follow the links and read the entire article to get an idea of what it took to build a full-blown nationally competitive car audio system. And remember, this was 1991 – it’s MUCH harder to win now!

Also, check out the Benz I worked on the following year…

Walt Ottenad