MTX Audio’s Lucius and Hellemn take world records in both MECA and IASCA world finals
Wednesday 24 November 2004
When Kara Lucius and John Hellemn are referred to as the loudest couple on earth, it isn’t because they talk loud or dress loud, it’s because they play loud. Lucius and Hellemn travel the country competing in competitions that measure how loud a car audio system can get by measuring sound pressure level (SPL). On November 13th and 14th in Louisville, Kentucky, the pair not only proved that they are the loudest team in the world but also that they are “Stinking Loud”.
The Louisville International Convention Center was the hot spot for all car audio enthusiasts on November 13th and 14th. Competitors from all over the world gathered to compete in the IASCA and MECA Unified World Finals. This unified finals event helped competitors to compete in both organizations while challenging the SPL competitors to compete in both divisions with the same vehicle. Lucius and Hellemn’s Dodge Caravan equipped with two 15” woofers and eight MTX Thunder 1501D amplifiers was up to the task.
In the MECA Radical X1 class, the duo won 1st place and became world champions with a new world record of 166.1 dB using only two of their eight MTX Thunder1501D amplifiers. MECA also awarded Lucius and Hellemn the “2004 Stinking Loud Award.”
“The MECA ‘Stinking Loud’ Award is awarded to the system/vehicle/competitor that is not only loud in dB, but also regarded as making the most "unnatural" noise, as declared by members and fans at the events,” said MECA commissioner Steve Stern. “The remarks made to me during the season about Kara’s van indicated that many respected the very high numbers posted, and the way the sound thundered through the crowd.”
But this greedy pair wasn’t finished yet. After hooking up the other six MTX amps, they blasted the competition in Ultimate 2 class of the IASCA IdBL organization securing Kara and John another 1st place, World Championship title and new world record with a 172.5 dB.
"Our goal this year was to win dB Drag, MECA, and IASCA Finals," said Hellemn. "This was a perfect finish to our competition season."