Since we’ve been seeing a surge of throwbacks on social media since the national lockdown, I thought it would be cool to take you guys on a virtual trip down memory lane. I’ll apologize in advance for the quality of these pictures; but 98% of them are probably older than some of our readers. Also, I didn’t own a camera back then, so big shout out to my homies Adam, Jogee, Brett and Kimos; and The Wheel Shop (Shaheen) for their awesome contributions to the archives!
For those who don’t know, I’ve been actively involved in the car audio scene since the early 90’s. Fun fact of the day: not many know this, but I cut my teeth in this game by selling car audio at Bruma Lake flea market… true story! Back then, the car audio competition industry was vastly different to what we’re accustomed to these days. For starters, Sound Quality was all the rage, and far bigger than SPL. Speaking of, SPL competitors were required to play music – and not test tones. The competition classes were broken up by amplifier ratings; and there was an abundance of competitors in the lanes.
Although technology has evolved in leaps and bounds since then, the pavement pounders of yesteryear were nothing short of magical. Some of my favourite local heroes at the time were the likes of Mr Foot; the Billy’s Enterprise-built Mk2 Golf kitted with a pair of Kicker subs in a plexi enclosure. Another that comes to mind was the Soundstream-powered “TRT” Golf, kitted with two 15” SPL170 woofers powered by a Soundstream REF1000 amplifier.
Another goodie was Neshon Rawjee’s Street Wise build; a kombi called “The Black Bitch”. Equipped with four 15” Earthquake subs and a Kenwood 1021 amplifier powering them, along with an overkill amount of Pioneer mids and tweeters; builds like these were what ignited my love for the Earthquake brand. If you want to talk about legendary taxis, personally I felt that Durban taxis ruled supreme; but in all fairness, I didn’t get to hear much of the PE and Cape Town taxis – but I’ve heard of quite a few walled legends from these parts!
I do remember a time the Rockford Fosgate-powered taxi called “Scream” reigned as king of bass, thanks to its eight 18” mammoth-sized woofers; man, that thing was so loud it could damn-near be heard in neighbouring provinces. I also remember the taxi called “Designed to Devastate”, kitted out with Digital Designs subs and US Amps amplifiers; emerging seemingly out of nowhere and smashing the taxi record!
I the RF powered taxi called “Scream” ruled the roost with eight 18-inch woofers and I also remember a taxi called Designed To Devastate kitted with Digital Designs subwoofers and US Amps amplifiers coming out of nowhere and smashing the taxi record.
I’m sure a lot of you guys will remember seeing images of Monier’s installations in old copies of our magazine. My good bud Zeyn at Monier’s was building some of the meanest, sickest-looking systems I’ve ever seen; and the industry was lit. Man… those were some truly epic, memorable times enjoyed at events which were so well-supported. Good times, boys… good times.