The Dream Team Installation
Among the biggest 12-volt enthusiasts, car audio installation prowess is still a competitive sport. Just check out IASCA.com or USACi.com. In the north hall of the recent CES show, many attendees ogled the magnificent creations installers came up with to promote the latest products—waterfalls, motorization, fiberglass and other displays of over-the-top craftsmanship. But there has never been a time when the best of the best has worked together on one project. Enthusiasts have always imagined the possibilities if the "Dream Team" of the car audio world came together to build a common project vehicle. But great distances and monetary commitment stifled the idea of getting the pinnacle of the car audio installation world all in one place with a common goal. It remained a dream to enthusiasts. Until now.
Just like everything else in life, consumer electronics retailing is not only about the product—it’s about the people. When it comes to the car audio world, it is the world-class magicians of installation and highly-trained salespeople that sell discrete well-designed products and meld them into something awe-inspiring. Products are great, but it is the salespeople and installers who recommend and blend them seamlessly into the vehicle. These are the unsung heroes. One of the biggest personalities in car audio today is Will Castro of Unique Autosport in Holbrook, NY. Although not an installer, he has the clientele, installation facility, and salesmanship to make this dream possible. After all, when you have your own TV show on Speed Channel, it is hard to argue that you're not one of the heavy-hitters in the car audio arena. Moreover, manufacturers are eager to donate their best for the tremendous exposure.
At CES, Castro put together the master plan to have the best of the best come to his shop and build a vehicle for NASCAR star Tony Stewart. The team was an all-star pick from the industry that could get any enthusiast excited, consisting of Gary Biggs, Steve Brown and David “Fishman” Rivera. Biggs, a technical support specialist for JBL and Infinity Car Audio, gained his installation chops at Car Toys in Oklahoma City, Ok., and is renowned for his fiberglass skills. Brown is the Master Installer at Alpine Electronics. His unreal creations have even garnered the attention of automakers—BMW is so impressed with his skills, they are providing the vehicle for his next CES jaw-dropper. Finally, Rivera has always been one of the best fabricators and masters of motorization. His “Fishman” nickname came from one of his first installs that used a fishtank with live fish surrounding the subwoofer enclosure.