Many hardcore sound competitors before me have approached building "the ultimate sound quality system" in a car by optimizing speaker placement with the approach of a purpose-built dash. These cars have always attracted my attention, not only because they look so interesting, but because of the level of sound that can be achieved. Scott Buwalda (Silvia), John Marsh (Eclipse), Larry Woolacott (Buick), and Chris Lacombe (Solara), in particular, have competed vehicles I'd say inspired this build in one way or another.
How long did it take you to build?
I bought this BMW used in 2010 and drove it daily until 2016. I installed a simple system shortly after I bought it and kept it that way until 2015, when the first "serious" installation happened shortly before the MECA and IASCA unified "finals" championship in Hunstville, AL. Since then it has gone through 2 more major changes. The car is largely fundamentally the same as when it competed at the last unified championship event in 2019, however I have made some small improvements since then.
How long have you been building?
My installer is Toby Broadfield at Mobile Audio Plus in Bloomington, IL, and he has been installing there professionally for almost 30 years.
Team Hybrids - Team Captain
Your future plans?
I heard there are some Texans who'd like me to bring the car down for a visit...
Mobile Audio Plus and Toby Broadfield
12v Electronics and Tom Meyers
Hybrid Audio Technologies and Scott Buwalda
SQOLOGY and Klifton Keplinger
All of the IASCA, MECA, and EMMA judges
My fellow competitors and internet comrades
My wife and family
Mods to Frame
Holes behind speaker locations to allow speakers to vent outside the car
Drop or lift inches
Lowered approximately 2"
Turner Motorsport adjustable lower control arms and adjustable upper strut mounts
Front Wheel Type
Rear Wheel Type
Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.5"
Rear Wheel Size
18 x 8.5"
Front Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
Front ZHP style bumper with an Arqray lip custom molded into it
ZHP side skirts
Body Mods by
Joe at Fallat’s Autobody
Custom, by Toby Broadfield
Controls the stereo
Zapco Z-400.2 AP (six)
Hybrid Audio Technologies
Stereo Installed by
Toby Broadfield - Mobile Audio Plus
Door cards and headliner wrapped in custom quilted black velour. The same velour is used in the trunk.