OK guys it's on for June 27th 2009 near Monterey California
and here are a couple of threads from previous years:
marvs bbq - DIY Mobile Audio
Marv's BBQ Picture Depot - DIY Mobile Audio
First I have to mention again that this BBQ takes a TON of time/expense to plan/put on and I tend to get the credit. I cannot accept it all as this event would not be possible without the help of many people that I'd like to/will thank individually later but first and foremost I must thank my wife for all she does as well as for putting up with me and this madness sometimes!
For those that have never been here I'll give a little info. I originally started these BBQ/Meet's so that a bunch of guys in the area with common interests in mobile audio could get together and listen to gear that was not easily available to them. It also gave guys with less experience a chance to get help/advice on their systems from guys with more experience as well as listen to some really nice systems. Over the years it evolved to having several manufacturers demo cars participate and we have had guys fly in from as far as the east coast and driven all the way from Canada! We have also had the good fortune of having some great competitors/audio gurus come in and give their time hands on to help us all get the most enjoyment from this hobby!
In previous years I have held the BBQ's at my house and financed them myself however as they have grown it is no longer feasible for me to do this. Part of the BBQ will be catered again this year however I will be BBQ'ing my world famous (well maybe county famous ) Tri-Tip steak and there will be other homemade dishes as well. The expenses are quite high this year with park rental (as well as additional expenses required to have it there), catering costs and expenses related to bringing/housing some out of town guests as well as an "after party" that goes into the wee hours etc etc so we have been/are holding several raffles to help offset the costs. (keep an eye out on the general forum stickies for the raffles)
***CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR***
This year will be a 2 day event with the BBQ/Meet on Saturday and an Official IASCA competition the following day. Tentatively the IASCA event will be hosted by the local Best Buy Store and Todd will be posting more info on that soon.
At the BBQ we will be having some "Peoples Choice" awards and will be awarding plaques. The rules will be simple since there are no rules! Actually Buzzman will be handling that and he will post the guidelines we'd like everyone to use when voting.
Almost forgot...you better get out the car wash gear and clean up that wiring or you may be exposed globally!!!
I was recently contacted by Performance Auto and Sound Magazine and they will be doing a feature article on the BBQ this year with pictures! (they have also become a sponsor so everyone who attends will receive a subscription the magazine). I will be doing a little write up on my journey from a dozen or so guys at my house 8 years ago to where we are today so keep an eye out on Performance Auto and Sound - The Girls - The Cars - The Life for more details as they will also be helping promote the event there.
Some stuff to know if you are interested in coming
This BBQ/meet is NOT open to the public nor is it a "free for all" and there will be a limited amount of space available (the IASCA show IS open to the public). Priority goes to DIYMA members, people that have done business with me and if we have enough room we may open it to others. Manufacturers reps/industry people and those willing to travel a long way to get here will always be accommodated.
I have already been in communication with numerous past attendees as well as others wanting to attend and have started to compile a list. If you are not already on my list (or not sure if you are) you must contact me ASAP by email ONLY and make sure you use the subject "BBQ LIST" ) to get on the list after you make sure you can come on that day. Once I get a good idea of how many wish to come and figure out what the limit will be I will contact everyone to request an RSVP. You MUST reply with your phone number so that I can easier contact you if needed. Your RSVP will be for YOU ONLY and it is NOT OK to bring along a friend (more about that later). Your significant other and kids are always welcome but please let me know they are coming (there is a playground next door for the kids and several wives/girlfriends usually attend).
Almost forgot, past attendees are NOT automatically on the list this year so if you have not heard from me already please contact me to make sure!
PLEASE NOTE, this year it will be requested that upon your RSVP ALL attendees purchase at least one $15.00 ticket that will be good towards the BBQ raffles (the BBQ raffles are separate from the online ones so please be aware that you MUST be present to win and the ticket will be non-refundable) and will also get you a one year subscription to Performance Auto and Sound Magazine. This will hopefully ensure that those RSVP'ing are serious about coming and we don't end up like we did a couple of years ago with a bunch of "no shows" that cost a ton of wasted expense. BTW, the above does NOT apply to manufacturer reps NOR children and everyone attending will have an opportunity to buy more raffle tickets at the BBQ.
BTW, if there are any other individuals/manufacturers reps etc that would like to donate anything for the raffles I would MUCH APPRECIATE it and please email or call me at 1-831-383-0308. I could ESPECIALLY use things like t-shirts, key chains etc etc for grab bags. Thanks!
Looking forward to seeing all the old faces and meeting some new ones!
I'd like to thank all those that have donated and/or allowed me to purchase at reduced cost items for these raffles (I'll list everyone later). Last and definitely NOT least I would like to thank all you guys that have participated/will participate in the raffles to help support the cause even though you can't be here!