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Spring Break Nationals - Daytona Beach, Florida, March 21-23 2003

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Quick hits
  • Show: 17th Annual Spring Break Nationals
  • Location: Daytona Beach, Ocean Center and Boardwalk
  • Weather: Cloudy with showers
  • Attendance: 20,000
  • Featured Car: Lloyd Ivey's 2002 Corvette Convertible


What are the Spring Break Nationals?
Billed as "the world's most famous soundoff," the Spring Break Nationals is an annual car show extravaganza held in Daytona Beach, Florida during national university spring break week. Events include car audio competitions, bikini competitions, and live music.

Show highlights
Despite an ongoing war in Iraq and wet, stormy weather, the 17th Annual Spring Break Nationals drew large and enthusiastic crowds over the weekend of March 21-23. The unofficial opening of the national car stereo competition scene attracted more than 20,000 visitors to the Ocean Center on North Atlantic Avenue in the spring break capital of the southeast, Daytona Beach. Fans admired tricked-out rides from 300 competitors and strolled through over 100 booths set-up by many of the major car audio/video and custom car parts companies. IASCA, dB Drag, SLAP, MECA, and StreetGlow sponsored various SPL, SQL, customcar, and glow-off competitions over the course of the three-day event. Live music by the bands Villebillies, Plan of Man, and Tantric was provided courtesy of JVC. To see more pictures and information about Spring Break Nationals, click here.

Under the Crutchfield Tent
We were extremely proud to have Lloyd Ivey, Chairman and CEO of Mitek Corporation (brands include MTX and StreetWires), share his 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible with us under the Crutchfield Tent. The Corvette is stocked with two 9500 Series 12" MTX subs that each weigh over 50 lbs. They are fed a healthy diet of 750 watts RMS each from the Thunder1501D mono amplifier.

The car show circuit will really start to heat up now that we've had the Spring Break Nationals. Check out our Event Calendar to see a list of the major upcoming shows. The shows in bold are the ones Crutchfield will be attending — if you're at one of those shows, be sure to drop by and say hello!

The Strip at Daytona was a-glow with neon undercarriage kits and decked out rides.


More than 20,000 visitors thronged the Ocean Center convention hall to check out the scene.


The VW Van redifined, tuner style!


Curious fans could watch how it's done at the Installer Challenge tent.


Michelle and MTX's 2002 Corvette graced the Crutchfield booth.

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