|Autosound & Security Magazine March 1995|
During the years when I worked for Stereo West, the leading retailer in the city, I was able to assemble a very strong competition team. But it was the combined effort of all salespeople, installers and customers that made the whole dream come true. And after everything was said and done, Stereo West became one of the top retailers in the nation, Joe Cavanaugh became a business leaders to the industry, my customers became world champions, and I had an opportunity to do an inventory of my life and change it forever.
But this is not a story of the ever-after. Instead today we will focus on part of the fun that made those years so cool.
Dustin Culton was one of our better known team members. Being a small guy, we surely picked on him quite a bit. Whether the reason was because he got a $400 speeding ticket outside of Memphis, or because he was afraid of a beggar at a fuel station in Indianapolis, Dustin was always a great sport. But in my mind he was to be always remembered as a great competitor. Dustin never gave up. The following is a short Winner's Circle coverage of his car by Autosound and Security magazine published in March of 1995. Enjoy!
|Dustin Culton and his award winning CRX|
by Morgan O'Riley
People compete for different reasons. Some do it because they lived on competition, some because there's money in it, and others because they're addicted. While not as caustic as smoking, competing in autosound can be harmful. Just ask this month's Winner's Circle guy, Dustin Culton of Omaha, Nebraska.
|Handmade kickpanels for a MB Quart 5" and 1" component set|
One person's loss is another's gain. In this case Dustin got everything ready for the IASCA Finals and hit the road ready to win. His 1985 Honda CRX has the qualifications too.
A pair of Punch 40s, some components up front and a pair of twelves might not seem like a whole lot, but in the small interior space of a CRX, you really don't need a lot; and the way in which everything is tied together in Dustin's car makes it more than the sum of the parts.
The installation starts out in the stock dash location with an Alpine 7807 CD tuner. The Alpine fits nice and snug in its spot, and right below that the center console section has been filled with a vinyl-covered panel with four rocker switches on it. The switches control things in the system like the neon around the amplifiers and a motorized panel in the hatch area.
|Dustin used up the majority of his hatch space with a pair of |
MTX 12s, a pair of Punch 40s, fuses and more
The crossover in the EQX sends the low frequencies to a Punch 40 that powers a pair of MTX Road Thunder Pros. The subs run 80Hz and down, and rock the little CRX.
The rest of the spectrum is covered by the second Punch 40. That unit powers a set of MB Quart components mounted in handmade kickpanels. A 5-inch mid and 1-inch tweeter where fitted low and angled to create a solid center image. For a touch of ambience, another pair of tweeters, Rockford 3/4-insurers, were set into the floor just forward of the seats - firing directly upward.
|At the back of the hatch is a motorized panel that pops up |
to reveal an AudioControl EQX and a cool MTX neon sign
Dustin is a member of USAC, IASCA and WAC. He attended over 20 shows in the '94 competition season, including the USAC and IASCA Finals. He's also proud to say that he did most of the work himself, but he'd also like to thank the guys at Stereo West for some of the work they did. While he didn't claim the title this year in the Novice 51-100 watt class, Dustin says he'll be ready to kick some butt next year in the Amateur class.
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