Since I've started promoting Stereo/Bass competitions in the New England area I've received a lot of questions as to what Bass Race is. Most people assume that since it's part of a competition that it means you have to have an expensive 10,000 watt system in order to be competitive, they couldn't be more wrong. Here's a basic outline as to how Bass race works.
With Bass Race there are four classes to compete in. The start with the 120.0-129.9 db class and go up to the 150.159.9 db class. With Bass Race there are two people competing against each other at the same time playing only music. It doesn't matter if it's music from your iPod or a cd you bought online, they just can't be burned cd's. The point is to find your class and stay in it, meaning that if your in the 120.0-129.9 class you want to keep your system as close to 129.9 without going over it. We start off with a qualifying round and have each person play their music as loud as they can to see which decibel class they'd fit into. Let's say you play your music and you see that your playing around 134 db's, this is good, but not good enough for the 130.0-139.9 class. In this case you'd turn your stereo down until your closer to 129 db's. Now later in the day we start the eliminations round where you go against someone else in your class. The meter starts keeping score as soon as the clock starts so you want to be ready, keeping the music on pause is the best option. Once you both start your run you want to keep your music playing as loud as you can, but you have to keep it under 129.9 by turning down the volume a click or two when you get close to going over. During eliminations rounds once you go over your class limits your out. This takes skill and thats where the competition gets fun and challenging. Someone with 500 watts can beat someone with 5,000 if they control their volume right. Unlike SPL comps where the more power the better your chances to win, Bass Race depends on skill not power or number of subs.
I happen to have a single 12" sub with 1500 watts and could compete in the 130.0-139.9 class, a friend of mine has a pair of 10" subs and competes in the 120.0-129.9 class, given this you can see that you don't need a huge system or a ton of power to be competitive.
Bass Race is the fastest growing competitive format and with the simple rules and basic systems needed it's one of the easiest for everyone to try. I post this in this group because there are a lot of people in car clubs and guys/ladies with show cars can compete in more than just a car show and take home another trophy to add to their collections, or get their first one to start a collection.
For more info you can check us out at New England SPL and for the official rules page it can be found at Bass Race Rules
Hope to see some new faces out here this summer trying something different.