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Serious Sound

Our Hot Ride Gets Some Cool Tunes

By Tim Hendrickson, Photography by Barbara Hillick, Coy Roberts

Since the Goodmark Camaro is going to be SUPER CHEVY's tour car for 2005, we thought it needed a serious sound system. After all, it is kind of hard to hear tunes with meek components when you are rockin' to the tune of 588 horses pounding the pavement. Hopefully, by the time staffer Tony Kelly hits the road in 2005, his son should be able to teach him how to actually work the top-of-the-line Clarion system installed in the Camaro!

Goodmark wanted the best people around to install the stereo system since this was not going to be a "just put a stereo in the hole and a couple of speakers in the back" type of job. They headed toward Dan Hayes and his company in Buford, Georgia, called Traffic Jams (an appropriate name for the Atlanta area). Traffic Jams was voted one of the Top 100 installers in the U.S. by Mobile Electronics magazine, so they seemed a good choice. Fortunately, the guys at Traffic Jams jumped at the chance to modernize the sound system for the Goodmark Camaro.

The first step in doing anything correctly is to come up with a plan. After much discussion, the Clarion DXZ945MD stereo was chosen because of the quality and sound for the price. It also didn't hurt that the Clarion touch-screen head unit happens to be one of the coolest on the market today. The plug-n-play designs on all of Clarion's product line make its systems easy to install and to build onto their systems if you ever want to.

With today's "mega" systems, it is very common for the rear and the trunk area to be filled with speakers. Because the Goodmark Camaro is going to be driven around the country, it was important to figure a way to have space for signage and luggage in the car. We decided to mount the system using the "dead" space in the back of the trunk under the package tray.

With the system completed, the car retains much of its original appearance, but the sound is simply stunning. We can't wait to hit the road in this acoustical wonder.

Goodmark Industries
625-E Old Norcross Rd.
GA  30045
Auto Custom Carpet
20 Echo St., Dept SC
AL  36207
Dale Etheredge Auto and Performance
35 Chamisa Rd., Dept. SC
GA  30016
Clarion Sound
661 W. Redondo Beach Bl., Dept. SC
CA  90247
Traffic Jams
1995 Buford Hwy., Dept. SC
GA  30518
By Tim Hendrickson
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