Art of Noize is a small group of friends with a similar passion for high-quality show cars and trucks. While they maintain a high standard of vehicles, their first priority is to be particularly selective with their members.
They are a club, but more importantly they are close friends first and believe that by keeping people in the club with similar values, morals, and lifestyles, their bond will remain tight and the club's image will stay unchanged. They strive to maintain a classy image keeping with the motto "less is more" in their vehicle design and members. They state "that although air suspension is not nearly as cool as hydraulics, not everyone has the same taste and that diversity is what makes our club unique."
History of Club:
Back in 1988, Art of Noize was formed in Simi Valley, California, as a car audio enthusiast club (spelt Art of Noise back then). As the members started competing aggressively, they began to focus on overall aesthetics more and more. While stereos were a priority, they started to take the back seat to overall customization. Eventually "Art of Noise" became "Art of Noize" as a result of a logo created by Craig Frasier of Air Syndicate. Art of Noize that once only graced the pages of Auto Sound and Security, began to see print in Mini Truckin', Truckin', and just about every other custom magazine. With their high quality of vehicles getting greater attention, Derek Kordower, Carroll McQueen, and Chris De Francesca began an Arizona chapter influenced by the same California style the club was founded with. Ultimately the Arizona chapter was taken over by Aaron Hunt who heads up Arizona currently, while Anthony Choy serves as the overall President. In the recent years AON has expanded into Nevada, Texas, Ohio. and Illinois as members move and new chapters are formed.
Art of Noize began throwing Bring the Noize car show in Southern California in 2001. The show gained great notoriety and eventually Toys R Us car club was brought in to assist with the show. With the experience of one show under their belt, the Arizona chapter also started up a second Bring the Noize car show. This show quickly grew into one of the West Coast's best shows with fun activities and a great venue. While the California show no longer takes place, the Arizona version is at the height of its popularity, as there are so few shows to satisfy the large Arizona minitruckin' community.
What does the future hold?
As the club progresses they plan to maintain the same level of quality over quantity and will continue to give back to the minitruckin' community with shows, events, and plenty of sick new rides.
Date Founded: 1988 in Simi Valley, California
Number of Chapters: 6
Total Number of Members: 32
Main Contact: Aaron at bringthenoize.com
or Jim at email@example.com.
Having several features in numerous magazines, throwing a great show year after year, and being a club with high morals and family values are some of the many reasons this club has been around for more than 20 years and is still going strong.
Many of their members have formed busineses that contribute to the scene. Hydroholics.net is formed by Aaron and Derek of the Arizona chapter, offering a premier brand of hydro/pneumatic suspension. TeraDream by Jim of California and Digital Sketch from Mikey of Arizona offer web design and other promotional items. Andy and Mike Day also have a fabrication shop called All Day Fab. Also, many of their members have begun to start families of their own and they hope to come up with events that can incorporate more family activities to ensure that the future generation continues to share the same passions.
Many of the best times they've shared together as a club reflects back to the runs, shows, and events they have attended. It's a great opportunity for all of their members to get together and hang out with other clubs as well as their own club. Since Art of Noize is a relatively small club, they don't just keep to themselves. Their friends include other clubs like No Regrets, Perfect Poise, Kastawayz, Severed Ties, and many others.
On the flip side, they don't have too many bad times. Since they are strict about their member selection it's extremely rare to have any problems within the club. The only negatives they can think of are seeing members move away. While most of their distant members still keep in touch, it's always a shame they aren't part of their primary group anymore.
Clubs Most Important Characteristic:
Art of Noize is known for building some of the cleanest vehicles in the scene all while maintaining their less-is-more approach.
What It Takes to Be in the Club:
Getting into Art of Noize is actually quite simple but takes time and dedication. Since friendship is so important in AON, it is first necessary for a petitioning member to get to know everyone and make sure they fit in. They are mostly an older crowd (mid 20s to early 30s) with high morals and family values. Once the petitioning member gets to know everyone, they take a look at their vehicle. It must be at show-worthy condition and meet the AON style: classy with attention to details. As you can see by looking at their website, many of their vehicles are not highly modified, yet they still grab attention since they are a unique and desirable vehicle from the factory. If you are interested in forming a new chapter the requirements are similar, but you will need three vehicles all of which meet there criteria. One representative of the petitioning chapter must come out to either Arizona or California to meet other members. At that point the process is the same as other petitioners. They put the individual on a secret voting page off their website where all members can vote. It is mandatory that the petitioner gets 100% yes votes to be official.