Crawl for a Cure 2015


Crawl for a Cure 2015

Hosted by BPC Chassis and RC Country Hobbies

Rollins Lake, Grass Valley, Californina

November 7, 2015


I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting old (which I am) but, lately it seems like cancer is becoming common around me.  Two of my RC buddies, Mike and Elio,  have recently beaten cancer, so when I was asked by Elio to attend the Crawl for a Cure, I was all in.


Mike and I packed up our scalers and headed out to Rollins Lake, Grass Valley, California.  I have been to this lake before for a couple RECON G6 events, so I knew the location was a great one for some fun scale action.


I spotted this Samurai as soon as we parked.  I have a soft spot for small trail rigs, so this one got my attention.


Elio was ready to rock and was sporting his cancer awareness pin.


A pretty good crowd was already there and many more were expected as over 100 drivers had preregistered.  It turned out that 178 drivers showed up to support the Crawl for a Cure event, awesome!


Some coffee and doughnuts were waiting for drivers at the registration booth.


Drivers got a great swag bag.  There was a raffle ticket for an Axial SCX10 Dodge Power Wagon as well as a lunch ticket, stickers, Pit Bull coupons, and a sweet 5.5mm wrench.  The wrench was my favorite part.  It’s now my official brake bleeding wrench.  Whomever made/donated these things, thank you.


The swag bags also contailed these cool little registration stickers to show you were entered for the C4C event.


I spotted a couple trailers that Elio built and donated.  He’s been making a lot of these things to keep busy during his recovery.  He also donated some to the Axialfest 2015 swag prizes. Did you win one?


I wandered a bit before we started and saw these kiddos eagerly waiting.  This is one of the best parts of scale adventure; it’s family friendly.

DSCF0758 TG Squared came out and had samples of their 1:1 and 1:10 leds on display.

DSCF0763I noticed this interesting Honcho at the Two Guys Trail Gear booth…

DSCF0759…upon closer inspection it was a Nukizer715/Honcho hybrid.  This thing was really cool.


Elio brought out his military gear to display.  He built all of these things.


Even the Ma Deuce was hand made.


Another Nukizer body was put to use.  These bodies were popular.


He even built this all terrain military stretcher called the Mule, are you kidding me?  King of Scale, indeed.


Elio seemed to be everywhere.  Here he was harrassing Fast Eddy from Fast Eddy’s Bearings.  This was a change, since Eddy is usually the one doing the heckling.


The crowd kept growing.  Did I mention 178 drivers showed up?


Rigs were lined up in anticipation. Hey, look, another NuKizer back there.


Soon Mark Bettencourt got on the mic, and we got this party started.

DSCF0778 The trail led us down towards the water’s edge.

DSCF0781My RECON G6 Deadbolt worked flawlessly as always.

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DSCF0787 I think people were distracted by this cat playing down by the water.

DSCF0788 This guy wanted to pet it, but his dad told him that stray cats were dangerous.


Here’s my RG6 Deadbolt rolling through some Autumn leaves.

DSCF0793It’s always good to see the ladies out scaling.

DSCF0794Pink and Green dropping in.

DSCF0795 The color combo actually worked really well.

DSCF0798There’s that cat again.  Wait a minute, that’s not a cat.

DSCF0802 Adam Dean was out running the Vanquish Wraith he won at Axialfest 2015.  It was looking good in the pink and black.


Mike busted out his Wraith Spawn for it’s inaqural run.  He was impressed with it’s performance.


This was a big drop off this ledge.  It made driving smartly important.


It was nice to see siblings out having fun together and not fighting.  They were rocking those pink ribbons.


This Deadbolt driver seemed a little nervous about this climb.  Can you see the two handed death grip on the steering wheel?


Since Mike and I were driving in the fun run, and not scored class, we decided to take a lunch break and let the lines disipate a bit.  I spotted this beast on the way to the car, overland ready.


Mike and I busted out our adventure stoves and cooked up some fine Mountain House meals.

DSCF0828 Hey look, there’s that Samurai hiding behind Mike.


After lunch, we headed back out.  Here we ran into a crew running their Wraiths.


We also saw this grandfather putting a schooling on his grandkids.


His granddaughter did her best to keep up.


This young guy stopped to pose with his Jeep.


I could have used a drink from that cooler.  I used all my water making Mountain House meals.


These two were stopped for a little trail repair. That’s why it’s important to bring your tools and parts out on the trail.


After several hours of driving, some of the particpants took any opportunity to rest as they could.

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The Comanche is one of my favorite bodies.  It looked good running the Dingo flares.


This crew wasn’t messing around.  They brought a whole screw kit along.


I told you the trail was long.  This lady grapped a quick cat nap before completing her run.


Oh my, are those new Vanquish axles?


This EXO buggy was sporting some Axialfest 2015 livery.


I had to put this guy’s picture in because I made him squat down and pose for this picture.


The Cables of Carnage made a return.  I haven’t seen these since the Axial West Coast Championships.  Oh, sweet memories.


The raffle booth was busy selling tickets.


And for good reason.  There was tons of sweet prizes.


I had my eye on those Freq-E-Skinz P40 Warhawk Wraith Wraps, and I don’t even have a Wraith.  They were just really cool.


I was digging this Mighty FC Jeep.  I might need to add training wheels to mine.   The 2.2s look good on there.


As drivers finished, we all awaited the raffle.


Mr. Bettencourt started with the Axial SCX10 Power Wagon.


Adam Dean was the lucky winner.  I rubbed my raffle tickets on him. He’s one lucky guy. He also won the Vanquish Wraith at Axialfest 2015.


Everyone started checking their tickets as the raffle got under way.


This guy scored a sweet mini EXO from Hoyfab.  Even came with a scale radio, what?

DSCF0899These two nervously checked their tickets.


He was one of the lucky Pink Zonkerd Trailer winners.


This youngen was the winner of the other C4C Zonkerd Trailer.

With the huge turnout, the 2015 Crawl for a Cure was a big success.  Lots of fun was had while raising money for the American Cancer Society.  If you didn’t make it this year, make sure you add to your calendar of events for 2016.  Next year will be even bigger and better.

How the Crawl for Cure got started by Tabatha Bettencourt
In 2007, my close friend (Carmen) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, she was 37 years old, only 1 year younger than myself. She was a mother to 3 boys (Fabian – then 12 years old; Daniel – then 8 years old and Aidan – then only 1 years old). She was diagnosed as borderline stage 2-3 and the doctors felt that her cancer was advanced which they forecasted her to live approximately 2 years. Carmen’s will to live and fight had other plans. Even though Carmen’s cancer spread, Carmen would not give in, she refused to be a “cancer patient”. During her nearly 9 years of battling cancer, Carmen endured years of surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and various drugs all with the goal of treating her cancer and hoping to be “cured”.

Immediately upon learning of Carmen’s cancer diagnosis, we all immediately wanted to know, what can we do to help. I had never attended a Relay for Life event, but I had seen the purple ribbons in town, saw the posters in various store windows and I knew that this was a cause I wanted to be a part of. Team WFAC (Walking for a Cure) was formed. Our first year, we had no idea what we were doing, but just being a part of cause and event that focused on all of the things that we were so passionate about was comforting. We have participated in American Cancer Society, Relay for Life every year since. We have helped raised (Team WFAC) more than $100,000 in 9 years. This was all done by donations from family and friends and team fundraising events.

My husband (Mark Bettencourt) wanted to find a way to expand the awareness of Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) and his favorite past time (RC Rock Crawling). In 2013, we held our first event (Crawl for a Cure). We had no idea what kind of participation or interest we would have. Our first year exceeded our expectation. We met cancer survivors, caregivers and heard many stories of people who like ourselves had been touched by Cancer. Everyone helped us to raise money but more importantly we formed a bond not only over our favorite past time, but how so many of us had common cancer stories and how we all wanted to help.

We have continued the event and are in our 3rd year. Every year we reach more people that want to be a part of this event. Last year we had approximately 150 drivers who participated in this event and we raised $5,000.

On September 17, 2015, my friend Carmen lost her battle with cancer. She left behind her parents, siblings, husband of 22 years, 3 sons (20, 16 and 10) and many friends who loved her (me being one of those). Cancer sucks!! We will continue to find ways to raise awareness and money for cancer research so that one day no one has to be afraid of hearing the words, “you have cancer.”

Again, thank you for your interest in our event.
Tabatha Bettencourt

The FIX and Straight Outta Luck G6 RECON G6



Good morning, it’s 4:50 a.m. and I am about to head out to a now familiar spot. I am heading to Logandale, Nevada for a triple header of events. “The FIX” 12 hour endurance event, The Straight Outta Luck RECON G6, and the The Hump-N-Bump 1:1 event will also be going on.


So let’s head for the highway and put some miles behind us. Its a bout 50 minutes to the location.


Now on Interstate 15 the sun is starting to come up. People may not come to Las Vegas for the sunrise, but it’s a nice change of pace from the lights of the city.

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Now at the Logandale trails road, it’s only about 10 minutes. I am very excited to go see some RC trucks.


Looks like the city even did some maintenance to the road. Next stop will be the pit tables for these two events.


Axial Yeti Score Trophy Truck on display here, but check out the old school Ford with the Baja look in the back ground.


Pretty cool rig by Cody Knoll of Reno. Would you put this through a 12 hour endurance test?



There is always a Jeep Cherokee or two.  I really like the K rails; these are even made of concrete.

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There is always an Axial Yeti in the group.

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This tubed Wraith pictured above came out all the way from New Jersey.


How about using an Exo Terra cage on a chassis? This truck pictured above is built by Trevor.

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Lots of scale presents at this event, sadly my pic of the interior on this top kick was blurred, he did such a nice job on interior too. Pictured below is the scale scene in the desert by Las Vegas local Jose Calvillo

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I found this Axial Yeti bodied Hybrid to be an intriguing build. A Yeti body built on a chassis with SCX10 axles and check out that driver. Anybody recognize him?

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A lot of these drivers came prepared for what ever the trail would throw at them. This Axial Jeep G6 showing up with four wheel steering.

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Pictured above is a heavily built Axial DeadBolt. This belongs to Todd Knopp. I also want to congratulate Todd and his now wife Christina. They got married this week while in Vegas.


This Axial Jeep G6 pictured above belongs to Story Rice from North Carolina and it looks like he will be running the 12 hour endurance with 1.55 tires.


If you’re on any social media sites you may recognize this truck, this is an Ikaika Farrior  build out of Aurora, Colorado. What’s interesting is it seems like a week ago this truck was built and looked brand new. He must have really pushed it on his shakedown run.

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Many of these trucks showing up with required recovery gear to take on the 12 hour endurance.

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This Chevy had real wood on the bed and leather interior, someone has some crafting skills. Lyle Lyddon of Las Vegas.

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Some of these trucks look very familiar to me. Like this 1.9 Axial Wraith from Colorado Out Cast Crawler Ryan Tousley. I saw it at last night’s Tech Inspection that went down in Overton, Nevada.

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This was an opportunity for drivers to meet each other and check out rigs. Like Trevor out from Vermont meeting Tatum Bautista here all the way from Hawaii.


Chris Allen of Tooele Utah in for this event rocking his Axial DeadBolt

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Although this Axial Honcho is a different color than I remember, I do remember seeing it in Florida at the Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6. Check out the blog for that event and see if you can spot it.


Nothing but smiles here.

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This event is about to get underway. Parker gives some driver instructions and lets these guys know what awaits them.


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Every RECON G6 starts with the National Anthem, but these drivers received a special treat. Jessica Wright of California sang the National Anthem and thats always a treat!



At the first Trail Marker it’s Cole Bailey, a three time endurance driver, including the first eighteen hour endurance event.


The 1:1 jeeps have lined up for their run as well. Pictured below is the Axial DeadBolt belonging to Josh Harris from Arkansas.

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The Axial Jeep Nukizer body sure looks right at home on the rocks.

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Above drivers really watching and picking their lines in this terrain. Below some of the Jeepers stopped to watch these RC drivers navigate the terrain and I spotted this right hand drive jeep following behind a Jeep recovery vehicle.

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The Logandale sand can be fun, but it’s never your friend.

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Trail Marker on the right, Trail Marker on the left, this is what you have to work with.



These Dodge Rams stayed together to tackle the terrain.



If you weren’t teamed up, some spots had you pulling cable or sand ramps.


This is Arizona Ford back for more Logandale Trails. This truck is also in the RC ORVA Worlds 2015 blog if you want to check it out.


Earlier I had said this was a Jeep recovery vehicle and I am sure that sparks a debate on both sides. Well in this event every make and model was put to the test on it’s towing capabilities.


This Colorado Axial 1.9 Wraith helping out the Vegas hummer who took a wrong turn and ended up in the desert.


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Speaking of wrong turns, when you find yourself stuck or in place of needing some recovery help, some of you may turn to a buddy if one is nearby.

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Some of you may turn to the Pull Pal scale land anchor. Pictured below is Max of Pull Pal, who makes this very product. You never know who you will see on the trail. You may be surprised, like Tatum here.


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At an Axial RECON G6 you may see just about anything or anyone who lives the adventure lifestyle. You may see someone pull some insane line.


You may see some Jeep screaming down a dusty road.


You may even see the Terremoto Jeep with off-road race driver Tony Pelligrino behind the wheel.



On an endurance course you could see the same sand over and over again!

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I spotted this Axial DeadBolt and what drew me in is how worn the tires are.


In talking to the owner Mike Thompson of Utah I learned this is an RTR with 129 miles on it. I asked how he knows it has 129 miles. Well he runs two GPS units on it every time he runs it. The only part he has had to upgrade is steering.



Everyone is giving their all until night falls.

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Some G6′ers were pushed to the point of equipment failure and some were able to just kick back and cheer these guys on.


Some walked away winners at the raffle, like Daniel Soash from Azusa California pictured below.


Or Frank Barrett here pictured below, both taking home Axial Falken G6 RTRs.



Pictured below is Shawn Barton of South Carolina. It looks like these guys are all hooked together.

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It has been a long day for some of these drivers, as the night closes in the lights begin to really shine. Some are almost alien like.



Speaking of alien like, on this particular night there was a bright light seen across the sky. This was seen all over the western part of the US. News channels reported it, with some saying it was a missile from a submarine off the coast of California. Here are some pics of what our group saw.

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Makes you wonder right? Well that’s all until the next adventure!

Ultra4 Racing’s National Championship – Reno, Nevada


Ultra4 Racing’s National Championship
Event Date: October 15 & 16, 2015
Reno, Nevada

Words and Photos by Michael Plunkett

When it comes to racing, I cannot think of anything quite as exciting as an Ultra4 Race! The National Championship held here in Reno at the Wildwest Motorsports Park last weekend once again pulled off one heck of a show! This racetrack and venue has quickly become a racer’s favorite. With the addition of rock sections compared to the traditional short courses, it adds an element that suits Ultra4 racing perfectly. The fact that ninety percent of the course is within the view of the grandstands, has proven to be what it takes to draw in a large number of fans. Even with the steady rainfall throughout most of Saturday, by the time the main event started almost every seat was taken!



Dave Cole, the owner and president of the Ultra4, although being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and still under going treatment, managed to show up to support this final race of the season. It sure was nice to see him back in his element where he belongs! Over 120+ teams showed up for battle at this event. Roughly sixty 4400 teams showed up with one thing in mind… to beat Loren Healy and his Red Dragon! With the exception of this year’s King of the Hammers race where Loren had taken a violent roll at 90+mph and was unable to complete that race. Loren has won every race he’s entered with his new car, “The Red Dragon.” This has forced teams to reevaluate their race cars and sink several thousands of dollars into them in order to try and keep up with him! There was a lot of hype leading up to this event about a couple teams that had finished building their new cars, just so they could compete with Loren. Shannon Campbell has built a car that is deemed “The Dragon Slayer!” The Gomez brothers also showed up with one of the two brand new IFS cars they are having built. People were driving and flying in from all over the country to witness this showdown.



The teams spent most of the morning Friday practicing and pre-running the course preparing to qualify at 2:00pm. Mike Bou of Bou Racing had an unfortunate rollover early in practice that left him sidelined for the rest of the weekend. In qualifying, each driver would run one lap on a pre-selected course. The drivers with the fastest time to the slowest would then get sorted into two heat races, with the fastest drivers starting out front. After all the cars had qualified, Loren found himself sitting in sixth position. Gary Ferravanti Sr. had the fastest qualifying time for the day, followed by Shannon Campbell in his Dragon Slayer. The fact that Loren had finished sixth, one could not help but think about him getting beat finally? It may have been that he was one of the first to qualify and decided to make a more conservative run. But nonetheless with Gary Ferravanti and Shannon Campbell sitting out front and along with three others in front of him, it left everyone anticipating how things were going to go on race day.



It began to rain Saturday morning while I walked around the pits wishing all the teams good luck. The rain was certainly going to add a whole new element to this race! After watching the first three lower class prelims struggle to get through the lower rock section due to it being so slick. The decision was made that the 4400 class would be forced to come down the big rock section this year instead of racing up it as intended. You could feel the tension as the racers lined up for this first heat race. Gary Ferravanti and Jason Scherer would start out front of the first heat race. Without ever having had the opportunity to pre-run the course since the decision was made to have them run down the rock pile. Gary made a wrong turn coming out of the rock pile with Jason following right behind him allowing a couple of racers to get around them. They both were able to get back on course and after a couple of scuffs with other drivers, which left Paul Horschel on his side in the rocks. Gary was able to take the lead back then went on to win heat one. Heat two would start out with Shannon Campbell and Levi Shirley on the front row. After the green flag dropped, it didn’t take Loren but couple of laps to take over the lead. He was able to maintain that lead until the final lap, when Clay Gilstrap was able to make a pass on him at the bottom of the rock pile and went on to take the checkered flag. There was a controversy over weather or not Clay had made the pass under yellow flag conditions and I wasn’t sure if it that would make much of a difference as long as they both gained their spot in the main event. However, it would definitely effect where they would line up for the main. The top ten drivers from each prelim moved on to the main event. The remaining drivers that hadn’t made the main event would have one more shot in the LCQ (last chance qualifier), where the the top five drivers would move on to the main event.



The UTV main was up next, with the rain still coming down it made the rock sections very tough on these drivers. In fact, it was so difficult that not one driver was able to complete the entire eight laps. Phil Cagliero of the sportsman class would make it the furthest, completing seven and three quarter laps before coming to a stop after losing his transmission. Andrew Gorman of the pro class was forced to come to a stop shortly behind Phil after breaking a steering link and was unable to keep moving. Both would end up taking the win for their classes for successfully completing the most laps. A couple of drivers ended up stuck in the rocks for the entire race! After some track maintenance and a short lunch break , the LCQ (last chance qualifier) was ran first so they could establish the field for the 4400 class main event.



The Stock/Mod class main was up next and they would not disappoint! There were a couple of rollovers along with some exciting passes going on in the rock sections! In this class these drivers must have the skills needed for choosing the proper line through the rocks. If not, they could quickly find themselves on their sides or hung up in the rocks. After a hard fought battle and some impressive driving, Matthew Peterson took home the win with Brian Behrend coming in second. Followed by Justin Reece finishing in third place to round off the podium. Up next would be a combination of cars from the 4500 class, the 4700 spec class, and the 4800 legends classes.



This race is always fun to watch, these vehicles are very fast considering the lack of suspension compared to the unlimited class. Unlike all the other classes, these vehicles actually run the same course as the unlimited class. I gained a lot of interest in this class ever since the day I overheard Dave Cole state to one of the drivers, “there is no way a legends car would ever beat his spec cars!” I have witnessed legend driver Rick Waterbury come very close to winning the overall in this class, only to have something break preventing him from do so. It may be because theoretically the car shouldn’t be able to take the same amount of abuse as one of Dave’s spec cars? I personally think it will be just a matter of time before Rick is able to beat them spec cars. He is consistently running up front but has not yet been able to win the overall. It is hard for me to root for just one driver in this class, it is stacked with talent and a whole lot of good people. It was fun watching Justin Hall who had transitioned from rock crawling to the Ultra4 series last year pull off this win in the 4500 class. Shawn Rants came in second, and Steven Lopez finished third even after flopping his rig on its side in the rocks. In the 4800 legends class it was Anthony Arreola once again bringing home the win. Anthony has won four out four races in this car since purchasing it from Ben Napier. Dave Schneider came in second just tenths of a second behind Anthony, followed by Mike Amaral finishing in third. In the 4700 spec class, it was Ricky Johnson who once again came out on top. Larry Nickell came in second, with Bailey Cole finishing in third. Next, it was time for the big show..the 4400 unlimited class!



While they took the time to do some track maintenance, they started their driver introductions after the introductions and the national anthem was sung. They allowed Ferravanti Jr. as much time as they could to get his alternator changed out before the start of the race. The drivers started their parade lap up around the top of the mountain to line up for a rolling start through the rocks right in front of the stands. With the fans on their feet cheering these guys, the drivers battled their way through those rocks showing exactly what their cars were capable of.



Gary Ferravanti was the first through the rocks with Clay Gilstrap behind him, and Tom Wayes and Loren Healy not far behind. It was Gary and Clay battling out front that had the crowds attention and Clay made a pass on Gary coming down the mountain. I’ve watched Gary race enough to know he would be looking for any opportunity to get back to the front! You could tell by the way he drove into the rock pile that he wanted the lead back now! That aggression was short lived when his alternator exploded coming down the rock pile, shorting out the entire car, forcing him to come to a stop at the bottom of the rocks. Clay was able to get out to a sizable lead while Loren was battling with Tom. Loren had just made an aggressive pass on Tom heading into Metalcloak mountain when Tom’s alternator quit, forcing him to pull over. With no other cars in his way now, it didn’t take Loren long to catch up and make the pass on Clay for the lead. Jason Scherer had been gaining ground on both Loren and Clay while they were battling. After catching up to Clay, it took Jason almost a lap to find a place where he could get around him! By that time Loren had got himself out to a comfortable lead. Once he started to run into lap traffic it gave Jason the opportunity close the gap on him. He was quickly running out of time as Loren was able to get around them taking the white flag. With only one lap left and being held up by the slower traffic himself, it began to appear Loren and Jason would finish first and second respectively unless something crazy happened. The real battle going on was directly behind them for third place between Clay Gilstrap and Erik Miller! Erik had been driving the wheels of his solid axle car making his way to the back of Clay, when finally going down the rocks, Clay made a mistake and fell off the course, allowing Erik to get around him before the bottom of the rock pile. Loren had taken the checkered flag with Jason not far behind as Erik made that pass on Clay. With one turn left and lap traffic still making their way through the rocks, without lifting at all they both went for a wild ride skipping across the rocks when Erik was able to get around one of the slower cars as he slid across the finish line completely sideways! What an incredible race, it was a perfect ending to another season of Ultra4 racing!



Congrats to Loren for handling all the pressure leading up to this race like the champ that he is..No Dragons were slain that weekend! Loren has won the West Coast Championship and now the National Championship Race for the second year in a row. Congrats to Jason Scherer on his second place finish, I think he might of had a shot at Loren if there would of been a couple of more laps. A huge congrats is in order for Erik Miller who drove the wheels off his solid axle car finishing in third place in a stacked field of IFS cars. Worth mentioning was watching JP Gomez come from the rear of the pack to finish in eighth place in his brand new IFS car. The car was finished with just a few hours to spare before showing up to the track. Congrats you guys on your finish! They will be finishing their other twin car for his brother Raul soon, and the plan is to have them both ready for battle at the King of the Hammers…Best wishes to you all! Congrats to Nitto Tire on another podium sweep. Thanks for all of your continued support you give to help allow these races to happen. I hope to see all of you and more at the King of the Hammers 2016….

For the perfect ending to another season, over five hundred people involved in or around this sport showed up for the awards banquet held at the Atlantis Casino. I can’t even begin to explain how proud I felt to be around some of the nicest and caring people I know all in one place. It was humbling watching Dave Cole hang out as long as he did so he handed out the awards and the thank you’s himself. I would like to thank JT Taylor and the whole Ultra4 staff and all the volunteers who stepped up for Dave to help this series continue to run smoothly for the rest of the season. Congrats to Derek West and Loren Healy on your East and West Coast Championships. Congrats to Levi Shirley on your well deserved National Championship Season! And a huge congrats to the Campbells and their whole team for having all three of their cars finishing in the top ten in the National Standings for the season, not an easy task by no means..great job you guys! Thanks to all of you that race in this awesome series for always keeping me entertained and allowing me to be part of this incredible Ultra4 family.

Thanks CKRC for bringing out the Axial Yeti’s to entertain the little ones!


SCX10™ Wheelbase Compatibility Guide


Far to often, questions about the differences between each of the SCX10 vehicles arise, especially surrounding wheelbase and body options. Questions such as “is this body compatible with that chassis?” or “which link kit should I order?” and so on. The beauty behind the SCX10 is its ability to change wheelbase lengths with relative ease, which also makes it possible to choose from a larger array of bodies thanks to this adjustability.

scx10_wb2All great news but what does it mean? Simple, say for example you purchased a Ram Power Wagon RTR (AX90037) but you really want to paint and build up a Jeep Mighty FC Body (AX31268), install the 11.4” TR Links Set (AX30549) to shorten the wheelbase and your ready to go. Or going the opposite direction, you’ve got a Dingo (AX90021) and want to build up a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Full body kit (AX04035), just install the 12.3” TR Links Set (AX30550). At the end of the day, the link kits are your gateway to multiple body options for the perfect look with wheels tucked attractively into the wheel wells.


From a tune-ability standpoint changing the length of your vehicles wheelbase will change it’s driving characteristics. For example, the shorter 11.4” wheelbase will increase slow speed maneuverability while sacrificing some high-speed stability, great for tight technical terrain. While a longer 12.3” wheelbase will improve stability and decrease maneuverability, great for hill climbing. Tech Terms: Wheelbase – The distance between the center points of the front and rear axles on a vehicle. Maneuverability – Able to be maneuvered easily while in motion. Stability – Resistance to change, especially sudden change.


All together for your reference:


SCX10 Based 6X6 ZiL-131


First off, what is a ZiL-131? It’s a Soviet Union based general purpose 6×6 military truck that began production in 1966 and ended in 1994, with a production run nearing 1,000,000 units. A few other specs include a 6.7ton curb weight, 3.5-5ton maximum load capacity (depending on spec), stretching just over 23′, with a span of over 8′ and stands nearly 10′ tall. Your thoughts are correct.. This is a BIG vehicle! Power plant is a V8 petrol engine that produces a whopping 150hp and reaches a top speed close to 50mph. Speed laws aren’t exactly broken here.

Inspiration behind project

Inspiration behind project

Knowing all of this information YouTube channel JoeHoncho set out to build a ZiL-131 using an SCX10 chassis as his base from which he extended that chassis making way from an extra axle, thus creating a 6×6 configuration. There’s also a dual motor on a single spur gear setup along with a healthy electronics system that seems to include LED lights and speaker box.

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Joehoncho’s YouTube Page and Website

This is a must watch!

Additional Images of a ZiL-131

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Budget-friendly Axial-based Monster Truck Build


There’s a growing number of Axial-based monster trucks being built. And, specifically, many builders are using Axial Racing AR60 axles and drivetrain components. This actually seems to be the most popular choice for newer builds. Many of these rigs being built are simply amazing, so if you’ve seen any of these custom creations, it’s likely that you’ve been inspired to build your own. But, if you’re on a budget, you might think these trucks are out of your reach. RC Truck Stop showed that building your own solid axle monster truck can be done on a budget without sacrificing any performance. The build below uses an Axial AX10 as the base for the project. This saves time and money. Interestingly, this same type of configuration has since been used to national-level solid monster truck racing competitions.


With the body off, you can see this build isn’t that big of a departure from the standard AX10 setup.

You can read the full article here.


Best in the Desert: Bluewater Desert Challenge


Best in the Desert: Bluewater Desert Challenge

Words by Mike Plunkett

Photos by Mike Plunkett and Will Turk

Rob MacCachren and Steve Sourapas take top honors at the Bluewater Desert Challenge! Although located in my hometown of Parker, Arizona for years, this race has never made it onto my schedule. Yet after finally having opportunity to attend this race, I believe this race is going on my “must attend” list! Everything about this race, from the time trials, to the tech inspection at the Bluewater Casino, to the the two days of action-packed racing, just screamed “fan friendly”!



The action began on Thursday with time trials for Class 8000, Class 1500, and the 1400 Classes. After a half-day of qualifying for their perspective starting positions for Saturdays race, everyone was invited to the BlueWater Resort for General Tires Appreciation Party at The Cantina on the river! Following the relaxing evening at The Cantina, Friday was a day of Car and Truck Contingency and Technical Inspection located in the North Parking Lot of the BlueWater Resort and Casino. This gave the teams and fans the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the drivers and vehicles about to compete in the two day race. I witnessed racers, friends, and fans alike enjoying the facilities at the BlueWater Resort. Everything from gaming, the water theme park inside the casino, to just a relaxing swim in the Colorado River, there was fun for everyone! After a full day of relaxing and fun, the battle was set to begin first thing Saturday morning.



The race was set up in a two day format which allowed the teams to start day two from however well they finished in day one. Race one would be the Cars/Trucks/UTV Classes ranging from 1900-2900-1800-4700 and would leave the line at 6:15am sharp. Following those classes, race two would be the Cars and Trucks in the 6000-2000-3000-7100-3700-1700 classes and would leave the line at 8:30am. Then the Cars and Trucks from the 1000-7200-8000 class would leave the line at 10:15am for race three. Shortly there after, race four for the the day would be Cars and Trucks from the 1500-2400 classes and would leave the line shortly after twelve noon. Finishing off the day, race five would be the Big Boys of the Truck Class 1400-6100 and would leave the line at 1:30pm. Never having been to this race before, my cousin and I chose to spend these first two races searching for prime real estate of where to shoot the faster and more aggressive vehicles from.



Day one was slightly cloudy and had a little bit of a breeze blowing, which was to everyone’s advantage for not so hot temperatures and visibility purposes. We ended up settling on a location around mile marker 16. It allowed us to catch teams making a hard drifting turn directly in front of us, before heading off into Sam Andy and Ron’s Parking Lot and Marylin’s Fun Time. If we weren’t able to get a clear shot of them there, we had another chance to catch them just after mile marker 18 coming back towards us, before heading off to the start/finish line a few miles away. A few highlights from day one and our vantage point on the track came from race three in the 7200 class. A hometown favorite and long time racer, Randy Merritt of Mongo Racing, in his 7281 truck had started the race in pole position. He was able to hold onto his lead until the third and final lap of the day, when he suffered a flat tire and had to settle for a fourth place finish for the day. In race four in the 1500 class, Sam Berri and Shannon Campbell were both debuting their new cars. Shannon had qualified fifth and was trying to chase down Sam Berri who had qualified on the pole. Sam was still out front when he came by us at mile marker 16, with Shannon coming by in third and not too far behind Sam. I had moved over to where I could catch them coming back by just after mile marker 18 just in time to see Sam still out front and starting to leave the field behind. I sat there for several minutes waiting for Shannon to come through, only to see that several other cars had got around him before I finally saw him come by. I later found out that he had hit a berm in the dust and landed on his lid, but recovered and managed to continue on and finish in at ninth for the day. In the main event for the day, Dale Dondel had left the line first and was followed and chased by Rob MacCachren for most of the race until again in the same part of the course, Rob MacCachren came out of the dust in first place after mile marker 18. We never did see Dale Dondel come by us leaving Rob Mac to start first off the line for day two!



Day two was clear of clouds with very little to no breeze at all. This meant that it was going to be much hotter, with less visibility than day one. We headed to a spot on the course that we had seen the day before. We thought this spot would be much better after the course became rutted from the traffic of day one! We were right at a location between mile marker five and six called the Bunny Jump. The racing from day one had developed a kicker at the jump, that was sending the vehicles that chose that lane into a violent noise dive. We could see right away that by the time the big boys got running, this was going to be the place to be!



After watching the first two classes of racing in the heat with low visibility conditions. I could see that the next three classes were going to get interesting since they traveled at much higher speeds! This would make passing nearly impossible, and with the temperature reaching close to 100 degrees we wondered how this was going effect the vehicles? I did my best to capture some images in a silt bed that would show everyone how much of a struggle these drivers faced just to stay on course, let alone make a clean pass on anyone! After the first lap of race three when the vehicles tended to spread out a little, I could see once again our hometown hero Randy Merritt was on the move charging to the front even through the dust. I got myself into a position to catch him coming through on his final lap, only to see him come out of the dust with a broken front shock that forced him to stop. As race three came to an end, I could see that kicker at the bunny jump had grown to almost the size of complete vehicle! These next two class of racers would have one more serious hazard to contend with!



As race four started, it wasn’t long before that kicker took its first victim. Roughly about the fifth or sixth vehicle through there, I could hear a vehicle somersaulting through the air,  and when the dust settled there was a vehicle on its side. The drivers were okay, but the car was too damaged and they were out of the race! Shannon Campbell came charging through, only to lose a ring and pinion gear shortly after causing him to call it early. With Sam Berri and Shannon Campbell out the race, Kevin Thompson in the 1590 vehicle was able to bring home the win in the 1500 class.



As the big boys were about to begin, I was torn between getting some awesome images of these trucks plowing their way through the silt or being in position to catch a vehicle that was bound to get hurdled through that kicker. I chose to to gather some images as they made their way through the silt for the first lap, then mid way through the second lap I made my way towards that kicker and see how things went. As it turned out I had just made it to the kicker in time to capture Eric Hustead in his truck number 38 doing a violent somersault! They were both okay, but the truck was also too damaged to continue and they were forced to call it quits. Rob MacCachren was clearly out front, but it appeared that Jason Voss, last year’s season Champion, was gaining ground on the leader until he was forced to stop due to an engine issue. From that point on Rob was able to keep things together and went on to finish almost nine minutes ahead of second place. Congrats to Rob MacCachren and Steve Sourapas for taking the win at the BlueWater Desert Challenge!



In conclusion, this is an incredible race that is very fan friendly. With its two day race format at three laps of 25 miles per day, it is much easier to see these drivers from several different locations throughout the race. This will be a race that I hope to get put on my schedule for next year. It is four days of fun and is a race that can produce some incredible images of some very entertaining racing! If you have never attended the BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge, I highly recommend putting this race on your schedule. You will not be disappointed!

The top three winners from each race went as such:

Race 1=  1) 1918 Jason Lambert  2) 1904 Cory Sappington 3) 1927 Ben Wilson

Race 2=  1) 3006 Nic Bayes  2) 6031 Chris Hall  3) 6098 Edmundo Chantler

Race 3=  1) 1025 Chad Dohrman  2) 1067 Roger Starkey  3) 1015 Sam Hilfiker and 8027 Steve Olliges 7287 Dallas Luttrell finished directly behind the 10 cars

Race 4=  1) 1590 Kevin Thompson  2) 1532 Cody Parkhouse  3) 1529 Scott Bailey

Race 5=  1) 6 Rob MacCachren  2) 5 Clyde Stacy  3) 27 Steve Olliges

Please enjoy taking a look at some more photos we were able to capture at this incredible race..























Axial Papercraft Vehicle Kit Boxes


Being the die-hard Axial fan that you are, a while back you may have noticed the Papercraft Accessories blog that was posted up just before the RECON G6 B-Day II Scale event. Within the post you’ll find gas cans, pieces of luggage, wrapped presents, toolboxes, and even a boom box. Pretty cool considering that if the crafts ever got damaged you could easily print, cut, and put together a new one.

Now that some time has gone by, we figured it would be a great time to update the papercraft assortment to include ALL the current and past Axial vehicle boxes! Yes, ALL BOXES, which includes the original AX10™ Scorpion, EXO™, XR10™ and even the new Yeti™ SCORE® Trophy Truck®!

Just when you thought your scale garage/work shop scene was fully sorted out… Time for papercraft!

Scrambling to open the box immediately after delivery drops it off!

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Where it all started, AX10™ Scorpion
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SCX10™ Vehicles

SCX10™ Ram Power Wagon
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SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler G6™ Falken Edition 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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SCX10™ Deadbolt™ 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler G6 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit
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SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit
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2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Papercraft How To VIDEO of the 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Papercraft

SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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SCX10™ Trail Honcho™ 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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SCX10™ Dingo™ 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit
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Wraith™ Vehicles:

Wraith™ Spawn 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit
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Wraith™ Spawn 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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Jeep® Wrangler Wraith™-Poison Spyder Rock Racer 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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Wraith™ Rock Racer 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit
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Wraith™ Rock Racer 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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Yeti™ Vehicles:

Yeti™ SCORE® Trophy Truck® 1/10 Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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Yeti XL™ 1/8th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit
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Yeti XL™ 1/8th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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Yeti™ Rock Racer 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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Yeti™ Rock Racer 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit

AX10™ Vehicles:

AX10™ Deadbolt™ 1/10 Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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AX10™ Ridgecrest™ 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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EXO™ Vehicles:

EXO™ Terra Buggy – 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD Terra Buggy – RTR
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EXO™ Terra Buggy – 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD Terra Buggy – Kit
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XR10™ – 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD Rock Crawler Competition Kit
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Original Axial Recon G6 BDay Bash II Scale Papercraft Accessories Blog Post

Jessi Combs’ Attempt at the Land Speed Record


Jessi Combs’ Attempt at the Land Speed Record
September 2015

Words and Photos: Michael Plunkett

After receiving an invitation to the Alvord Desert dry lakebed in southeast Oregon to witness Jessi Combs’ attempt at breaking the women’s world land speed record, a record that was set by Kitty O’Neil back in 1976 at a speed of 512.70 miles per hour, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to be there for the full experience. I had less than a week to figure out a plan and make it happen. There was no way I was going to miss my friend attempt such a historical moment… it’s a world record for crying out loud!!


Jessi had mentioned the plan of making speed runs over September 23-25th. Upon my arrival to the massive lakebed in what seemed like the middle of nowhere, the North American Eagle (NAE) was in the pits and I assumed they were just going over the car from the day’s run. I was quickly informed that Ed Shadle (co-owner of the NAE) had attempted to make a couple of test passes during the day, but the car was not steering properly, though they seemed confident the issue figured was out.


I wasn’t sure about Jessi, but I hardly slept a wink that first night at the lakebed. Never having been around anything of this nature my mind was racing with thoughts. How was I going to shoot something traveling over five hundred miles per hour? Where was I going to shoot from…the start line or the finish line…or maybe the the mid point of the 9 mile course? I didn’t even know where the starting line was yet! There were so many things to think about and morning was going to come quick! As I laid there taking in the whole scene of being out in the middle of a lakebed with the stars beaming down upon me, my mind was exhausted and I finally drifted away.


Before I knew it I was awake but it wasn’t even daylight yet. It wasn’t long before the team was filtering into the pits and going over the car one more time. Once all were satisfied it was doing what it should be doing, they lowered it onto the trailer and was headed for the starting line. I noticed Ed out front picking up several loose little rocks from in front of the car’s path. He informed me it was to prevent them from being sucked into the jet engine and potentially creating any damage to the J-79 jet engine. A few short minutes later he was geared up and inside the vehicle as it appeared to be all systems go. I put in my earplugs and anxiously waited to see how this all went down. As the jet engine ignited and began to wind up, Jessi pulled the tire chucks and everyone moved off to the side and out of the way. Ed and the crew exchanged thumbs up and the car headed down it’s path. It appeared everything was going as it should, though how was I to know with the giant dust cloud it kicked up. Still trying to keep my eye on the race car, I noticed everyone was already loaded up and on the chase to the finish line.



I wasted no time and was on hot pursuit following everyone towards the finish line 8 miles away. It’s quite a sight seeing all the chase cars struggling to stay outside everyone’s dust at that speed, much like an off road race for the win. Approaching the NAE I could see Ed had made it most of the way down the course and was already being interviewed by the awaiting film crew. Someone called out the speed of which he was, which clocked at roughly 270 mph. Ed replied that he had fought the wheel the whole way down the course, to which the car continued to steer to the left and was therefore going to have to take the car back to the pit and continue to be worked on. Once in the pits, the crew went right back to work, bleeding all the lines again to make sure there wasn’t any air in the system.



While all of that was going on, there was another discussion between Ed and Jessi. They were concerned with the amount of test runs they were having to make and not having enough fuel to complete their mission. So they loaded up three 50 gallon drums and sent two of their men to head out for more fuel. At this point, the decision was also made to pull more steering components and disassemble them for inspection. After the inspection, which didn’t reveal an obvious problem, they all agreed upon what appeared to be a scratch in the valve diaphragm plate could very well be allowing enough fluid to bypass into the wrong portion of the system causing the vehicle to pull to the left. They made some changes and bled the system free of air one more time, and after a few tests they could see right away that it was acting worse then it was before.


Ed quickly located a new pump out of his home state of Washington and had it shipped via UPS to a town named Burns which was 78 miles away from the lakebed. With a couple of guys staying at a motel in Burns, it made sense that if the valve arrived there by 10:00am Friday morning, the guys should be able to have it on the lakebed by noon. That would give them enough time to install, test, and make one or two runs in by dark. It was a lot to ask of for everything going smoothly and still get a couple of solid runs in by Friday night, but since most of the crew had to pull out on Saturday it was the only option they had.


The next morning, as I sat in the hot springs taking in the whole idea of being on a lakebed in Oregon about to witness history, I could not think of a better place I would rather be! It is a very peaceful place that carries an epic energy of its own. The NAE team started to filter back in around 10:00am preparing themselves and the car for when the part arrived. The wind was beginning to pick up as we were forced to secure things down around camp. It was approaching 1:30pm and we saw a vehicle coming from the north which indeed turned out to be the boys from Burns with the new valve. As Ed pulled the new part from the box, we could see immediately it was not the same as the original part. They were able to make some adjustments though, and like most innovative situations, give it a shot.


While fighting the extreme wind and dust the whole time, the crew still managed to get it installed. After bleeding the lines and running a few tests, they found out the new pump was not putting out enough volume to move the wheel! The dust storm was horrible and things seemed to not be working out, but the team was not giving up. It would have been easy to throw in the towel and call it a wrap, but this team just wasn’t willing call it quits. As everyone continued on, they tested the steering thoroughly and everything finally seemed to be working properly. There was still one potential steering issue, but both Ed and Jessi discussed this in depth and agreed that neither of them have ever had to steer that far one way or another, so this issue should never become a problem. At that point they decided to give Jessi her turn in the cockpit.


The wind had calmed down quite a bit by then and we all headed for the start line. I said a few prayers asking that things would go smooth and that she would remain safe. You could feel the excitement in the air as the team prepared the bird for her run. I caught the photos I wanted at the start line, then raced towards the six mile marker. After getting ourselves in position we waited for what seemed like forever! At one point we saw a large plume of dust pop up, though it did not appear to continue our way as expected. We waited and waited but nothing happened…then we saw part of the crew heading back towards the starting line. They informed us that the steering was still a problem and she had to shut it down. The flow of emotions were strong, yet Jessi was still in high spirits and agreed she will hold that record one day soon.



The North American Eagle team plans on taking the girl home and completely rebuilding the entire steering system to try it again at another date… that’s what we racers do! I had met some incredible new friends in those few days, and I couldn’t be more proud of the guys for how hard they worked in their commitment to breaking that record. I could not thank Jessi Combs enough for the experience I had that will stay with me forever! Hopefully I will be present once again when they set out to conquer the records they aim to break. Godspeed my friends, Godspeed!


…thank you for the memories.

Here’s a preview into Jessi’s first attempt behind piloting the North American Eagle Supersonic Land Speed Challender vehicle to an average speed of 394mph on October 9, 2013.

Words and photos by:
Michael Plunkett

Crawler Setup Key Elements


Whether your idea of competition is attending a national championship or one-upping your friend at the local park, getting your rock crawler dialed in for top performance is an obvious plus. Out of the box, your Axial vehicle is setup for high performance, but so is everyone else’s. You need an edge. The following tips cover the key elements that you should address when you want to have the best setup crawler possible. Every aspect of tuning is not covered. These are the key elements. Also, as you learn about setting up a rock crawler you’ll quickly see that almost everything is a compromise; what works for one type of competition and/or terrain doesn’t necessarily work for another.


Tires profoundly influence performance—maybe more than anything else. While there is no single best tire, you want to make sure you have the best tire for the conditions you’re running on. Also, not all rocks are the same, so there isn’t one best tire for all rocks. For competition, the softer the compound is better. The compromise here is wear and the need to get the tire’s foam insert right for the weight of the vehicle. Axial’s softer and stickier compound is called R35 (white dot).

While outfitting your rig with new tires will cost you, it is money well spent. You can learn more about picking the right tire here.


Center of Gravity
Specifically where your center of gravity (CG) is located isn’t important—meaning you don’t need to calculate its exact position. What is of key importance is that the CG is low—as low as you can possibly get it. A lower CG is always better. On a rock crawler, an optimized CG will help on climbs, descents and side hills.

There are a number of ways to lower your CG. First, identify your heavy components and try to identify ways to mount them lower. Sometimes lowering a component isn’t possible, but lighter options are available. An excellent example is your battery. If you’re using a NiMH battery, a LiPo will make a profound difference. If you’re already using a LiPo, consider a smaller pack. It’s understandable that if you’re trail riding you want maximum runtime. Just know that the compromise of a big battery with a lot of capacity is a higher CG. Instead of one large battery, consider two packs wired in parallel with one mounted on each side of the chassis. Another way to lower the center of gravity is to add weight to your vehicle down low such is in the wheels or on the axles. The problem with making your vehicle heavier is that it can rob power and decrease durability.

A great way to lower the CG is to the body as much as possible. You will need to open up the wheel wells with body scissors, but doing this will make a big difference in handling.


If you’re running a course with gates and judges tracking the use of reverse and each  touch of a gate marker or out-of-bounds line, maneuverability is of huge importance. If available, high clearance knuckles combined with universal axles provide maximized steering throw. If you’re running a G6 or similar event, this can move down your list of importance.

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Weight Distribution
Weight distribution, or weight bias, is a close cousin of CG. Your crawler will perform better on climbs if more weight is located over the front axle than the rear. This is why it is better to have the battery mounted up front. While this makes for a tighter squeeze and is a little harder to access with the body on, the end result is improved weight bias.

The difference between a front weight bias and a low CG is that with a front weight bias, you can have too much of a good thing. A 60/40 split is probably ideal. Like CG, however, it is best to start by moving components as opposed to adding weight.


There are drivers who can compete in competition after competition and never break a single part and then there are drivers who need every single heavy duty aluminum hop-up offered. Axial has numerous upgrade parts that improve durability, but you don’t need to buy them all at once. For crawlers it’s best to start at the front (aluminum servo horn, aluminum steering knuckles, aluminum steering links) and work your way back (heavy-duty gears, aluminum rear axle lockouts). The only exception to the front to back rule of thumb is driveshafts.

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Ground Clearance
Increased ground clearance allows a vehicle to travel over obstacles without struggling or possibly getting stuck. The axles are the lowest components on the vehicle and the most likely to come in contact with obstacles. Without major modifications, the only way to raise axle clearance is to use taller tires.

Center skid plate clearance is increased when taller tires are installed and when the suspension height is increased. The latter, however, adversely impacts the CG so proceed with caution.


Rock crawling has changed. It wasn’t that long ago that rock crawling was literally crawling. Now, competitions are entirely different and you may need some speed, but it depends on the type of competition. The key here is to know what you’re getting into. A G6 competition is going to require you and your vehicle to cover some significant ground in the shortest amount of time possible. A 55-turn motor might be good for climbing, but too slow for the long spaces between checkpoints. If you’re running a G6, consider setting up vehicle so that it’s faster than a brisk walk. In other words, it should be closer to 10 mph than 5 mph. Over 10 mph and you might be giving up more crawling performance than you should, but it really all depends on the terrain. If you’re running brushless, a high voltage, low Kv setup provides the best of both worlds.

If you’re running on a super technical course with extremely challenging obstacles, a slow and torque-based setup might be ideal. Even then, however, having some wheel speed at your disposal can come in handy on many obstacles.


If you are expecting tips and tricks on getting more articulation out of your Axial Racing vehicle, you’re mistaken. The only thing massive suspension twisting articulation is good for is flexed out photos. In the real world, it will hurt far more than it ever helps you. In stock form, your Axial Racing vehicle has all the articulation it needs. More will just allow it to get twisted up like a pretzel.

This article explains why articulation is often misunderstood and overrated.


Suspension Stiffness
Rock crawlers generally work best with slightly stiffer rear springs than front springs and you want to avoid an overly soft suspension that easily collapses when side hilling. Most people don’t consider how increasing the weight of the vehicle with hop-ups and accessories might increase the overall weight and thus require stiffer springs. Stiffer suspension also resist torque twist far better than soft, mushy suspensions.