Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Course Map Announced at Off-Road Expo


Photos: Art Eugenio 

2015 Off-Road Expo SCORE Baja 1000 Experience.
POMONA, Calif., USA—Another radically rugged race course of approximately 840 miles for the granddaddy of all desert races was unveiled Saturday at the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit area in Building 5 at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

The season finale of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship is expecting nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States to compete in this year’s 48th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 17-21, with the race and all side events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Entry registration for the race is available at Register Here for Race.  The drawing for starting positions for all classes, except the featured SCORE Trophy Truck and unlimited Class 1 will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28.
SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks and Class 1 open-wheelers will once again have a special qualifying session for start positions on Tuesday, Nov. 3 on a special 3.6-mile course on the off-road track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two top SCORE racing classes will be featured that week in the massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience during the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Crowd favorite autograph sessions took place on Saturday and will again on Sunday with many of  the stars of the sport, both past and present who have built their legacy in the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.  Additional highlight of the SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit is the SCORE Monster Energy Cinema, featuring SCOREvision, massive multiple LED screens showing race telecasts that have aired on the CBS Sports Network as well as historical race videos that are part of the legendary legacy of SCORE Baja racing.

2015 Off-Road Expo SCORE Baja 1000 Experience.
Among the legends, past and present, scheduled to appear at the at Sunday’s noon to 2 p.m. PT SCORE Baja 1000 autograph sessions are SCORE owner Roger Norman, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, Rod Hall, Rob MacCachren, Mark Samuels, Carlos Lopez, Eduardo Laguna, Jonathan Brenthel, Jordan Brenthel, Justin Lambert, Cameron Steele, Heidi Steele and Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr. SCORE expects some other ‘surprise’ SCORE Baja racing legends as well for the two autograph sessions.

2015 Off-Road Expo SCORE Baja 1000 Experience.

The SCORE Baja 1000 Exhibit at the Off-Road Expo includes multiple vehicle displays as well.  Among the vehicles on display are the legendary Terrible Herbst Motorsports ‘Landshark’ unlimited Class 1 open-wheel race car built by Mike Smith, driven by Troy Herbst to six SCORE point championships. Also on display will be Roger Norman’s SCORE Trophy Truck, Mickey Thompson’s restored vintage Class 2 open-wheeler, Steven Eugenio’s SCORE Trophy Truck, Rugged Radio’s Class 11 VW Sedan, Justin Lambert’s Cognito Motorsports UTV, Jordan Brenthel’s Trophy Truck Spec, Ricky Brabec’s 1x motorcycle, Colton Udall’s 5x motorcycle, a COPS Racing Class 10 car, the Warrior Built motorcycle and a Baja Challenge Subaru-powered Baja Touring Car from Wide Open Excursions.

As it has for over four decades, SCORE has put together another memorable race course, this one for a loop race, with all of the foreboding, unforgiving terrain the northern state of the majestic Baja California peninsula has to offer. Starting and finishing in the heart of Ensenada in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, the course travels in a counter-clockwise direction. It includes the approximate 35 mile stretch to Ojos Negros which is used in both directions. Outgoing, the course heads south from Ojos through Santo Tomas and along the Pacific Ocean.

2015 Off-Road Expo SCORE Baja 1000 Experience.

Featuring seven checkpoints, the approximately 840-mile course covers both sides of the peninsula parallels Highway 1 for nearly half of the race, looping south back to the Pacific and then crossing over to the other side of the peninsula below Puertocitos. The course then heads back North along the Sea of Cortez, past San Felipe paralleling Highway 5 and up to the junction with Highway 3.
The rugged course then parallels Highway 3 traveling west then northwest back into Ojos Negros and the finish line in Ensenada. Pre-running is expected to open near the end of October, allowing competitors nearly three weeks of practice time on the course.

The 2015 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo is the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, and experts assembled in America. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles to ATV’s and camping to adventure travel, the event provides the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the most knowledgeable people in the off-road industry. With a full weekend of excitement, other event features include over 300 industry-specific vendors, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Demo at the MAV TV Proving Grounds, Rubicon Trail – Off Road Vehicle Ride Along, Radio vehicle demonstrations, DragonFire Racing ride along, the Miss Off-Road Expo Contest and live music all weekend at the Budweiser Stage.

2015 Off-Road Expo SCORE Baja 1000 Experience.

SCORE Live HD at the Expo
The SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit at the Expo includes live internet coverage on SCORE Live HD (www.score-international.com) with interviews with the SCORE Baja legends, the Monster girls. Announcers are George Antill and Dianna Dahlgren.

All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.

2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
Remaining Shows:
·         Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by the City of El Centro (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
·         Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
·         Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
Completed Broadcasts:
·         Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
·         Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
·         Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

The five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the complete 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
Remaining race:
·         48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
Completed races:
·         29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
·         Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
·         47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, held June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
·         Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250, presented by the city of El Centro, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.

Issue No. 8 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital.
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous linked video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights/Official Race Sponsor, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.





Silver State Rock Crawling Championship


Silver State Rock Crawling Championship

September 26-27, 2015

Success in the West

Words and photos by Michael Plunkett

This weekend’s inaugural event of the Silver State Rock Crawling Championship held at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada proved to be a huge success. Jesse Haines’ idea to establish an event in the Reno area is a part of a campaign to help bring rock crawling back to its glory. Jesse is a veteran rock crawler, a local metal fabricator, and a business owner of Jesse Haines Fabrication. His knowledge of fabrication goes far beyond his welding skills. His decades of experience and success in rock crawling have served him well for his business; not only can Jesse turn metal into a piece of art, his knowledge of suspensions is like no other! If anyone is looking for wheel travel out of a suspension and would like to know what works or what doesn’t, Jesse is like an encyclopedia of knowledge in that department and is willing to either build or share his knowledge to those who have questions.

Since the late 1990’s thru roughly 2008, when rock crawling was at its peak, the number of spectators, sponsors, and competitors have declined dramatically! Different rock crawling series came and went, right along with spectators, then sponsors, and finally competitors. In the last couple of years with the help of many veteran rock crawling teams, there has been a movement of internet action to help keep rock crawling alive! The WeRock rock crawling series is one of the larger series still putting on events across the U.S. along with CalRocs and the newer Idaho X Rocks series. There is still a struggle with the amount of attractive venues for teams to be able to compete in local events.

Without the time or funds it takes to create a whole new series, Jesse and his fiancé Sara decided to create an event to give competitors yet another venue to run at. After hearing about his plan to put on this event in our home town of the Reno/Sparks area, I sat down with Jesse to hear what he had in mind. While I listened to him tell me he had chosen to work with the Wild West Motorsports Park, an established track in Sparks that designed the Lucas Oil series in mind, it made total sense to me. When creating an event like this everything from pit crew areas for competitors, to spectator parking, to ticket sales have to be established. Since most of this was already established at this track it was a great starting point! Jesse met with Eric Pender of the Wild West Motorsports park to see if they could locate an area at the track that works for them. They chose an outcrop of rocks to the left of the race track that at the time only had a small access road up to it, but with some work it looked possible. He explained how just finding the location was just the beginning of the process. How they spent countless hours on top of their real jobs in meetings and sending out emails trying to get a title sponsor to jump on board with their vision. I had the opportunity of meeting with Jesse and Dennis Volkoff at the track with Ryan Del Ponte of The Redline Projects to shoot a promotional video on the course. The ball was rolling…

To attract sponsors, competitors, and spectators, Jesse masterminded a plan to do all of the above as well as try and bring back a few retired rock crawlers into the sport. He contacted about ten well known crawlers from back in the day that could commit to making and competing in the event as long as they were voted in by the fans as the one they wanted to see compete…genius! Because most retired rock crawlers have moved on and didn’t even own a competitive crawler anymore, and since Jesse wasn’t going to be able to compete in his own event, he was going to loan his buggy to the fan-voted competitor to compete with. The voting took place online and the fans voted in Matt Deas of Bryson City, NC. Matt was a three-time eastern series champion, winning nine events from 2005-2009. This was Matt’s first time competing in six years. As it turned out, Jesse was contacted by another local named Bill Kunz from Torchmate that happened to have a competition buggy sitting in his garage that he was willing to let another old school rock crawler named Jason Scherer use for the competition. Before winning the King of the Hammers in 2009, Jason was one of the sports’ top rock crawlers. He was runner up at both the Super Crawl 4 and Super Crawl 5 events and behind the wheel of the legendary buggy named Tiny. This not only gathered the interest of competitors that would love the opportunity to compete against former legends of the sport, but it gained the interest of spectators that would get the chance to see these guys compete again. It was to be a win-win for everyone!

Four Wheel Parts, a local company of Sparks, jumped on board as the primary sponsor. And not to leave anyone out, it is easier just to say that a few companies offered their help with gift certificates and such with prizes for the winners. Jim Markham of JM Rigging and Supply is always a welcomed presence at these events offering winch line support and usually a winch line to the winner. Jesse added a trail class to the event that attracted 23 more competitors to compete. By the week of the event roughly 57 teams had signed up to compete! A huge thanks to Steve Johns, a friend of Jesse’s, that came all the way from Australia on vacation to help set up and maintain the event. I was excited to see all the interest this event was gathering. Matthew Messer and his daughter Olivia of Trail Gear would not only be competing in the event, but Matt also wanted to help Jesse in sponsoring a bonus line prize of a 10,000 lb trail gear winch to whomever completed the the bonus line first or had the highest score on that course if the bonus line could not be completed. As the event unfolded, it was that course and the bonus line that ended up being the deciding factor for the win.

As I drove up to the event on Saturday morning, I was pleased to see all of Jesse and Sara’s hard work had paid off. The months of preparation and advertising, the local radio station ads the week before the event all played a large part in the amount of teams and spectators that were present on site! They had shuttles running everyone from the parking lot to the top of the hill; everything was in place. After reaching the top I walked out to the A1 course and ran into John Herrick of Crawl Magazine who was there covering the event. I happened to arrive just in time to see Uriel Varela in his (Axial sponsored) rig out of Arizona staging to tackle the course. Uriel made quick work of the course, making it look rather easy! I talked with Uriel for a minute and let him know I would meet him over at A2 in a few minutes. I climbed to one of the highest points so I could get a better look at the other courses. As I topped the hill I could see buggies lined up for days! Spectators were wandering all around the other courses trying to get a better look at the action. This place was thriving! As I was making my way to A2, I ran into several old friends I haven’t seen in the rock crawling scene for several years. This was for sure to be a good day!

I had never met Matt Deas and had only heard of his accomplishments rock crawling, so when I saw Jesse’s buggy staging with Matt at the wheel and his spotter Mike Berard, I hurried down to get a better look. I could tell right away that Matt was still comfortable at the wheel, and as they made their way through the course with a clean pass you could tell he was comfortable with Pokey (Jesse’s buggy) as well. After watching Uriel pull off another clean pass, I chose to move around and get a better look at all the courses. Witnessing several rollovers and timeouts, I could tell that these courses were well thought out and set up perfectly. By the end of day one James Treacy was leading the unlimited class, Dennis Volkoff was way out front of the pro-mod class, and Uriel Varela was out front of the trail buggy class. I couldn’t stick around long enough to get the legends and stock class results, as I was trying to get to the pit area where Jared Neff of Hooked Triangle racing team was feeding all the competitors and the staff a tri-tip dinner. Thank you Jared and all who were involved that cooked us all a wonderful dinner!

Throwing a twist into the event to add some fun and excitement, Jesse added a night run into the mix. The course was sponsored by Lifetime LED and the idea was to take the three leaders from the Unlimited, Pro-mod, and Trail buggy classes and run a night course on a course no one had the chance to see before. No spectators or teams were allowed to look over the course. The leaders were to just show up and run it the best they could, which could add up to ten points to their scores for the day (depending on how well they ran)! Night runs are not common in rock crawling events, so it added an interesting concept to it all, and from the consensus of the teams they all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Day two went even smoother than day one as everyone got used to the area and their positions. They staged on time and shuffled around much better which sped things up quite a bit. Not that there wasn’t a good share of carnage, that was inevitable! There were strategies being played out by teams that would move them into position to take the lead and some that didn’t work out for others that cost them their lead. Uriel Varela took the biggest hit on his first course of day two. One that he just never could recover from! He had lost his lead on that course and did his best to gain it back, but came up twelve points short to finish in second place for the weekend. Another hit that I didn’t expect was in the unlimited class. This was the last course of the day when Justin Keilman and his spotter Jody Everding were able to complete the bonus line to edge the win from James Treacy and his spotter Tyler Glover. Not only did that win him the event, but he also took home the Trail Gear 10,000 lb winch; not too bad of weekend for those two. The most inspiring story comes from watching team X Rocks from Idaho compete. Todd Young had lost his leg from the knee down about a year ago from a motorcycle accident. That did not slow him down for long. Todd competed in and collected a third place podium finish in the unlimited class with Tate Elquist as his spotter. Todd then turned around and spotted for Tate in the trail buggy class. Even though they were not able to get Tate on the podium, they were very impressive to watch compete to say the least. Another honorable mention would go to Kaitlin Yates and her spotter, Graeme Tydeman, who won the event in the legends class. Kaitlin was one of three women competing in the event and this was her first win in her Samurai.

All in all it was a great turnout for this event’s first time out. Most teams were asking Jesse to go ahead and create a series for next year. He laughed but did say that that was out of the question at this point. However, he did make the promise that this event would run again next year. Congrats to all involved in an excellent event and to the winners of each of the classes!

Here are the top three winners of each class:

Unlimited Class: 1. Justin Keilman/ Jody Everding 2. James Treacy/Tyler Glover 3. Todd Young/ Tate Elquist

ProMod Class: 1. Dennis Volkoff/ Kyle Congdon 2. Cody Gabiel/ Rick Penrose 3. Shawn Mcnearney

Trail buggy class: 1.Eric Wicks 2.Uriel Varela 3.Daniel Zeman

Legends Class: 1. Kaitlin Yates/ Graeme Tydeman 2. Kyle Witherspoon/ Jared Neff 3. Kolt Mieras/ Josh Bart

Street Stock Class: 1.Mark Hodges 2.Jim Martino/ John Black 3. Al Lockett/ Jim Frens

Please enjoy a few photos from what I was able to capture from this incredible event…Great job everyone and see you all next year!


































Kokopelli Axial RECON G6 – Grand Junction, Colorado


Kokopelli RECON G6

Words and photos: Anthony Rivas
September 19, 2015
Grand Junction, Colorado


I am back on the road, this time headed to colorful Colorado. Grand Junction Colorado to be exact, for the Kokopelli Recon G6. I spot a few jets as I am heading out of town, back on Interstate 15.

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Very quickly I am crossing into Arizona and entering what seems like a lot of construction.

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Next I am in Utah and I am happy to see that speed limit sign. Its just over 7 hours from Las Vegas to Colorado and I think crossing an entire state at this speed helps.

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This is how I mark the halfway point. I15 to I70 and on to Colorado.

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I made it. Just about 50 miles to go to Grand Junction.

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Welcome to Grand Junction Colorado! From here I will stay on I70 past Palisade, a town famous for its peaches, and exit Cameo.

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As I exit Cameo I see this Kokopelli market. Do you think Parker planned this?


Across the Colorado river, then over this narrow bridge and to our spot. The little bridge is a little unnerving.


It’s Saturday, morning of the Kokopelli Axial RECON G6. We are here bright and early as the sun comes up.

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The line has started, and it looks like everyone came to play.

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Looks like one of the drivers also attended AXIALFEST. These drivers really embracing all aspects of the RECON G6, bringing some highly recommended scale fruit!

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Drivers are also bringing real fruit, we can only imagine what Parker has in mind for these G6 drivers. It will either be very challenging for the drivers or just very entertaining!



“Parker”, also known as Mr. G6, is getting ready for a drivers meeting after setting the course. Man, that leather Recon G6 bag is cool!

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Jamie Allen has made it a tradition to paint her nails to match the theme of the Recon G6 she drives in.

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Before the drivers meeting gets under way, I called for all the first time G6′rs to come out.


Dad Matt, Mom Andrea, 3 year old Hailey, and 5 year old Lucas making the journey to this RECON G6 all the way from Crowning Point, Indiana. All of them came to drive!


The Outcast Crawlers are going to tackle this adventure as a group.

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A drivers meeting followed as always by the national anthem and this group would be turned loose on the first stage of the Kokopelli Axial RECON G6.

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These Colorado drivers sure had a lot of Wrexos, both 1.9 and 2.2.

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After the famous words “Lite your lipos,” these G6′ers were on their way.

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Team work was how a lot of the terrain was covered.

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A little wheel speed on softer climbs got you to the top or dug ruts and put you on your side.

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Scale accessories could be seen being used all over the stage. It really paid off having these items if you wanted to keep moving without a winching penalty.

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Some of the Trail Markers really had drivers looking for the line.

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Being in Colorado you know there was some cool rock.


There was no shortage of 1.9 Wraiths in this town.

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After all this action I needed to take a break and see what’s going on at G camp.


If you brought fruit and wanted access to the special Kokopelli stage, this was your task. Play your fruit like you think Kokopelli would.

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So when is HOG (Hand of God) necessary? Well really never, but this rental Cherokee was accidentally launched onto this island. There is about a foot gap between these rocks; 6 to 8″ either way on the landing and it would have plummeted 25 to 30 feet.

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Some cool scale realism to this rig was the fan that blew air into ESC box while the other fan sucked it out. The little clock was a cool touch.

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Kelsie with her Axial Jeep G6 came out as a first time RC driver and took home the RECON Ranger Diva of the day award with her Dad Ross coaching her out on the trail. Sounds like a good way to spend a weekend to me.


A random driver was picked out with the help of Parker’s little helper and took home a new Axial Falken Jeep G6 RTR.


Rivas Concepts Show & Shine winners were picked out before the night stage. Pictured above was Best of Show belonging to Vinnie Wildman and below was RECON Ready belonging to Jon Killgore.


I learned a very interesting back story to this Recon Ready winner. This is an Axial Exo with SCX10 axles, and the Axial Vanguard system. This rig belonged to Grand Junction local James Chenoweth, who passed away a short time ago. The rig was passed onto to Jon Killgore, who went through it with Ryan Tousley and together they keep it running in events in memory of James.


We were then onto the night stage!

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Brett Alexander and Justin Davis came out for a full day of playing. Driving from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Maybe we will see you out getting your fix at a RECON G6.


RCORVA 2015 R/C Crawling Association World Finals and RECON G6 certified TrailMaster Challenge



Words and photos: Anthony Rivas

Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s August and this is one of our hottest months. For those of you from out of town, it definitely takes some time to get acclimated to this heat and dry climate. So I will brave the heat with the drivers, while you sit back and check out some of the action at Worlds 2015. This is happening roughly 60 miles away in Logandale, Nevada.


Lots of people come to Las Vegas for lots of reasons and stereotypically it is for gaming or some of our other city’s activities. I am going to take you on an adventure outside of the city.


As you see, Las Vegas Boulevard or “The Strip” as locals call it, is full of liveliness almost every hour of every day.


Heading north out of Vegas on Interstate 15 towards Mesquite, you can see how dramatically the scenery changes once you are out of the city.


If you are into racing maybe you have been to the Las Vegas Speedway. If you have not been, well you’re getting the drive by tour.  This will be the last thing you see for a few minutes on the drive out to our destination.


Once past the speedway, it opens up for a while. This road will take you up to Salt Lake or to the Interstate 70 junction, taking you towards Moab, Utah or Colorado.


Roughly 45 to 55 minutes later this is our exit, Overton/Logandale. This is an easy drive straight up the Interstate.


Once you have taken the exit, you will drive down this winding road a little ways. You can already start seeing some elevation in these hills.


It’s extremely dry out here and to be honest I don’t think the needle on this sign ever really moves.


You will know you’re close when you start to see town. When you come out of Las Vegas, this doesn’t seem like much of a town. That maybe some of the appeal for us locals. Its always nice to just get away; that and wait till you see the terrain.


We are on the edge of town, I should mention that you will not see many trees where we are headed.


That’s our sign, about 2 minutes after hitting the edge of town. You will want to make sure you have brought plenty of water by this point.


Ran into Josh Harris, one of the RECON G6 crew members. He is far from home; Arkansas is about 1500 miles away. I am willing to bet he doesn’t miss the humidity of the south though.


This is our path the rest of the way. A car will easily make it out here, typical washboards and tons of dust.


Oh did I mention dust? 95% of the time its extremely dry out here. It’s always worth the drive though. Its under 10 miles from the paved road to our destination.


This is our spot, epic rock and more lines than you know what to do with.


Very soon this place will be crawling with drivers and their RCs’. I imagine a lot of canopies will be up, not much in the way of shade out here.


It’s the day before the event and I have heard there are some people already out here. So I have come to check it out. This group had people come out from Canada.


Arve and Jens flew in all the way from Norway for this event.


Pennsylvania was represented here as well.


It’s Friday morning, Worlds 2015 will begin today. It also looks like it’s going to get pretty warm too.


As people start to gather for the drivers meeting, I am thinking I may go scope out some of the rigs.


One of the first things I notice about the 2.2 Shafty class is 99% of them run Axial AR60 axles or the Axial Sxc10 axles.


This is an Axial Wraith replica build, built by Charlie, a Las Vegas local.

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I am seeing some scalers are present. I hope to see them on the RECON G6 Certified Trail Master Adventure course.

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I am getting anxious to see the scalers out on course.

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John Rob Holmes has some words for the drivers before turning them loose on the comp courses.


After the drivers meeting it’s time to go out and hit the rocks. The drivers seem very eager to get this event underway. So lets check out some of the action.


The 2.2 Shafty class is running on this first day of competition. If you’re new to the hobby, “shafty” refers to how the axles are driven. In this class, motors put power to the transmission, and that puts power to drivelines that turn the axles.

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The Axial SCX10 axles and the AR60′s are 50/50 split for shafty class.

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California driver Jake Wright out on the rocks navigating a path through these gates. AR60′s giving this comp rig a nice wide stance.


I was able to check out rigs as people set them in line. This one’s reppin’ RECON G6.


As it got hotter some of the drivers began to take breaks and cool down.


Some took out the go fast cars like the Axial Yeti and began making some bombing runs across the desert.


Mr. Holmes even got in on the desert runs with his Holmes powered Axial Wraith.


Not only did drivers have to concentrate on gates and lines, but also staying hydrated.


Looking down the trail I am seeing some Scale trucks heading my way.

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The lead trucks body is permanently representing AXIALFEST 2015. I have heard people are already reserving spots for AXIALFEST 2016. The super clean SCX10 based Toyota and older Ford truggy draw you in.


Although there was plenty of sand and a Dingo with surfboards, there was no water to be found.


There were a few breaks on the trail, but it didn’t stop anyone form having a few laughs and a good time on this course.

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I was really digging this Scx10 based Toyota, check out the axles under this rig. It performed well out on these rocks. The driver said, “Oh I built it to drive, its not to be a shelf queen.”

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The 1.9 Poison Spyder Axial Wraith putting the hammer down through this rock section.

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Apply wheel speed where needed on this RECON G6 certified Trail Masters Adventure course.


There is noticeable difference between a 1.9 and 2.2 Wraith. The 1.9 conversion really seems to be picking up steam among the RC community.

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That’s some of the action from the scale trail. Nice work Josh Harris on setting this trail, all those hikes to set trails with Parker and your previous experience came into play here. Day 2 would bring out the 2.2 Pro class MOA (motor over axle) and an unlimited class.

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Some of you may know the Axial XR10 body and axles.


A pleasant surprise from RCP Crawlers was a variety of ice cream on day 2. When its 104 out, this hits the spot. Thank you for this!DSC_0209

If you are just getting into scale trucks, you may or may not know about their origin. In short, 2.2 pro class is some insanely placed axial gates on the rocks and you have to get through them, while on a time limit.


The same can be said for the 2.2 Shafty class. The Unlimited class brought out something I have never seen before in this type of event and I started crawling in 2007! This next rig is in the Unlimited class.


This rig has a motor at each wheel, with four wheel steering. Making for insane low COG (center of gravity) and with a 3D printed body, it’s light weight, weighing in at just 4.3 pounds.


These custom gear boxes at each wheel are also 3D printed.


So here is the tricky part. The silver screen is actually there for a purpose. This has a fan that is controlled on command from the drivers remote. Putting out over a pound of thrust, helps this rig stay planted on the rocks.


It was nice to meet the Canada crew who made the trip out to comp. Congratulations to Paul Mikolajewski pictured here in the Canadian flag shirt, for winning the 2.2 Shafty class with an Axial AR60 axle up front and an SCX10 axle in the rear. Maybe he is onto something.


It was a pleasure to meet the Washington guys who made the journey to comp.


It was great to meet the enthusiastic Arizona guys who came to play as you can see here.


Just a few of Las Vegas locals who came out; 4 to run comp and everyone came to scale. These brave souls even camped out, while a majority stayed in hotels.


Congratulations to Matt Wolfe and Jim Rowe of Las Vegas for RECON Ready and Driver of the Day awards. This photo is credited to Jim Rowe.


Thanks for checking out Worlds with me.

How To Build a Winning Deadbolt Monster Truck!


How to build a Winning Axial Deadbolt Monster truck!

By John Schultz

All of these trucks are based off of the Axial Deadbolt. With a couple of mods you can change your Deadbolt in to a Winning Monster truck too! All of the suspension is the same as the Axial Deadbolt besides adding some links and some option parts to help with durability.


John Schultz’s winning Axial Deadbolt at the No Limit RC Monster Truck World Finals


Bari Musawwir TQ and Winner in the Mini Shafty Monster Truck Class at the 4 Link Nats


Russ Taking the Win in Shafty Monster Truck Class at the 4 Link Nats

First, what you need to install are AX31109 Yeti Links for the front and rear.  The biggest change will be adding a front and rear sway bar. This is super easy to do. Install the AX80118 Battery tray on the front of the chassis and you will have sway bar mounts front and rear. Use AX30782 Wraith sway bar set with the heavy bar. I also used AXA1429 post to clean up the look of the Sway Bar.


To get the width, I used HPI 88055 Wideners with Tamyia Clodbuster Rims 9335085 and TAM0005294 Adapters, with 10114-02 Pro Line Destroyers!


For the front Axle, use AX30780 AR60 OCP Universals to keep the steering smooth, combined with the AX30760 Alum Knuckles, AX30762 C-Hubs, rear AX30789 Alum Straight Axle for durability, and AX30829 Alum Diff Cover front and rear to polish it off!


For the transmission, I used AX30708 Metal gears, AX30401 36t/14t Front, AX30395 38t/13t HD Machine Ring and Pinion gears and AX31100 Alum Skid plate to plant all the Power!

For handling, install diff gears front and rear. I used the AXA1162 o-ring, AX30390 Diff Gear, AX30170 Diff Pin. Plus, I run a black grease inside the diff.

Shock Set up is different with all 3 trucks, I personally run AX30223 14x70mm 1.04 Springs with 10 wt oil in AX31171 Icon Shocks.

Other Optional parts we use to help strengthen the truck are:
AX30836 Alum Servo Horn  25t
AX30830 OCP Links Mounts
AX31101 AX Alum Shock Brace
AX31099 Alum Upper Link Capture
AX30860 Machine Motor Plate

Here are some under the Hood Pics!


John Schultz’s World Finals Truck


Bari Musawwir’s Mini Shafty Winning Truck


Russ Bryant’s Winning Shafty Monster Truck

ULTRA4 Racing tackles the FALLON 250

ULTRA4 @ VORRA Fallon 250

Words and photos: Michael Plunkett
August 29 – 30th, 2015
Fallon, Nevada

When it comes to ULTRA4 racing, anyone that has been around rock racing understands how versatile these machines are. They are designed to reach up to 130mph across the desert, yet capable of crawling rock sections the size of school buses. In order to be able to withstand the punishment in the rocks and cross the desert at speeds of over 100mph, they must be engineered and designed with the toughest components on the market. ULTRA4 Racing got its start in 2008 at an event that is now known worldwide as King of the Hammers, or KOH for short. They since have started a west and east coast series of races and have ventured internationally to the likes of France, Italy, the UK, and even Portugal. In order to keep up with this rapidly growing sport of rock racing, ULTRA4 is constantly looking for fan friendly venues.
They have rapidly caught the eye of the desert racers by entering races such as Best in the Deserts Series – Vegas to Reno race, The Parker 425, and The Bluewater Challenge. On the other side of the desert racing spectrum, Currie Enterprises’ Casey Currie managed to take his rock racing ULTRA4 4400 buggy down to the BAJA 500 and finished that brutal race within the Trophy Truck class this year!

So when it came to choosing another course to round out the western series this year, choosing to venture together with the VORRA Series at the Fallon 250 seemed to be a legitimate match for Dave Cole’s ULTRA4 Series. Teams were excited with the thought of a desert race for the simple reason of getting more of an opportunity to stretch their legs a little and see if they can manage to conquer a desert style race course.

Teams started arriving Thursday afternoon in order to get out to see and pre-run the course. Some chose to show up Friday and venture out in the early afternoon and into the night to get used to running in the dark. To best fit the two series together, JT Taylor and VORRA president, Wes Harbor, went right to work sorting the classes and when each class would start.

During the drivers meeting Friday evening, the drivers from each series would get the chance to meet each other as well as see the order of which they were to start. It was also stated in the drivers meeting that this would be their largest race to date! Wes explained the various different rules of conduct to the ULTRA4 drivers so there would be no confusion on race day. As it was to turn out our lower classes sort of speak from the ULTRA4 4500, 4600, 4700, 4800 and UTV’s would run during the day starting at 6am with the variety of classes from the VORRA series varying from UTV to class 1 with a cutoff time of 1:30pm. That reserved the night racing to the ULTRA4 4400 class only!

It was a beautiful Friday night in the desert with very little breeze whatsoever which only meant one thing for the drivers that had to leave the line early the next day…DUST was going to be miserable!! True to that thought as the early classes left the line and off into the desert, I was already struggling to get clear photos even at the lineup. Without a ride to get around in, I was fortunate when I ran into Phil Kaos, another desert race photographer, and he offered to let me ride with him. We finish up at the start line and quickly headed out to check point one to see what we could find. Never having shot or seen this course before I was now at the mercy of Phil. He got us to pit one and we ventured off trying to see through all the dust, let alone get a picture of anything…Yes, it was dusty!! We stayed there to see the leaders come back through on the second lap and cover the racers we needed, then loaded up to head to Pit 2. Immediately after getting on our way, Phil’s truck started missing and running really rough…fortunately Phil being handy as he is, went right to work figuring out how to get us moving again.

After a short while on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere we were on the move again.

We arrived at Pit 2 not really knowing their lap times well enough to figure out what lap everyone was on by now? So we hung out quite a while there until we were satisfied with what we got for pictures and figured we better get moving back to the finish line. We arrived early enough to venture out into the wash to get some shots of the racers going out for which appeared to be their last laps. Getting myself out in there to get some photos meant I would end up missing some of the faster teams crossing the finish line on the final lap. I chose to get more shots out in the wash and gather up results later, which the top three in their classes went like this…4500 Class winner was 4531 Shawn Rants, 2nd Place went to 4596 Jason Wilkins, and 3rd Place 4540 Michael Bedwell. In the 4600 Class 1st Place went to 4608 Matthew Peterson, 2nd Place 4696 Sean McNamara, and 3rd place with only completing 5 out of the 6 laps went to Ben Varozza. In the 4700 Class 1st Place went to 4714 Luke Johnson, followed by his father for 2nd Place 4748 Ricky Johnson, and rounding off the podium for 3rd Place was 4702 Larry Nickell. In the 4800 Class 1st Place went to 4861 Anthony Arreola, 2nd Place went to 444 Rick Waterbury, and 3rd Place 4824 Sean Leonardini. In the Pro UTV Class 1st Place went to the father son driver – co-driver combo of 83 Raul and Darian Gomez. 2nd Place finishing only 5 laps was 1920 John Duckworth, and 3rd Place finishing 4 of the 6 laps was 1958 Andrew Goman. The UTV Sportsman Class’ 1st Place went to 125 Phil Blurton, 2nd Place 1927 Ben Wilson, and 3rd Place 18 1961 Bill Hermant. As I was hiking back up to the start line to see the stragglers come in and and get ready to see the Big Boys in the 4400 Class get lined up, I got to witness one of the interesting things from my weekend! I was looking at the Falken race driver Bailey Cole coming across the desert hooked up behind the UTV of Goodall Racing pushing him the last 10 miles through the desert to the finish! Very cool to watch to say the least…great job everyone! Now for the Main event…
Thank goodness the wind had started to pick up for the main even, maybe the dust wasn’t going to be too bad!

After getting a shot of the lineup and making my rounds wishing everyone good luck, Phil and I chose to shoot the start from in the wash and then cover this race in the same manner as we just did the first race. We shot the wash until everyone was off the line and quickly loaded up and headed to Pit 1. As we arrived at Pit 1, I was able to jump out and catch the rear end of Loren Healy going by on his 2nd lap!…We just made it in time! We shot that area for what we could tell was a whole other lap and a half before we decided to head out for Pit 2.

We made it to Pit 2 without any issues this time, but now it was time to figure out where the leaders were and what lap they were on? After a full cycle of vehicles went by we figured we must have missed Loren go by before we arrived and now Wayland had come by again with still no sign of Loren? We could make out that it was Wayland out front with Paul Horschel following close behind. It wasn’t long before we saw Loren come by like a man-on-a-mission, but with all the drivers starting every 30 seconds off the line, we could make out a few possible drivers on the move! We could tell Tom Wayes who started 22nd off the line had moved up closer to the front runners as well as Brian Capprara and Randy Slawson were charging hard as well! But since it is a timed race we couldn’t be sure exactly where everyone stood in the ranks. We decided to go ahead and wait for Brian Capprara to come back through before we left for the finish line. In doing so we noticed Wayland had not come through as normal when all the sudden Loren was coming by just as the sun was setting. We hadn’t seen Tom Wayes come through for quite some time before we got word that he had hit a large rock and and went end over end to finish his day short. We also had noticed Levi Shirley hadn’t come by for a long time and wasn’t sure what had happened to him, until we later found out at the finish line that he had mechanical issues and was still out there working on it. He was finally able to get going again and get in a couple more laps before the cutoff time to better himself in the points standing. What seemed to be about 5 minutes had passed since Loren went by, we saw Paul Horschel come through with still no sight of Wayland. We finally did see Wayland come through several minutes behind Paul and now were waiting on Brian to come through before we headed out for the finish. When we saw Brian come through a few minutes later and as we were loading up, we saw Randy Slawson come through. Now we were off to the finish line to see how things were going to pan out!

After getting to the finish line we had the results that Loren Healy had taken the win with 30 some odd seconds over Paul Horschel and Wayland Campbell had rounded off the podium coming in several minutes behind Paul. With this win for Loren it secured him the West Coast Championship for the second year in a row. Congrats to Loren and his team on another incredible year! On a interesting side note, Randy Slawson with his ULTRA4 rock racing Bomber Fab chassis set the fastest time of any of the straight axles rigs.

We were also getting word that Wayland’s dad, Shannon Campbell, was down in the desert with drivetrain issues and was calling on his daughter Bailey Campbell, which was racing steady all day to help him get to the finish. Bailey reached her father and was able to pull Shannon the last 20 miles through the desert to both finish the race and better themselves in the point standings. All in all it was one heck of a race that went well into the night with a cutoff time of 12:00am. Every bit of that time was used for some teams as 33 of the 49 starters in the 4400 class finished! After going around talking to a lot of the teams that night and in the morning after the race, everyone that had raced said they really enjoyed it and some even claimed it to be the most fun they’ve had in a race before! So what seemed to be a race that no one was quite sure of how it was going to go, it sounds like we found another venue for years to come, or we can only hope anyways. ULTRA4 Racing has one more race back east in Hot Springs, Arkansas for the east coast finals. Then, The National Championship will be held in my hometown of Reno, NV in October! Enjoy some of the photos from the event and I hope to see everyone again at the Nationals!

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High Voltage R/C 4 Link Nationals


High Voltage R/C 4 Link Nationals

Written by: Bari Musawwir
Photos by: John Schultz and Stephen Hopkins

The High Voltage R/C 4 Link Nationals was an event held over Labor Day weekend at the Samson /Patrick Enterprises Monster Truck Racing shop in Circleville, Ohio. This spectacular race was dedicated to the Electric Solid Axle R/C Monster Truck enthusiasts from around the country, drawing participants from as far away as California, Florida, Kentucky, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio. With a field of 212 entries, each competitor had their work cut out if they wanted to make it to the winners circle. As the Title Sponsor of the Event, Axial sent their ace Product Specialist John Schultz to provide event and vehicle support.

The Venue
Nestled in Central Ohio just south of the capital city of Columbus, Circleville is the home of one of the most outstanding racing shops that the full size Monster Truck Industry has ever seen. The Patrick Enterprises Inc. Racing Shop is not only home to the world renown Samson Monster Truck but it also has its very own history museum that tells the story of over 30 years of racing history that Dan Patrick and his family posses. This is definitely a destination that you must see if you are a hard core, die hard Monster Truck Enthusiast. We were thankful and honored that the Patrick Family took a break from there very busy Schedule from making Monster Truck parts for the industry, to open their doors to have this event inside the main building of their fabrication complex!





The Racing Track and Format
The Solid Axle Electric R/C Monster Truck craze has been around since the late 80s and after 28 years it still continues to grow stronger in popularity among the pioneers of the sport as well as newer competitors! This event was comprised of a carpet racing surface that contained a Chicago style monster truck racing course featuring carpeted jumps and crush car obstacles. High Voltage R/C kept track of the timing duties by utilizing a digital Christmas tree timing system that started each of the entertaining elimination style bracket races. Saturday was qualifying day, where each participant got one chance in each lane to get the fastest qualifying lap that they could. The best time that they were able to record would be the one that would be used as their official qualifying time to seed the bracket. This format pits the slowest versus the fastest until a winner is crown! This type of racing is pretty intense because every race counts; you have to win to advance to the next round of racing.


Show and Shine Contest
Before all the action on the track got underway we held a show and shine contest for the Patrick Family to pick out their favorite aesthetically looking Truck in each class. It was an extremely tough process with so many great trucks to choose from. Once all the decisions were in, the lucky winners were Eric Krush with his Krimson Krusher Truck taking Home the Best Axial Retro Monster Truck Award, Mikey Mascia with his Grave Robber Axial Mini Monster Truck, Rafael Cox and His Axial Based Carolina Crusher Shafty Shoot Out truck and Dan Wyatt’s War Lord!



The Race Class Action
In the Axial Mini Monster Truck Class competitors are limited to a 2.2 size tire/wheel combination. Several of the trucks in this class use the Axial AR60 solid axles which are found in several of their scale rock crawlers and Off Road vehicles including the AX10 Deadbolt truck (#AX90033). This is the platform that Monster Jam Driver Bari Musawwir would use to take Saturdays Top Qualifying position, followed closely by Russ Bryant of Michigan who was also sporting a modified Axial Deadbolt he calls “Fantom”!

On Race Day, the action was filled with some really close races on the tricky Chicago Style Track but when the smoke cleared it would be Bari Musawwir’s “Gunslinger” Axial Deadbolt holding on for the win, taking out Axial’s own John Schultz and his “Murder Nukizer” Truck. Clyde Delisle of Florida claimed 3rd place honors with his brand new “Bad News” Deadbolt as well!



The Axial Shafty Shoot Out class is considered the Big Brother to the Mini Monster Truck Class as these trucks share most of the same platforms; however they are limited to a 2.6” size wheel and tire. Eighteen of the thirty three trucks competing in this class were outfitted with an Axial drive train and running gear! Once Saturdays Qualifying session was over, it would be John Schultz taking the TQ spot with his BKT Ride Truck sporting a KK2 Chassis, followed closely by Travis Mowery and his Pure Adrenalin CPE Barbarian, after a surprising racing bracket with the top qualifier being knocked out of contention in the 3rd round! The Final round saw Russ Bryant take out Trevor Adamo and his Launch Control Truck all the way from California in a great race! Mike Eckenrode of Pennsylvania Took home 3rd place!



The rapidly growing Axial Retro Challenge class saw some great action! These old school trucks with their bouncy suspensions pay homage to the early years of how real Monster Trucks were constructed, detailed, and performed. These trucks are limited to only 4cell NiMH packs and 20 turn motors, or 45 turn motors and a 2S lipo. Even at its slower pace, this class is ultra competitive. Fast Qualifier Abdul Rascoe from Connecticut would be the man to beat all weekend long as he was pretty much unstoppable every time he took to the track! Tim Powers gave him a great race in the final round with his Bigfoot 6 Replica but Abduls Joker wheeled around the track for the win!



In conclusion, this was a stellar event with a fantastic atmosphere due to the great group of Solid Axle Racers in attendance as well as the awesome race venue destination! We look forward to more events like this in the future. The Solid Axle Craze is very much alive and growing! We can’t wait to see what this event brings in the future! Until then, take care and we will be looking for those new Solid Axle builds to start popping up! For complete results and photo album visit: www.4LinkNats.com


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AXIAL SKINWALKER CURSE RECON G6 presented by Tekin Racing


The Axial Skinwalker Curse RECON G6 presented by Tekin Racing
August 15, 2015 • Utah
Words & photos by Brian Parker


Every Axial RECON G6 event starts with the National Anthem.

The Axial Skinwalker Curse RECON G6 set a record for stage elevation, at 10,800 feet above sea level. What an amazing location. Large slabs of monolithic rock, scale shale, & beautiful views gave drivers a scenic challenge in the state of Utah.

Getting to know everyone & see their builds are a highlight of every Axial RECON G6 event.



The new FC Body by Axial RC is a popular lid for the proven scx10.



Chris Schurer on Holiday from Austria.

The Day stage featured various types of terrain and elevation changes. Drivers had to complete two laps in order to finish the day stage. During those two laps, they were on the look out for scale adventure items and the Pit Bull Tires Alien Puppy.



What is a Pit Bull Alien Puppy? Well, ask these G6ers, some of them may know.




A RECON G6 scale adventure event usually has several “not mandatory, but highly recommended” items that participants can choose to do. These drivers chose to & did they do a great job.





Thank You to everyone who picked up trash. Our goal is to leave every area that we use, cleaner than we found it. Pack out what you pack in. I’m proud to say, G6ers pack out what others left behind.


Here are the “Drivers of the Day” for the 2015 Axial Skinwalker Curse RECON G6. Congratulations G6’ers!








Special Thanks to the 801RCC Crew for all their help, especially, Mike Thompson.


We look forward to seeing you next year in Utah. Where you can meet some great people like the O.T.R. crew out of Ogden, UT. The make the best Mountain Calamari & are avid scale adventure drivers. Thank you guys for all the hospitality and gifts.



Like us of FB. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram. Check out www.recong6.com

See you soon, getting your scale adventure fix, in an Axial RECON G6!

Grassroots Competitions


No events near you? No worries. You don’t need a hobby shop or RC club in your town to get in on the fun of RC competition. Don’t join in on the action, start the action. Check out these alternative ways to get competitive with your Axial vehicle. One bit of advice before you tear off: keep the rules simple and the focus on fun.

Backyard Racing

Rock racing is growing quickly, but not every hobby shop has a course. Most hobby shops don’t have traditional race tracks. If you want to race your Yeti across more than the lawn, the best solution might be to to make your own rock racing course. If fact, it’s far easier to make a rock racing course than race track. You’re really only limited by your imagination. The whole course doesn’t need to be rocks. Collect a few wheelbarrows full of rocks of varying sizes to create the rock section. Use dirt to build ramps up onto the rocks. Use a little more dirt to fill in the bigger holes and gaps in the rock piles and you’ll be good to go. Like desert races such as the Baja 1000, a race like the full-size King of the Hammers doesn’t have clearly defined lanes, so don’t worry about creating and grooming a whole track layout. Make your rock section and mix it up with the go-fast sections. A few cones placed around your yard can search as gates that have to be raced through in a certain order. Your homegrown King of the Hammers doesn’t have to be in your backyard. Scout out local parks. Many have rocky sections of naturally exposed rock or areas filled in with rocks. To keep it safe, make sure you’re away from other people.


Truck Pulls

While they are extremely cool, you don’t need an official pulling sled with a moving weight box. A dead weight box is easily made out of wood and good old fashioned tug-o-wars are a lot of fun. Dead weight pulls are best on smooth, level dirt. Make sure you’re prepared to groom the track as needed to keep it fair. Dead weight pulls can work two ways. You can load a box with a modest amount of weight such as one or two bricks and time each truck to see how fast they can pull the weight 10’ to 12’. The key is to use a weight most if not all of the vehicles will be able to get a full pull with. The other way is to start with more weight, measure the distance of pull and add weight for the vehicles that do get full pulls. Generally, the first method works best with a dead weight sled. When doing simple tug-o-war contest, pavement actually works best. On loose dirt, both vehicles often end up in a wheel spinning stalemate. Make sure you practice commonsense safety measures when having a tug-o-war.

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DIY Scale Rock Crawling Comps

If there isn’t a scale club near you or if the local outfits aren’t offering what you want, you can host your own competitions. You might find out you’re not alone. One example of DIY scale competitions done right comes from the east coast. Eric Bresnahan of Connecticut and a couple friends started building a course on a dirt mound out in the woods. As their course grew, so did the crowds. Now, 40 people sign up for 1.9-tire based class. They have to cap the classes to keep the day manageable. And, they keep the rules simple and focus on having fun. As a result, hours after announcing a new comp has been added to the calendar, the classes fill to capacity. Many hobby shops and clubs wished they had that problem. The courses are carved into the dirt with a shovel, rocks and some manmade obstacles are added as needed and the whole thing is again only limited by their imagination. The group has also made good use of social media to grow. Almost all of the club’s communication is done via Facebook. As long as you’re extremely careful and exercise common sense safety measures, social media is a good way to find other people interested in RC competition.

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Alternative Racing

There are a lot of times when things are done a certain way simply because that’s the way it’s always been done. RC racing is often a perfect example of this. Many people stop racing just because they’re bored. Sometimes the focus is far too much on the competition and not on the fun. Nothing changes because people are so used to doing it a certain way. Nothing changes and racers disappear. Some inventive racers in southern California have come up with an interesting twist on the racing format. Two changes make for a very different racing experience. First, after each race, the running order is reversed. Finish first and you’re going to the back of the pack. In a big field, it pays to not break away if you don’t want to have to contend with trying work your way through the entire field on the next race. The second twist in the program is each race goes in a different direction. Talk about really mixing things up. They also allow you to jump in at the start of any race. It doesn’t matter if you missed the first three races. Again, the focus is on fun, not determining who’s the world champion.

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2015 REPORT Part 3 of 3

event_axialfest2015_pt3 Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2015 REPORT PART 3/3 Words and Photos by Matt ‘Skeeno’ Soileau with a few photos from Rivas Concepts sprinkled in here and there. July 16-18, 2015 Cisco Grove Campground, Cisco Grove, California This is the third and final installment of Skeeno’s AXIALFEST2015 Report.  In this blog I will be covering what everyone came to AXIALFEST2015 for the RECON G6 Challenge. After the RECON TerraX and Rhythm Drags on Friday morning and afternoon, there was a small break before the RECON G6 Driver’s Meeting. I took this time to visit some of the old sponsors attending AXIALFEST2015. DSCF0122 First stop was the Wertymade Products camp.  He was camped out with ScalerFab. DSCF0130 I tried to say hello to Ty from Tekin, but he was out helping out some AXIALFESTers that needed some assistance with their ESCs.  Ty wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to run the RECON G6 that night. DSCF0312 Up at G Central, Tree and Josh Harris were making some last minute adjustments to the water feature. DSCF0336 By the time I made my loop of the campground, people were starting to gather for the RECON G6 Driver’s Meeting. DSCF0335 I started to notice some interesting hats in the crowd. DSCF0339 DSCF0337 The aluminum foil hats were to pay tribute to AXIAL’s 10th Anniversary.  Since 10 years is the silver anniversary and silver is a little difficult and expensive to work with, Parker went with aluminum foil as the medium in which to design the head wear with. DSCF0345 I also think it was partially to entertain him.  He just wanted to see how many people he could get to wear tin foil hats.  Art Bell would have been proud. DSCF0589 Decorated socks were also part of the 10th Anniversary Attire.  Prizes were awarded for the best hat and socks. DSCF0334 The crowd just got bigger… DSCF0346 And bigger… The Pic …until, Holy Moly!  That is a lot of G6ers!  That right there is 646 registered drivers and their support crews all staged and ready for the AXIALFEST2015 RECON G6 Challenge.  I’m sure this is the largest RC event of individual participants ever.  It was quite an impressive site. DSCF0363 1 After Parker gave the official instructions to those that missed all the PreAXIALFEST2015 blogs, it was time to get G6in’.  Skeeno Jr. headed off with one of the trail groups.  You can see the King of Scale trying to keep up with her. 2 Skeeno Jr and Big Yeti from CKRC got a little distracted by all the people driving at once.  If you’ve never seen over 600 G6ers all driving at once, you should. DSCF0316 Josh Harris got to see his handy work in action over at the water feature.  The water and slick rocks were a challenging combination. DSCF0368 Skeeno Jr. kept on driving into the dark.  Luckily, Alien GeeSix’s SCX10 G6 Edition Jeep is equipped with a light bar.  It made navigating in the dark much easier. DSCF0369 I followed Skeeno Jr. down to what used to be the creek.  This year it was mostly puddles in the rocks, but Parker made sure you still got your wheels wet. DSCF0380 Even thought there was a little back up on some of the initial trail markers, Mr. Fokai was in good spirits as his family and friends waited their turns. DSCF0372 The wait gave some of the mommas and kiddos a chance to rest. DSCF0374 Uh oh, trouble on the first few trail markers of the AXIALFEST2015 RECON G6?  Hope you remembered your parts and tools. DSCF0373 DSCF0383 After the rocks in the creek, things became a little sandy. DSCF0370 The terrain varied greatly. So, it wasn’t uncommon to go from slick rocks to sand to rough granite to mud to silt to packed dirt all within a few trail markers. DSCF0392 DSCF0371 Down by the river, the rocks were extremely slick. DSCF0402 Most rigs needed assistance up these slick climbs. Luckily, tow straps were in abundance and fellow G6ers were eager and happy to lend assistance. DSCF0390 I met Mark Weir at the Novak/Cannondale campground on the way back to camp for the night. Mark is a mountain biking legend who is also into RC. I was a little starstruck and accidentally called him Mike. DSCF0404On Saturday morning, I set out to see how things were going out on the G6 trails.  Most people finished two sections Friday night and the other four on Saturday.  It was up to each driver to decide when to take breaks when they felt it was needed, so there were lots of AXIALFESTERs out all day running at their own pace. DSCF0405 The first RECON G6ers I came upon were up on the hill. It kinda looked Rubiconish up here. DSCF0407 Almost exactly like my first trip into the Rubicon in my buddy’s first generation Ford Bronco.  If only this Deadbolt was black, it would be an exact match. DSCF0410 Down the trail in the trees, I saw this little guy navigating for his dad by pointing out the next trail markers. DSCF0420 There were lots of these culvert tunnels all around AXIALFEST2015.  Parker made sure you drove through each one. DSCF0424 DSCF0426The Culvert Crouch was a popular pose. DSCF0313 DSCF0315 Lights made it easier to see your rigs as they drove into the darkness. DSCF0430 DSCF0433 Down by the river, drivers formed queue lines as they waited their turns DSCF0434 Here, Mr. Chino wished he had front dig to pull his FJ around. DSCF0438 DSCF0448 You don’t see many Volvos out wheelin’.  This grocery getter was gettin’ it! DSCF0451 Fokai Jr. took a break after walking down the long Hell’s Highway toward the river. DSCF0453 This youngster helped his dad up this ledge. DSCF0460 This future G6er was part of the support crew.  Her job was to walk slowly and look cute.  She did it with flair. DSCF0465 Posing by the trail heads was a popular photo opportunity. DSCF0472 DSCF0473 Slick rocks ahead.  Get your tow straps ready. DSCF0468 Lending a tow strap is always the courteous thing to do. DSCF0476 DSCF0477 Sometimes a bump to push the driver in front of you over an obstacle is needed. DSCF0479 Dohoney Brothers Racing in the house! DSCF0483 Dropping in the sandy driveway to the creek. DSCF0486 These guys were working the rocks over by the front of camp. DSCF0505 Another culvert? 3 Yup, Skeeno Jr. found them as well. DSCF0525 Over on the other side of the camp, things were more silty than rocky. DSCF0527 The silt got dug out easily and made using the towstraps mandatory on some obstacles. DSCF0529 This is my tent trailer brother taking a break with his crew. It was good to meet you and discuss our love of camping. DSCF0534 DSCF0536 Big rocks and loose dirt makes for a challenging trail. DSCF0537 A couple that G6es together stays together.  Get your significant other an SCX10 today and save your relationship. DSCF0540 No shame in taking a break.  Sometimes your feet need it. DSCF0542 I found Skeeno Jr over on this side.  She was trying to finish her fifth trail.  Luckily, she had help up some of the more dug out sections. DSCF0545 The bamboo bridge looked innocent, but I saw some tires slide in between the slats. DSCF0548 She finally made it out of the woods and over to the water. DSCF0556 She was happy to cool off over at the Float Your Rig Challenge.  SS WMRBB (aka WalMart Root Beer Bottles) made a fine but unglamorous watercraft. DSCF0509 This barge had an awesome plaque. DSCF0562 Wheel powered! DSCF0567 Fan Powered! DSCF0578 So many different takes on the Float Your Rig Challenge. DSCF0601 Large Marge was not only huge, but had some awesome detail.  It won the award for best boat at the Concourse on Friday night. DSCF0608 Pack you kids up tightly, so they don’t fall in the water. DSCF0610 Things were so relaxed on Saturday afternoon that even the G Crew got out to drive.  Here, Mr. Tree gets some wheel time before the awards ceremony. DSCF0611 Team KNK happily paused for food and maintenance to make sure they would finish.  Remember, finishing a RECON G6 is winning a RECON G6. DSCF0619 Down by the river, I spotted these brave souls trying out some Ultra lines. DSCF0622 Down these slick rocks was a scary fall. DSCF0624 You had to trust your tires to attempt these lines. DSCF0628 DSCF0658 I was afraid to watch, so I went to find Skeeno Jr.  I knew she was getting close to finishing. DSCF0630 During my search for Skeeno Jr. I saw this guy searching for the next trail marker. 4 I found Skeeno Jr. just as she completed the last trail marker on her last section.  She did it, 600 trail markers and no mechanical issues in her mostly stock Axial SCX10 RECON G6 Edition Jeep. She was feeling proud of her accomplishment.  It was her first AXIALFEST finish in three attempts. DSCF0679 IMAG00110 We arrived at the awards ceremony a little late after eating dinner.  The crowd was already large and the pavilion was packed to the gills to watch the awards presentation. Winners received their awards and took photos with the official AXIALFEST2015 photographer. You can see pics of the winners here: https://www.facebook.com/axialinc/posts/10153388157700873 After awards was the raffle.  Everyone watched in amazement as winner after winner and thousands of dollars of awesome swag came up to grab their prizes.  Some lucky winner took home a Magnaflow exhaust, another won a set of Method Racing Wheels (for full size cars, not RC!) as well as dozens of Axial kits and RTRs.  If you were lucky, you took home a limited edition Judd Rummage RTR! IMAG00112 Sunday morning we had to pack up and return to the real world. It was a truly memorable, record setting weekend filled with memories.  I had to say goodbye to my new and old G Crew members as they traveled back to Reno, Arkansas, and Austria.  I can’t wait to see them again next year. If you haven’t started making plans to attend AXIALFEST2016, I suggest you stop procrastinating.  The date is set (July 15-17) and the Cisco Grove Campground is already filling up.  You don’t want to be left out of the greatest RC show on earth. Get your AXIALFEST2016 info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1623366397951597/