Axial Love

Dear Sir/Madam

My name is Costas Grammenos and with my wife Christina, run a model shop under the title “Model Mania” in Athens, Greece.

We love our job and we really… adore your cars!!

We’ve recently imported them from CML and we’ve already made their “fun club” among our customers.

Last week the Greek Acropolis Rally (WRC RALLY) took place in one of the most famous Greek cities Loutraki, and we had the luck to occupy the only model advertising kiosk available.

We’d made a crawler track on which, we organized small “races” and as you will see in the video you’ll receive “cockfighting” type races on the pavement that was a really fun for everyone.

Following you can see some photos of this event.

I wish you could feel the high temperature too!! Keep on doing your excellent work!

Best Regards

Costas Grammenos.

(Pictures of the short courses)

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Thank you for the all of the great pictures Costas, and we are definitely jealous that we aren’t in beautiful Greece right now! People like yourself make Axial proud of what we do.  Keep loving and doing what you do and we will certainly try our best to not disappoint :-).

Axial WCC Qualifier at Lucia Falls

Axial held it’s first West Coast Championship Qualifier this past weekend at Lucia Falls in Washington. Winning this event gets you a paid invite to the Axial West Coast Championships in Donner California, one of the biggest, baddest R/C rock crawling events of the year!! The comp location of Lucia Falls was absolutely amazing. The scenery was awesome, the terrain was killer, the waterfalls were picturesque and the competition was tough. One of the best comp spots I’ve ever been too personally. Endless lines to choose from for a competition of this level was a key factor to the success of this event. BPRCA’s very own mad scientist/course designer Brian Parker was on hand and laid out some of the funnest courses I’ve ever had the pleasure of running on. Brian threw in almost every situation possible to test man and machine in this epic back country location. Here’s a handful of pics from last Sunday’s comp.

The backdrop
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The mad scientist himself Brian Parker with his “magic stick” laying out the 2.2 courses
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ORCRC’s own Ryan Gerrish setting up the 1.9 and super courses
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Group shot before the madness begins
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Game on!!
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Axial Team Driver Nathan Eells ended up in the first place spot with his SWX AX10 after 5 grueling courses
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Various competitors from the novice and pro classes
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There was a fine line between finishing a course and ending up in the drink
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3rd place finisher Chad Hargrove on course number 4
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Team Axial Driver Dustin Siegfried on course number 1
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More random shots
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After judging all day long Brian Parker ran all 4 courses back to back putting him in 2nd place going into the top 5 shootout
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You had to negotiate 14 gates inside 6 minutes to complete course 4 if you were a pro driver
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Parker “Doing Work”
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3rd place Chad Hargrove
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2nd place Dave Ripplinger
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1st place Nathan Eells
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After all was said and done Sunday afternoon everyone left with a smile on their face. It was one of the best comps I’ve attended. If you are ever up in the great Pacific Northwest, and are into R/C rock crawling, you must make a stop at Lucia Falls for some crawling. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it!!

Team Axial Driver Nathan Eells Wins 2009 WCC Qualifier

I made the trip up to Lucia Falls in Washington for the first Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier this past weekend. Winning this comp gets you a paid ride into the Axial West Coast Championships in Donner California, one of the biggest, baddest R/C rock crawling events of the year!! Axial Team Driver Nathan Eells (aka Tanis on RCCrawler.com) and his SWX chassis walked away with the win, and paid invite for the 2009 WCC event. Congrats again Nathan on an awesome victory over some of the best drivers in the nation. Look for the full write-up on the event with tons of pictures soon right here on Axial’s Blog. Also keep an eye out for the announcement of Axial’s full team of drivers as well.

Top 5 Pro Drivers
1st Nathan Eells
2nd Dave Ripplinger
3rd Chad Hargrove
4th Brian Parker
5th Brad Dumont

Brian Parker (left) and Nathan Eells (right)
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Nathan’s winning SWX AX10
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Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA

Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA on June 5th – 7th at the Queen Mary.

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“The best tattoo artists in the world and a series of additional events will make this 2009 festival a hit. There will be 280 artists from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles pricking away with their machines in an exciting atmosphere, where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. This convention will be both a sort of art gallery and community festival.” – from the Ink’n’Iron website.

This was my first year attending the event, but I’m definitely going to go back next year because this was a really great event. The pics really don’t do the event justice because I got too caught up checking out the phenomenal art of all the tattoo artists, ton of hot chic’s, and the badass rat rod bikes. The easy access to the beer also proved be detrimental to my picture taking ability.

Anybody wanting to go next year, make sure you pay online $35 vs. the hefty $40 door charge. These rates may seem high, but they have a ton of vendors, bands, cabaret burlesque show, aeriel showgirls, car show, food, and tons more. Plus, the event goes till 2 a.m.!

The last pic of the fried chicken is from Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken in Compton off of Alondra.  I had been hankering for some soul food, but R&R had a half hour wait that we didn’t want to wait around for.  Flossie’s in Torrance was freak’n closed by 8:25 on a Saturday night, so we ended up in Compton for some Honey’s.  This place has some really good biscuits, and the fried chicken skin and coating is like nothing else I’ve ever had – super thin, and super freak’n crispy.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best chicken I’ve ever had because I still have to give that honor up to chains like Popeye’s, not to mention all the supermarkets with half-way decent fried chicken for basically chump change.  Also, the sauces at Honey’s is funky.  The citrus sauce was a peppery asian inspired sauce and the hot sauce wasn’t my hands-down preferred favorite Lousiana hot sauce.

The events website
http://www.ink-n-iron.com/

Myspace page
http://www.myspace.com/inkandironfestival

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Shifter’s Car Show

While I was visiting Colorado over the Memorial weekend we hit a local car show. The show was at Shifter’s Bar and Grill in Commerce City Colorado. It had been raining most of the weekend which hurt the overall attendance, but cleared up in the late afternoon. There was a good mix of custom restored rides, rat rods, race cars, and even a few motorcycles. Shifter’s Bar and Grill hosts a handful of car shows each year that are worth checking out if you’re ever in the area.

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This guy’s pimp hand was strong!!
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