RD’s Adventures – 2009 Calico MogFest

On 10/07/09, Axial’s Randall Davis attended the annual 2009 Calico MogFest located in Calico Ghost Town, Yermo, CA (spooky).  Here are  some of Randall’s highlights from the event.  Click on the pictures to enlarge:

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Check out the MAN I saw!

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This MAN is converted to a fully self contained RV

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Pinzgauer, Unimog Owner’s call them “pansy’s”

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Unimog RV, The owner was all over our SCX10 when we drove them.

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How to inflate a 54 inch tire in the field

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Heading into the canyon

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Two Willy’s and me

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Lindsay and Charley Waggoner waiting for husband, dad, and 1:1 Rock Crawling Champ Cody Waggoner to finish spotting

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Cody and Zak pondering how to help this guy

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Looking back at the caravan in the canyon

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Unimog, these things are amazing to watch

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Randall’s got this!!!!

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Uh No!!!!…. he doesn’t….. Whoops!!

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Another Unimog, I think it is great how they can be a family vehicle

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Made it without any damage

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Let’s pause for an Axial advertisement.  So Capable… It was the Trail Boss

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OK, so this was the trail leader…. Zak and his Unimog climbing the Gate keeper

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Toyota Truggy showing his capabilities

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With ease, he made the climb up the Gate keeper

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This is where we ate lunch and explored some mines

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PLUG Axial Advertisement. We go where others don’t

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Cody Waggoner lining up to give wife Lindsay a good ride

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No surprise… Lindsay loves it!

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Randall’s son, Casey shooting a Winchester 30/30 for the first time (good thing there aren’t any coyotes around)

HobbyTown’s “Crawl for Cash”

Hobby Town’s “Crawl for Cash” was one of the Axial Fall Sponsored events  hosted at the Hobby Town at 4420-A Treat Blvd., Concord CA.

We suspected it to be a success and we were even more excited that everyone loved our donated items for raffle! Congrats to the raffle winners. The following letter was sent from Michael Mann, HobbyTown owner:

Hi Axial,

Thank you for the follow up.  I think it was a huge success!  Our final count was 57 drivers from all over Northern California.  We even had several drivers who recently competed at the Worlds Competition in the finals.  So the competition was fierce.

For a lot of drivers, it was their first time at taking on an indoor course and I think the intimidation factor was high.  The courses were tough, but very enjoyable.  Each having a mid-course bonus line that could be attempted for an additional 10 progress points.  We invested into our course prior to the event and built two additional large structures and added several extra tons of rock to add new elements that would make the course fresh and give no driver an advantage.

Top Ten drivers ended being

1.) Dean Hall
2.) Bryan Crofts
3.) Troy Faber
4.) Travis Crockett
5.) Joe Donnel
6.) Daniel Flemming
7.) Kris Williams
8.) Kevin Rodriguez
9.) Joel Gallegos
10.) Anthony Redfearn

Dean came away with $200 in Cash Prizes and a First Place Trophy.  It was Dean’s first big win at a comp ever!

What I was most excited about was we were even able to make arrangements at the last moment with John Hubbard (Badger) and RCCrawler.com to have him come out of a two year retirement in the 2.2 class to compete  He was also gracious enough to also set up a LIVE feed of the entire event which was broadcasted on the RCC Live TV portion of the RCCrawler website.  This really made the event special for the drivers attending and gave exposure to our sponsors and the HobbyTown Crawler Course all day long.

Our Raffle was the highlight of the day and Axial’s donation to this went over tremendously.  Everyone loved the new t-shirt designs and I even saw some local drivers/customers who won them wearing them the very next day!  As well, one of our Top 10 drivers Daniel Flemming was actually the winner of the AX10.  Thank you so much for the support of our event.  We realize that it’s your contributions that really make these things a success.

Mike

We look forward to your next event Mike, and keep up the good work! :)

Quick and Easy SCX10 TR Camera Mount

I’ve been thinking about the direction I want to go with recording some video of Axial’s new SCX10 TR. I’ve edited quite a few videos over the last few years, but never have had the chance to work with any on-board video yet. So, we picked up a new waterproof GoPro camera to shoot some on-board video. The GoPro package includes a handful of different mounts for the camera. Now it was just a matter of coming up with a few different mounting points on the truck to get the shots I have in mind. Here’s a little sneak peek at what I came up with for a simple, yet effective, camera mount.

1. First thing I did was remove the rock slider from the drivers side of the truck by removing the small M3 set screws that hold it in place.

2. Next, I grabbed some old suspension links I had laying around my office. They slide right into the rock slider mounts with ease. I installed a few short set screws to hold the links in place.

3. Then, I removed an old lid off of a plastic servo case I had here as well. This will be what the camera sits on. I laid the plastic lid from the servo case over the links as they sat in place and marked 4 holes with a marker where I needed them to be, one in each corner. Then, drilled the holes out using an 1/8″ drill bit by hand.

4. With the holes in place on the plastic lid I then used my marker again to transfer the hole pattern from the lid onto the suspension links.

5. I removed the links and drilled two small .099 holes in each link over the needed hole pattern. Then, using a little lube, I ran an M3x.5 tap through all four holes in the links.

6. I reinstalled the suspension links into the rock slider mounts and used four M3x8mm screws to tie the lid to the links. Now, I have an easily accessible camera mount that can shoot video looking from the front or back of the truck. Which is easily removable and also adjustable by sliding the links in or out of the rock slider mounts. If you want a mount that will put up with more abuse then this, use a small sheet of aluminum flat stock instead of the plastic servo cover I used.

Here’s a few pics of the new mount
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Camera mount installed on the truck
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Here you can see the set screws that hold the mount into place on the chassis
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Point of view from the front
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Point of view from the back
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Now, with the camera mounted where it is I should be able to get some great on-board footage that looks super realistic. Keep an eye out for the video. Once it’s done I will post it up here on the blog.