Axial and Team Carnage Crew at KOH 2010

A few of us from Axial spent the week of Feb 8th-12th out in Johnson Valley for the 2010 King of the Hammers Race. We pulled in Monday evening and set-up camp next to a group of my long time friends from Colorado, Team Carnage Crew. For those that aren’t familiar with Team Carnage Crew, they are a well known team/fab shop in the 1:1 competition rock crawling world. The guys from TCC were there to compete in this year’s KOH race. Buggy owner and driver Jason Pickett has been around the R/C and 1:1 crawling scene for quite some time in Colorado and competed for a couple years in the Xtreme Rock Racing Association (XRRA). The same goes for the rest of Team Carnage Crew, Jason’s supporting team. Aaron Dusenbery, Jason’s navigator, runs the Team Carnage Crew hot rod shop with his father in Colorado. He is the main designer and fabricator on this particular buggy. You may also recognize some of Aaron’s work if you are into the R/C rock crawling world. He is also the designer of RCP Crawler’s “Hustler” and “Bastard Jr” competition R/C chassis’. Crew chief, and RCCrawler.com owner, Jason Hensel was in charge of the team strategy for the week. Jason has been around 1:1, and R/C, rock crawling for the past decade and his experience proved to be priceless by the time the week was over.

Axial Racing was lucky enough to jump on-board at the last minute and become a supporting sponsor for Team Carnage Crew and Jason Pickett for the 2010 King of the Hammer’s Race. Jason, and Team Carnage Crew, showed up with a brand new rig this year. As if this race isn’t hard enough to complete, let alone win. Sporting an all new chassis for this race, with no real practice time at all, was going to be another tremendous obstacle to overcome. But, the guys seemed to welcome this challenge with open arms. They were literally putting the final touches on the new buggy while they were out on the dry lake of Johnson Valley. Here’s a quick rundown of the week.

A few close-up pics of the new buggy
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8 into 1 exhaust
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Notice the extra gusset work around the main shock mounts. The attention to detail put into this buggy is amazing to see.
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LS-1 Motor
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Custom steel mesh side panels allow a clean line of sight to the sides of the buggy, while keeping flying rocks and debris out. Notice the extra gusset work around the light bar bracket too.
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Custom light bar with more gusseting
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Custom front shock mounts and strut tower assembly
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The temporary hood that will eventually be the mold for the fiberglass hood.
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The team went out for a few high speed passes in the whoops with a King shock rep. They ended up completely rebuilding the shocks in the King tent before the day was over. Went from 35mph through the whoops to almost 65 after the tuning was done.
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Jason and Aaron remove the shocks for the King tech reps
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Time for some decals! Jason Hensel applies the freshly cut Axial logos to the buggy.
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Testing on Aftershock
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Media day
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Race day
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Leaving the starting line in a hurry
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The team bypassed the first 2 pit stops with no issues. The 3rd time by we fueled them up and checked the car over thoroughly before sending them back out.
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Time to head back out into the desert
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Entering Sledgehammer
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Casey Currie appeared to have broken something in his drivetrain and was pretty much stuck at this point of the trail. Jason’s co-driver Aaron Dusenbery jumped out of the car and guided Jason around, and maybe a little over, Casey’s disabled rig to continue on. Only one or two more vehicles made it through before this spot turned into a total traffic jam of broken and/or rolled over buggies. Which delayed a lot of competitors.
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At the finish line
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Post race interview
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Driver Jason Pickett (left), chassis designer/fabricator and copilot Aaron Dusenbery (right)
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Team Carnage Crew finished 10th overall. An unbelievable accomplishment for an untested buggy. Axial would like to thank everyone involved with Team Carnage Crew. Way to go guys, and congrats!! We are already looking forward to next year.

Want more action? Ride along with Jason and the Team Carnage Crew buggy for the first hour of the race.

2010 King of the Hammers

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Axial spent last week (Feb. 8th-12th) out in Johnson Valley for the 2010 King of the Hammers (KOH) Race. For those that have never heard of KOH, this event combines both rock crawling and desert racing. This year, the race covered 135 miles of extremely harsh terrain so it was not only challenging for the drivers, but very fun to watch. For this race, rigs have to pull double duty and need to be able to negotiate some of the hardest rock crawling trails known to mankind. Not only that, they have to focus on traveling through the desert at a decent rate of speed in order to have a shot at winning. Needless to say, the action was pretty much non-stop if you were in the right spot.

Here’s a gallery of pictures from this year’s race (be sure to check out the carnage we shot at the top of the Sledge Hammer trail). Enjoy!!








The Countdown Begins

For those that haven’t heard yet, we’ve released our newest ad (to be seen in the next April issue of RC Car Action) to the public before it hits stands on 2/16/10.  Our lips are sealed on what we’re doing, but maybe you can get some clues from the ad (click to enlarge or go to www.axialcountdown.com for a higher resolution version if the text is hard to see). Until then, you’ll have to wait to find out!

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Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 1

Axial held it’s first AWCC Qualifier this past weekend in the hills of Escondido, CA at scenic Lake Wohlford. This is the first of five events taking place over the next few months. The top 10 drivers from each of the five events will get automatic invites to the Axial West Coast Championships on June 25th-27th at Cisco Grove, CA.

Rain was threatening to make this first event a soggy one, but the Rock Gods smiled upon us by giving us a beautiful sunny day. Comp ring leader, Brian Parker, was out on the rocks at 6 a.m. sharp setting up courses in the dark.  Brian sets up what I would consider national caliber comp courses. A quick walk-through of the 5 courses told everyone in attendance it was time to get serious if they wanted a shot at a podium spot, regardless of the class you signed up for.  Brian has an eye for setting comp courses like no one I’ve ever seen. Not only are the gates challenging, getting from gate to gate was just as big of a challenge.  If you didn’t go scope out the courses a little to figure out your lines beforehand, you probably weren’t going to do very well. You and your rig had to be at the top of your game to even finish these courses and if you did finish, you either had no time left or had to eat a gate or two to get there.

Here’s a few highlights from the mayhem:

Setting everything up first thing in the morning
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Rig tech
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Don Hughes patiently waits his turn in the tech line
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Sunshine was a welcomed sight after nearly 5 straight days of rain
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Dealing with gates like these all day gave new meaning to the term “Do work driver.”
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Game on!!
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Don Clark and his tuber throwing down
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Me on course #3
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Kacie Vess and her Sportsman class AX10
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Jess Downing working course #4
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The Axial superhero showed up about mid day to pass out free swag and keep competitors in check
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Nabil Jamali has his rig blessed by Axial Man before starting his next course
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Don’t ask, I have no idea
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Axial’s own Brandon Coonce working course #2
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Me working gate #2 on course #5
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Brandon on course #5
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The local wildlife was even checking out the comp
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More shots of Brandon Coonce, Josh Theide and myself
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This section was more technical than difficult and consumed a lot of time if you weren’t careful dropping in
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The finish gate on course #3
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Josh working course #3
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Axial Man trying to point the line out to me
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This ledge was impassable by most without taking a gate
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2.2 Sportsman Class winners, 1st place Matt Doyle, 2nd place Kacie Vess, 3rd place Bryce McDougall
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2.2 Shafty Class winners, 1st place Jake Wright, 2nd place Nabil Jamali, 3rd place Chris Dahl (not pictured)
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Overall 2.2 winners, 1st place Jake Wright, 2nd place Jon Privett, 3rd place Don Clark
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All in all this event was an absolute blast. Nice weather, good people, awesome location, great support from sponsors, etc., made for a memorable event. If you couldn’t make this first round of the AWCCQ Series, make it a point to attend one of the other 4 because you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a sweet video shot at the first event thanks to Lisa Budvarson.