RD’s Adventures – Ocotillo & Anza Borrego

RD’s Jeeping Adventures

This past weekend seemed like a great opportunity to head back to Ocotillo and capture some images of the life in the desert. The weather was 80 degrees in the day and 55 at night, clear skies and almost a full moon.

This is my camp before the wind picked up and I had to pack it all back in the Jeep.

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I headed over to fonts Point to take in some more of this amazing view of the badlands.

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First ever SCX10 to be at Fonts Point

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Go ahead, take the trail less traveled.

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So I did, now which way do I go?

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Rare moment of a bird flying around.

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Looking ahead at the Historic Truckhaven Trail.

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Erosion. It is cool to see that the rock is still on top of the dirt

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Ocotillo in bloom, trail side on Truckhaven Trail

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And at the end of the wash I can only see the other side.

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Why go around when you can go over?

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Taking the trail less traveled

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And sometimes the jeep won’t fit.

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This is a view of Coachwhip Canyon.

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A road trip is not a road trip without passing by the cows.

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Though this was a solo adventure, it was a good time to chill and enjoy the desert as it is alive right now.

Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 4

The latest stop in Axial’s West Coast Championship Series was Long Beach, Washington. Long Beach is a small tourist town located in the southwest corner of Washington. There are many things to do in this small town from cart racing, moped rentals, horse back riding, clam digging, biking, etc. There are also a number of good restaurants in town as well, making Long Beach a nice location for a family vacation/getaway. The competition was held right on the beach by the ocean. The terrain was a mix of sandstone and jagged water eroded ledge that was covered in moss. The traction there, to my surprise, was extremely high almost like sand paper. We went into this comp expecting rain all day since that had been the forecast all week. But, to everyone’s surprise the sun was out and shining all day long giving us perfect weather.

For this comp Scott Hughes and I flew into Portland, Oregon. Once there we met up with Steve Brown from Vanquish Products who was riding along with us to check out the comp. After loading up the rental car we hit the road destined for Tammies Hobbies in Beaverton, Oregon. Tammies is known to have tons of crawler products in stock from scale accessories to full on competition parts.

A few pictures from Tammies Hobbies.
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Steve Brown and Ryan Gerrish showing off some sweet Vanquish wheels
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Ryan’s custom rock racer, 50% rock crawler, 50% 4×4 Slash……………….100% sick!!
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Got scale crawler parts?
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Need motors?
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Comp wheels?
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Maybe trains are your thing?
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Me getting an education in rock crawling
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Back on the road again, this was my view for the 2 hour ride from Beaverton to Long Beach along the Lewis and Clark trail. Yawn…..
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That’s a little better view
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Scott and Steve, or Lewis and Clark…………………….it’s tough to tell the difference.

Almost there
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Once we checked into the hotel, and scoped out the comp site a little we all met at the Light Ship bar and grill above our hotel for early tech. The view from the dining area was sweet.
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Stuart checks drivers in while Brian ponders the meaning of life.
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For dinner I choose pasta
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Stuart dives into his freshly prepared steak
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Brad Bailey helped Brian and Stuart with rig tech
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Drivers file in for tech inspection
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The comp site on game day.
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Group shot before comp
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Driver’s meeting
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Comp time
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Scott Hughes on his first course
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Me on course #2
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Cory Hannah working course #1
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Parker doing work

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A group of vehicles pulled into a cove beyond the comp site early in the morning. Once the tide came up they were trapped on an out cropping of rock for hours until the tide went back out. Coast Guard made a few passes through to make sure no one was in immediate danger.
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Stuart Gartner on course #1
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Rock Candy winner Mindy Howe

Captain Axial, or a really bad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume? What is that on the side of your………………..never mind I don’t want to know.
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Ryan Gerrish

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And the winners are…….

Rock Candy:
Mindy Howe
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Sport Class:
1st Cole Bailey
2nd Tazz Judkins
3rd Rod Comstock
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Pro Shafty:
1st Dave Copher
2nd Cody Cannell
3rd Marc Linn
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Overall:
1st Dustin Siegfried
2nd Josh Smith (not pictured)
3rd Ryan Gerrish
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That wraps event #4 up. What a weekend!! Great weather, good people and an awesome location, what more could we ask for? A huge thanks to the Oregon and Washington clubs for all their help, we couldn’t have done it without you. Also Axial would like to thanks all the judges, volunteers and anyone else that helped this event along, we really appreciate all the help. See you in 2 weeks at Lake Amador, Ca.

Articulation: Pro’s and Con’s

Articulation Pro’s and Con’s for Shaft Driven Crawlers:

There are very few, if any, situations where more suspension travel is better. The more travel you have your rig set-up for, the harder it is to tune. This article is meant to help people better understand suspension travel. I will go over different scenarios that come up during competitions and try to explain what set-up works where and why. I’ve received a lot of questions over the years about suspension geometry and articulation. Most new comers to the RC rock crawling world think that tons of suspension travel (articulation) is key when competing. When, in actuality, limited suspension travel is probably better in almost every situation you encounter during a competition. Plus, having a shorter travel set-up usually means you have a lower center of gravity (CG). Having a lot of articulation usually leads to quite a bit of axle steer as well. Axle steer can make traversing some obstacles very tough because as a tire drops out it’s trying to steer you in a direction you most likely don’t want to be going in.

Steep Climbs:

Probably one of the most common obstacles you’ll see in R/C rock crawling is steep vertical faces. Almost every comp I’ve ever attended has had at least 1 or more really steep climbs thrown in some where. Rig set-up, and tires, will be a big factor in dictating whether you can make these climbs or not. The best suspension set-up for obstacles like this is a short travel suspension that is fairly stiff. Properly set-up suspensions on steep faces will usually walk right up them with little to no drama. Vehicles that have a lot of travel will usually struggle on these types of obstacles though. Front tires will most likely want to lift on steep climbs if your rig is set-up for too much travel. Even if you run a somewhat stiff suspension set-up your rig will still probably want to lift wheels in the air. As soon as your rig starts lifting the front tires you are losing traction and forward bite. Keeping the front tires planted on steep climbs is a key element to making these types of obstacles. A good way to test your set-up is by using a piece of plywood with an abrasive surface on it, like sandpaper. This can be set-up at a given angle just about anywhere to test how steep your rig can climb, and to see how much lift you get out of the front tires. Once you have the plywood obstacle set-up. Try to crawl to the top of the plywood as slowly as you can. Pinning the throttle to see if you can make it doesn’t really tell you what you need to know. A slow controlled ascent will tell you a lot about your rig’s suspension set-up.

Here are a couple pictures of my comp rig climbing a steep face. I recently removed almost all of my front wheel weight just to lighten my rig up a little. There is only a few ounces in each front wheel now. And it will still climb steep faces without lifting tires. Lifting front tires on climbs like this will also probably pull you off your intended line. Keeping all 4 tires planted is the key.
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Off Camber:

Another common obstacle seen at most competitive R/C rock crawling comps is off camber situations. Gates are usually set-up on a steep face, and they will most likely require you to drive through them at an odd angle. Having too much travel on obstacles like this can hurt you too. All 4 tires will need to stay in contact with the obstacle for you to successfully negotiate it. Having a front tire lift on these off camber obstacles will pretty much guarantee you a one way ticket to the bottom of the obstacle before you clear the intended gate. Again, a shorter travel set-up will excel in situations like this, as long as the suspension isn’t set-up too soft. A lot of times there is a fine line between a shock set-up being too soft or too stiff. Ideally, you want the suspension to be as stiff as possible without it limiting your shock travel. That is why playing around with different shock pistons, springs and oil is so crucial when dialing a new rig in.

In this situation if my driver’s side tires started to lift, I would probably roll off this ledge. Notice my foam set-up is very soft, maybe even too soft. But, this is my cold weather foam set-up and it was 80 degrees outside when I took these photos.
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V-Notches:

V-Notches are another fairly common obstacle seen during comps. These obstacles have an entrance that is “V” shaped and that shape usually continues up a crack where the walls are about 90* to each other. These situations require you to keep your rig level as you drive up through. If you fall into the crack with your driver’s side, or passenger side, tires it’s usually tough to get back on line without using dig. Longer travel set-ups on obstacles like this will drop tires way down into the crack. Usually when this happens you are stuck in a position you don’t want to be in, and driving out of the dilemma will be very tough without taking a 10 point reposition penalty or several reverses. A shorter travel set-up will generally work better here, because if you do get off line and drop a tire in, the tire will only drop in so far. At this point you can usually steer into one side of the notch, or the other, to keep yourself level in the obstacle you are trying to clear.

Here you can see you want to keep your rig centered over the “crack” of the V-notch.
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Holes:

Holes are another obstacle you will probably see a lot of in competitions. Gates are usually set-up so that one front tire and/or one rear tire drops into a hole or crack bigger then most 2.2 tires. Having too much articulation can hurt on obstacles like this too. A short travel set-up will be less likely to get caught in holes, because most times you can “float” a tire over a hole. A rig with a lot of travel will probably drop one tire completely into the hole, making it difficult to stay on line and clean the gate you are working on. Most times when a tire is swallowed up by a hole you will be forced off line. If a front tire gets caught the rear end usually walks out to one side as the captured tire tries to free itself. If a rear tire gets caught the front usually gets pushed or pulled off line as well. Having a suspension set-up that can float over holes will be a lot easier to drive in and out of situations like this.

At the end of the V-notch from the last paragraph was a hole that worked for this example. In these pictures you can see my front tire is floating over said hole on the passenger side, instead of dropping into it and possibly sucking my rig down into the crack with it. Having a well balanced rig in these situations will help too. If you run a ton of weight up front and none in the rear you may still flop down into the hole.
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If that tire drops into this hole the outcome will be very tough to drive out of.
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Once that tire drops, you will be looking at a situation like this. Easy to see that it will be harder to drive out of than the first picture.
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Conclusion:

Obviously, obstacles and terrain will vary quite a bit, as do rig set-ups and driving styles. So, not all of these scenarios I’ve brought up will be cut and dry. But, this should serve as a good basis for tuning a rig to have a little shorter travel than the average “new-comer “thinks they need. I personally build my comp crawlers to flex the height of the tire I’m running, and I always set the front suspension up a little softer then the rear. There are many factors in determining how capable a rig will be, like suspension geometry, ride height, weight distribution, tire choice, foam selection, shock tuning, etc. And there is no magic formula for building a crawler that has the potential to win competitions on your first try. But, playing around with different set-ups will help you learn what works for you, your vehicle and your terrain. Practice driving your rig as much as possible, and have fun while you do. Don’t be afraid to show up at a local comp to check it out and compete. 99% of the people I’ve met during R/C crawl comps are some of the nicest people I have ever met.

RD’s Adventures – 2010 Tierra Del Sol

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We set up camp with Poison Spyder and BlueRibbon Coalition and some other friends. It was great to hang out with all these peeps and get to know them. I could not believe how many people were out attending the event even though the rain was coming. The clouds covered the sky all day and looked like it was going to let loose any minute.

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We were able to join in with them on the JK Owners run Saturday even though we don’t own a JK…. Thanks, what a great group of guys.
Larry of Poison Spyder was a great trail lead for us and showed us around Truckhaven. Here are a few pics from the run.

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Here’s another guy trying to do what Larry did…. Not soo much!!!

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Adam driving his Adamantium through a notch and sticking it.

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Me pulling a line but playing conservative with the new top on.

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My recovery team stored nicely in the back

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Bond was great at clearing the way for the others.

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Papa Smurf made everything look easy on the run.

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Shad cruising the Carnivore which is like a Cadillac on Steroids

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Looks could be deceiving…. Scaler??

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These guys were told to meet at the corner of “Robinson Jeep” and “McAlpine”. Seriously that street sign is out there.

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Group shot of the 20 rigs that got the tour of Truckhaven

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At Raffle time the people came out in surprising numbers to try to win a prize. There was more than $100,000 in prizes this year . Of the thousands that showed up, Rhet Votaw of Santa Fe Springs and Steven Diaz of Los Angeles were the lucky winners of an Axial Ready-To-Crawl Crawler. And shortly after the raffle was over the rain started and did not let up.

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On Sunday we decided to head out to find an over-look that I had not been too since I was a child. The place is called Fonts Point and it overlooks the badlands. On a clear day the view is endless. The really strange part is that you don’t really drive up hill or anything to get there… it’s like the land just comes to an end and you are 1300 feet above everything else.

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Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 3

Axial held the 3rd round of their West Coast Championship Qualifier’s this past weekend (March 13th) in St. George, Utah. St. George is located in the southwest corner of Utah. It’s well known for it’s golf courses, mountain biking, hiking, camping, off-road trails, etc. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, like myself, then St. George is tough to beat as far as activities and sight seeing goes. The location for this comp was incredible. There are massive red rock formations everywhere, with endless lines to be had for an R/C rock crawling comp. Plus, for this comp we worked alongside 801RC, the local Utah club of crawlers. 801RC has a hardcore group of crawler fanatics that love everything about this sport, just like we do. So it was a no brainer for Axial to team up with them to put on another great comp in this series. Anyone up for another road trip?

Thursday morning started with the task of loading the RV up with everything we’ll need for this event. Let’s go over the checklist……..gates check, banners check, stickers check, AWCCQ flyers check, cameras check, comp rigs check, batteries check, demo rigs check, Axial flags check, flag pole check, clipboards check, timers check, Parker’s choke chain and leash check.

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The new mascot for the RV ensures we don’t stray off course.
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We pulled into Vegas about 7:30 in the evening to pick up Parker and Stuart. Once we spotted them we stopped the RV, waited for them to get close, then punched it just to see how fast they could run. Needless to say it wasn’t very fast.
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After we made them chase us for a few blocks we decided to stop and let them load up.
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Before we left the airport Brian had to go to the bathroom, so we made a quick stop so he could relieve himself.
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A quick drive down the strip before heading to Mesquite.
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Next day we were on the road early in the morning so we had time to test and tune at the comp site. The drive from Mesquite to St. George is relatively short but very picturesque.
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This was my first trip to St George and when we pulled into the comp site you couldn’t help but smile if you are into rock crawling. I think Brian shed a few more tears too.
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After the test and tune session it was time to find our campsite. We stayed at Snow Canyon State Park just up the road from the comp site. This spot was awesome. They have a bunch of hiking trails that wind around some petrified sand dunes. There are huge red rock formations throughout the park, and there are even a few lava chutes you can hike/climb down into.

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Myself, Brian and Stuart taking in the scenery.
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I hope this guy ate some spinach before starting that ascent.
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Notice the black lava rock spread throughout the field.
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Parked…………time to wrench and charge batteries.
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6am on game day
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Stuart preps the tech table
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Sunrise
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Parker and Stuart scope out potential courses, and possible napping spots.
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Got gates?
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Mike “Naz-T” Thompson sets a couple courses first thing in the morning. Someone get this guy a coffee.
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Rig tech
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Let’s get a closer look at Stuart’s mouse pad………………….oh my!!
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Group shot of the comp rigs
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Driver’s meeting
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Brain Parker holding court
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Go time!! Scott Hughes on course 5. Not sure that is the best line through there…………………..just kidding Scott.
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Scott dropping into the alternate line looking for an extra -10 points
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Random shots from the comp
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Me getting ready to run course 4
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Scott H. on course 4
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Naz-T…………………….America’s next top model?
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Jess Downing wrenches between courses
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It’s just like a car accident……………..you want to look away………………….but you can’t.
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Scott Hughes and Brian Parker……………….nuff said
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A freak storm blew in throwing 50mph winds and hail at anyone still on the hill. For the safety of everyone involved we decided to call the comp for the day and finish Sunday morning. After we picked everything up and headed back to our campsite the sun started shining again. So, we decided to check out the petrified sand dunes and lava tubes.
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Parker and I decided to take the Honchos with us and get a scale run in while it was still nice
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The lava tubes
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Armed with a cell phone light and a mini mag light between the 4 of us, we descended into the darkness. Brian, no matter how many times you ask……………I’m not holding your hand.
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Next morning while the last few guys finished running comp courses we set out to run the scalers on the trail run I set-up Saturday morning.
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And the winners are………

Pro Overall:
1st place Jake Wright
2nd place Marty Mann
3rd place Tom Barger
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Pro Shafty:
1st place Jake Wright
2nd place Marty Mann
3rd place Don Hughes
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Rock Candy Sportsman:
Natalia Morales
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Rock Candy Pro:
Becky Barger
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Well that brings us to the end of yet another AWCC Qualifier. Next stop is Long Beach, Washington in 2 weeks (March 27th). It’ll be nice to get back up to the great northwest and compete with the guys from ORCRC, who will be hosting this next event. These last two qualifiers will be must attend events if you are relatively close to these locations. See you there!!

Motorama 2010

Motorama 2010 US Indoor Rock Crawling Challenge

Article written by:
John “Rckcrwlr” Thorton

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Do you like RC…or even better, do you like Motorsports in general? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you need to be at Motorama held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. This is the largest indoor motorsports event in the country, and when I say Motorsports, I mean MOTORSPORTS.   TunerWars, Robot Conflict, Speed Show, RC Rockcrawling, RC Electric Off Road Racing, RC Nitro 1/8 Scale Racing, 1/5 scale Racing, Arena Cross, Quarter Scale Midgets, and Go Karts are only a few of the attractions featured at the show.

This year, Western PA Crawlers returned to host this event with John Thornton’s (Rckcrwlr President) as the event coordinator. With the dedication of the club members and John’s hard work, this event was orchestrated flawlessly, “With the combined dedication of W.Pa.C. and myself, it will ensure that this event will get bigger and better each year. With the announcement that we are now an Official USRCCA Nationals Qualifying Event, it will guarantee the success and future of this event for enthusiasts on the east coast and around the country” said John.

Axial was a sponsor of this event for the second year in a row, and man was it a success. We pulled Crawlers from across the country, from Oregon & California to New Jersey and Florida. Competitors drove and flew in on Friday, February 19th for a chance to practice on over 80 Tons of Rock that was brought in just for the event.

There were over 75 drivers that resulted in 113 registrations in three classes.
25 entries in 1.9 Comp Class
71 entries in 2.2 Comp Class
17 entries in Super Class

Saturday morning started at 7:00 am with everybody coming in and getting ready. There were people charging batteries, tightening screws, cleaning tires, checking radios, etc. At 8:00 am Rckcrwlr announced the Drivers Meeting. This was it, there was no turning back.

We were running three 2.2 courses at the same time. These were set up as a free crawl and it was the responsibility of the drivers to make sure they ran all three courses before the stated deadline. Things went smoothly. Every course stayed busy the whole time, and the Judges worked hard to keep everything moving.
Following the 2.2 runs, we ran 2 Super and 1.9 courses. We finished them up and decided to get the other Super and 1.9 course out of the way…Leaving at 10:30pm, made for a long day, 14 hours of crawling.

Bright and early Sunday we started the 1.9 and Super Finals. This was the top 5 best scores from the previous days events. We also ran the last 2.2 course to come up with the top 10 finalists.

The courses were tough but fair. Deep holes and mud, offered a dimension of complexity that stumped a lot of the drivers. Making sure that every movement was where you wanted to be was the most important with these courses. One misplaced tire and you could fall in a hole that would either cost you a touch or repair.

With the assistance of Susquahana Valley Scale Crawlers (SVSC), we were able to offer the 40,000 plus spectators a chance to test drive an Axial SCX-10 Trail Ready Truck…and a chance on winning a brand new one donated by Axial. The demo truck was put through it’s paces. Close to 200 spectators took the chance and was able to drive it over the predetermined course, showing the durability of this truck.

Competitors were allowed to bring their own scale rigs also. Two that stood out were Rockcrawler’s (Jeff Gill) Modified 2 speed tranny w/27T motor Honcho and Gatekeeper’s (Austin Dunn) Honcho packing a Brushless 8.5T Motor. These trucks were amazing………unreal low speed crawlability with awesome top speed. There were also several 6×6 custom rigs and more that took on the mud hole. When it was all said and done…we had three top winners…

Here is how they fell into place:

Super Class:
John “Super Dave” Ripplinger
James Caruso
CJ Hines
Cory Owenburg
Pat Curran

2.2 Comp Class:
Jake Wright
Jeff Gill
Austin Dunn
John “Super Dave” Ripplinger (not in picture)
Andy Zuber

1.9 Comp Class:
Austin Dunn
Jake Wright
Jay Lewis
James Caruso
Dave Zettlemoyle

Motorama 2010 is done…Planning has already started for 2011.

Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 2

Axial hosted it’s second west coast qualifier this past weekend (Feb. 27th) in Farmington, New Mexico.  Farmington is notorious in the 1:1 off-road world for having some of the best rock crawling anywhere in the US; numerous 1:1 competitions have been held there since the birth of rock crawling as well. This was my first trip to Farmington and needless to say the terrain didn’t disappoint. Massive sandstone rock formations were everywhere at the Brown Springs comp site, which had everyone excited to get this comp underway. R/C rock crawlers that live in the Farmington area are truly blessed with some awesome terrain. Here’s a breakdown of how the competition and the trip went for us.

On Wednesday afternoon, we started loading all the comp supplies into the RV. I went through my extensive checklist to make sure we had everything we could possibly need from scorecards, to course boundaries, gates, stop watches, pens, t-shirts for the giveaways, clip boards, banners, tools, spare parts, scalers, comp rigs, chargers, batteries, radios, spare electronics, etc. You get the idea. Everything was loaded into the RV with very little room to spare.

We started rolling Thursday morning by 6am. After a quick stop for some chocolate, Frappuccinos and petrol we hit the road bound for Las Vegas to pick-up Brian “Captain Axial” Parker and his main man Stuart Gartner.

Here is what my view looked like for 1600+ miles and a lot of hours driving.
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Same view…
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Still the same view…..
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After we hit Vegas and picked-up the boys, we headed over to BJ’s Brewhouse for lunch and a break from the road. The pepperoni pizza was my choice with home brewed root beer, which was very tasty. Makes me hungry right now.
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About 30 miles down the road we entered into the Lake Mead/Hoover Dam area.
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The local helicopter tour was taking flight as we drove down into the dam.
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The RV and Parker had to get a thorough inspection from authorities before being allowed to drive over the dam.  Parker and the two security guards disappeared into a small tent for about 20 minutes after the RV inspection was done.  When Brian returned he was walking a little funny and mumbling something about a cavity search?
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Local Jeep tour vehicle was passing through security at the same time as us.
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Looks like they are in the process of building a huge new bridge right over the dam. Once finished the view from the bridge should be amazing to say the least……………………..anyone up for a base jump?
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Crossing into Arizona by the dam. After a few hours driving in Arizona I thought I was on the set of “The Hills have Eyes.”
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A few more pics of the dam and surrounding area
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Here you can see how low the water levels are right now in the lake and inlet.
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Back on the road
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Meanwhile, Brian meditates in the RV before numbering the Axial gate markers (whilst visions of impassable gates danced in his head).
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Finally…………….we pull into the much anticipated comp site. After a quick look around we started giggling like school girls as we checked out the terrain. Brian started tearing up a little, and tried to blame it on something being in his eye, but we knew better. Sorry Brian.
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After a little test and tune session at the comp site, it was time to shower and hit the local bar for early tech. Three River’s Brewery was the place to be on Friday night. They were gracious enough to let us set-up a tech table right inside the bar and then supplied us with a free pool table and complimentary nachos. We asked a few locals what was the best beer to order, since we had no idea. Everyone said the “Double Barrel Amber” was the way to go. They were right too, it was one of the best beers I have ever had…………..period. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it.

Here’s Brian getting the party started.
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The Colorado crew talk strategy and rig set-up.
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These lovely ladies greeted me at the door with popcorn and a fresh beverage…………….I wish.
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Here’s how the tech table looked through my eyes after 4 or 5 Double Barrel Ambers.
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Game day. We were at the comp site by 6am on Saturday morning to set everything up. To our surprise there were people already there. Some even camped overnight despite the cold temps.
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Got wheel speed?
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Brian bundled up and doing work setting courses.
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Driver’s meeting
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Group shot
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Got snow?
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Alright, now let’s run some courses!!
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Dropping into Gate #3 on Course 1
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Colorado driver Becky Barger working her rig through course 4
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Axial team driver Jason “Sparky J” Rioux on course 3
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Sparky and I working course 5
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More random goodness
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Colorado driver, Jay Robinette
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Brain Parker (left) and Stuart Gartner (right) watch as competitors run their courses. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Stuart Gartner, he is one of the big players in this whole series. Brian and Stuart put in endless and sometimes thankless, hours of work behind the scenes at these AWCCQ Series comps for us. And we thank them for that!!
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And of course “Captain Axial” was on hand passing out free t-shirts to the spectators and competitors. I still find it weird how you never see Parker and Captain Axial in the same place at the same time.
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This guy looks impressed
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Ummm……..
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Colorado driver Matt Boken takes time out from competing to snap a picture with the R/C superhero.
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Here you can see Captain Axial’s ability to blend into any background, almost like a chameleon.
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Rescuing damsels in distress, a hero’s work is never done.
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Time to warm up…
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Once all the dust, snow, and rock settled here is how the top 3 for each class ended up.

Pro Shafty:
1st place Jay Robinette
2nd place Brad “Bender” Dumont
3rd place Kris Donaldson
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Pro M.O.A:
1st place Ryan Winkleman
2nd place Rob Youngsma
3rd place Tom Long
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Sport Class:
1st place Cody Mathews
2nd place Anthony Zajicek
3rd place Ron Loveland
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Rock Candy Sport Winner: Melissa Mathews
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Rock Candy Pro Winner: Becky Barger
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Wow, what a weekend!! Brutal courses but again, those that were some of the best that I’ve driven. Unbridled enthusiasm and comradery between all the competitors is usually the theme at most comps I attend, and this one was no different. Axial Racing would like to thank everyone involved in this event. A big thanks to the Farmington club 4CRC (4 Corners R/C) for all their help in organizing the land use and promotion of this event.  See you in St. George in 2 weeks.