Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thomas Creek Trail
Words and Photos by Matt Soileau
The RECON G-Train made a stop on the Thomas Creek Trail at the base of Mt. Rose in Reno, Nevada on April 14, 2012. As usual, the unpredictable Northern Nevada weather wasn’t sure what it wanted to do. It was snowing lightly as I arrived, but that did not deter the participants. There were over 70 drivers lined up waiting for tech!
After a quick tech, drivers lined up for the start. That’s a lot of SCX10s and Wraiths!
I checked out a few rigs while waiting in line and noticed some interesting things. Here, Alien Gee-Six has brought his Jet-Ski along. A boat was not just recommended; it was mandatory for this G6.
I also noticed the Wicked Witch and the Cowardly Lion blew in from Kansas.
This bad Wraith was sporting some saweeet AR60 axles from VP. They gave me serious axle envy. VP also makes a set for the AX10 axles. Look for them later in this blog.
When I finally reached the tech table, they handed me one of these notebooks. These hold the simple beauty of the G6. All events are on the honor system. You are responsible for recording all your penalties in this notebook.
What the heck? RECON founder Brian Parker will now be known as Twinkle Toes
Elio aka Zokerd showed up with some his best G-wards yet. Each event he outdoes himself with the awards he makes for the top finishers.
Hmmm, what could that be?
Oh, I see. It’s a coveted SK knife from Oliver Knives. Thom K was sporting the one he earned at last year’s Axial West Coast Championship. You can earn yours at this year’s Axial Fest 2012. http://axialracing.com/blog_posts/9998/
Brain Parker gets most of the recognition for the G6 events, but there are many others that help to put them on. A few were recognized before the driving began. Elio got an award for making awards.
StuWey got an award for running the computers and keeping track of all the scores and prize winners. This is one of the few times you get to see him out from behind the computer.
B-Rad got one for having to put up with the abuse from Parker everyday.
The Ultra Class had a Le Mans style start. Run, run, run, as fast as you can.
Ignore that sign.
Thomas Creek Trail has plenty of beautiful sights to distract the drivers. Axial Falls was the backdrop to one of the early trail markers.
More of the clear dirt. It was abundant on the first half of the trail.
The elusive Team Twerk driver, Rosa. She was hard to catch. 500 667
These slippery logs made lots of drivers nervous. It was like a deadlier version of the Cables of Carnage.
A G-Trail. Is there anything more captivating?
Go, MightyJoe! Here is your requisite picture.
The fun is up there. Follow me.
Fun for all ages. Here Skeeno Jr tries to keep up with her old man.
Axial Alien Gee-Six floats his boat while Skeeno’s boat begins to take on water. Lots of boats suffered the wrath of the class 6 rapids.
Swag pile. Thanks to Axial, VP, BPC, Propane, and PLE for the finishing prizes.
You have to keep your eyes open during a G6 because there are often treasures hidden in plain sight. This guy found the Shaka Bra mask and was rewarded with a 1 hour time bonus. Score!
John Hallman from PLE was the unlucky winner of the Hard Luck award. His honesty and positive attitude is what G6in is about.
Team Twerk’s team mom, Rose had to accept Rosa’s award. Rosa was so fast she blew past the finish and kept going.
Angela made Clint proud by taking home the prize as well as some Shaka Bra beads.
Wraith winner, Dan W and Ultra winner, Thom K had to leave early, so they were not available for pictures.
So, there you have it. Another great day of G6 scale adventure. Look for the G-Train near you. You don’t want to miss the fun.
And remember, Axial Fest 2012 is approaching June 22nd. Get your camp site reserved.