RECON G6 – Zombies on the Rocks – Report

R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge presents…
Rock Park, Reno, Nevada
October 13, 2012

This was the second Halloween event that RECON has hosted at Rock Park.  Last year the event was called Haunted Rock Park and everyone was on the lookout for the ghost of Jed.  This year the event was Zombies on the Rocks and drivers had to be on the lookout for zombies.  It was time to go zombie hunting!

Points were awarded for drivers dressed in the zombie hunting spirit.  Here the Dohoneys and Elio show off their thrill of the hunt.

Rigs were also prepared to hunt the zombies.  It was a good idea to have a shooter on board to eliminate any signs of danger.

Of course, keeping a dog around is also a good idea.  They not only warn of imminent danger, but they can also be used to defend an attack.

Personally, I was not taking any chances.  I had Daryl Dixon guarding me.  He’s a mean shot with his crossbow.

After the requisite driver’s meeting to explain all the rules, or lack there of, it was off to slay some living dead.  Here a Wraith already has one strapped to his roof as he rounds TM4.

After a scamper through the bush, rigs got lined up to tackle the serious stuff.  The first part of the day was pretty challenging.

This section of the trail was more like a semi controlled Southern Rock Bumping.  You had to stay on throttle to keep from high centering in this junk.

After rattling your brains on the rip rap, drivers were treated to some water smoothed slick rock.  Not only was this part congested with rigs and drivers, a large crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the action.

I know what all these kids will be asking for for Christmas.

Drivers helped each other out all over the place.  Lots of tow straps and cables were put to use here.

Drivers even used other rigs as bridges to cross difficult gaps.

This suspension bridge looked innocent enough, but was testy if you weren’t smooth.

A school bus could save a lot of people from the Zombie Apocalypse.

The Wicked Witch and Cowardly Lion were seen running from some Walkers.

The Infected Blood Pit….Before



After the first stage, drivers rested in the Safe Zone.  This area had been cleared of zombies, so drivers could recharge, eat, and prepare for the night run.

These guys are ready to blend in and start the hunt.

The vibe at night was definitely more serious.  The zombies are more active at night, so everyone was on high alert.

This group was one lucky family.  The only surviving humans with four generations of G6ers.

Lights were necessary for the night stage.  Drivers were on the hunt to find zombies.  Can’t find what you can’t see.

This guy went Mad Max and mutantified his Honcho into a 6×6 with 6 wheel steering.  He wanted to make sure he had enough load capacity to carry as many zombies as possible.

I brought along our hoopty trailer from the AxialFest UTAC.

These are the walkers you were looking for.

Hey, thanks for the tip, guys.

Almost home.  Keep your right foot down.

Survivors were treated to some awesome swag from our sponsors.  Thanks to all that donated.

Finishing a G6 is like winning a G6, but it’s always fun to take home a Zonkerd Award.  Here are the lucky ones.

Our oldest G6er, at 88 years young, gets the Parker Pose.

Hard Luck

Not sure what the cows means, but I’m sure it’s not 1st place.

Team Winner

The Wraith/2.2 Winners

Her proudest moment as a G6er.

1.9 Winners

That almost looks like Laurel and Hardy, except running from the zombies seems to have slimmed Parker down a bit.

Congrats to all the survivors of the Zombies on the Rocks.  We hope to see you at the next RECON G6 Challenge.  Info for the Pumpkin Pie G6 can be found here:

Axial Day in Italy

Robotronics, [Axial's distributor for Italy] recently hosted a single day event catered to Axial customers and potential R/C newcomers. The event took place on Sunday, September 30th. Even though it rained for the few days prior to the event, the rain held off long enough on Sunday for the event to go off without a hitch. Attendees were treated to a custom built scale trail run that featured many different obstacles, both man made and natural. The course had a little of everything built in from hill climbs, to rock crawling sections, bridges, mud, sidehills and even trials type obstacles. There were two different classes to be run based on tire and wheel size, the 1.9 class for SCX10′s as well as the 2.2 class for the AX10′s and Wraith’s that attended. Drivers spent the morning practicing on the course to get a feel for the layout and the obstacles. After lunch the competition started for both classes, and the top 3 for each class were crowned. Numerous prizes were handed out during the day as part of the giveaway that was going on as well. So, a lucky few walked away with free R/C gear on top of a great day of R/C trail running. Looks like a great course to crawl on, especially with the mud and water holes. We are a little jealous!!

A few highlights from the event. An overall group shot.

Competitors checking out the goods!


SCX10 climbing out of a mud hole.

Axial display.

SCX10 on 2.2 wheels and tires attempts a man made hill climb.

A Wraith climbs out of another mud hole.

A future 1:1 offroad enthusiast in training.

The full event report and photos can be found here.

All in all we would say it looks like a lot of fun, congrats to the winners!!

Axial Northwest Scale Nationals

The Axial Northwest Scale Nationals took place in picturesque Lucia Falls, Washington September 28-30th, 2012.

Tristan took some aswesome images; a couple of examples show here and you can see the rest by checking out the extensive photo thread over on R/C Crawler:

Also check out Ryan Gerrish’s fly over video:

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