RECON G6 CHALLENGE SECOND ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH
Mayberry Park, Reno, Nevada, USA
December 8, 2012
Two years ago the RECON G6 Challenge was born at Mayberry Park in Reno, Nevada. Not knowing what to expect, a small group of scale enthusiasts showed up that first day and experienced fun like no other RC event had ever provided. That day they drove their scale vehicles for over two hours and burned thousands of mah (battery talk) while competing with the course and the clock. Those that finished beamed with pride. All that participated couldn’t wait to get more. Fast forward two years and the RECON G6 has matured. It has grown from a simple timed event to a full-fledged adventure!
There are so many fun parts to a RECON G6 that it is hard to describe. Of course driving your scaler for several hours is fun. Hanging out with your buddies is fun. Talking R/C with fellow enthusiasts is fun. Checking out everyone’s custom trucks is fun. Looking for hidden treasures is fun. Experiencing nature is fun. But, put them all together and you get something great.
At a RECON G6 you see people helping each other out; lending parts and tools and pulling each other over and through obstacles. Everyone helping each other finish. You see people picking up trash and donating their time. The RECON G6 is run by Brian Parker and his RECON Crawlers Crew, but others help out just because. Some make awards. Some bring food. Some donate prizes. Some help set up and clean up. It all comes together into a community of scale R/C goodness.
The Second Annual Birthday Bash is a celebration of the great event that is the RECON G6 Challenge. Almost 70 drivers showed up to participate in the celebration.
Here is one amazing example of how great the RECON G6 Challenge has become. This is Daniel Siegl. Daniel flew all the way from Austria to Reno, Nevada to complete a G6. Traveling over 5,000 miles! Oh, My! Now that is overland!
The first thing I did was walk the course a bit to see what was in store. I noticed some frozen mud. It looked like it would be softening up when the sun rose a little higher.
The Reverse Trail Marker. I hope everyone remembered to program their ESC for 100% reverse.
For some reason, TM76 reminded me of an alien horror movie. It looks like that trunk is going to eat someone.
There’s no need to call Sydney. If you are at a G6, you are in for a good time.
See that bridge way over there. Drivers will be crossing it at around TM100.
It looked innocent enough, but the wide slats made it a bit unnerving to walk across. It looked like those gaps would eat a 1.9.
TM115 was underground. I looked but no trolls were to be found.
I got to about TM150 before running out of time. I quickly hustled back to G-Central for the start of the day. On the way back I spotted this crop circle. It may have been created by Alien Gee-Six’s spacecraft.
The first thing I spotted at G-Central was a lot of rigs in the birthday spirit.
This one has candles ready for the cake.
I also spotted the new Axial SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. SWEETNESS!!!!
This one was extra extra sweet. It was rocking some awesome officially licensed Currie RockJock 60 axles skillfully crafted by Vanquish Products.
Is that the officially licensed Rigid Industries Vanquish light bar? It might just be the new standard for night stages!
I also spotted this rig (scratch my head in thought). First glance it looked like a Wraith. Then I pick it up and….
….wait a minute. That’s an EXO buggy! With a Wraith cage. Hmmm. IFS and G6?
Thom Kowatch was using this cool Pull Pal type anchor that he made with a Axial Heavy Duty Link and a piece of an electrical box.
Party Pinata. I wonder what’s inside.
I noticed everyone wearing dog tags, so I had to take a closer look. They turned out to be surprise presents for all the participants.
Dan W shows his off!
Crap, the cops are here. Looks like we’re about to be shut down.
Just kidding. That officers Skiver and Howard here to pick up all the toys for the Washoe County Sherrif’s Christmas on the Corridor program. G6ers all brought toys to donate. It looked like there was well over 100 toys donated.
Daniel Siegl got his official G-Greeting from Parker.
The Hawaiian RECON chapter built this sled. Notice the flag up front. It was decorated with a pineapple in their honor.
Almost go time. First a quick drivers meeting and then, of course, the National Anthem. Please remove your hats and press play.
These guys are ready to get their G-BDAY Party on!
Line’em up and light your Lipos. It’s GO TIME!
The Meeks clan pushing through the first few dozen Trail Markers.
Looks like that EXO is doing just fine.
Yup, there’s Austria’s finest taking a dip in the Truckee River.
Oh, yeah. That mud is defrosting nicely
The party continued on the trail.
I thought these guys were looking for a lost contact lens. Turned out there was a nasty hole that rigs were getting stuck in.
It created a bit of a line.
Luckily, the new Axial SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon was there to help out.
If you spot anything on the G-Trail, you better pick it up. This ear won someone a new Dingo.
These jewels earned drivers time bonuses.
This random chunk of concrete was barely wide enough for the SCX10s
Wraiths had to be a little more creative to make it down.
Mike Pham-tastic was sweating it up in the Ultra Class. He was the first one to most of the Trail Markers.
Also in Ultra Class was Thom Kowatch who was hot on Pham’s tail. He caught up to him by TM150.
A dirty tank top and sock? Could there be anything grosser on course? Yes, yes there can be. All G6ers carried trash bags to beautify the river.
See, now the trash is gone. Good job G6ers!
Mama Bear Rose Parker wanted some credit for picking up several bags of trash. Here’s props to you, Mrs. Parker.
On course repair is pretty common when driving for 4 hours. These guys were prepared.
The Wraiths had a pretty easy time on the bridge
SCX10s needed some help to bridge some gaps. Here John Hallman uses his sand ramps to to avoid falling victim to the crack.
I don’t know what this guy’s problem was. He was smiling every time I saw him. He’s the happiest G6er I have ever seen.
Time for a quick battery swap to replenish the mAhs.
This lady brought the Girl Power Wagon out to play.
Ice cream and shaving cream awaited the fishers back at G-Central…
…so did calisthenics. Each driver got to stop and do 20 jumping jacks at the half way point.
Back on course, it was a return to the mud. These two seemed to be afraid of the mud. : P
Dan W. wasn’t afraid to squeeze the skinny pedal.
TM250? Only 125 left. Better hurry up.
SkeenoJr’etta was determined to finish.
Here she is blasting through some puddles.
Better hustle, guys. The sun is going down.
There’s that new Axial SCX10 Jeep JK again leading the trail!
Old school pair.
I see some papercraft in the back of that Toyota. His driver also carried his own theme music. I’m glad he didn’t OverGold.
This guy spotted the Princess. You know he was rewarded back at G-Central.
TM304, so close now. Keep on truckin!
This poor puppy was a tuckered out. Mama had to carry him the last 100 Trail Markers.
Is that GCRad1 doing engagement pictures? No wonder he couldn’t make this G6.
Quick log ride before heading home.
The last Trail Marker was the cream pits. GET SOME!
The SWAG pile. I know what I would have wanted.
As awards and presents were being passed out, Parker got a little love from SkeenoJr’etta.
Here’s the award winners in no particular order.
RECON and all the G6ers would like to thank Axial Racing and all the other sponsors for making this Birthday Bash a great event. If you haven’t been to a RECON G6 Challenge yet, you better get to one soon.