AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: Tower Hobbies


Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Tower Hobbies has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014.

About Tower Hobbies:
From Bruce Holecek, Founder of Tower Hobbies
I started Tower Hobbies in 1971. It all began with a love of hobbies, $800.00 in personal savings, and a dream. A dream to create the largest and finest hobby mail-order company in the world. A dream that has come true even beyond my wildest expectations!

During the first year my brother Mark joined me in this fledgling venture and in 1972 Jeri and I were married and this brought our total employee roster up to three! During those early years we ate, breathed, slept, talked and dreamed about nothing but Tower Hobbies. Tower Hobbies grew quickly as it revolutionized the radio control industry with toll-free “800″ WATS lines, an in-house mainframe IBM computer, annual catalogs that are the “bibles” of the industry, a multiple-award-winning web site and most importantly a determined commitment to low prices, excellent service, and our “customers are Kings” attitude.

In the mid-’70s, Mark left Tower Hobbies to start a different business on his own. In 1984 Clint Atkins, a local Champaign businessman joined Tower Hobbies in an ownership capacity. Clint brought considerable strengths to Tower Hobbies that enabled it to provide even better prices, products and services than ever before. In 2005, Clint, Jeri and I sold Tower Hobbies to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) but continued on in a leadership role. Now, the employees of Tower Hobbies own the company and have a real investment in 100% customer satisfaction.

I started, and Tower Hobbies continues today, with a very simple game plan: offer the finest products available at the lowest prices and to provide absolutely the finest service. This game plan is a lot more than just a plan — it’s a promise. A promise that is honored by each and every dedicated employee of Tower Hobbies. All of the dedicated employee-owners are Team Tower Hobbies and their personal and professional commitment to excellence is your guarantee of total satisfaction and outstanding value.

Clint, Jeri and I thank you for your loyal support all these years. Our employee-owners will continue to do everything they can to constantly improve Tower Hobbies to serve you even better in the future. You always have been and certainly continue to be absolutely the most important reason for our very existence, and we promise never to forget this simple truth.

Remember, your total satisfaction is personally guaranteed by the best team Tower Hobbies ever put together. We invite you to become and stay a satisfied customer-and welcome you to the exciting world of hobbies — the Tower Hobbies Way!

Sincerely yours,

Bruce Holecek
Founder, Tower Hobbies

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AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: RPP Hobby


Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that RPP Hobby is a returning sponsor for AXIALFEST 2014. RPP Hobby is the official hobby shop of AXIALFEST 2014 with a retail-booth on site at Cisco Grove Campground for all your on-site Axial needs and wants.

RPP Hobby is locally owned and founded by Nor Cal Native Corey Bauman who started selling custom painted scale trucks and crawler bodies on-line in the late 1990′s. Bauman’s hobby grew into a full “brick & mortar” retail business when he opened his shop in 2004. The RPP Hobby goal is to offer customers the best possible service, at a great price, with expedient order processing and shipping.

Visit them at:

AXIALFEST 2014: Pre-Registration is Now Closed!



Registration on site is still available, however this will be CASH ONLY NO EXCEPTIONS! On site registration also means that you will not get the pre-registration swag bags, but you will be able to purchase the t-shirt ($16), patch ($5), and hat ($35) on location.

Events will be $55 for first adult entry, $25 for second adult entry, and $30 for child entry


Thursday Night June 12th, 2014:
6:00pm – 9:00pm Early Driver Check-In

6:00pm – 9:00pm Concourse Park Ferme

Friday June 13th, 2014:
08:00am – Driver Check-In

10:00am – 1:00pm Terra-X

01:00pm – 02:00pm LUNCH

02:00pm Start Time RECON G6 Trial Challenge

08:00pm – 12:00pm cut off RECON G6 Stage-1 Night Stage (Headlamps Mandatory)

Saturday June 14th, 2014:
08:00am – 12:00pm RECON G6 Stage 2

12:00pm – 02:00pm LUNCH

02:00pm – 11:00pm cut off time RECON G6 Stage 3 / Trial Challenge
(Headlamps Mandatory)

08:00pm – 09:00pm DINNER
(you can eat out on trail if time is needed so pack accordingly)

09:00pm – 11:00pm AWARDS Bonfire & EXPO
(bring your chairs and a stick of wood)

Sunday June 15th, 2014:
Sleep in and travel home safe or Sunday Funday for those who want to scale trail with us…

AXIALFEST 2014: Pre-Registration Closing 5.26.14


PRE-REG BY MAY 26th. You have Monday off for Memorial Day, take a minute and make sure you get your PRE-REGISTRATION DONE!!!!


What you get for PRE-REG:
Name printed on Event Pass or it will get hand written on site at the event.
Event T-Shirt –  it will cost $15 on site at the event.
AXIALFEST 2014 Embroidered Patch with Hook and Loop backing – it will cost $5 at the event.
Limited Edition Axial Embroidered Hat –  it will cost $35 on site at the event.





AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: Kling-On RC


Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that KLING-ON has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014.

About Kling On RC:

Kling On RC has an innovative solution for RC enthusiasts interested in displaying their passion. Designed and built in the USA, our patented easy-to-install aluminum wall mounts accommodate virtually any RC configuration and feature a durable black powder coat finish. Once installed, RCs take on a vertical orientation, which unlike traditional horizontal methods, adds a margin of safety and style. Un-clutter your work space and display your car collection proudly.

Our Kling On RC racks offers multiple benefits over the traditional storage methods. Start with the design of the support arms that provide a large curved surface area that eliminates the traditional flat spotting. This will let your foams and tires regain shape quickly. Next is the vertical position that the RC hangs in while on our racks. This position allows your suspension to sit with no weight or compression on the springs between use. Step into the new revolution of RC vehicle storage with your own Kling On RC racks. Available only at

AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: Tekin


Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that TEKIN has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014

Tekin pioneered the electronic speed controller by developing leading edge designs in the 1980’s.  The electronic speed controller changed the game forever compared to the mechanical speed controllers of the time.

In 2002, while looking for some information on Tekin products, Jim Campbell found they had closed the doors.  A former employee offering service on Tekin products claimed that everything was still there. In 2003 Jim found the original building looking as though everyone had just left yesterday.  It appeared to be the perfect combination of a love for RC and experience with motion control and surface mount electronic assembly.  With persistence and determination he found the original owner, and many months later Tekin was moved from the Golden State to the mountains of Idaho.

Tekin designs and manufactures “Smarter-Smaller-Faster” electronic components including motors, speed controllers and battery chargers.

AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: CKRC


Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that CKRC has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014.

About CKRC

While many may already know about CKRC Hobbies prestigious history within both the R/C and full size rock crawling industry, the hobby shop has been under new ownership by Jason Copeland since December of 2013. Copeland strives to continue CKRC’s legendary selection and service bringing R/C products directly to your door with a revamped website. If you are located within the Reno, Nevada area visit the newly decorated brick and mortar location.

CKRC Hobbies • 1110 S Wells Ave. Reno NV  89502 •

2013 King of New England Scale Competition


Like many active clubs, the RCM Scale Truck Club at RC Madness in Enfield, CT has weekly competitions where drivers setup their scalers to drive through challenging courses loaded with gates. The King of New England scale competition, however, was a big departure from their traditional courses with gates. This out-of-the-ordinary event tested the drivers and their trucks on a wide variety of challenges.


Two classes were offered, and challenges included a hill climb, sled pull, vehicle recovery, mud-filled “Frame Twister” course and a long obstacle course.


As a sponsor, Axial Racing made one lucky driver’s day by hooking him up with a AX10 Deadbolt.


To find out who earned the title of king, the final standing in both classes were combined. Consistency paid off for one driver who proved to be the best of the best.

Check out the full article on this event at RC Truck Stop here.

Understanding the Axial Racing AX-3 Radio System


The Axial Racing AX-3 transmitter included with Axial’s RTR vehicles is both complex and simple. It’s complex in that it features state of the art technology such as a 2.4 GHz signal. In contrast, the AX-3 is simple in that it’s intended for use by users of all experience levels. Its operation is designed to be easy to understand.


Steering Wheel
The use and function of this component is pretty obvious, but what many people fail to realize and take advantage of is that the steering wheel and associated radio system provides fully proportional control—just like a real vehicle. Unlike typical RC toys, when you turn the AX-3’s steering wheel a little the model’s wheels turn a little. Even drivers who realize the controls are proportional tend to forget once the transmitter is in their hands. One of the keys to becoming a skilled RC driver is taking advantage of the proportional controls.


Throttle Trigger
Like the steering control, Axial Racing vehicles proportional control for throttle. The difference between the throttle trigger and the steering wheel is that the later performs more than one function. Squeezing the trigger operates the throttle, but pushing the trigger applies brakes and reverse (also proportional). On the Wraith and SCX10 vehicles equipped with the brushed AE-2 speed control, the default setting is to have full forward, brakes and full reverse. This is fully programmable. The brushless powered EXO Terra Buggy’s default setting is slightly different in that reverse is only activated after a two second delay.

ax-3 dual rate

Battery Strength Indicator
If the battery voltage becomes too low, control can be compromised. Axial Racing’s electronics systems have a built in fail safe, so if you lose signal, your vehicle will not be out of control. If signal is interrupted, the vehicle will coast to a stop as the speed control instantly goes to neutral. Even though the system is engineered for safety, for optimized performance, you should use transmitter batteries with sufficient charge. Full power delivers the best range.

ax-3 trims

The AX-3 features trim adjustments for steering and throttle. Trim is used to adjust the center point of the servos. Steering trim is often used to get the vehicle to track straight with no steering input. These dials should always be set to zero when installing a new servo and/or servo horn or installing a new speed control or recalibrating the speed control.

ax-3 dual rate

Dual Rate
The dual rate dial on the AX-3 is a feature many RTR radios don’t include. Dual rate reduces steering throw. This can be used to keep the servo from straining against the steering system’s physical stops.

On the EXO Terra Buggy, dual rate can be useful to tame the steering at high speeds or when traction is limited. New drivers will also benefit from reduced dual rate when driving a fast vehicle such as the EXO Terra Buggy.

ar-3 receiver

Make sure the Axial Racing AR-3 receiver is properly installed and an adequately charged batter is in the vehicle. Steering servo plugged into the STR port (this is channel 1) and the ESC plugged into THR (this is channel 2). The servo and ESC have three-wire looms and the brown (negative) wire always goes towards the outside of the receiver.

1. Make sure the transmitter and ESC are off.

2. Plug the Bind plug included with your Axial Racing vehicle in the receiver’s third port (labeled “CH3)

3. Turn on speed control. The receiver’s status LED will blink. The blinking indicates the AR-3 is in Bind mode.

4. Open transmitter’s cover located on the top of the case.

5. Using the included pin-shaped tool, press and hold Bind button on the AX-3 transmitter

6. Turn on the AX-3 transmitter

7. When blinking stops on the AR-3 receiver, remove Bind plug from receiver

AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: PitBull Tires


Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that PitBull R/C Tires has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014.

Pit Bull Xtreme RC Company is the natural R/C extension of the 1:1 Hardcore company – Pit Bull Tires.

What makes us so unique? Our R/C products are designed by the same people that have brought you some of the most famous Pit Bull 1:1 tire and wheel products to-date and because of this fact, we feel that we are the #1 R/C tire experts in the Universe! The 1:1 company, Pit Bull Tires, has been producing top quality extreme 1:1 products since 1994 and has proven itself as a leader in the offroad industry. PBXRC is our commitment to this spirit of innovation, quality and integrity and we are committed to providing top quality R/C products for years to come.

Since its inception, Pit Bull Xtreme RC Company has been nothing short of a phenomenon. With a name like “Pit Bull”, we knew we had a lot to live up to and we do our best to provide our customers with incredible products and exceptional service. We are down-to-Earth and pride ourselves on being accessible to our customers. We do our best to LISTEN to what our customers want and provide them with first-rate products that satisfy those needs.

We do our best to produce our R/C products with 1:1 in mind. Pit Bull 1:1 tires have proven themselves from Baja to Antarctica, in deserts, rocks, mud, sand and snow and Pit Bull R/C products should be no exception!

We are an American family-owned business and we design all of our Pit Bull R/C products here in the United States. It is our intention to create the best R/C products in each category we enter by listening to those who use them and translating our decades of 1:1 offroad experience to the R/C market.

We believe in supporting those who defend our freedom and wish to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to all those men and women who are currently serving or have served our country in the past. Without you the world wouldn’t be the same.

We believe in Freedom, the Constitution, including the Right to bear arms, and Freedom of speech. We firmly believe that every person needs to live by the Golden Rule and be accountable for their words and deeds regardless of circumstances. These are the things we try to live by and this is how we try to run our business.

Now you know something about us…