Glamping Vs. Camping

WP_glamp_vs_camp_500x220The age old question, Glamping Vs. Camping… Which are you?

Is your food shopping done in the sporting goods store with a gram scale weighting everything and adhering to the “an ounce today is a pound tomorrow” mantra?

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Super marketing here I come, I’ve got coolers for days and an SUV that will haul everything one could imagine, including the kitchen sink?

How Car Transmissions & Synchromesh Work

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Chances are that at some point you found yourself scratching that head of yours attempting to figure out how a manual transmission and synchromesh gears work. Dating all the way back to 1936, Chevrolet developed a movie called “Spinning Gears” that explains just how everything works. Pop some popcorn, kickback and learn.

On another note, this video was produced back in 1936. Meaning all of those graphics and editing were done by hand, as in no computers were used. That’s super cool.

 

Video LINKhttps://youtu.be/aFvj6RQOLtM

2015 CKRC/U4RC NorCal-SoCal Shootout

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The “2015 CKRC/U4RC NorCal-SoCal Shootout” is now a chapter in the r/c history books. That’s right, history was made on 6/20/15 at Berchard R/C Raceway inside the Glen Helen Motorsports Park, with the first ever “regional level” R/C rock race event. There were championship titles on the line for each of the 6 different current U4RC classes. All of which were “highly” contested with 60+ entries for the event. U4RC has really stepped it up to bring the best experience to ALL of its enthusiasts by providing a “live feed” broadcasted worldwide of the entire event. Who would have ever thought that such a raw form of R/C racing born from the merging of the R/C endurance event KOTC and “parking lot” short course racing behind the old RCP Crawlers, would turn out this successful? . The drivers’ giveaway and raffle topped $3500 worth of hard core r/c swag! The items ranged from Axial Racing RTRs and kits, to Vanquish RC high end hop-ups to Holmes Hobbies’ quality electronic products and the list goes on and on!

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There were racers in attendance from all over the Western U.S. including; SoCal, NorCal, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oregon. The pits were filled with a “who is who” of insiders from the R/C crawling world, including racers and visitors from Axial Racing, CKRC Hobbies, Voodoo Tires, TCS Crawlers, Pit Bull Tires, Tekin, Vanquish RC, B.A.D. Graphix and many more. The Shootout’s racing action was absolutely the best we have seen to date in U4RC. Every class was a “battle” until the buzzer rang at the end of each Main.

 

 

 


1.9 Trail
class was a feverish fight all day long. Those little 1.9” clad rigs really take a beating while entertaining the crowd of onlookers. This class is based off of the SCX10 platform for the most part. Top honors in 1.9 Trail went to; 1st Johnny Stephens, 2nd place went to Anthonee Ramirez and John Ingold took home a 3rd place trophy for his efforts. This class, and others will be split by a Pro/Limited classification for the upcoming series due to the broad spectrum of ability levels of both driver and rig within the class.

Adam Baker won top honors in 1.9 Comp class. While 2nd place went to Austin Daynes and Scott Coomes of team Whistler Racing took home a 3rd place finish.

1.9 Trophy is the mini version of our grass roots class “2.2 Trophy”. These are highly realistic, all metal chassis’, 7lb minimum, racecars. The “Mini-Beast” chassis operated by RC Fabworks owner Mike Duncan took top honors, followed closely by Team Vanquish driver Dan Wilson, also running a “Mini-Beast” chassis. The third driver on this podium was Team Tekin and VP driver Michael Pham in a custom “one-off” chassis. For those of you that like scale realism, this is one of the two U4 classes that require a highly realistic looking race rig. They look and sound awesome battling it out, on course.

2.2 Comp Limited was definitely a tough class to achieve a podium finish in. All of the podium finishers were racing with modified Axial Wraiths. The rigs’ suspensions are fairly limited in this class to keep racing as fair as possible. 1st place trophy went to Michael Pham, while 2nd place went to Team Whistler co-founder Chris Bailey. The final podium spot for the 2.2 Comp Limited class went to Brian Hood from NorCal-U4RC. This class will also be split for the upcoming series. A special thank you has to go out to Brian Hood for throwing down some of the most passionate, accurate and entertaining announcing we have seen in a long while!

2.2 Comp Open class saw the largest number of entries and it’s no wonder with Axials’ release of the Yeti in 2014. Absolutely the wildest action of the day went on in this class. Yetis were putting down the fastest lap times all day long. The IFS/solid axle configuration works very well on rugged U4RC tracks. Coming out on top of the 2.2 Open class were Mike Duncan (RC Fabworks), followed in 2nd place by Axial/Voodoo team driver and R/C crawling icon Jake Wright. Grabbing a respectable 3rd place finish was Whistler Racing’s Mikey Foerster. These drivers should be very proud of their finishing results because 2.2 Open racing was heavily contested. Team Vanquish driver Michael Pham threw down the fastest overall lap of the event and took home a crisp $100 bill to prove it!

2.2 Trophy class is where the U4RC craze all started from. These race rigs are full custom, all metal chassis’ with the most stringent rules to help keep the class as realistic as possible to their 1:1 counterparts. The rigs in this class are also constantly progressing to keep up with advancements in full size rock racing. Like the smaller 1.9 Trophy rigs, the sound (metal chassis banging off rocks and together) and the visual enjoyment (very realistic) encountered while watching trophy cars race is unmatched by any other form of R/C racing! Team Pro-Line driver Rich Boltz took home the championship with his FletchBuilt chassis. He was followed closely by Team Vanquish/Voodoo driver Dan Wilson in his RC Fabworks Beast rig. The 3rd spot on the podium went to RCP driver Chris Pickering. Chris was also running a FletchBuilt chassis.

In conclusion, U4RC would like to thank Axial Racing for their continued support of not only R/C rock racing, but for supporting the many different forms of R/C events around the globe. Axial really does seem to care about getting a fun, reliable, realistic product into the hands of R/C enthusiasts worldwide. A final thanks goes out to all of the U4RC supporters everywhere. It’s your involvement that got U4 to where it is today and without its’ supporters U4RC would probably be fading out instead of still growing!

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For more info on U4RC rock racing please visit us at www.U4RC.com , U4RC/Facebook or on www.RCCrawler.com

words: Jerry Tobin–U4RC
photos: James Goad

AXIALFEST 2015 JRC Giveaway

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JRC AXIALFEST GIVEAWAY TAKEOVER
JRC is taking over the AXIALFEST Giveaway! Custom concept builder, Judd Rummage has taken the four Axial Racing RTRs and over $2000.00 in Vanquish parts that are slated to be given away at AXIALFEST 2015 and has transformed that pile of parts and stock vehicles into four JRC custom concept vehicles. Come check it out Judd did four Photoshop renderings of what he wanted these rigs to look like. Then, he built them. Come see the concept next to a photo of the real thing you won’t believe how close it is. Sorry no long build threads or tons of process pictures, just all business and must be seen in person to get the full effect.

INFO BEHIND JRC
JRC is the very first full service, professional graphic design, marketing and vehicle conception service dedicated to the sport and culture surrounding Off Road Vehicles. We operate in both radio controlled scale and full size markets. JRC offers a full range of graphic design services for everyone and has worked with a diverse list of clients, from the average custom scale builder, to large off road giants like Axial Racing, Vanquish products and Rebel Off Road. We offer consulting, branding, marketing, graphic design, logos, icons, stickers, banners, packaging, t-shirts, apparel design, vehicle skins, scale photography, video editing, ads, social media, web, product design and product development. We can consult with you and nail down the whole look of your new project before you even get started buying and building. We can enhance your whole build with a custom graphics concept package that will blow peoples minds. If you want a complete build we can handle that to. We deal with all the best manufactures and vendors directly, to bring the very best in chassis and parts packages. Weather your a pro or just the average builder, we can enhance your next build in ways you never imagined.

 

Vanquish “NIGHTSTALKER” SCX10 JEEP WRANGER UNLIMITED CONCEPT
Vanquish was the first introduce realistic high voltage lighting solutions for RC trucks. Their partnership with Rigid Industries lighting has led to the evolution some of the brightest RC vehicles lights on the market. This model is Vanquish themed and features a Vanqusih parts package valued over $1000.00. JRC celebrates the adventure night driving with this dark stealthy night predator. Featuring JRC’s exclusive “night camo” pattern. You will be turning heads by day or night if you are the lucky winner of this model.

Vanquish upgrades include:

Currie Axles

Vanquish eight-hole shooter wheels with SLW hubs

Axial HD diff and lockers front and rear with under driven rear

Axial Falkin R35 Wild peak tires

Currie Ti link and steer set

Vanquish Stage one kit

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Vanquish Rigid 6 inch LED light bar

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Vanquish “ORANGE CRUSH” Wraith SPAWN body concept
Axial Celebrates their Wraith line this year with the release of the “SPAWN”. JRC couldn’t wait to get a hold of one of these bodies. JRC tackles the 2.2 sector in this concept with a unique chopped body and cage design. This vehicle features Axial’s rugged Wraith based chassis design, with terrain hungry 2.2 tire size for absolute trail domination. You get all of the great advantages of an Axial RTR combined with a full body wrapped Vanquish Products themed graphics package. Lets not forget the full arsenal of Vanquish products installed. I can’t believe this awesome trail beast is going to be given away. The Vanquish parts package alone is valued over $1000.00.

Parts for this build include:

Vanquish OMF wheels with SLW hubs

Currie Axles

HD diff and lockers front and rear with under driven rear

Axial Trepador R35 tires

Currie Ti link and steer set

Vanquish Wraith stage one kit

JRC graphic full skin graphics dress up

Vanquish Rigid 5 inch LED light bar

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AXIAL 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY YETI Concept
2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of Axial Racing. They were founded in 2005 and since then have risen to the top of the radio controlled off road vehicle market. Models like the SCX10 and Wraith have propelled Axial to new levels of RC fun. To top it all off 2015 marks the introduction of the Axial YETI.  This race machine exemplifies the Axial spirit, so what better choice for the 10th anniversary themed vehicle. This Anniversary themed vehicle feature a full body wrapped graphics package over a completely RTR YETI Model. This vehicle features all of the usual JRC detail touches including a full custom interior paint job as well.

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RECON G6 “SCOUT TRUCK” PRE RUNNER CONCEPT
In the spirit of the Recon G6 Radio Controlled Adventure Racing series we present the “G6 SCOUT TRUCK”. This model features unique styling based on the lifestyle of G6 racing.   If parker had a pre runner race truck, this is what it would look like. The “Scout” features unique styling features, such as shaved fenders and cage. The “topo map” graphics will keep you grounded and navigating in the right direction. The Axial RTR package set up will get you where you want to go. This vehicle is up to the challenge of scouting and testing today’s toughest G6 courses in style.

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Rock Racing Class Selection

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R/C is a hobby, and a fantastic and fun one at that, but there is also a competitive side—most often in the form of racing. R/C racing has been around just about as long as there have been R/C cars. Racing first took off in parking lots on temporary tracks. As a whole, the hobby has come a long way from the days of parking lot racing. Today there are all sorts of type of competitions. The rock racing segment is a prime example of the awesome variety available. You can learn more about rock racing here. Getting started in racing or even just a segment new to you can be a bit daunting. One of the biggest questions is what class does my rig belong in and what are the rules. Using U4RC as the guideline, here is a breakdown of what class you can expect to compete in at a rock racing event with your Axial Racing vehicle.

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SCX10
If you have an Axial SCX10 with stock or stock-sized 1.9 tires, you can run and be competitive in the 1.9 Trail Limited or 1.9 Trail Pro classes. The 1.9 Trail Limited class is suggested because it is limited to solid axles only and the competition will not be heavily modified.

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The 1.9 Trail Limited class only allows for 2S LiPo and motors are limited to 21-turn brushed motors or 18.5 2700 Kv brushless motors. The SCX10 RTR models include Axial’s 27T motor is within the legal limit for 1.9 Trail Limited. While the 27-turn motor will be slower than other motors allowed, your RTR SCX10 won’t require a motor change to compete.

Motor selection can be a little tricky if you don’t know how the motor nomenclature works. When a motor limit is set at 21-turn, such as in the U4RC 1.9 Trail Limited class, the rule is indicating that 21-turn and higher motors can be used. The fewer turns a motor has the faster it will be compared to a similar motor with motor more turns. If the motor limit rule indicates a brushless Kv rating such as 2700 Kv, the  legal motors are 2700 Kv or lower. This is because the higher the Kv rating, the faster the motor.

The 1.9 Trail Pro class removes the battery and motor limits, but is still limited to solid axles. This class will feature more heavily modified vehicles.

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The Vanguard 2900KV brushless motor is legal for the 1.9 Trail Pro class and is an excellent motor for this class.

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Yeti
If you have a stock Yeti, the Yeti Limited class is the perfect class. The rules do allow you to upgrade the servo and servo horn, but the rest should be stock.

The next step up is the Yeti/EXO Pro class. There are no motor and battery limits. EXO Terra Buggies will need to be fitted with 2.2 tires to be competitive.

Heavily modified Yetis and EXO Terra Buggies are ideal for the Trophy 2.2  class. Metal cages are required, so this class is for more advanced racers.

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Wraith and Ridgecrest
The 2.2 Competitor Limited class is limited to solid axles only, so this class is ideal for the Wraith and Ridgecrest. The U4RC rules even state, “This Class is designed for RTR and kits with Axial only parts.”

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The 2.2 Competitor Limited class does restrict motors to 3150 Kv or less, but 550-sized motors are allowed. This means the Axial Racing Vanguard 3150KV is an ideal choice. This motor is loaded with torque and delivers more than enough speed.

The 2.2 Competitor Pro is also an option, but this class will be faster, so it is recommended that a Wraith and Ridgecrest receive some attention before entering this class. This class is ideal for a modified Wraith.

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Yeti XL
Even though the Yeti XL RTR can handle 6S, the Yeti XL class is limited to 4S to keep speeds reasonable.

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Don’t Stress
U4RC is understanding that many people may be building rigs without a real understanding of their specific rules, so they will allow anyone to compete the first time they show. They will review the rules and your vehicle and explain what needs to be done to comply with the rules. Violations will not be an issue for the first race day, but will be expected to be resolved for the second race.