AXIALFEST 2016: General Info and Code of Conduct

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We are very excited to welcome all of you to AXIALFEST2016!

Like in years past, we will be leaving the confines of cement sidewalks, quaint neighborhoods and bumper to bumper traffic in favor of the great outdoors. The Cisco Grove Campground venue is the perfect spot for the Axial family to get together and share a weekend of fun and excitement. Please remember the focus of this event is all about having a good time. Also remember that it is important to respect your temporary neighbors at this facility, as we want to come back in the future!

Below you will find some helpful information to make your experience at AXIALFEST2016 the best it can be. We are asking for a little homework before your arrival so you are well informed about our registration process, which will allow you to get to the fun part of the weekend a little faster. We have also included some helpful tips for those of you who have not been to an AXIALFEST in the past as well as a checklist of basic supplies to bring.

 

STEP 1: Check in your (full size) vehicle at the Campground Office

ALL VEHICLES MUST CHECK IN AT THE MAIN OFFICE! (pictured below)

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Make sure to familiarize yourself with your camp section and where the Pavilion is, located behind the H-Section camp area. After checking in with the campground and getting settled in your camp spot, follow the arrows to the Pavilion for Driver Check-In/ On-site Registration. The designated Driver Check-In/ On-Site Registration times are Thursday, July 14th from 9AM-12PM and Friday, July 15th from 9AM-12PM.

 

STEP 2: Driver Check-In at the Pavilion

Steps for Driver Check-In:

FOR PRE-REGISTERED ATTENDEES (Those who registered online)
1) Please “check-in” to AXIALFEST2016 on Facebook.
2) Line up by Driver Last Name
3) Present your registration confirmation and your Photo ID
4) SIGN WAIVER (Available at registration table. All attendees must sign waiver; Minors must have Legal Guardian sign too)
5) Receive Event Wristband and Pre-reg Driver Bag!
6) Check Schedule for your assigned classes and have fun!

FOR ON-SITE REGISTRATION ATTENDEES
If you have not registered yet, don’t fret, you can still sign up on-site!
1) Please “check-in” to AXIALFEST2016 on Facebook.
2) Line up in the On-Site Registration Line
**All On-Site Registration MUST be made in CASH. NO EXCEPTIONS!**
4) SIGN WAIVER (Available at registration table. All attendees must sign waiver; Minors must have Legal Guardian sign too)
4) Receive Event Wristband (t-shirts will be available for purchase on site)
5) Check Schedule for your assigned classes and have fun!

Note: Run groups (your starting trail) will be marked on your wristband at registration.
All ULTRA Drivers will be in Run Group G and run Trail-G together Friday morning.

Note: Unlike 2015, Tech Inspection will take place right before the specific event at the site of the event. See event schedule for times.

Driver Check In/ On-Site Registration Times:
THURSDAY (9AM-12PM) – for those arriving on Thursday.
FRIDAY (9AM-12PM) – for those arriving on Friday.


AXIALFEST 2016 FINAL SCHEDULE

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AXIALFEST2016 Supplemental Intel

Code of Conduct

AXIALFEST is a family friendly event. Here a few guidelines:
• Mind your language when in groups. Remember, there are kids around.
Remember, there are kids around. Remember, there are kids around!
• This isn’t a fraternity party, please act accordingly. Lots of families, lots of kids.
• Respect others wanting to sleep at night. Mind the campground’s quiet hours.
• Dress modestly. Again, kids will be around. Consider what is printed on your clothing.
• Dress smartly for the outdoor environment. White sneakers, really?
• Respect the campground. They are not there to clean up after you.
• Clean up after yourself.
• Don’t waste water.
• Don’t park in undesignated areas.
• If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911.

ATV/UAV Rules Off road vehicles that are not street legal and registered may not be ridden around the campground. OHVs may take the dirt path to the dirt road to access the Fordyce Trail. Registered street legal vehicles can be driven on the paved areas of the campground.

Warnings About Nature

Heat- Temperatures in the Sierras can reach as high as 100 degrees during the day and below freezing at night. Weather can vary. We have seen snow, ice, rain, as well as 90* temperatures all during the same weekend at Cisco Grove. Be prepared for all temperatures and types of weather. BE PREPARED!

Altitude- Cisco Grove is in a High Altitude area. Those traveling from lower elevations may experience some altitude sickness. Altitude sickness may give you headaches and dizziness, loss of appetite and drowsiness. If you experience these symptoms it is recommended that you drink plenty of water. Headaches can be treated with a mild pain reliever such as ibuprofen. Start drinking plenty of water 1-week in advance!

Food and Water- There are no food vendors at the Cisco Grove Campground. Hours and miles of Scale RC fun burns a lot of calories. You will need to replenish those calories and fluids. Pack extra food and water than you are expecting. Truckee is the nearest town for supplies.

Wildlife- We will be camping in the mountains. There are all kinds of wild animals in the nearby forest. Be aware of this at all times, watch where you step and be aware of your surroundings. When driving your rig, be sure to look up and pay attention to where your physical body is going and what is physically in front of you. #LostInTheScaleZoneCanBeHazardousToYourHealth

Emergency Contact Info

On-Site First Aid Station There will be an on-site first aid station near the Pavilion from Thursday to Saturday to assist with any issues.

On-Site Axial Staff  If there are any issues that you would like to report regarding the experience you are having on site please notify an Axial staff member (wearing Staff Shirt) to try to rectify the situation. For basic information, please proceed to the Pavilion.

Gateway Urgent Care 11105 Donner Pass Rd Truckee, CA 96161 - (530) 582-2070

Tahoe Forest Hospital Donner Pass Road and Pine Ave 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759 Truckee, CA 96160 – (530) 587-6011

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office 10879 Donner Pass Rd # A Truckee, CA 96161 – (530) 582-7838

Printable Checklist of What To Bring:

• Headlamp
• Flashlight
• Axial RC
• Transmitter
• Batteries and Charger
• Spare Parts
• Tools
• Food and water for three full days.
• Plates, cups, pots, pans, and utensils.
• Stove/BBQ
• Shorts
• Pants
• T Shirts
• Sweatshirt/Jacket
• Socks and underwear, lots of them.
• Hat/gloves
• Sturdy, close toed shoes, hiking boots recommended. Bring 2 pairs, in case one gets wet.
• Soap, shampoo, towel, quarters for showers.
• Tent, pad, sleeping bag, pillow
• EZ Up canopy
• Extra towels/rags
• Wash buckets, soap, and sponge
• Now that your list is complete, bring more drinking water

AXIALFEST2016 TRAIL MAP

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Above you’ll find the AXIALFEST2016 trail and campground area map. Each letter corresponds with the start of a trail. For example, if you are assigned to Run Group C, this is the trail you will start with. You will start your adventure at Trail-C indicated on the map and then work your way around in alphabetical order to D, E, F, G, A, and finally B. The event’s opening ceremonies, staging for the start of the Adventurist class, and final awards ceremony will be at the Pavilion Backlot. The ULTRA event will take place Friday morning at Trail-G. Rock Racing will take place Saturday morning at the blue star indicated on the map.

 

Below are the latest AXIALFEST2016 announcements:

ADVENTURIST SCORECARD – HOW DOES IT WORK? http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073918047

ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO – TRANSPONDERS REQUIRED! http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915962

RUGGED RADIOS ROCK RACING CONTINGENCY PROGRAM http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974

 

A must read if you are a First Timer:

FIRST TIME TO AXIALFEST GUIDE
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073910705

 

Official AXIALFEST2016 Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1623366397951597

Desert Turtle Racing Ultra4 Glen Helen 2016 Race Recap

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Since KOH we have been enjoying our rig, the Turtle, by going out wheeling a few times and also determining what we needed to do to get ready for our next race. As we worked on the Turtle we realized that we needed to spend some time better tuning our Rock Krawler shocks, in order to improve the overall ride and handling of the vehicle. We took the Turtle out for a few test runs and got the shocks dialed in pretty well. Being a couple of rookies, we know we are not going to get it perfect but we sure feel like we got it close, and none the less we are learning a lot about tuning. Race weekend came and we were as dialed as we were going to be, so we loaded up the Turtle and all our gear and headed for the Ultra4 4 Wheel Parts Grand Prix at Glen Helen Raceway. Friday morning consisted of several things — registration, drivers meeting, practice (2 sessions), qualifying, and then another drivers meeting. Saturday was filled with prelims, the main event, and then an after party.

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GH2016-20160610_142117Friday morning, we got all checked in at registration, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed over to the drivers meeting. At the meeting they covered the course layout for the weekend, some things to watch out for on course, and the break down of practice groups. After the meeting Darin and I agreed that we would share the driving this weekend and alternate each session. He would drive Practice 1 and Qualifying, and I would drive Practice 2 and Prelims. We suited up and headed out for Practice 1. Basically this was to get a hang of the track and feel out how the car was going to handle. We picked up our speed a bit and were getting down in the 5:15’s by the end of practice. We headed back to the pits after the session and made a couple small changes and then got back in the Turtle for Practice 2. This was my turn to drive and the objective was the same — Get the hang of the track and feel the car work. We were both able to get our lap times down in the 5:15’s but we noticed that our temps were getting a little too high. We took the Turtle back to the pits to discuss a game plan to try to get the temps down. We gave the car a once over and swapped out the coolant for 100% water to help keep the temps down, and adjusted our sway bar setting to try and get the car tighter in the turns. Again we suited up, and headed out to run our qualifying laps. The Turtle ran great during the session, the temps were a bit cooler, but not the best. We were able to pull off a time to get us a 9th position start in the Prelims out of 17 other rigs. For only being our second race, and first Grand Prix, we felt great with our results.

GH2016-20160610_210126 GH2016-20160610_193508 GH2016-IMG_9888 GH2016-IMG_9904 GH2016-IMG_9916 GH2016-IMG_9913 Saturday, RACE DAY was upon us, and we had to get lined up early to run our Prelims at 8:45 AM. No time to change anything on our car but we were able to finalize our plan to try and get the temps down. We got lined up in our starting order, 9th back from the leader. We went into the race with the game plan of keeping the car safe and not over-pushing anything. We were OK starting 9th in the main and just wanted to get through the race. The green flag dropped and we were on the move. We were able to pass a couple of rigs and things were going great. We came over a hill leading into a flat section with a couple chicanes. We set the Turtle into a nice left handed drift to hug the inside course marker (giant Caterpillar tire) and then out of nowhere we hit a rut and hooked up. The Turtle was sent head-on for the tire. I tried to counter steer to the right to avoid the tire but it was to late. BOOM — We hit the tire like it was a wall, it sent us up in the air on the two right side wheels. So in a corrective attempt I cranked the wheels to the right and gassed it, hoping that we would be able to drive out of it, but to no avail. Over we went, rolling on the passenger side and coming to a haul back on the drive side. We had successfully rolled the Turtle for the first time. Darin and I checked in with each other to make sure we were good. The track officials rushed over to make sure we were OK and let us know they were going to flip us up-right. They got to work and we were back on our wheels quickly. We fired up the car and began to drive slowly to see if we could feel anything wrong. While I was sitting there on our side all I could think is “There goes our starting position”. I was feeling a little bummed but knew I had to get back in the groove of the race and finish it. We had time for a couple more laps in the Prelims so I started to pick up pace again. We brought the Turtle to the finish safely and then had to wait for the race results to be posted. To our surprise we stayed in 9th place, meaning we didn’t gain or lose any spots. It would have been nice to improve our starting position but we were happy to take the 9th spot.

GH2016-IMG_9932 GH2016-IMG_9927 GH2016-IMG_9925 GH2016-IMG_9912 GH2016-IMG_0114 GH2016-IMG_0094 GH2016-IMG_9969 GH2016-IMG_9979 Now that the Prelims were out of the way it was time to do some work on the rig to try and get the temps under control. Aaron from Fleet Works Services came up with a couple good ideas, top secret stuff. He went to work getting the car prepped for our main event. He was a great addition to the team as he has quite a bit of knowledge prepping race cars and working with teams at the races.

It was getting close to time to get ready for the main and Darin overheard on the PA that our class was getting lined up for the main. We were shocked as that was 30 minutes earlier than the original start time. We went into a mad scramble to get suited up and in the car. We sent one of our team members over to the track official to let them know we were on our way and his response was “We are all lined up, you can start from the back of the field.”  Oh boy — That meant we had to start 19th instead of 9th. We made it over just in time as they started rolling the field out… and yes, we were in last place with a lot of cars in front of us. Instead of getting discouraged with the officials or about being in last place,  we decided to take this opportunity to work on our passing skills and make the best of the situation. There were 6 rigs in front of us in the stock class and we knew we had to get past them ASAP to be able to run down the other rigs in our class. Our first pass came exiting turn one just after the green flag, and then our second and third shortly after that. We continued to work the field, making a couple more passes on lap one. By the time we finished our first lap we had gained 6 positions. Now we knew that if we were going to catch anymore we were going to have to push the Turtle as best we could. We were hoping that Aaron’s magical prep was going to keep the temps down and let us do the work we needed to. On the second lap we made another pass and then on the third we caught up to the lead pack of 4600 class rigs battling for position. Unfortunately for them, on the third lap one stalled on a hill and then two more got in a wreck just in front of us. That moved us into 10th during the third lap. On the 4th lap we caught up to another rig and were able race him down the front stretch of the short course and stuff inside to make the pass at the end of the section. By that point the leaders had us in their sights and were reeling us in. We knew that their cars were much better than ours and we were planning to just let them by. After the start line on lap 5 the leader was on our tail and he was letting us know with a few solid bumps on the triple up-hill singles, and then we let them pass to avoid getting taken out. Towards the exit of the short course section there was a rig rolled over, meaning for us another pass. Somewhere along the line we gained a few more positions simply by other rigs being in the hot pits or breaking out. Our temps were looking good and we just kept driving our race as though we were not in contention with anyone. We wanted to make it to the finish line and that is exactly what we did. We were able to bring the Turtle home to a finish on lap 10 in a VERY respectable 6th place… after starting 19th.

GH2016-JHooperHand-off 2 GH2016-IMG_9996 2 GH2016-IMG_9983 GH2016-IMG_9982 GH2016-IMG_9981 GH2016-IMG_9987 GH2016-IMG_9953 GH2016-IMG_9943 GH2016-IMG_9899 GH2016-IMG_0130 GH2016-IMG_0105 GH2016-IMG_0102 GH2016-IMG_0077 GH2016-checkerflag GH2016-20160610_182013 Oh yeah… a little exciting moment was that our in-car fire extinguisher got knocked loose and was bouncing around between the seats. We opted to swing by the hot pits and hand it off to one of our crew. No one needs projectiles in the race car. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for helping us get the Turtle to where it is today. ‪ProComp Tires, Rock Krawler Suspension, Axial Racing, Poison Spyder Customs, ‬ ‪Raceline Wheels‬, DJ Safety, Fuel Safe, Rugged Radios,‬ Magnaflow Exhaust, J. E. Reel Drivelines, CTM Racing, Rugged Routes,‬ Lasernut,‬ Currie Enterprises, sPOD, Artec Industries, PRP Seats, Luxwurx, A1 Higher Graphics

Building the full size SCX10XJ: Part 1

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Words: Scott G

When setting out to build a trail worthy rig, so many things go through your mind. What do you expect from the rig? What do you plan to do with it? What budget do you have to work with? These are all extremely important things to consider when selecting the donor vehicle. However, just know that no matter what you plan for, there will be extras needed, to include the expectations, plans, and budget. Building a 4×4 vehicle to go deep into the elements is not an easy task, and like most things in life, you get what you pay for. This means you have to outfit your choice with the best components available within your budget that will allow you to attain your goals.

This is not at all unlike developing the new SCX10, as all of the same parameters are considered, to include performance expectations and budget restraints. Not budget restraints for development, but budget restraints of our fans and customers. We often read the forums and see what people would like to see in the Axial vehicles. We are forced to make some difficult decisions when finalizing the package, as we want to include the world with these rigs, but also don’t want to ask for $699 for an RTR to get in the game. It is like that with all Axial products, so we do our best to aim for the sweet spot, enough features to perform at the top level, with a reasonable price tag. This is not an easy task. We are faced with the same decisions when building a full size rig. Do we want a supercharged V8, 1000 minimum on the RTI ramp, seating for 4, bulletproof axles? Of course we do, but the budget doesn’t allow for all of them, so we settle for what we can and have a blast doing it.

One of the most common things we read is…. “Oh no, not another Jeep vehicle”, well, I am here to tell you that most of us are Jeep people, so get over it. The Jeep brand is synonymous with the art of back country exploration with extreme reliability, exactly what we strive for with our little brand. It is a perfect marriage and we are happy.

When looking into new options for the new SCX10, we did what all outdoor enthusiasts do, we went into the woods to think about it, to do a little research. We were checking out all the rigs out on the trail and noticed that the XJ was a very popular rig for the most hardcore wheeler and for family back road exploration. We saw XJ’s that were exo-caged on 40′s all the way to bone stock 4×4′s loaded with the whole family and dog. This platform was exactly what we were looking for. It is one of the most popular 4×4 vehicles ever built, with millions of them on the road. Some say that Jeep actually invented the SUV with this release. It was not adapted right away for off-road use, as the old guard (Read: Wrangler, CJ5 and CJ7 owners) looked down upon these Jeeps, calling them cars with big tires, and promptly showing their owners the direction toward the nearest shopping mall or soccer field.

Some XJ inspiration we found on YouTube…

I personally had this experience with my 1993 Jeep grand Cherokee, I was given directions to the soccer field, immediately preceding my climbing an extremely nasty Granite rock face on Los Coyotes Indian reservation back in 1996. The CJ owners immediately began to bicker and argue that the other should climb it. Neither one did, nor did they express themselves again to me on the trail. They learned that day that a Unitized chassis wasn’t the end of the world, and that coil springs are like magic. The Cherokee (XJ) shared the same front suspension with the ZJ, though the XJ had leaf springs in the back, something the Jeep guys were used to back then. Any of the XJ’s and ZJ’s on the trail were hand built, as there were very few aftermarket components available with the exception of suspension which was primarily available to fit larger tires. We told some of our JK friends about our XJ desires and they immediately started flowing some memes our way, most of which we cant publish, but here are a few gems that made us laugh…

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Thanks for the support guys…sheesh.

Fast forward 20 years, and these old grocery getters, mall crawlers or soccer field shuttlers are now extremely common to find on the trail. The off-road community has more than accepted them and many aftermarket companies now make a decent living supporting them. The hard part, finding a clean one-owner version with no rust and low miles, kind of like finding a Unicorn. One of Axial’s more predominant partners, Currie Enterprises, was at the forefront of developing suspension for these rigs so that they could be raced in a desert series called Jeep Speed back in the day. We consulted the Currie family and were introduced to Matt Chapman, the owner of the Cherokee that we based our SCX10XJ off of. As we have done in the past, we like to build the full size version of our scale rigs (see here…) to go out and experience what they can do, and stay on the forefront with regards to what the community is doing. At this time, Matt’s Cherokee was bone stock, as it had just been purchased and not modified yet. We elected to team with Matt and the Currie’s in effort to help develop the Full size XJ into an awesome trail machine all the while developing and testing our SCX10 II in tandem.

Here is a shot of Matt’s XJ when he got it, no rust with 150K miles…

After a good amount of research, we started to compile a list of necessities. We knew the rig had to be able to go with 4 door JK’s on 37′s, as most of Matt’s friends were rolling newer JK’s. We needed at least 35″ tires. Fitting 35′s under the Cherokee would require some proper fender flares and keeps the cops in Moab at bay. Notch Customs said “35″ tires with a 4″ lift, some welding required”. Currie makes a great suspension system for the XJ as well as their bulletproof Rock Jock 44 axles, and you know we love the performance of Icon Shocks. So, what we really needed was some armor. We looked long and hard at so many companies making XJ parts, and there is some awesome stuff out there. Russ at Notch Customs introduced us to JCR Off-Road, who ended up having one of the most complete armor systems available. Then we needed some lighting, the natural choice was Rigid powered by sPOD. Almost forgot wheels and tires. In effort to make the full size version look more like the RC, we elected to run a 35X12.50X17 BFG KO2 All Terrain wrapped around Method Mesh wheels. The 17″ wheel looks closer to a 1.9 than a 15″ wheel. Of course we needed some nice tone out of the 4.0 straight 6, so the XJ would need a Magnaflow exhaust. We had some details to sort but the main wish list was assembled!

First things first, the rig had to be made as reliable as possible by going through everything mechanical. We changed all the fluids, belts, hoses, pretty much everything we could to ensure reliability.

So, building a full size rig is just like building a scaler, get the base kit, then select all the options you wish to install. Here is our list!

2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ Parts list:
Currie Rock Jock 44 front high pinion axle with 4:56 gears
Currie Rock Jock 44 rear axle with 4:56 gears
Currie Rock Jock 4.5″ suspension system
Currie Antirock Sway bar system
EATON E-Locker rear, Detroit Locker front
JCR Vanguard Front winch bumper – No stinger
JCR Rear Bumper – tire carrier ready
JCR XJ Classic sliders
JCR Transfer case skid plate
JCR Gas tank skid plate
JCR Adventure roof rack
Notch Customs fender flares
Rigid 50″ E-Series LED bar
Rigid Dually x2 (front and rear bumper)
PSC Ram assist kit – steering
ICON Vehicle Dynamics 2.0 Aluminum shocks
Magnaflow exhaust
sPOD – Source with Bluetooth control
17X9 Method Wheels – Mesh (5)
35X12.50X17 BFGoodrick KO2 All Terrain tires (5)

Before we started the build process, Jamie Seymour, Axial’s R&D Industrial Designer and resident rendering expert whipped up this drawing for us to envision the build…

Stay tuned as we add more of this story in the coming weeks……

Wheelers For the Wounded

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Skeeno Attends: Wheelers for the Wounded
Rubicon Trail, Loon Lake, California June 3-5, 2016

I was recently invited to attend the Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Trail Run by my Axial RC and G6 friend, Mr. Eric ‘TREE’ O’Brien.  I have not been on the Rubicon Trail in over 20 years, so I jumped at the chance to join in on this worthwhile adventure.

You may be wondering what Wheelers for the Wounded is, well, Wheelers for the Wounded (WFTW) is an organization with the primary mission of providing a weekend of off-roading, camping, and in some cases fishing, to our country’s wounded military members all over the United States. This particular trip was hosted by the Nevada and California chapters and included a run on the Rubicon Trail.

DSCF0380After a couple hours on the road from Reno, I found the turn I was looking for.

DSCF0383 I headed into the Crystal Basin Recreation Area on the lookout for the South Fork Campground.  Before I left, I scoured Google Maps looking for this place, but had no luck. With my fingers crossed and odometer reset, I headed up Ice House Rd. According to the directions TREE gave me, I should turn at mile 23.

DSCF0384 And sure enough, at mile 23, there was this sign waiting for me.

DSCF0390 Less than a mile up the road was the South Fork Campground.  The Wheelers were already there. I set up camp and headed down to the pavilion to check out the start of the action.

DSCF0391 Hey, what’s in there?  I see some green tape.

DSCF0398 I got down to the pavilion just in time.  The opening ceremony was about to begin.  First order of business was the National Anthem.

DSCF0403 After the National Anthem, Kevin Carey, president of the WFTW California chapter, welcomed everyone to the event.

DSCF0408Before enjoying a great dinner, we honored the lost with a POW/MIA Missing Man Table ceremony. Every part of this table is a symbol in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. Yes, I know the table is supposed to be round, please forgive.

DSCF0413 Everyone did the bug spray dance because the mosquitoes were in full force this weekend.

DSCF0414 After the opening ceremonies, I headed back to camp, so I would be rested for the Rubicon Trail run in the morning. I spotted  my favorite camp setup on the way up, the bed under the stars.  Sorta glampy, sorta minimalist.

DSCF0417 In the morning, we headed back down to the pavilion for breakfast. All the vets were given hygiene kits, so they could stay fresh and sanitary while camping.  I was a little envious.

DSCF0418 Special shout out to the Workday volunteers for providing the hygiene kits.

DSCF0422 At breakfast I got to meet, Mr. Jay Lowe, no Jennifer Lopez jokes please.  He would be my chauffeur for the day.  He also served up a mean warm tortilla for my breakfast burrito.

DSCF0427 Before heading out, I spotted L.D. admiring his Axial Wraith.  He has spent many hours making sure it’s an exact replica of his 1:1 wheeler.

DSCF0702After breakfast, we headed up to the trail head.  Because of time constraints, this was trip was not a full ride through the Rubicon Trail. Our goal was to have a good time and get to Little Sluice for lunch before turning around.

DSCF0700 You know when you are close when you see Loon Lake.  The trail head is at the other end of the lake.

DSCF0697 Ohhh, we’re close now.  That’s the trail head down there.

DSCF0428 This is what we all made the trip up for, the historic Rubicon Trail.

DSCF0432 Mr. Aaron was all smiles and eager to get going.

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Sargent Dylan Gray wheeled TREE’s SCX10 before we headed out.

DSCF0440 Jeeper’s Creeper?

DSCF0441 Be environmentally friendly.  We don’t want the Rubicon Trail to get shut down, so everyone got a Spill Kit to catch any hazardous liquids in the event of a mechanical malfunction.

DSCF0442 Every vet was given this cool magnet to stick on the side of their rig.

DSCF0445 This vet is planning his potty stops along the trail because he just read about Wag Bags and wasn’t looking forward to using one.

DSCF0691 Luckily, there are numerous Rubin Rest Stops on the trail, so the need for a Wag Bag is minimal.

DSCF0448 This Jeep gets ‘killer’ reception.  OK, that was bad.

DSCF0452 Umm, a Two Star General?  I hope this guy drives well or he might be in for some extra KP.

DSCF0457 Driver’s meeting before we headed out, just like at an RC event.

DSCF0458 I love me some CJ8. There were several of these beauties in the group.

DSCF0460 Time to head out.  I see a lonely Toyota up there.

DSCF0465 DSCF0469El Dee’s General Lee had an interesting gearshift handle.

DSCF0475 While most of the rigs were Jeeps, there were a few oddballs in the group such as this Dodge Power Wagon. I love the oddballs.

DSCF0478 This Ford F250 was my favorite.  It was a BEAST.

DSCF0485 When we got to the slabs, we stopped for a requisite group shot, 30 rigs.

DSCF0489 Up the slab to the dirt.

DSCF0492 Most people took the easy line to the right, but some tried the more challenging line to the left. It’s was a little stair step.

DSCF0498DSCF0495Whoopsies, this guy modified his exhaust on the steps.  He told me it was a ‘performance modification’.

DSCF0502 There’s the dirt.

DSCF0504 DSCF0508 This is Eric Chennault, the event organizer and secretary of WFTW California.  He was happy things were going so smoothly.

DSCF0509 First a modified exhaust and now a high center?  Better get the tow strap…and be ready for that extra KP duty.

DSCF0511 Don’t tell his dad he took his mall crawler out of the parking lot for its first real adventure. Besides the modified exhaust and frame from this momentary loss of forward motion, he also added a few Sierra Pinstripes to the mirror and fenders on an off camber climb.  It’s all broken in now.

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This guy played in the Little Sluice while everyone ate lunch.

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Some guys ate lunch up at Spider Lake.  We all jumped in to cool off.

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It was a warm day, so the lizards were out in full force.

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Kevin Cary spots the Power Wagon up Little Sluice.

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These two Tacoma’s walked up Little Sluice.  This one was my favorite.

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But both Tacoma’s looked and worked great.

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After lunch, we turned around and headed down back to camp.

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TREE threw the deuces as he pulled out.

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Colonel Bing Bingham was all smiles on the way back.

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Everyone was smiling, because there were no mechanical issues on the way up.

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Cheers!

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Dang, we celebrated too soon. Before we could head out, Mr. Aaron broke a valve stem.

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Luckily, Jay Lowe showed us how to swap a valve stem in no time.  We were back on the trail in about 15 minutes.

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After stopping to help a couple other rigs on the way back, we got to Loon Lake just as the sun was starting to set.

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We made it back to camp just as dinner was being served.

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I see some Axial SCX10s at the closing ceremony. Everyone was excited to learn a battery AND charger was included, now that’s really Ready to Run! Who are the lucky duckies?

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Before raffling some swag off to the vets, Eric Chennault addresses the crowd at the closing ceremony while his wife Suzanne looks on.

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Special shout out to Executive Chef Mark Landford and the whole TDO Crew for providing excellent meals.

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The Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon Run 2016 was a huge success with 23 vets and 30 rigs in attendance.  The smiles on everyone’s face was great to see as all the vets got a chance to bond and enjoy the great outdoors.  If you are interested in volunteering or attending a Wheelers for the Wounded event, they can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WFTWofCA/?fref=ts

2016 Solid Showdown R/C Monster Truck Shootout

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By Rafael Cox

Showtime R/C Motorsport’s Solid Showdown 2K16 is now in the books and it definitely established the fact that solid axle monster truck racing is here to stay. This event is a blast to attend. The turn out was huge with over 130 entries of beautiful trucks that made it very difficult to decide on the concours winners.

Solid axle fanatics from all over came out to participate in what is quickly becoming a major event once a year in Virginia, hosted by Showtime RC Motorsports. Qualifying ran smoothly and at half time CowRC took center stage with the R/C demo derby, which also is becoming very popular in the R/C world.

Prizes and giveaways were frequent throughout the event from the numerous sponsors that were onboard. Brackets and racing soon got underway without a hitch, followed by an added competition of Freestyle.

For a one day event the Showtime crew kept things exciting and moving along nicely for over 130 trucks. If you’re into solid axle monster trucks this definitely one of the top notch events you want put on your calendar.

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Jeremy Clarkson – Jeep Cherokee XJ Fanboy

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Despite his reputation for being a slugger and a human resources cheerleader, back in 93′, famed Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson had a few choice words to say about the Jeep Cherokee XJ. Most of which were good and what a better testing location than Alaska to test out a member of the seven-slot stable.

ADVENTURIST SCORECARDS – HOW DOES IT WORK? AXIALFEST2016 DISPATCHES

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ADVENTURIST SCORECARDS – HOW DOES IT WORK?
Yes, we said “simply-keep” your scorecard in the Adventurist Class Rules blog post, and you reacted with discrediting our intentions without questioning our statement, “There will be more info on this and more to do!” Simply put, if you are a true Adventurist, you will want to guard your AXIALFEST2016 SCORECARD with the utmost care to not lose it as the adventure simply does not end with your last trail! You will want to make sure your AXIALFEST SCORECARD makes it home with you as we will make a social post on the official Axial FaceBook page some time after AXIALFEST2016 asking you to post a photo of your scorecard! Yes, for those of you who put their hearts and souls into the spirit of adventure, we will ask you to share your scorecards, and who knows what can happen from there…

For those returning to AXIALFEST, you will notice more changes over previous years’ scorecards. We are constantly trying to progress the event for the true ADVENTURIST. For both the vets and the newbies, below will give you the details of each section of the AXIALFEST2016 SCORECARD.


The pluses and minuses of the SCORECARD – At A Glance
On your AXIALFEST SCORECARD, you will see boxes for each Trail. You can accumulate your points for ease of tracking and progress. Three things will add to your overall time; touching a Trail Marker, a Hand / Foot Penalty, and a Missed Trail Marker. Trail Assist is the one thing that you can do to earn time back. At the end of each trail, you are supplied boxes to fill out for your complete time after each trail. After the AXIALFEST weekend, you can accumulate all of your trail times for your overall Grand Time. This is NOT a timed competition. The lowest time does not win or not win any prizes. It is only a means for you to compare notes with your friends and most of all track the amount of time you spent driving your rig! You race to get off work to spend more time on your adventure! Yes, we want to see maximum drive time! We will ask for you to post socially and share your scorecard after AXIALFEST.

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CHECK IN TIME / CHECK OUT TIME
At the top of each Trail Section on your scorecard, you will see a Check IN Time and Check OUT Time. At the beginning of each Trail Head, mark what time you start the trail and at the end of the trail, mark that time as well. Do not stop your clock once you’ve started a trail until your vehicle passes through the last Trail Marker OR unless you DNF (Did Not Finish). You can note that you DNF’d the trail or incurred more time due to a trail repair but the clock does NOT stop until you finish the trail. It’s all apart of the adventure. Notes can be added below the Total Trail Time box.
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HIT A TRAIL MARKER [+2 MINS]: Trail Markers (TMs) are numbered 1-150 per trail. We will have a total of 7-Trails (A-G) with Trail-G being the ULTRA course, of which Adventurists will also be allowed to traverse. This gives you the opportunity to run 1,050 Trail Markers for the event! (Or more…) You do not have to do every trail, we are all here for fun and we are just laying out suggestions for your adventures. But, the point being, with this many TMs, you do not have to work for 15-minutes attempting to pass through a one particular Trail Marker section to avoid the penalty. Think of it like this, the penalty is two minutes added to your overall time, thus at some point (for you to determine), why spend 15-minutes attempting the Trail Marked obstacle? We know honor, ego, and braggadociousness are on the line, but holding up a line of fifteen people behind you is viewed as inconsiderate and is bad trail etiquette. If such event happens where other vehicles are behind you waiting, after your 3RD ATTEMPT, please pull out of the way and allow the next person in line to attempt. At the same time – but a different scenario, you may come upon a group who are all working hard on another particular Trail Marker section and you may choose to take the time penalty and go around. Again, it’s not a race and it’s not a checkered flag competition. Your consciousness may tell you that your four door daily-driven trail rig or super-cherry trailered queen may take on too much damage, potentially jeopardizing your adventure journey end goals. You may have kids in the back seat with fresh eggs in your on-board refrigerator, why risk it! On the scorecard you will have a series of boxes to make notes as you traverse the AXIALFEST trails and hit or touch a Trail Marker. Check a box OR write the Trail Marker number in the box each time you hit or touch a trail marker on the appropriate trail of the scorecard. If everyone writes the Trail Marker number they hit, we will see patterns created a tricky section that potentially sucks everyone into the TM-Vortex and we will see this show up once everyone post’s their scorecards. Each checked or numbers box is a 2-minute penalty.
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HAND / FOOT PENALTY [+3 MINS] (Formally called a winch penalty, but there is no penalty for using a winch). Check a box each time you make use of “human power” for a tow-strap assist, kick-flip your rig right side up, or HOG your vehicle from the depths of a trench. Only if you use “human power” to recover your rig do you incur the penalty! Hooking and unhooking straps, shackles, D-rings and placing ground anchors such as the signature Pul-Pal are natural acts, thus incur no penalty. It’s the use of “human power” to push your rig with your foot or pull your tow-strap with your hand that incurs the penalty. If you have a working winch on your rig, USE IT – NO PENALTY! If you strap from truck to truck for recovery or tow assistance – NO PENALTY! If you use what we call HOG or “Hand-Of-God” to human power a tow-strap to move, assist or recover your rig, that is when you incur the penalty. Casually cruising down the trail and watching the birds and accidentally tipping over and kick-flipping your rig back over with your foot – check that box, you’ve incurred and penalty!
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MISSED TRIAL MARKER [+10 MINS]: Yes, it’s important to not get so excited that you skip a trail marker out of numerical sync. Check a box OR mark the number of the Trail Marker you missed if you passed or missed a Trail Marker. It is important to take your time, be patient and not get flustered and don’t make it a speed competition. That is how most pass or get out of numerical sync. Can we just call it all apart of the visual navigational challenge? While we’ve attempted to bridge the gaps between Trail Markers and will do so even more, we also feel that visual scouting it apart of the adventure. Again, if we intentionally place a certain Trail Marker a scratch irregular or seemingly out of place, we will know we’ve tricked you. Cattle and sheep follow trails and sometime we like to just pop over a hillside or hard-left on a well worn hard-right. But, we will have indicators from each Trail Marker to the next! You will have visual assistance from one to the next, but numerical sequencing could have you criss-crossing an intersection intentionally – for our viewing pleasure.
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TRAIL ASSIST [-5 MINS] We know it’s tough out on the trail. If it was easy, everyone would be driving 4X4’s instead of Honda Civics! If you’re an off-road soloist, you know you have to be patient and never put your rig in harm’s way. At the same time, in a pinch, everyone can use a little help from a friend. Even if it’s verbal encouragement or tactical tire arrangement suggestions. Sometimes you may find someone in need of recovery assistance and for every rig you assist back into action, you receive a BONUS! Be courteous to your trail companions, you may need assistance when you least expect it. You have to recon’ with yourself, if you’re a soloist and don’t lend any help, don’t expect any help when you least expect it and need it most. If you are that person trying to blaze the trails for the lowest ET, we have this thing called the ULTRA Class. At the same time, no one should expect you to be the local tow truck either. Typically you pull the vehicle behind you and that rig pulls the vehicle behind him. Remember, trail karma is circularly infinite.
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TOTAL TRAIL TIME
Total your run time, add your penalties, subtract your bonuses to get your total trail time. Not shown here, but at the end of your scorecard you will accumulate all your trail times together for your grand total trail time. REMEMBER THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE LOWEST ET! It’s about putting in the most amount of drive time. You spend all this time and effort to get here, we want to see you put in the maximum amount of drive time!
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Brandon’s SCX10 II Nukizer Build

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Brandon’s SCX10 II Nukizer Build

The SCX10 II brings a slew of new parts for custom builds. This is my first official build on the new chassis. As sample parts started to arrive the wheels started to spin. I was pleased to see the highly detailed JCR bumpers for the Jeep XJ body, and more pleased when I noticed how well they fit on the Jeep Nukizer body. That sealed the deal, SCX10 II Jeep Nukizer here we come! To further separate the build from a stock SCX10 II, I changed things up a bit with a set of 1.9 Maxxis Trepadors mounted on my VP KMC 1.9 beadlocks.

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1Let the modifications begin! Even though the JCR bumpers were the proper width they needed some massaging. I cut some material from the bumper post mount system up front to bring it closer to the Nukizer grill:

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Then I sanded down the chassis brace to allow the bumper to push all the way back.

3New front bumper position. Also note I removed some material for tire clearance.

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5Onto the rear, not much was needed here but I trimmed some material off the profile of the bumper to match the body.

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7Time to set this body apart from the other Nukizers on the trail. I dug through the stash of plastic cages in the parts bins and found that the Dingo cage width was perfect for the width of the bed rails on the Nukizer. I immediately took it to the saw and cut the A-Pillars off the cage, then removed some height to match the roofline of its new home. The end result was a customized cage ready to completely alter the Nukizers attitude.

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9With the cage in position I could start marking all the required holes on the body. I carefully used a body reamer to create 2.5mm holes for M2.6mm hardware.

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The end result of the Nukizer / Dingo splice.

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Now onto utilizing the JCR Roofrack from the XJ, it’s too perfect! The length of the roof rack ties together the cab and cage.

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In order to mount the JCR rack I drilled some more holes and utilized M2.6 hardware again. Attaching to the cage was easy with the 2.0mm drill bit. To mount it at the cab, I used the under body mounts that required some modification. I basically cut them at the 2nd mounting boss.

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Now we’re getting somewhere!

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Something is missing though… How about some Rigid Industries lights?

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The fun part, dealing with the wiring. I used a combination of Axial LED components in addition to the Rigid Lightbar set mentioned above. Enjoy my wiring mess!

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Running both LED controllers on the body allowed me to also wire the headlights and taillights. I used the Axial Light Bucket Set for the tail lights. The 4 string LED up front required the center wire to extend so I cut it and soldered in the correct length. A combination of heat shrink and electrical tape tidied up the remainder of the wiring.

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TEST! I also snuck in another LED controller mounted on the chassis for the 4 LED Rigid bar on the bumper and a set of tail lights in the rear JCR bumper. Note this was before the light buckets were installed…

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Really starting to come together. Still, there’s something missing…

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I pulled this from an AX90045 Wraith Spawn RTR. The clear version is also available.

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A little shoo goo and we are set!

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At this point I also soldered the leads from the 2 LED controllers into 1 RX plug for simplicity. I used a RX lead extension so the plug is accessible outside of the waterproof box. Something like this works: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXXWL0&P=7

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And now for the glamour shots!

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Future build plans include:
• Scale accessories on the roof rack
• Spare tire mount in the rear
• Custom rock sliders

Electronics:
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• Futaba S9157 Steering Servo
• Tekin FXR
• Tekin 30T Pro Handwound
• Castle BEC
• Duratrax 3S 4000mah Lipo

How To: Add A Reverse Light

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If you like scale or just want to add a cool feature, you can add this simple reverse light to your rig. You will need some wire and a bulb. There are many places you can find this, Radio Shack usually carries this or you can look online. Make sure the bulb you purchase is white or the color you want it to be.

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I am using a resistor; what this does is control how bright the light will be when you put power the light. You do not need a resistor though as this can be done with out it.

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I secure the bulb to the bumper first. In the end, I would rather trim the wire at the motor side vs trying to tie the wire up if it’s too long.

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The Axial C-Channel chassis is perfect for tucking wires away, a simple zip tie works fine.

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After trimming the wires to length I use a little heat shrink. This is mostly for resistor. Heat shrink is not necessary if your not using a resistor.

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Here is how it works. Solder the negative wire from the bulb to the positive side of motor.

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Solder the positive side from bulb to the negative side of motor. DO NOT WORRY if you do this backwards, the only thing that will happen is the light will come one when you go forward. You will just flip the bulb wires at the motor. In some cases you may have to do this if you’re running your set up in reverse.

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Once its wired up go ahead and power up your system, you may see it flash when you first put power to system.

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Go ahead and hit reverse and you should now have a reverse light. If not trying going forward, if you get light going forward simply flip your bulb wires at the motor.

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Your light may increase in brightness as you give it more throttle.

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That’s it, you now have a simple functioning scale feature that’s pretty cool to see on the trail.

2016 Planes of Fame Air Show

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2016 Planes of Fame Air Show, Chino, CA – April 29th – May 1st.

Words and Photos by Andrew Hilman

Deep in Southern California’s Inland Empire, with a majestic view of the San Gabriel Mountains, situated among the collection of dairy farms exists a place where the distinct roar of history takes to the skies. A magical place where man made marvels of years past live on and continue their magical journeys.

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The Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California is an amazing place where you can see, touch and hear these awesome examples of living history. Originally named “The Air Museum” and founded by Edward T. Maloney on January 12th, 1957 in Claremont, California, the museum’s mission was to preserve historically important aircraft. As the Museum’s collection grew, it relocated to nearby Ontario Airport in 1962. In 1970, the Museum’s non flyable aircraft were moved to the “Movie World: Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame Museum” in Buena Park, located near Knott’s Berry Farm, while the flying aircraft relocated to nearby Chino Airport. Fast forward to 1973, the “Planes of Fame” static aircraft collection finally joined its flying counterparts at Chino Airport.

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This was a fitting move since the Chino Airport was formerly home of the “Cal-Aero Academy”, the longtime Army Air Corp flight training facility, which had trained more than 10,000 pilots prior to the end of World War 2. An additional display facility was opened in 1995 in Valle, Arizona to house more than 40 of the Museum’s aircraft, many of which are also flyable.

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With regular “Living History Flying Days” at the Chino Airport location, the skies above are usually alive with the roar of awesome examples of history’s most significant aircraft. The highlight of these flying exhibitions is the annual Planes of Fame Airshow which was scheduled for the weekend of April 29th – May1st, 2016. This year’s event was also the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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With the awesome Southern California crystal clear blue skies and warm sunshine coming right on cue, it was the perfect setting for the epic show to come. With the crowds arriving bright and early, the surrounding fields were soon filled with parked cars and a steady stream of eager spectators heading towards the main Air Show grounds. The sights and sounds of the magnificent flying aircraft above simply added to the excitement of the day.

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Once within the main area, you are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer spectacle of the event. Setting your eyes on the incredible row of North American P-51 Mustangs on the flight line definitely sets off the event to a magnificent start. Scanning to the left, you are greeted by several examples of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, resplendent in the famous Flying Tigers liveries. Mixed in between the P-51s and the P-40s was a rarely seen P-39 Aircobra. Overhead, the sky was filled with a mind bending display of aerobatic prowess by a pair of daredevil stunt aircrafts.

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The infield area of the Air Show contained a very special section devoted to the land based collection of historical vehicles set within a WW 2 themed encampment. An M4 Sherman tank greeted visitors at the entrance to “camp”, alongside was a full display of the historic rifles of the period, both displays were manned by period correct, battlefield dressed enthusiasts educating the visitors on the historical significance of each display piece. The M4 was accompanied by several tracked and half tracked vehicles of significance, with the star of the non tracked vehicles being the ubiquitous Jeep, shown in full desert theater camouflage. With a complement of “Jerry” cans adorning the hood and filling up the rear seats, it was set for the long hauls across the wide open African Deserts. The mounted medium machine gun on the passenger seat and the Thompson M1928A1 submachine gun simply added to the classic scene. Rounding out the Desert Theater Display was a German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch, which was the quintessential German spotter aircraft of WW2.

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Walking back out towards the flight line, you are immediately drawn in to the unique sight of a pair of Japanese A6M Zero fighters on the tarmac alongside an awesome pair of British Supermarine Spitfires. The epic line up continued with a pair of the carrier based Vought F4U Corsairs taxiing their way on to the main runway, passing by a US Navy Grumman F4F Wildcat and its successor the Grumman F6F Hellcat along the way. Further down the line sits a pair of British Hawker Sea Furies which were the last propeller driven fighters to serve with the Royal Navy and also one of the fastest production single piston engine aircrafts ever built.

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Next in line was a US Navy Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber which was the main US Navy scout plane and dive bomber from the mid 1940s to 1944. The Dauntless played a key role in the decisive US victory during the pivotal Battle of Midway in which they attacked and sank or fatally damaged all four of the Japanese aircraft carriers present.

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Mixed in with the US Navy lineup was a replica German Focke-Wulf FW190, a Japanese Val dive bomber replica and a pair of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, which were the USAAF’s best fighter bomber in WW2 and a predecessor to the modern day Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt. Not to be missed in the mix was the unmistakable twin engine Lockheed P-38 Lighting, nicknamed the “fork-tailed devil” by the German Luftwaffe during WW2.

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The last of the prop driven aircraft in the line was the US Navy Grumman F8F Bearcat, often mentioned as one of the best handling piston engine fighters ever built. Alongside the Bearcat was the impressive twin engine US Navy Grumman F7F Tigercat which saw action as a night fighter and attack aircraft during the Korean War. Towering over the neighboring prop driven aircrafts were the unmistakable figure of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider which saw service from the late 1940s all the way to the early 1980s. Next to the Skyraider sits the iconic American WW2 twin engine medium bomber, the North American B-25 Mitchell. The B-25 was the bomber used in the April 18th, 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 25 B-25s led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four moths after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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The unmistakable jet engine sounds of the North American F-86 Sabre Jet and Mig-15 greeted the fans at the end of the flight line as they taxied towards the main runway. These two were joined by a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, completing the Korean War era trio. The trio would go on to delight the crowd with numerous flybys and mock combat maneuvers above the runway.
Occupying the last slot in the line were a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Air Combat Command Viper Demonstration Team out of Shaw AFB, S.C. The pair went on to perform an awesome display of aerial exhibition for the crowd, demonstrating the awesome capabilities of the F-16. From the moment the pair reached for the skies in full after burner mode, the F-16s were simply an awesome sight to behold.

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Rounding out the awesome festivities of the day was a close formation group flight consisting of the Lockheed P-38 Lighting, North American P-51 Mustang, North American F-86 Sabre Jet and F-16 Fighting Falcon. It was amazing to see the four aircraft formation, representing over 60 years of military aircraft history, performing numerous flybys above the airport. It was a fitting sight indeed to end this year’s Planes of Fame Air Show!

For more information on the Planes of Fame Air Museum please visit the link below:

http://planesoffame.org/index.php

The Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Ave., #17
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 597-3722

Museum hours are Sunday thru Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
General Admission is $11
Children under 12 years is $4
Children under 5 years is Free
Seniors ages 65+ and Veterans are $10
AAA Members is $9.90
Active duty military, police and firefighters are Free