ACORA Family Fun BBQ 2016

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October 21st – 23rd 2016

In true family fun attitude, ACORA puts on a BBQ that is supported by family and friends. The event is held at Azusa Canyon (San Gabriel Valley OHV) with approval from the US Forest Service. Vendors from the off-road industry have joined in to support the event and were set to move in Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The volunteers of the event were also welcomed to roll-in Friday and camp for the weekend.

First up on Saturday was the Renegade Rock Runners RC Club hosting an adventure run that was styled after the best in the west AXIALFEST. Several people showed up to have some fun on the course for the day and enjoy the gates that the club laid down. Later that day the club also hosted a sled pull and sumo fight for the RC cars.

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As Saturday progressed it was time to drop the cones on the course for the full scale amateur rock crawl competition taking place on Sunday. We spent a couple hours getting the preliminary courses set up for each of the classes (Stock, Modified, Open).

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20161022_173551The competition format this year was a simplified version of the W.E. Rock Rules; there is no point violation for reverse. Another change we made this year was to have the competitors run course 1 and then upon finishing head to the back of the line to run course 2. The courses were designed to give them the opportunity to think outside the box to avoid hitting the cones and achieve the lowest score. Once everyone was finished the scores would be calculated to show the top five from each class and they will be given the opportunity to run in the shootout course. In the shootout the 1st guys run the risk of losing the top podium if the other competitor have a better run. This means that you need to have a clean run in order to retain your top standing.

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Stock: (No Shootout)
1st – Jason Konczak
2nd – Jamie Duncanson
3rd – Tyler Soderman
4th – Brandon Burdett

Mod:
1st – Steven Soliz
2nd – Brandon Barberena
3rd – Jeff Chapman
4th – Marclino Sanchez
5th – Adam Mark

Open:
1st – John Rocha
2nd – James Williams
3rd – Chris Miller
4th – James Gibson
5th – Brandon Cortez

We set up a Shootout course for each class and the competitors were ready to go. They got a few minutes to all walk the course and then it was game on. The courses were longer and designed to challenge the driver and the spotter even more. When it was all said and done, the leaders were able to maintain their top spot.

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14691980_10155372860352995_4204352989583091178_oFinal Standings at the ACORA Amateur Rock Crawl

Stock: (No Shootout)
1st – Jason Konczak
2nd – Jamie Duncanson
3rd – Tyler Soderman

Mod:
1st – Steven Soliz
2nd – Brandon Barberena
3rd – Marclino Sanchez

Open:
1st – John Rocha
2nd – James Williams
3rd – Chris Miller

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Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss Ladies Co-Driver Challenge Team Wins Inaugural Rebelle Rally

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BFGoodrich Tires Team #125 Charlene Bower and selected Kaleigh Hotchkiss MESA, AZ October 25, 2016: After seven days of intense competition with only a map and compass as navigation tools, Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss finished with the highest points winning the inaugural Rebelle Rally in the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep JK built by Impulse Offroad. This was the third event of the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge where Kaleigh Hotchkiss was selected for the navigation seat out of 91 original entrants. The Rebelle Rally event went through 2 states, 12 counties, 2 National Parks, 5 BLM agencies and 4 legendary OHV areas. Historically, 36 vehicles started and finished with 72 women from 19 states and 4 countries traversing 1200 plus miles across the beautiful western desert, majority being in the dirt and some asphalt transit sections.

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“As I reflect on the week and the success, I realize that Kaleigh and I both gave 100% the entire time. We were invested in the strategy of the game, doing the best we could to find every checkpoint, and even going to sleep so we could have another successful following day. We were also invested in having fun and meeting and helping our fellow competitors in the beautifully decorated common area, or along the trail, every lady in this competition was amazing,” said Charlene Bower. “I drove the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep while Kaleigh navigated, but really we worked together at both jobs. She helped me have an additional set of eyes while I was driving and I helped her with an additional set of eyes when we needed to look at the map. We both made mistakes, which was ok. We knew each day would get harder, so instead of focusing on the mistake we would figure out how we made it, log it so we wouldn’t do it again, then figured out how to laugh about it. Neither of us came into this competition with a background that would give us a leg up, in fact, with her being a contest winner we only had limited hours of interaction before starting out on this journey. An amazing journey! The win is just the icing on the cake.”

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Kaleigh adds, “Six months ago neither of us even owned a compass, my baseline was zero, but I know I can learn anything. I spent a lot of time learning online and practicing ahead of the event, but once we got in the Jeep and had to apply the concepts it was different, more difficult. I now feel like I have a handle on topographical maps and tracking down non-existent trails! Everyday was a different challenge and we thought about all the tools we had to figure out a solution,” said Kaleigh Hotchkiss. “We spent a lot of time together inside the car, with the shortest day being 10 hours, without breaks, it was go-go-go so we really had to be careful about what the inside of the car looked like and our relationship about how we reacted to each other. We also shared a tent, so we really never had alone time for 7 days. I think we did an awesome job, we had to stay organized, we had our routines and our roles and we stuck with them, helping each other. The only reason I’m here is because of the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge, I went through the hoops and I got selected. I won just being there and then got to win again. I never expected to get to the rally much less win the rally!”

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The girls came up with two mottos that they continually used including Believe & Achieve and Press & Pray. The first giving them motivation to get through the whole event, the second as a form of commitment to press the location button on the Black Checkpoints that were not marked, only hopefully found by location. The U-Turn tally started off high with 5 on the first day and then 7 on the second, but they had a couple days where there were only 2 legitimate u-turns to account for. The live tracking supplied by the Rebelle Rally was exceptional to watch the teams go for their checkpoints and then automatically update the scoring system for on-time delivery. The team started mid-pack after day one, but worked their way up the rankings to tie for first at the end of day 5. At the end of day 6, they were ahead by a mere 3 points and by the end of day 7 they separated themselves to a lead of 30 points while in the Glamis Sand Dunes, taking the win. Coverage of the event was on www.RebelleRally.com/Live and specific team coverage on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bowermedia. More of the story and video will be available at www.RebelleRally.com or www.LadiesOffroadNetwork.com.

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“I am excited to be part of this first year event that will raise the bar for all ladies, making a mark in the offroad industry. Emily Miller and her team did an amazing job at setting up an event that could satisfy a range of skill levels. Ladies with little offroading background had just as much fun and success as those that had experience in the deserts chasing a Rallye Aicha Des Gazelle win. I was entirely impressed with every aspect of the event and encourage every lady to participate in years to come,” said Charlene Bower, Owner of Bower Media and Ladies Co-Driver Challenge founder. “Getting to the finish line was a team effort between Kaleigh and I, but we also have many others that supported us. I have to specifically mention my Mom, Dad, Brother and Matt who have been extremely supportive of the ladies initiative that I started this year. Without their backbone, this opportunity would not have existed. BFGoodrich Tires strongly believes in ladies in offroad and I am proud to represent them in this inaugural event. We had 35” KO2 All-Terrain tires on Frankie, the 2016 Jeep JK that BFGoodrich Tires and John Williams from Impulse Offroad built which also featured Raceline Wheels, a Warn Winch and many other exceptional products. We had the support of Oztent with our 3-second tent, Maxxtrax recovery traction, and 23Zero Recovery Gear. We also had the support of the entire staff onsite and online community around the world, all of which we sincerely appreciate.”

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The Rebelle Rally is the third event in the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge. After a long and rigorous vetting process Marcie Hricziscse was chosen for the first event in June, Monster Energy Trail of Missions presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Then, Charlene went to BFGoodrich Tires 36 Hours of Uwharrie with winner Kristen Endres. The third event was the all girls Rebelle Rally with Kaleigh Hotchkiss, and then Leigh Singleton and Kristie Moore will join Charlene at the SEMA Show in November. Stories and videos are posted on the Ladies Offroad Network.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Bower Media, Shots by TBars4, Rebelle Rally, AskPatty.com

Monster Energy Trail of Missions Video:
https://youtu.be/MEMTevA4Cxw

Monster Energy Trail of Missions ABC Coverage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC7AcuQ6_QY

BFGoodrich Tires 36 Hours of Uwharrie Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42vB6ODgs7A

About Charlene Bower: Charlene grew up in an off-roading family, enjoying annual trips to Dumont Dunes, the Rubicon and other iconic off-road destinations. Charlene’s first job was changing dirt bike tires at a motorcycle shop in Northern California. She worked upper retail management at multi-line Powersports dealerships for 11 years and in magazine media for 4 years before founding Bower Motorsports Media in 2009. In just seven short years she has built a media empire using trending media and communication platforms supplying the backdrop for some of the most successful racers, events and companies in the 4×4 market. Filling needs, she has built brands that include the online talk show Bower Power Hour, Race Team Store online marketplace, I’m Not Just A Girl clothing and jewelry line, Ladies Offroad Network website devoted to women offroaders, and Racer Marketing School for online education. Charlene doesn’t spend all of her time behind a desk, she’s actually a dirt bike rider, hard core wheeler and only female member of the Arizona Undertakers 4×4 club. In 2014 she earned the title of “Fastest Girl Up Backdoor” at the King of the Hammers Backdoor Shootout. Charlene champions for women in offroad. In 2016, Charlene hosted the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge. The wildly successful contest had entries from 91 women wheelers across the Country, vying to have an opportunity to go on the road with Charlene to some of the top events in North America utilizing the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep, including the Monster Energy Trail of Missions, BFGoodrich 36 Hours of Uwharrie, Rebelle Rally and The SEMA Show. Charlene has been recognized by BFGoodrich Tires as one of their Performance Team Members, and was recently nominated for the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Industry Rising Star award. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work in different segments of the offroad industry for 22 years! I am enjoying the opportunity to give back with my knowledge – helping racers be more successful off the track, enthusiasts be more successful behind the wheel, and businesses gain unique media exposure.”

Crawl For A Cure 2016

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Crawl For a Cure 2016

Rollins Lake, Grass Valley, California

October 8, 2016

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Last year I went to my first Crawl for a Cure at Rollins Lake. I had such a great time supporting a great cause, that I was eager to return this year. My buddy, Mike, and my daughter, Skeeno Jr., couldn’t make it this year so, I loaded up the Skeeno Skooter and headed on down the road solo.

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On the way, I passed Axialfest’s home, Cisco Grove Campground, so I had to stop and reminisce.

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Axialfest 2016 was the #yearofthebridges, and there were still a few remaining at Cisco Grove.

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I couldn’t resist taking a drive over some of them.

imag00935 They even had the entrance to the mine shaft, or was this an outhouse?  Whatever it is, it looks cool. I can’t wait for #axialfest2017.  Are you planning on attending?

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I hopped back in the Skeeno Skooter and made my way to the Greenhorn Campground.  I’ve been here quite a few times for different events, so it was easy to find.

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On the way in, I spotted this P-40 Warhawk pontoon boat.  This must be sign, because I’m currently building my #axialfest2017 Altra Ultra 5K Bomber with a similar theme.  It’s been my favorite since I was a kid building Revell models.

imag00940 When I got to the parking lot, I thought Axial Vice President, Jeff Johns, was there.

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First stop was the registration booth to get signed up.

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The ladies were all smiles and even gave me free coffee and doughnuts for breakfast!

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All driver’s got a bag that contained some sweet limited edition C4C swag. Those wrenches are sweet. I thought last year’s was cool, but this year’s was even better.

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Looks like a busy day.

imag01034My second stop was the Two Chainz Scalerz/ CKRC tent.  They had all kinds of cool kits on display.

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The 2Chainz Crew was hanging out saying hello to everyone.

imag00961Looks like Eazy-Elio has been working again.  Here he added a little sumpthin to his trailer.  Could he be planning on building something with this cab for Axialfest2017?

imag01010In front of the Two Chainz/ CKRC tent was the the California Cancer Crusher.  This thing was an attention grabber.

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Full tub interior and trailer.

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Check out the foot pedals.  Get it?  Foot pedals? Haha.

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No cheap Lifan junk here, only quality Honda power.  200cc of fury, I was told.

imag01009It even had a working winch.

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Jason and Shaniqua from CKRC couldn’t resist taking a ride.

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If you haven’t noticed, pink was the color scheme of choice at the Crawl for a Cure. Lots of clubs had custom shirts made up for the event.

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Yup, here’s another one. They were all over.

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SBC was one of the many that build event specific C4C rigs.

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This big block motor was a great touch in the new Axial Monster trucks.

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Well, what do we have here?  Looks like I’ll be needing to get a light bucket and grill combo for my Toyota build.

imag00963 Once the crowd gathered, a quick driver’s meeting was held.  This was mostly a fun run, so there weren’t that many rules; mostly have fun. Oh, and buy raffle tickets. Remember, this is to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

imag00972Everyone headed down to the starting gates.

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There was a cool banner to drive through at the start.

imag00971 Hold on, is that another P40 Warhawk wrap? I’m telling you, it’s a sign.

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I finally got a chance to do some driving with the 2Chainz Crew.

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Out on course, it was drive, drive, drive. This little driver was having a blast.

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Ben Naputi knelt down to get a closer look at the best SCX10 he has ever seen.

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The 2Chainz Crew was passing out Trail Swag to lucky kids.  Selfie time!

imag00977 See those sweet shoes?  Those are the Altra Lone Peaks, the official shoe of the Axialfest Altra Unduro 5K.  Have you started training for next year’s Altra Ultra?

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With over 250 drivers, there was a little line time.

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Seems like kids like RC cars, who knew?

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Here’s another youngin’ getting some wheel time in.

imag01040This MicroMan Crew all scored 2Chainz Crew swag!

imag00985 The rock down by the water was amazing.  Super sharp and lots of traction.

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Eazy Elio couldn’t help himself.  He had to do some filming.

imag00990 Axialfest2016 was the #yearofthebridges.  Looks like that theme has caught on.

imag00992 There were quite a few bridges at the C4C.

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This old Dingo has an awesome interior.

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Ben stopped by the creek for some mud runs.

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Luckily, he didn’t float away.

imag00999 This 4Runner makes its way up another bridge.

imag01001 We headed up from the lakeshore…

imag01003 …and into the scrub.  These bushes were prickly.

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The radio tower was the top of the hill.

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Phew, I made it.

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Now back down.  And yes, those are some sweet Altra Lone Peaks I’m wearing.  The most comfortable shoe ever; the FootShape ToeBox is legit.

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Eazy Elio couldn’t resist getting a closer look.

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Hurry up, it’s almost Monster Truck time.

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These guys are about to finish, just in time for the Monster Truck races.

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Before the Monster Truck races, I checked out the raffle swag.

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Prizes for days!

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Wait a minute, is that more Warhawk stickers?  Everyone is trying to bite my style.

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I see the new SCX10-2 Axial donated. I wonder who will take that home.

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Before the raffle, it was Monster Truck time!

imag01017Line those SMT10s up. Where’s everyone else?

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Dan ‘Smokin Lipo’ Wilson entertained the crowd while the rest of the Monster Trucks got staged.

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imag01022Here comes the rest of the competitors.

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The track was a simple figure 8, but like the Rock Race at Axialfest2016, the one turn really threw these drivers for a loop.

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The jump was the real crowd pleaser. They jumped a fire ring for a little more danger.

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Nice tail tap on the landing.

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Whoopsies, this guy didn’t quite clear the fire ring. Must have been the extra weight of that body.  He should have stuck with the stock Grave Digger shell.

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See, way more air with the Grave Digger lid.

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Finally, raffle time.  This is what the C4C is all about, raising money for the American Cancer Society. Lots and lots and lots and lots of raffle tickets were sold.

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Before the raffle officially started, the 2Chainz Scalerz Crew gave away a RTR Deadbolt package.  It was a special prize only to be won by a kid that didn’t already have an RC truck.

imag01042 And this lucky guy won that package.  His excitement was priceless.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing him at #Axialfest2017.

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Mark Bettencourt ran the raffle.

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There were tons of prizes, so it took a while.

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This lucky guy took home the RTR SCX10-2 donated by Axial Racing.

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Shout out to the Crawl for a Cure Crew.  They worked hard to ensure everyone had fun and lots of money was raised for the American Cancer Society.  In all, 275 drivers participated and $12,000 was raised for cancer research in the 4th annual Crawl for a Cure. That’s right, $12 thousand dollars! I’m speechless. Awesome job, everyone. See you next year.