Brazin Scale RC – Officially approved aftermarket frame rails for AXIALFEST 2017

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Axial is pleased to announce Brazin Scale RC as our very first officially approved frame rail manufacturer for AXIALFEST 2017! This allows customers of Brazin Scale RC to run their SCX10 I / II aftermarket frame rails in the adventure class of AXIALFEST 2017.

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ABOUT BRAZIN SCALE RC
Brazin Scale RC has been in business for 3-years specializing in fabricated scale RC crawler frame rails, bumpers and other miscellaneous chassis components.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/BrazinScaleRC/

AXIALFEST 2017 JULY 12-16 EVENT THEME: PROSPECT FEVER

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AXIALFEST 2017 JULY 12-16

Event Theme: #ProspectFever

word/image prospector: Rodney Wills “provider of rabbit holes”

Every year we attempt to have a little theme for AXIALFEST. Last year’s theme was bridges and #ChopStixBridge being my personal contribution along with quite a few others with the massive 65+ ft bridge from the Two Chainz Scalerz club!

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This year’s theme #ProspectFever can be applied to a scale miner’s cabin, shack or hut or some sort of structure for your campsite. You can accessorize your adventure rig and even prospect-theme your race livery of your competition rig! The following images are for inspiration aided with some backstory-history of prospecting and its relation to the area in and around Cisco Grove, home of AXIALFEST!

WHY DID WE CHOOSE PROSPECT FEVER?
This could be the year of a heavy prospector revival sparking PROSPECT FEVER!

How? With the heavy snowpack this past winter in the High Sierra’s, comes heavy run-off as the snow melts! This mass amount of snow-melt can cause excessive erosion, releasing concentrations of gold from newly exposed bench deposits and lode gold that may have never been mined before. Huge overland flows of rainfall can push this gold down into the rivers and creeks. The interesting thing about these high water events is how gold can sometimes be deposited in areas that you would not expect.
Source: http://www.goldrushnuggets.com/figoafst.html

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Today you can pan for gold along the Yuba River in many different places, although much of the river is already claimed by other miners. Still, there are several locations where you can search for gold with a gold pan. One of the most important gold panning sites along the river is the South Yuba River State Park. Gold was first discovered at Rose’s bar on the south Yuba River in 1848 and still many gold panners have luck with their gold panning every day. Source: http://www.goldrushnuggets.com/yurigomiforg.html

CISCO GROVE IS RIGHT THERE!
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The original James L. Gould sailed from Rockland, Maine when he was 18, arriving in San Francisco. He eventually bought land in the Sierra, including Cisco Grove. He was also involved in the Gold Run Ditch and Mining Co. His son Lewis Allen Gould inherited the land and his son James L. Gould, was responsible for building the Cisco Grove Resort area on Highway 40. After James L. Gould passed away, two of his grandchildren, Jim and Michelle, were instrumental in coordinating details for transferring the property to Placer Legacy. Thus, you see the Cisco Grove Gould Park.
Source: http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/content/gould-park-at-cisco-grove/sief56a75e9e92939831
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Cisco Grove is named after the Gould family who owned the property for several generations. In the 1860s, the property was purchased by pioneer James Gould from the “Big Four” of Old California: Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins and Collis Huntington. James Gould named the settlement of Cisco Grove after a large grove of cottonwood trees on the Gould property. In the 1930s, Auburn builder Les Hammond was commissioned to build several structures on the site for the Goulds. Two stone cabins are all that remain, and these cabins will also be protected as part of the Cisco Grove Gould Park. Source: http://www.placerlandtrust.org/project/cisco-grove-gould-park/
Cisco Grove has two water flows through the campground of which AXIAL
calls home for AXIALFEST! Rattlesnake Creek and South Yuba River.


THE PROSPECTOR
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A person who explores or prospects an area in search of mineral deposits, such as gold.

These original gold rush prospectors, of whom the “California forty-niners” were the most famous, often didn’t have anything more than rudimentary panning and prospecting equipment. They set out in small teams in the wilderness with only a donkey or mule, a pick, a shovel, a gold pan and perhaps some sluicing equipment.  They were real pioneers, and very few of them ever ended up finding the fortune in gold nuggets and flakes that they had dreamed of.
source: http://www.findgoldprospecting.com/gold-rush-prospector-old-pictures-miner-49er-panning-photos/
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Throughout 1849, people around the United States (mostly men) borrowed money, mortgaged their property or spent their life savings to make the arduous journey to California. In pursuit of the kind of wealth they had never dreamed of, they left their families and hometowns; in turn, women left behind took on new responsibilities such as running farms or businesses and caring for their children alone. Thousands of would-be gold miners, known as ’49ers, traveled overland across the mountains or by sea, sailing to Panama or even around Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America.
source: http://www.history.com/topics/gold-rush-of-1849

How The California Gold Rush Started
You might be surprised to hear that the California Gold Rush all started as the result of a single man who found a few small gold flakes. As the story goes, on January 24, 1848 a foreman by the name of James Marshall was working on a mill for his boss James Sutter when he discovered some shiny flakes on the banks of the nearby American River. Marshall instinctively knew he was onto something and took his new finds to Sutter where the duo tested it to find out that it was in fact gold. Originally, Sutter didn’t want news of the discovery to get out, as he believed it was spurr a rush of hopeful prospectors that would destroy his land in search of gold. Of course rumors soon began to spread around the nearby town of Columa where it leaked to other parts of California, and before long people everywhere were rushing to the lands around the now-famous “Sutter’s Mill” with their pickaxes and pans.
Source: http://www.luckypanner.com/history-of-california-gold-rush-and-the-forty-niners/

Sutter’s Mill “Gold Discovery Site” Coloma, California
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Sutter’s Mill was a sawmill, owned by 19th-century pioneer John Sutter, where gold was found, setting off the California Gold Rush. It was located on the bank of the South Fork American River in Coloma, California.
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https://goo.gl/maps/fBgpd8uwiLQ2

 

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is a north–south state highway in the U.S. state of California that passes through many historic mining communities of the 1849 California gold rush. Highway 49 is numbered after the “49ers”, the waves of immigrants who swept into the area looking for gold, and a portion of it is known as the Gold Country Highway. This roadway begins at Oakhurst, Madera County, in the Sierra Nevada, where it diverges from State Route 41. It continues in a generally northwest direction, weaving through the communities of Goldside and Ahwahnee, before crossing into Mariposa County. State Route 49 then continues northward through the counties of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Sierra, and Plumas, where it reaches its northern terminus at State Route 70, in Vinton.

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 1.59.05 PMThis map has some cool interactive information on their page:
http://www.historichwy49.com/mainmap.html

FOR THE SCALE BUILDERS!05b5da882621f7160ba5d8d412599256
Prospectors dwelling, hut, shack, camp cabin? For AXIALFEST 2017 it just seems fitting to include something of this nature for your campsite, other than just your rig. Maybe you don’t want to over-do your rig, but you like to build. Prospectors made makeshift Shacks, huts, and camps to dwell in while seeking their fortunes. You are invited to participate in a Prospector’s Claim build. You hold the deed, in the form of your campsite. Build a cabin, hut, shack or simple camp to display at your campsite,  AxialFest drivers can drive by and take a pic in front of your structure.This can be as simple as a basic shelter, or full on cabin, with signs or outside display. Remember that CLUB BANNER GUIDELINES blog post? Use that as your diorama backdrop! GET CREATIVE! Don’t have a club? Make up a club, use the family name, just claim it and frame it!

ADVENTURE RIGS
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Equip your rig for the full back-country PROSPECTOR mission! Use any and all scale items that you may use for prospecting such as; mining equipment, shovels, maps, pans, portable sluice boxes, camping equipment, flashlights, furs etc. BUT, don’t make it too heavy! If you make your rig too heavy, it’s going to be more work getting through the obstacles on the trail and will be harder on the vehicle components. Light and nimble will get you into the most remote prospecting locations!

COMPETITION RIGS
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Lets just say you have an uncle who works for a gold mining operation and they would like to sponsor your competition vehicle! Do you sponsors proud in a gold prospectors livery!
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GET CREATIVE!!!

While we are on the subject of sponsors… what if!?

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Tracey Panek has pinned a series of heritage stories for Levi’s: “I waded through the 16-to-1 Gold Mine in Allegheny, California, near Lake Tahoe. The mine still operates and occasionally opens for tours. I smiled when I noticed that one of the miners helping with the tour wore Levi’s® 501® jeans and bore a striking resemblance to two 1882 miners pictured next to a payload car in an LS&Co. Archives photo (above). His modern 501® jeans weren’t much different from the 1879 XX pair in the Archives (a blow-up of which I toted with me to the 16-to-1 mine).” Source: http://www.levistrauss.com/unzipped-blog/2014/06/throwback-thursday-mining-for-stories-four-weeks-one-amazing-tale-later/

In Axial’s own backyard!OCBlue Light Mine
Right here in the backyard of Axial, we have our own little prospecting history with the Blue Light Mine! In Chris Jepen’s blog Tale of a Grizzled Prospector, he state’s “One such boom occurred when silver was discovered in Orange County, California’s Cañon de la Madera in 1877.  Santa Ana residents Hank Smith and William Curry stumbled across ore while hunting, and within a week of them staking a claim hundreds of prospectors were pouring into what eventually became known as Silverado Canyon.”
Source: http://ochistorical.blogspot.com/2013/01/tale-of-grizzled-prospector.html

MORE THEME IDEAS:
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More AXIALFEST 2017 Prospector Theme Ideas:
https://www.pinterest.com/gcrad1/prospector/

Can you handle some more?
20 MILE MUSEUM – From Donner Lake to Cisco Grove
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The 20 mile museum will initially consist of twenty-eight interpretive signs placed on private commercial property and along Old Highway 40 from the Eagle Lakes exit to over the Summit and below Rainbow Bridge. Each sign highlights the history of the location, displays historical photographs and quotes, tells a good story, and lists activities for that location. Source: http://www.donnersummithistoricalsociety.org/pages/20milemuseum.html

 

2017 Portland International Auto Show

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words & photos: Ryan Gerrish

We couldn’t believe it, but this was the 7th year of our partnership with Axial Racing and the Portland International Auto Show! Every year we build a unique course and run crawlers on it for 12 hours a day for 4 days. It’s fantastic exposure for our RC Crawling hobby as well as the capabilities of Axial trucks, and many attendees told us it’s one of the main reasons they keep coming back! Hopefully we created a few hundred new enthusiasts over the course of the show out of the tens of thousands that came by the booth. We let people drive two RTR SCX10 Deadbolt trucks and one Jeep® Cherokee SCX10 II for the duration of the show, and only suffered a couple minor plastic broken parts. (One shock tower, one axle housing which as zip tied!) It’s fun to watch new drivers learn on the fly and adapt to the challenges presented by our course.

The build was the same basic process as years past- a wood under-structure topped with carved foam, then coated with concrete and painted. I do 3′x3′ sections to keep them relatively movable, as the concrete adds a bit of weight!

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Once finished, I load them on to my trailer and drive them to the Convention Center, then lift them on to table in my booth and arrange everything.

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This year we had a little exta space, so we brought in a Expedition travel equipped Mercedes G Wagon, and a Swedish Military Volvo C303 TGB1111 Tank Killer to draw people in. It worked!

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After some brief course testing, we opened it up to the public. Thankfully I had enough volunteers from the Oregon RC Rock Crawlers (ORCRC) to keep the booth running strong all weekend, as well as give people information and spot the drivers on the course.

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The National Guard had some hardware out this year which was new.

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One of my favorite rides of the show was the Ubco Electric Bike, and New Zealand built 2WD, street legal ‘moped’ that I must have.

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A tradition the past few years has been to bring the demo trucks to the camp out we attend out at Nahalem Bay State Park right after the show. Despite the strong wind and excessive rain, we had a great time driving on the beach.

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Many thanks to Axial and the Portland Auto Show for having us back and allowing us to run this booth! It’s enjoyable for everyone involved, and the attendees love it!

CLUB BANNER GUIDELINES – AXIALFEST2017

CLUB BANNER GUIDELINES – AXIALFEST2017

We want you to represent your club, family or your favorite Irish Hopscotch Team, but we simply ask that you do not fly manufacturer banners in your campsite at AXIALFEST. We all know that you have your sponsors & favorite brands you wish to promote. Thus we have developed the Club Banner Guidelines.

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Make your club name loud and proud! But please do not exceed 20% of your banner with sponsor logos. In the two examples above, the area in green shows what 20% will look like.

For your convenience, you can download web banner artwork here which shows two areas as examples of 20% coverage.
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Sponsoring manufacturers will be responsible for their own banners in the designated areas.

Fire and Ice Lost Trails Extreme Scale Challenge

Fire and Ice Lost Trails Extreme Scale Challenge

Presented by Team MRB

Wild West Motorsports Park, Reno, Nevada

February 18, 2017

Words by Matt Soileau

Pictures by Skeeno and Alec Van Den Brink

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Team MRB, aka the Moon Rock Bashers started hosting the annual Fire and Ice Extreme Scale Challenge a few years ago and the event has become a staple of Northern Nevada scale adventure seekers.

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This year, the event had to be moved from the traditional location of Moon Rocks because of some bureaucratic molasses.  Luckily, the Wild West Motorsports complex opened its facility up to Team MRB and welcomed scale adventure seekers from all over.  They even had another driver from Austria make the trip over the pond to participate.

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The Wild West Motorsports Park hosts ULTRA4, Super Crawl, Rock Racing, and Short Course races.  Check them out at http://wildwestmotorsportspark.com/

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As usual, there was a little line to register.  This year drivers collected their score cards and picked cards for the Poker Run style scoring. As per tradition, there is no charge to participate, but donations were greatly appreciated.

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These cool laser cut plaques were on display. I wonder how many Mike Pham will take home.

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Of course Two Chainz Scalerz were on the scene.They were seen passing out special trail swag to youngsters out on trail.

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I spotted the Jurassic Jeep out in the parking lot.  I hope we don’t run into any T-Rexes out on the trail.

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It’s not really an off-roader, but it is scale…and one of my all time favorite bodies. The rear wheels just need a twinge of camber for the authentic VW stance.

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What happens when you park to close to a berm at King of the Hammers?  You catch a roost rock from some show boating KOH drivers.  Luckily, Mr. Van Den Brink got hooked up with a custom Axial window repair courtesy of Mr. Rodney Wills.  Thanks to the meticulous digital camo tape job, it almost blends in seamlessly.

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This crew rolls deep!  How many rigs did they bring?  I lost count after 20.

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I’m always drawn toward the Warhawk motif.  This Bomber also has a little POV camera hooked up.  The owner let us all take it for a spin.

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Here, Skeeno Jr takes it out for a drive.  That smile says it all.  Is POV scale driving going to become a thing in the future?

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Mike Pham tells the truth, 2.2s are training wheels.

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This rat rod was amazing, and it was a real runner. I saw it running trails up on the hill.

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Before we headed out, Franklin and Russel gave instructions.  Most importantly, stay out of the off limit areas and police your trash. We want to be invited back next year.

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Team MRB OGs, Frank and Russ are also Axialfest veterans.

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To start, drivers had to first climb this long steep road to get to the courses.

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Thankfully, I had full VIP media treatment.  JJ chauffeured me up and down in the CKRC UTV.

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Here’s a look down on the climb up.  You can also see the Ultra 4 track in the background.

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This year, there were three courses to test the drivers; beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  This was the start of advanced trail. I saw some guys stuck on this hill for over 30 minutes.  Russ didn’t hold anything back on this course.

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This Bomber was looking good, but that loose rock tested every rig.I’m pretty sure a winch was mandatory on this course.

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This doesn’t look good.  Two rigs strapped together and both with the rubber pointed in the wrong direction.

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30 minutes in and the first break of the day, darn axle pins or darn heavy skinny finger operating the skinny pedal…

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Over on the beginner-scaler-single diamond course, things were going a little smoother.

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It was a little more laid back on this course.

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But that doesn’t mean it was a walk in the park.  These rocks would bite if you weren’t careful.

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I got to see my long time friend, Mr. Rock Hugger Paul has been crawling and scaling since back in the BPRCA/AWCC days. He slept in my truck at the first Axial West Coast Championships back in 2007.  It was great catching up, Paul. I hope we get to see you at Axialfest 2017.

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Skeeno Jr. brought along her “friend” for his first RC experience.

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I loaned him my G6 Edition Deadbolt and he proceeded to chase Skeeno Jr. up the hill. He didn’t make it too far before he did a little modification to the transmission.

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These guys worked this bridge for a while.  I’m not sure if anyone made it up without help.  It was harder than it looked.

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There’s Skeeno Jr. only on TM62.  She went through 3 batteries on the way to the top and back.

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Hold up, I spy the official shoe of the Ultra 5K Enduro, the Altra Lone Peaks.  This pair is owned by CKRC’s owner, Jason Copeland.

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I love that NuKizer back there following the Honcho’d Honcho.

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Oh, here’s another one.  I think I need to add one of these bodies to my collection.

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The Mighty FC is another one of my favs.  This one a modified Honcho cage and EXO rack on it. It looked great.

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If this Cherokee breaks, he can ride his XR400 back down to get parts.

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Here’s our new friend from the Czech Republic. I don’t know what it is, but Northern Nevada attracts a lot of international drivers.

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First Daniel, then Chris, then Rick, and now Ra Un.  Will we see you at Axialest 2017?

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Donde esta el driver?  He must be out locking in his hubs.

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Skeeno Jr. and her “friend” were hungry and didn’t want to wait for them to get set up, so we headed back to the car and had some good ol’ Mountain House for lunch.

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On the way back, I spotted these guys enjoying the pizza.  Looks like it was a hit.

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Two Chainz Scalerz accosted Skeeno Jr’s “friend” in the parking lot.  He passed the interrogation and earned Uncle Elio’s seal of approval.

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They gave Skeeno Jr. and her “friend” a little trail swag for him to remember his first RC adventure.

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These two had me wondering why I didn’t pack my CT70 out here. It would have made getting from course to course a breeze.

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After each trail was completed, drivers went to see Russ to add to their poker hands.

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Pick a card, any card.

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Looks like these guys finally made it to the top of the advanced trail.

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Owensville in the house!

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Unimog sighting.

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Someone dropped a contact lens, good luck finding it now.

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One of the easier parts of the advanced trail.

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Broken shoulder and broken axle, dang it was a tough day.

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The bumper looks a little wonky.

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If Buford T Justice attended the Fire and Ice Extreme Scale Challenge, this would have been his rig.

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The Wolfe’s are RC ironmen. This was their third event in three weeks! They made the drive from King of the Hammers up to Reno before heading back home to Las Vegas.
I hope they have a gas sponsor.

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Booney Bumpin!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, is this one Donatello?

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When I got home I maintenanced the batteries and did a little inspection to my transmission, yup there there’s the problem…

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…this gear is supposed to have teeth.  Looks like I’ll be visiting CKRC before Axialfest 2017 to make sure Skeeno Jr. and her “friend” have trail ready rigs to run.

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I knew we’d see Mike Pham down here.  He always makes the podium,

1.9 1st Mike Pham, 2nd Justin Hanely, 3rd Korey Ericson

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2.2, 1st Sean Heaton, 2nd Jason Adams, 3rd Caleb Bennett

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Highest Poker Hand Winner!

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Axialfest Swag bag?  I know what that can be used for: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915285

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Feel good story of the day, this young man and his dad made the drive from Boise, ID just to drive in the Fire and Ice event. He broke after one course and was feeling a little bummed that he didn’t have the parts to fix it.  Luckily for him, 2Chainz Scalerz were on the scene and loaned him one of their rigs, so he could finish.  On top of that, his name was pulled at the raffle and he got to take a new SMT10 back home to Idaho! Not a bad weekend for the Lillywhites!

 

The Mojave Trail Adventure

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There’s adventure all around us, the only hard part is either knowing where to look or being adventurous enough to look around and find it. In this case of desert exploration, there’s adventure all over the place, much of it with significant historical value. And right about now is when the Mojave Trail comes into the picture. A trail that early East to West settlers used, navigating them through the Mojave Desert in hopes of green pastures just on the other side of the mountains. Yet, as you travel along the Mojave Trail, you come to find out many people considered it home and an opportunity for generating income. Whether is was mining, establishing water wells, live stock, or creating art like artist Carl Faber.

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Loaded up, filled up and in route to Laughlin.

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Mile #1 of the Mojave Trail with the Colorado River to our Right.

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Take notice, this is a stock Nissan 4×4 Frontier. It’ll be interesting to see how much damage comes out of this.

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Hello there Colorado River

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Less than 10miles into the Mojave Trail and our Trail Boss Mike Whittington finds himself in this predicament.

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Dragging on the body is NOT an option here.

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And while Mike is getting is F-150 towed off the ledge Phoebe is ready for more, even if she has to drive.

And while Mike is getting is F-150 towed off the ledge Phoebe is ready for more, even if she has to drive.

No more than 15 minutes later after towing Mike off the Ledge I get a flat front passenger tire thanks to a healthy piece of metal.

No more than 15 minutes later after towing Mike off the Ledge I get a flat front passenger tire thanks to a healthy piece of metal.

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Not sure how legit these rock paintings are but they’re certainly interesting.

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How to spot the water source while out in the desert.. Look for the green.

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Off in the distance is Laughlin NV

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Needless to say, the sight of these clouds wasn’t exactly helping the cause considering we were in route to our first campsite and the idea of setting up a tent in the rain was not appealing.

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A few weeks prior the desert was hit with a healthy rain storm which knocked out parts of the trail. This was a ditch you did not want to fall into. But that could be said about any ditch.

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Recent rains have given the desert floor a greenish hue with flowers and plants blooming all over the place.

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What are we driving into?

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Take a moment and think about how much force as needed to move a rock that large. Then think about the fact that the force of water moved that rock.

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Years of water flowing over these rocks has shaped their surface into a smooth and colorful arrangement.

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Natures LEGO build.

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Sunset falls onto Day One of the Mojave Trail run and those pesky rain clouds have sailed away. However, in there place came a cold night.

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Beverages in hand, we’re ready for an evening next to the camp fire.

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Day One Camp just above Fort Paiute. Established in late 1859 by Captain James H. Carleton, 1st Dragoons, this desert post was located near Piute Springs in the foothills of the Piute Mountain range, about 25 miles west of Fort Mojave and 10 miles north of Goffs in San Bernardino County, a few miles west of the California-Nevada border.

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The sunset just kept getting better and better as the lights slowly went out.

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Cast iron pans should be in everyones camping box. Dinner for night one is cut up chicken sausages, onions, potatoes, zucchini, garlic, olive oil, and salt and people for seasoning.

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Slight change of scenery, approx 4,000ft elevation.

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A desert hare hanging out in the shade watching the sun go up as we cruise through.

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It’s best not to poke this nest. At some points along the trail they were all over the place.

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Just heading up to mile 35 of the trail and you’ll come across an abandoned school bus and early sedan. Both have been better days.

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Yes, that person.

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City dog earning her trail dog merit badges.

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Spring time in the desert yields all sorts plans blooming with vivid colors.

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No reservations were made but certainly an idea for the future.

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What you see there are the bits of steel used to build railways that have been added to the Nevada Southern Railway monument.

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That’s one way to hold down from railroad ties.

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This was the view for quite a while today. One of those stretches of trail were the dog is not allowed out of the truck.

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Five-5 not needed. Cylindropuntia is a genus of cacti (family Cactaceae), containing the cholla, native to northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. They are known for their barbed spines that tenaciously attach to skin, fur, and clothing.

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As we’re trailing along this old stone house appeared. Mind you, this was literally in the middle of the desert and someone had put some serious effort in this home. Located at: 35.14143 -115.25704 @4486ft

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Seems up to building enforcement code.

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Those are aluminum framed windows, which means this house isn’t all that old.

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Perfect spot for a lunch stop, at the old rock house.

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Well… It’s finally happened, trail damage. Decent technical decent with good sized truck eating holes. A punch and a scratch. Not sure insurance will cover this on. Location: 35.14917 -115.32228 @ 4673ft

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I wonder where there is water around here.

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Most of the desert flowers were in full bloom, which is something that doesn’t happen all that often.

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Wasn’t expecting any road signs out here.

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Desert artist Carl Faber’s rock house. May sound odd but, there is a park service restroom on site. So if you’ve got shy open air bowels this is your change for a download. Location: 35.15520 -115.33489 @ 4863ft

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Carl Faber’s desert house is small and somewhat cozy with spectacular views.

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Safe to assume the concrete slab for this house was poured in 1969.

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I’m assuming this is an outdoor shower.

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rouge .22 shot through the window. Have no clue if this was during Carl’s residence or just someone plinking around the desert.

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Not quite sure exactly what it is but most likely a water well.

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After taking a closer look at the tree and the limb that broke off, this had to have happened within the last 6 months. Luckily the water tank within the water tank was not damaged from what we could see.

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This was a cool water pump setup using a windmill to pull water from the underground well. A simple lever mechanism engages and disengages the rotating assembly above to activate the pumping action.

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This birds nest was larger than the 35lbs dog. Begs the question, what bird might call that nest home.

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The view from Mid Hills Camp ground, night two.

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The map of the surrounding area around Mid Hills Campground.

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Despite a bit of wind blowing around it was great having the ability to setup the tent within the trees.

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Campsite activities: SCX10 Jeep JK Wrangler and reading material.

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Who said you had to only bring one R/C car.. must have missed that memo.

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Day Three: Leaving Mid Hill campground and ready for more trail.

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Private residents along the trail.

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First sight of paved road in nearly 3 days. Bitter sweet moment considering it was great to see paved road but equally wanted more dirt trail to explore.

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While at Marl Springs we came across what looks to be some sort of granite rock crushing circle with center mounting point.

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This looked to be the source of the water well that fed the tools and above ground just down the hill.

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Just a steady trickle of water coming out into the well that served as a water hole for a slew of bees.

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A massive weld for such a small bar. What kind of a welder do you think was used for this?

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While at Marl Springs, decided to make a lunch stop and let the dogs stretch out their legs while on mooch patrol.

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Along the Mojave Trail there are numerous spots to check out. The Mailbox at mile 74 should be BOLD text highlighted and at the top of your list. Constructed in 1983 by Friends of the Mojave Road, a conservation group and historical society who were looking to add place for travelers to mark their passing on the unmaintained dirt road. At the site you’ll find mailbox donations of food, water, misc knick knacks, candles and etc. Beyond the Mailbox there are several different little shrines; The Frogs, Jeep Rock, Action figures followed by gnomes. GPS Coordinates: 35.18545 -115.69273 @ 4,271ft

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Make sure to sign in.

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On The Rocks Jeep Club Crew from left to right: John Cary,Nova, Wendy Cary, John Cary jr, Mikala Cary, Phoebe, Mike Whittington, Corkey Wohlers, Laura Whittington and Rich Wohlers.

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Mike and Marty taking a moment at the Mailbox.

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A small contribution to the Mailbox, Axial decal sheet.

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Axial marks the spot!

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So many frogs!

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Jeep Rock

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Watch out for those gnomes.

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Next stop of the Mojave Trail is a slight detour over to the Lave Tubes. GPS coordinates: 35.21599 -115.75248 @3,565ft

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The trail crew, box stock trucks: (2) Ford F-150 crew cabs w/ ecoboost and 4wd, (1) Ford Super Duty F-350 diesel crew cab w/4wd, (1) Nissan Frontier V6 crew cab w/4wd

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Stairs leading down into the Lave Tubes. Be careful, they’re steep.

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Holes looking down into the tubes.

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For a split second is almost looks like Hawaii.

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It’s interesting seeing lava rock like this up close.

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Not a scene from the “Encounters from a third kind”. Just Mike looking up to the light.

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Sadly, this little bunny found itself into the cave and was not able to get out.

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A donation of Phoebe.

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Natures spot light.

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After a long trip down a high frequency bumpy rock we’ve finally arrived to the Soda Lake bed that backs up to Zzyzx Road off the 15 freeway. Soda Lake bed is also the Mojave river end point.

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Hope you brought a rock for the Rock Pile donation. GPS Coordinates: 35.13073 -116.09529 @871ft This 3k+ drop in elevation showcases a polarizing difference amongst the shrubbery surrounding the landscape.

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SCX10 Jeep JK Wrangler posting up at the Rock Pile.

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We’ll take your word on that.

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This was hands down the most vehicles we had seen during a expedition down the Mojave Trail.

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She looks comfortable, it’s best not to disturb.

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Last night of camping along the Mojave Trail. We found a great spot just around the corner from Razor Road and backs up to a large hill with scattered volcanic rocks. GPS Coordinates: 35.09494 -116.13889 @980ft

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A rig per day keeps the office desk away.

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That’s a view.

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Surrounding night three camp site was this epic hill side with scattered volcanic rock.

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Day four on the Mojave Trail and we’re making our way down to Kelso Train Station. To our left is the National Parks Service boundary line… Don’t cross that line.

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The goal here was heading over to Kelso Station, an old rail road town in the middle of the desert. This would have been accomplished if there was a proper railing crossing ramp, which the map said it was there. You guessed it, there was no crossing. GPS Coordinates: 35.04669 -116.16513 @988ft

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Driving along the train tracks and looking for a crossing. We ventured about one mile up the train tracks but could not find a crossing. Time to move on and explore more.

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Coming up to the Mojave Trail Train Bridge and nearing the completion of our East to West trek through the Mojave Trail.

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78 years later the bridge is still standing.

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You don’t see power and communication lines like this all that often these days.

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The Mojave Trail running parallel to the train lines.

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First water crossing of the trip. GPS Coordinates: 35.02403, -116.35798 @1295ft

Axial joins Extreme Scale Performance RC for SCALE WARS

Scale Wars is an ongoing online scale building competition from Josh Elliot of Extreme Scale Performance RC for Axial based builders around the world! Josh Elliot, aka “Camping with Coleman” explains this is his way of giving back to my Subscribers by providing a platform for you to showcase your awesome talents and skill sets. It is also a way for Josh to show his love for the company that got Elliot into building scale radio controlled vehicles back in 2007… Axial!

More information: Extreme Scale Performance SCALE WARS

Axial Downloadable Complete Parts List

Axial Downloadable Complete Parts List

Axial is always looking for better ways to serve its customer base. Along that point, did you know that we offer a complete, downloadable Excel file filled with every standard or option part currently in production?

You may have overlooked it if you weren’t sure what it was; Hover over the ‘SUPPORT’ menu item on their website and you’ll see it at the bottom of the dropdown; parts list (xls format).

This list is broken out into multiple sections; part numbers, UPC codes, product description, MSRP and product type. Next to that are vertical columns that coincide with engine/vehicle part numbers (ie, AX0331 for the Axial 28RR-2 Engine or AX90032 for the Axial Yeti XL 1/8th Scale RTR).

To use the list, simply choose the product type you’d like to filter (bodies, chassis, electronics, etc) and match it up to your vehicle on the right (you’ll need to know your vehicle’s part number first). Axial has added a ‘S’ for a Standard part, an ‘O’ for an Option part or left it blank if it doesn’t work with your vehicle.

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I use it frequently and highlight the Axial cars I have, looking for new ‘O’s to help me outfit my rides with newly-released goodies!

This list gets updated frequently when new parts or vehicles are released so it’s a fantastic tool to help you track down any parts you might need.

I’ll save you 3 seconds; download the file here: docs.axialracing.com/partslist/axialpartslist.xls

78 Years Young and Simply DOC!

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Doc has been known as “Doc” for 45+ years and only a small handful of people know his real name. Most of them are Military or Doctors. In his younger years, Doc was involved in motorcycle rides across the US and skydiving, but Doc still thinks his life is pretty boring most of the time.

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Doc’s rig is a converted AX10 Bronco and will be at Axial #3X815, however he may not participate as he had a heart attack 6-days ago and is still recovering.

We all wish him well!

Come meet him Sunday April 9th at Axial #3X815 RVRCC
Reuben Aldeen Park
623 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61107

EVENT INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/259289157777393/

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ULTRA 5K ENDURO HISTORY

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ULTRA 5K ENDURO HISTORY
Written by: Rodney Wills
Photos by: Tristan “TAZZ” Judkins and Rodney Wills

Driving a radio control vehicle from a “control area” or commonly known as a driver stand or even from a stationary position, has been the hobby standard. Axial’s stance on the subject is to not stand in one place, but to move with the vehicle, covering vast terrain with a variety of obstacles.

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Axial is already known for getting enthusiasts out on trail, and hiking behind their rigs over the desired terrain in the name of adventure during its annual customer appreciation event, AXIALFEST.

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With the launch of the AX90028  SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 1/10th Scale vehicle in 2012, inspiration was further set in motion when we hiked across the Rubicon Trail for three days, driving an SCX10 to earn it’s “Trail Rated” merit badge. See the 5-part docs-blogs: RUBICON TREK.

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As Axial’s Global Marketing Director, and personally for myself, I want to change the game even more!  We planted the new structure at AXIALFEST2016. In conjunction with sponsor Altra Running, we put man and machine to the physical test through a closed course trail for a full-scale Ultra 5K Enduro!

But how did it go from hiking to running?
Rock racing is the most physically demanding and brutal motorsport, the most famous event being The ULTRA4 King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, California. Yes, we are talking about the full size motorsport event with a global impact.

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Axial’s customer-base and product design are in large part a reflection of vehicles competing in the event, and vehicles that belong to the spectators of this iconic motorsport event! Even though Axial is known for “moving with the vehicle” there is one sub-sector of the hobby driving their R/C rock racing rigs from the traditional drivers stand, the other sector is driving their rigs along side of their scale trail counterparts, just at speed, thus running. Like at ULTRA4 King of the Hammers, it is the 4X4 trails that were turned into a competition course, a competition decided by who could drive the trails the fastest, thus Axial is mimicking the action and it’s why we call them Ultra Drivers.

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For years within AXIALFEST, we’ve had the “Ultra Class” whose participants ran past all the adventurist class participants on the same trails. We traditionally ran the two classes at the same time, but as the event grew, the separation of the two classes was needed due to the two “attitudes” of the two class of drivers.

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One is chasing the checkered flag, the other is chasing scale adventure. When the adventurist drivers started hearing the phrase, “Ultra driver coming through!” that is when it dawned on me that these classes would eventully have to be separated. It’s like being in the desert and you get on a live race course and you know a 100mph trophy truck is approaching and you get that excited, yet uneasy feeling in your stomach! You know you need to get out of the way! While we all love racing, we also like our adventures and we do not want to see any race trucks on our adventure route. We want to see and experience something different  than being at a race, so we knew we had to separate the classes. Each adventurist deserves his own experience without race cars bumping them off the cliff while Ultra drivers are chasing their checkered flag.

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The thought was, that if our Ultra Drivers want to be full size race vehicle drivers, then they need to train like them and get the full physical impact of driving a race vehicle. When you see drivers come over the finish line at the King of the Hammers, they are drenched with sweat and physically depleted, but they feel accomplished!

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Racing is physically demanding so the only way I knew to interject the physicality, is to build a race course specifically for the Ultra Class and turn them loose!

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ENDURO inˈd(y)o͝orō,enˈd(y)o͝orō/
A long-distance race, especially for motor vehicles, motorcycles, or bicycles, typically over rough terrain, designed to test endurance.

Regarding the course design, I grew up riding motorcycles in the woods of Alabama and the deserts of southern California, racing BMX and have done my fair share of mountain biking. These have all been influences on me, so I took elements from those and added it to our Ultra Course design. The idea was to give our Ultra drivers the ultimate “ENDURO” experience. But hey, I’m in marketing and the word enduro just sounds cool and I did not see it in use in our segment at that time.

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We’ve had that select few who just wanted to go fast, thus run fast as if it was some big checked flag affair, so if competition they seek, a 5K they will get! Adventure running is becoming very popular and is on the trajectory to be the most popular extreme sport in America according to Richard Burgunder’s editorial piece “Trail Running: Racing Towards the Top in Popularity”

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By mixing adventure running and King of the Hammers style driving, our Ultra Drivers will get the full physical impact. Case in point, Casey Currie is a prominent driver who races at King of the Hammers. He was in attendance at AXIALFEST2016 and competed in the Ultra Class. Afterwards at the awards ceremony, Casey stated, “that running in Ultra Class was like racing at King of the Hammers – PHYSICALLY!” That was authentic enough for me! With the demand of physically running through the woods while driving a R/C vehicle through the same course at the same time, this is a full capacity challenge making it a true ULTRA CLASS!

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The R/C community has never been physical…
Since 2011, Axial has organized events that have gotten people out hiking through the woods in pursuit of driving their R/C vehicles over challenging terrain. Yes, we are hiking and driving at the same time, complete with backpacks and hiking amenities. We have helped change the role-play of R/C, meaning most see R/C as a hobby where you stand in one place and drive your vehicle, whereas we are getting our R/C community in motion! We have seen our event t-shirt sizes dropping over the past six years and that is simply awesome! If we can help create paths to physicality while pursuing a hobby, what’s not to like!? Over the years, attendance has been on the rise right along with the fitness of our attendees!

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Why the Axial RR10 Bomber for Ultra 5K Enduro?
Randy Slawson is PHYSICALLY FIT!
HIS BOMBER FABRICATION CHASSIS IS AWESOME!
The Axial version makes a great spec-car for the Ultra 5K Enduro class as it’s not about having tons of modifications. You do have to run as fast as your rig and we want to see the athletic side of this Ultra-minded R/C enthusiast!