Tungsten Peak Trail RC Adventure Hike – Bishop California

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Words & Photos: Rodney Wills

On Dec 27, 2011, I published what had to be my single longest blog post with a massive amount of photos! It’s practically three separate stories all smashed into one long blog! One in particular is buried way down at the bottom. It was a little SCX10 Adventure Hike that I did while on my way home back from Reno, Nevada in the cold December of 2011.
So, I figured I would re-purpose that portion into a single blog post.

Tungsten Peak Trail RC Adventure Hike – Bishop California
December 3rd, 2011 – Reno, Nevada – Weather: High of 28 °F with a low of 19 °F

It’s O’dark:30, it’s the closing ceremony with fingers, ears, noes and toes freezing cold, but the event prizes are flowing! Freezing and all, everyone had a great day and a great closer to a great year. We all said our goodbyes and wishes for safe travel, happy holidays and all that good stuff. I put the ADV80 in “D” and in the wind with my Jack Sparrow compass sent in a homeward direction, with a couple of side-trip plans in route.

I hate going to the same place twice unless overall conditions are different. I tent camped in Davis Creek Campground last night, and I have chosen to pass it on my way home as I have intentions on doing some R/C scout-inspection of the Ridgcrest area of the California desert.

So I hit the road..
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I depart Reno making my way back down HWY395 through Gardnerville. They have  awesome small town charm and their Gardnerville’s Carson Valley Christmas lights have the streets lit with holiday cheer. It made me think of my wife and may have been on the phone with her tell her about the sights of this small town and how she would like to visit it.
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Carrying on with X-mass lights blurring by, and two and half hours and 120-miles later, I’m in the Mammoth area.
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On down HWY 395 I cut off at Toms Place in Mono County.
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I wanted to see what was up there and made my way up Rock Creek Road passing Rock Creek Group Campground.
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Rock Creek Lake looks like a nice place! Need to see it in the daylight!
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At this point I decided to head back down and save this road and adventure for another day.

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FOOD! Too late – they are closed… I bet its a great place to eat. Wishful thinking.

Back on the road:
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I land just North of Bishop, Ca around 10:00PM, and I was tired.

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I pull off HWY395 on a little dirt side road to find a tent “pitchable” location.
I found a big powerline dirt road that traversed the mountain side. Found a little cutoff road from there that led me to a dead-end into a hillside with a 100ft drop-off. There was a nearby trailhead marker so I was hoping to make this the camping location.

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Gave a quick 360º inspection, saw a trail-marker which noted that this is a hiking trail called Tungsten Peak Trailhead, making this the perfect camping spot for the night.

First things first:
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Set up the tent and dig a fire pit and get it going!
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Get the Jetboil PCS stove fired up and boiling water!
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DING DING – Dinner is served via Mountain House! Tonight is Beef Stroganoff night. Boiling some more water for some hot tea! It’s rather CHILLY OUT HERE!!!HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
After dinner I set the camera up for a couple of night shots. Check out our
Night Photography Tips blog by Ian Coble. I should’ve had him with me on this trip!
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Moring View from the tent
Next morning, this is the view from the tent window. I was expecting the sun to come blazing into my tent, but that was just wishful warm thinking. Temperature is in the low 20′s. Due to being nestled back into a little canyon of sort, the ridge was blocking the direct sunlight.

So I crack open the sleeping bag to chilly morning air that has yet to be touched directly by the warm sun. I check out my surroundings under the peaceful early light of day.
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Today, seeing how I’ve discovered this trailhead, my mission is to drive my Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho as far as possible up the Tungsten Peak Trail and see what I can see. I didn’t drive during the event yesterday, but that does not mean that I didn’t wish to participate, I was simply doing my job of documenting the event. But I too am a enthusiast! I’m nowhere near as hardcore as you guys, but I do like my R/C adventures, just a little differently than most, as you are about to see. I think you like to do the same though…

It’s still chilly in the shadows of the ridge as I set off on my RC adventure hike.
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The sun has finally broken over the ridge, but it is still very chilly outside and the sun has yet to reach me.

A desert motorcycle riding buddy once told me to not let your hands get cold as they will hurt when I get older, he is in his late 50′s and so I see his troubles with his hands and took to heart his words. Warm gloves it is!!!
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I’ve had these gloves for a long time as I bought them to shoot photos during my trip to Rally Great Britain in 2001. It was raining and COLD and these gloves proved CHAMPION! These are actually wool mittens. The thumb has a slit in it so I can stick the thumb out for critical touch situations when needed. Same with the fingers, but they are 3/4′s covered with a mitten cap that wraps over, so when I need those indexers, I can pull the cap-mitten part back. Or as you see here, just one digit out so I can feel the throttle.

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Finally!
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Finally some direct SUNLIGHT on me!

That means I can pause for a break, lose a layer and grab some super-nutrition!
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POP TARTS! I’m known for eating “cardboard” as my buddy ScottG calls them, you know granola bars and such, but today I treated myself to something that I found in the cabinet at the house before leaving on this trip and stashed it into my backpack. SORRY KIDS!

Onward and upward.
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Me and my SCX10 Trail Honcho are on the go!

I keep looking back:
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My 1:1 rig and camp get smaller and smaller.

The trail ahead of me gets more technical:
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We press on.. We, as in me and my trusty SCX10…
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho just plain works!
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It gets a bit hairy in sections, and my mind wonders – how far will the SCX10 Trail Honcho go?

Just staying calm, searching out the lines, and being patient is half the battle.
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It’s a chess board and you have to survey all your options.

BUT sometimes….
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You reach that spot…
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Checkmate! NO matter how many times I tried, I could not get the truck up the crevasse even to the point of where I would roll the rig over on its lid several times attempting to make it through. I was trying to stay scale and then went full KOH-mode, but the obstacle was too hard to tackle,  beyond the limits of the truck capabilities, and/or at the end of my driving talent.

Yes, I could have used a winch at this point, but it’s sitting on the workbench back at the office. I contemplate if the Axial Wraith would have been a better trail rig choice? Would it have made it through this section? This was it for the SCX10, and I am a SCX10 purist. Even if a 2.2-rig could have made it, for me, its not the same as a SCX10 on 1.9-tires. More realistic. What is real for me is different than say, a Casey Currie or Cody Waggoner. They can haul any vehicle to any location, offload it and drive that rig through whatever they wish. Heck, they even have street-going vehicles on 40″ tires. That is not my reality, thus my choice in R/C I like to keep in the same realm. I do own a Wraith, but that is not my rig of choice is all I am simply stating. I love my Axial SCX10 Honcho. And truth be told, this is my OG original Honcho that I’ve owned before coming to work here. It’s so old, it has the brown-channel sticker on the radio box to prove that it was once a FM transmitting rig previously. Carrying on… sorry!

I preview the entire area. No spots to drive around, no other route for passage. This is one of those moments where I could have easily HOG’ed it [Hand Of God] up the tricky section and move on. But, that is not my style. This is where I toss in the towel and chalk it up to be done another day, on another adventure and give it to chance that I come through here again, better equipped. Or time willing, to construct a ramp-bridge of sort.

But today, this is where I pack it up:
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Literally. I put the SCX10 on my backpack.  BUT, I wish to continue this little adventure further up for scouting purposes as the terrain shows signs of a promising valley ahead.

I look back and take a moment to reflect on what has occurred thus far! I was proud of my little feat.
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It was a good fight to get to this point…
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And what laid ahead… I WAS SO CLOSE TO MAKING IT!!!
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As I progress on my hike with the SCX10 strapped to my backpack, I can see the valley ahead. Again, I was so close! My heart was torn by the the beauty and the ferocious, rugged rock.
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The rocks where laughing at me with it’s mock torn heart shape!
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Very strange – very cool rock formations to be seen up here.
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I finally reach the little valley.
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This area looks like an RC Playground Paradise to me!

I go out to the edge of this little valley, and see that it overlooks my camp area below:
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After a bit of exploring this little valley, I see that the trails continue on up the next ledge, so I follow:
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This only reveals more peaks and another large peak/ridge barely poking up in the background. Curiosity draws me in…HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Look closely on the back ridge and slightly left of center, you will see strong wind peeling snow off the lip into the sky. It is December, and that is some howling wind!

I have yet another hill in front of me to reach that peak:
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The below photo is an 180° view opposite from the above photo, looking out across HWY395.
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What a spectacular view as well! There are just amazing sights of wild rock formations in every direction.
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I call it the lean-to UFO crash rock shelter. You just wonder how these rocks got into these shapes and positions. It’s as though the fell from the sky and stabbed the dirt!

As any good photographer would do, a self portrait in action. For scale purposes only.
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One foot in front of the other, taking my time, slow and steady and I will get there,
wherever there is. That’s the quest, the question of curiosity leads to adventure!
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I think I am about to make a little summit on the Tungsten Peak Trail!

AND YES – SUMMIT!
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SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN EVERY DIRECTION!
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I make the peak! And find more interesting views and formations.
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And looky-looky here! I’ve discovered my second geocache by accident!
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I place a Axial sticker on the container, place an Axial sticker sheet inside and sign the register.

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Jacket goes back on as it was even colder due to the wind on top of Tungsten Peak!

Like all mountain peak pursuits, the top is only the half way point.
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The decent down is all ahead of me now.
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WOW, my truck, of which cannot be seen at this point, IS WAY DOWN THERE!

It’s comforting…
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To see my 1:1 rig again. Yet, it is still way down there, but I can see it.
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I’m back to the little mid-valley, so I take a moment for a break.

I see lines… I see driving lines…
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And I see more driving lines… this rock playground is a R/C climbing mecca of a playground! This could make for a great pack in, camp overnight shoot session!
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An oddity of rock formation all around!HWY 395 Trip To RECON G6 BDAY Bash 2011
Dropping back into the final canyon.

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I call this the handrail chute. This was the area that put an end to my SCX10
Tungsten Peak Challenge. Next time…

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I see the tire marks and begin to wonder what other hikers might think when they see these little tire tracks on this steep trail.

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My ADV80 is in view once again.

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I think there is a super hero sleeping in these rocks. Guess who?

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This concludes my solo hike SCX10 adventure on the Tungsten Peak Trail.
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I take a moment to see my whole camp in the sunlight, the ridge I just came down, and I contemplate coming back with maybe a small group of us to run our rigs in the valley just above. Or maybe you will find yourself here, just as I have, and make a solo-trip of it!

I think about that big snow-blown Sierra ridge that was across from the peak I had climbed and know that I am not ready for a big back country backpacking trip.
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As I head out on the dirt road, I look back in the mirror and see the majestic mountain taunting me, calling me back.

Further down the road in Lone Pine…
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My view of the Sierra’s massive ridge is constant. There’s the PCT Trail that runs the length of it…actually it runs the length of California and beyond. Our dreams are what keeps us driven.
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I finally make it to the Ridgecrest / Jawbone area.
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I run a quick scouting loop and up onto this little plateau. The sun is falling fast already,
but it never really gets overhead during the winter months, thus the day seems short.

I climb back in the rig and back onto the tarmac of HWY395 for the final journey home.
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I’m still looking down every dirt road and scanning the horizon, searching for what…?
I don’t know for sure, but I keep looking… in a wanderlust search for a new adventure. When I find it, I will know… I hope I never do… I hope I keep looking… at everything through curiosity! I see I am not the only one seeking adventure as I pull up along side
this guy in Victorville. At least his bike represents adventure even though he may just be going to the store.
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The fastest AFFORDABLE way to cover a lot of ground in the desert is on two wheels.
Yes, I love my dirt bikes too.

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The sun is going down fast. At arms length – four fingers is approx 1-hour / each finger 15-minutes. See page 53 of the Backpacker’s Guide.

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Through the Cajon Pass, the sun is filtered by clouds making for awesome lighting.

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I’m coming into Corona and I see the last ridge I will cross and I will be home. That is my little Saddleback / Santa Ana Mountains and our Axial office sits on the other side as well.

From the peak of this mountain there’s an ocean view. We do get snow on it and it is in Orange County, California. It’s my little quick adventure spot; be it on foot, mountain bike, motorcycle or truck and yes, even the R/C rigs have seen some action up there.

Mountain peaks are great for reflection and contemplation, but the only way you are going to get on top of one is to just get after it. You can read, talk and think about it all day and you will do that forever. But one day you just have to make a call to action and actually GO do it! GO! Find your adventure!

My first year working here at Axial has been an amazing time that has just flown by at light-speed!

GODSPEED TO YOU ALL – HAPPY HOLIDAYS and
MAKE LIFE AN ADVENTURE!

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- rodney wills / AXIAL RC Adventure Hiker

Axial Scale Course & RC Truck Show at 36th Annual Hump-N-Bump • Nov 3-4, 2017

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Axial Scale Course & RC Truck Show at Hump-N-Bump 2017

Date: November 3 – 4, 2017

Location: 1301 Whipple Ave, Logandale, NV 89021

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/110233193017973

The Vegas Valley Four Wheelers is proud to announce the 36th annual
Hump-N-Bump! Sign up early for this action-packed weekend on November 3 and 4th, 2017 with amazing wheelin’, gorgeous red rock formations, a huge vendor fair, a massive raffle and an awesome BBQ dinner.

This two-day event offers trails for drivers of all skill levels and vehicles from stock SUVs to extreme rock buggies. Our skilled volunteer trail staff will lead you through trails throughout the beautiful Logandale Trails System plus portions of the beautiful Valley of Fire State Park. This event is only open to full size 4X4 vehicles. (no side-by-side’s or quads)

Presented by “Partners in Conservation,” a large portion of the proceeds from the Hump-N-Bump event go towards supporting local and national land-use causes and the local community.. Committed to assisting us so far this year will be The Vegas Broncos, The Desert Wranglers, Battle Born Jeeps, and the Walapai 4 Wheelers.

Hump-N-Bump event headquarters is at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale, just a short drive from the trails. The event’s evening activities will take place at the fairgrounds, including an incredible catered barbecue dinner by John Mull’s Road Kill Grill (featured on the Food Channel’s Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives). Event registration is $65 per vehicle and includes guided trails on Friday and Saturday, 5 raffle tickets, dash plaque, goodie bag and more. Event tee shirts are $18, kids tee shirts are $10. Hoodies, knit caps and hats will also be available. We pride ourselves on having one of the best dinners of any event in the country and it is only $20. Boxed kids dinners will be $6. RV parking with partial hookups will be $20 per night (limited availability). Tent and car camping without hookups will be $10 per night.

As we get closer to the 36th annual Hump-N-Bump more information will be added. For more information also check out the Vegas Valley 4-Wheeler’s website at vv4w.org.

Axial Deadbolt AX90044 RTR Simple Body Mods

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Starting with a stock Axial Deadbolt RTR straight out of the box, before ever putting power to it. I am going to try and make this different than any other! I have heard it both ways as far as this body goes. This is actually one of my favorites.20170917_113319 (Custom) 20170917_113348 (Custom) 20170917_113358 (Custom)

I really like the hood scoop, dovetail, and I truly love this green! It’s a perfect platform to start with in my opinion. 20170917_113421 (Custom) 20170917_113451 (Custom) 20170917_113501 (Custom) 20170917_113529 (Custom) 20170917_113541 (Custom)

Now that you have seen what I am starting with, let me show you my idea. I happen to have an Axial Ridgecrest, I have always liked the bumpers and tubing. I want to try and put these bumpers on the Axial Deadbolt.

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I have always been a fan of reusing parts, or just using them in ways they might not have been specifically designed for. So lets just see where this takes us. If you do not have a Ridgecrest the part number is AX80117, but I will also try to have a hyperlink at the end of this blog! Just in case you want to do this. 20170924_210205 (Custom) 20170924_210403 (Custom)

The rear seems to fit like it was made for this body. The front is wide enough at the open end, but it tapers a bit more at the front. I still don’t think this will be an issue.20170924_210553 (Custom) 20170924_210556 (Custom)20170917_113606 (Custom)

After removing the Poison Spyder front bumper, I am looking really hard at the front grill. 20170917_113610 (Custom)20170917_113639 (Custom)

I have a plastic grill from another truck I never used, it is a very simple grill. I want to try and incorporate it into this build. I think it will help in this makeover.  20170917_114441 (Custom)

I drilled the center posts of grill and I reamed the holes to the appropriate size. Also marking the headlights with a sharpie.20170917_120333 (Custom)20170917_123359 (Custom)20170917_124252 (Custom)

I used a body reamer and scissors to start. I also trimmed away the outer corners of factory stickers. Next I used a dremel to round out the headlights. 20170917_124807 (Custom)20170917_124948 (Custom)

The goal is to fit some headlight in the grill. so I keep test fitting the hole until I like the fit of light. Once I have the holes big enough on both sides, I turn my attention to the back.

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After simply holding the rear bumper where I want it to fit, I mark it with a sharpie and drill the mounting holes.20170918_110517 (Custom)20170918_110520 (Custom)20170918_111059 (Custom)20170918_111113 (Custom)

After drilling the holes, it bolts right up! No modifications at all. Be sure to slide the end tab to the inside of the body. After the rear is done I am returning to work on the front. I painted the new grill black, used solid black stickers for outer corners and Axial Dingo stickers for the marker lights. I ran two screws through the back side of the grill and that’s what holds it in place. 20170918_111400 (Custom)20170918_112454 (Custom)20170918_112458 (Custom)

After the grill I simply hold the front bumper to front and cut as straight as I can to the outer edge of grill. After test fitting again the Axial Ridgcrest bumper is still a bit to narrow. Using a dremel I slowly start cutting closer to the grill. You can see picture below for reference.20170918_113112 (Custom)20170918_115105 (Custom)

After several test fits and finally getting the fit I wanted, I bolted on the front bumper. Just a tip, if you look in the picture below, you can see the posts used to mount tube bumper to the front of the Ridgcrest stick directly into the headlight holes. 20170918_115116 (Custom)20170918_120138 (Custom)

From the side profile maybe you can see why I said I tried to cut as straight as possible. Pictured below you can see I removed the bumper and cut mounting posts off I was talking about earlier.20170918_122300 (Custom)20170918_122348 (Custom)20170918_122356 (Custom)

So I did run into one issue. Nothing with the bumper, but rather with the headlights. I ran out of Axial light buckets, I had planned on using and measured for. I am sure if you build you have had to improvise. I happen to have some glass lights for home interior, they are designed to go under your cabinets as custom lighting. So off comes the front bumper once again, you can just take out corner screws and it makes it easier.20170922_112818 (Custom)20170922_112810 (Custom)20170922_112013 (Custom)

Well they look good to me, so after some shoe goo, I put the front of the bumper back on. I am very pleased with how this makeover is turning out. 20170922_113134 (Custom)20170922_120332 (Custom)

With the bumper back on I add my last to Axial Light buckets. They are Part AX80045, there will be a link to part at the end of this blog. After this I am going to add a little to the stock Axial Maxxis Trepadors.

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A couple of Sharpies I purchased should do the trick. I am putting white down first.20170919_083946 (Custom) 20170919_090322 (Custom)

Putting the white down first really helped the yellow to pop and stand out. I am very happy with the look. If you have never done this before, I will just tell you now. It is not permanent. You WILL have to touch it up  and or redo it! How often just depend on your driving style. I like the look, so I do it. Next some silver model paint and a red sharpie are used to create scale hubs. Your RTR should have these hubs on it, solid black in color. I think it is an easy scale look.  20170919_090648 (Custom)

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Going back to the body, up top you can see exactly how it looks out of the box. So with an exacto knife I carefully lift the stock sticker and relocate it to the back. For this exact look you must swap stickers from driver to passenger side to follow contours of the fender. I also used a black sharpie on the door and hood jams. Here is a tip, rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover with acetone will take the sharpie completely off should you mess up the lines.  20170919_093632 (Custom) 20170919_093629 (Custom)

As I mentioned before, I like using parts from other cars. Can you guess what part this is by the outline? 20170919_095414 (Custom) 20170919_095521 (Custom)

First using a body reamer and then getting as close as I can with lexan body scissors. I use the dremel again test fitting until I like the fit.20170919_094135 (Custom) 20170919_094201 (Custom)

Once the Axial Yeti Rock Racer exhaust fits (found on part tree Part AX31116), I decide to dress it up a bit with some silver model paint. Once it dries I hold it in place with shoe goo!20170919_100034 (Custom) 20170919_100716 (Custom)

Once installed I am really happy with the over all look. I feel it has completely changed the look. I throw on one of my scale antennas just for a touch more of scale detail.20170919_115821 (Custom)

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I am not to worried about interior, but just to make it different I will do another easy trick. Take some 1/4″ open loom conduit, cut one side to the contour of Axial driver helmet. Use a body reamer where ever you want to run hose in the car, only ream hole big enough to hold the hose snug. I painted the drivers helmet, you can do as you want. Shoe goo the hose to the helmet, and once it is dry. Feed hose into the hole you made with body reamer! That’s it, you now have scale fresh air hose on your driver. A tip for you, take the drivers helmet off the vehicle to glue on hose and let it set. There is a screw underneath helmet that is simple to remove.20170920_165718 (Custom) 20170920_114409 (Custom)

Moving onto the chassis, this is the only mod this will get at this point. Open the clear plastic bad that came in your RTR and remove the three long post with bevel on one side. Remove the battery tray from the rear of chassis.20170920_114406 (Custom)

Place the posts as pictured above, you will need to remove two small screws from receiver box before fitting beveled edges. Next place battery basket over posts.20170920_114644 (Custom) 20170920_114418 (Custom)

Axial Screws AXA471 work perfectly for this relocation. Tighten it down with three of these screws and reuse the small screw to attach battery tray on rear section.20170920_114551 (Custom) 20170920_114756 (Custom)

You have just relocated the battery for forward weight and performance. Yes you can definitely spend money on a battery tray to move the battery from the rear to the front. In my opinion this is the most inexpensive way to go, the parts are provided, minus the longer screws! Something to think about. So what’s next?

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Well I installed the lens inserts and lens covers on the Axial light buckets on the bumper.

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Take step back and look at the transformation. Now the hubs are on after being painted, the driver helmet is also installed. Ummm next I would say take it outside and take it for a drive! That was my plan anyway!20170924_193944 (Custom) 20170924_113436-01 (Custom)

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Well this is my attempt at simply changing the look and one performance gain with the battery relocation. Hopefully this has inspired you to try new things or build one like this. This crawler is the most bang for the buck in my opinion. If you are looking to get into scale crawling, I would suggest looking at the http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax90044 !

Axial Parts Used:
AX80117 Axial Ridgecrest bumpers

AX80045 Axial Light buckets
http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax80045 (You will need 2)

AX31116 Axial Yeti Rock Racer Exhaust Tips
http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax31116

AXA471 Axial Screws for Battery relocation
http://www.axialracing.com/products/axa471

AMain Hobbies Presents AxialFest 2017 Video

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The crew from AMain Hobbies started coming to AXIALFEST in 2016.
This year they brought a video camera to capture what they saw!
Hit the preview screen below or hit the link here – two trails to get you to eight minutes worth of the good stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cixpvxgGZY&t=305s

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Scale on the Con – Day trip

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Words: Anthony Rivas
Photography: Brad Perry

I believe everyone has that one trail they would love to go scale crawl on, maybe even a bucket list of places. The opportunity recently presented itself to return to the Historic Rubicon Trail in northern California with the annual event called Cantina for the Con going on for 1:1 vehicles. CKRC Hobbies of Reno, Nevada was doing Scale on the Con In conjunction with the event and I knew I just had to go!  I was able to go out and trail with a few guys on this over the top scaled out course.

But first, lets back up and talk about Cantina on the Con.
This is an annual Fundraiser for the 501(c)3 Non-Profit Mission: To Enhance the Future Health and Use of the Rubicon Trail while Ensuring Responsible Motorized Year-round Trail Access. The Rubicon Trail Foundation is an advocate for your Continued Motorized Access to the Trail and Surrounding Public Lands. Please go read more about the Rubicon Trail Foundation and what they do for the Rubicon Trail!
http://www.rubicontrail.org/rtf-about.htm

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Brandon Caton of Snowmod RC brought his son up for the event, but he made some time to wheel his Axial Scx10 based LC70. This was definitely no shelf queen.

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Last Chance Gas Station #2 was open for service at Loon Lake Dam! Note those power lines in the background! Yes, no… that is not scale photo-trickery! Those are the real deal! The BLPP&C; Brant Lowe Power Pole Company had to be quickly custom built and shipped over to the Loon Lake Dam.

With power poles on site, Adam & Elio of Two Chainz Scalerz set the poles, then ran power all the way out to the Loon Lake Dam in order for the gas station to power to deliver service for customers. We need to go all 1999-style and seriously start looking at this solar energy stuff! But I got my Two Chainz Scalerz edition custom banana cream filled Twinkiez so I was happy! They excepted my cash while they were still wiring up the cash register.

This is Station #2 as in a new version of the original. Some of you may have pictures with the original version from AXIALFEST that was mysteriously claimed in a “HOGnato” incidence. Yes, H.O.G. + Tornado = HOGnato meaning the hands of real 1:1 humans aka (Hand Of God) swept (Tornado) the original gas station from its location on site at AXIALFEST. The original Last Chance Gas Station has yet to be found…
Swiper No Swiping.

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Quick “pic-stop” and off to the trail! Hey, that might have to become an thing… #PicStop

The Rubicon trail is a destination for lots of off road enthusiasts. For me personally, (Rivas Concepts) being back to drive a scale R/C on the rock was a great unique feeling as my trips across the Rubicon have been 1:1 trips!

I’ve built this Axial Scx10-2 Dingo for such adventures.

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Before we start this scale adventure, the Axial Scx10-2 Dingo was loaded up and looking for Adventure but first we have to have a couple of complementary flex shots!

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Two Chainz Scalerz Adam Dean and Elio Dianda were present, physically and spiritually!
Poor E.W. Lowe…

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Brandon wasted no time jumping into the water! We all looked on in disbelief that he would be willing to throw his 70-Series in harms way as he did! You know it’s not like these 70-Series are offered here in the USA, hence the FaceBook page: Toyota: Bring the 70 Series Land Cruiser and Diesels to the USA. But too, it is a Land Cruiser…
Seeing how Snowmod set the tone, I fell in right behind him and we all followed suit!

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It was truly an epic day of wheeling. Lots of water, cool temperatures, and good people.

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Alec Van Den Brink and his Jeep KJ Liberty, with roof top tent, and Ben Thomas in his Axial Scx10-2  custom Toyota 4-door bringing up the back. ScaleOnTheCon-08475 (Medium) ScaleOnTheCon-08469 (Medium)

Some parts were a little sketchy with water flowing as it was running pretty fast and we were playing pretty scale!

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As you can see, we had an eclectic collection of rigs as well with Brandon’s 70-Series Land Cruiser, my RC-ADV-Dingo, Alec Van Den Brink‘s KJ-Liberty and Ben Thomas wheeling the 1st Gen Toyota. Regardless of personal choice’s we are all enjoying the same thing, wheeling the Rubicon!

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The Rubicon trail provided plenty of picture opportunities, we took them and took our time. It’s easy when we are sitting our our heated cabs while Brad Perry (photo-extraordinaire) is wading out into the river with his hip looking Patagonia Waders with the addition of the rubber ducky embellished 24″ Classic Round Green Inflatable Swimming Pool Inner Tube Ring Float for safety. We simply zipped out winch line to him when the current swept him out a bit.

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You could easily get line-drunk here. Everywhere you looked was a new line. The CKRC Hobbies Scale-On-The-Con trail was a nice long loop, averaging about 3 and half hours to complete the trail. Our little day trip was roughly the same amount of time, but we didn’t cover near the terrain due to our numerous #PicStop’s.
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ScaleOnTheCon-08914 (Medium)This event had people driving well into the night!

Where is a place you want to go crawl?
Mark your calendars for next year to go run Scale on the Con!  With the Cantina for the Con being an annual event, I can only expect the Scale on the Con to continue with and carry on!

More cool scale stuff to be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468545179899127/?active_tab=discussion

The Cantina for the Con event should be around the first weekend of September 2018, Labor Day Weekend. Check http://www.rubicontrail.org/rtf-annualevents.htm for more details. Once details get posted there, I’m sure details for Scale on the Con will be posted on CKRC’s FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ckrchobbies/events/

 

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 4

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Photos by Matt Soileau and Michael Morris

So, Here it is, Part 4 of the Axialfest 2017 Skeeno Report! Day 4 consisted of Rock Racing and the Awards Ceremony and Raffle. If you somehow missed reports 1-2-3, please pop back; Report Part-1, Report Part-2, Report Part-3.  Let’s take a look at what went down on the final day of Axialfest 2017.

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Scott Kerkes was still going strong teching rigs on Day 4.

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He must be the undisputed tech champion of Axialfest 2017.

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Scott has a special way with the little ones as well.  Here he reminds this little guy that Fast is Slow, so don’t try to win the race at the start.

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Pham was all teched and checked and ready to race.  This is what he was waiting for all week, the Rock Races!  I think he podiumed in every class last year.  We’ll have to see if he could repeat that performance this year.

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Anthony Rivas was ready to count racers and laps.  See that paper in his hands?  That must mean something official.

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Looks like this crew is ready to rumble.

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Hold up, is that a Yeti and Yeti Jr?  It’s like a father/son team.

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The Axiallet haircut was pretty cool, but an Axial tattoo?  That’s dedication. Raise your hand if you have an Axial tattoo.  Free entry to Axialfest 2018 next year if you show them your tattoo by September 20th.

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Jawn Shulzz was race director.  Here he gives the drivers meeting.

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Rules are pretty simple, fastest to three laps wins and goes to the mains…oh and no turn marshals, so don’t flip over.

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The Mod Squad, RC Driver’s Greg V, Hemistorm, and Scale Builder Guild’s Matt Kett, ready to catch all the action.

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First up are the littles.  This has to be my favorite class.  They get so excited.  It’s pure youthful fun.

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You never can tell where the rigs are headed when the little’s are behind the trigger.

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You can always tell a female driver.  I think pink is the mandatory color.

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See, pink shirt. And pink shoes.

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Pink shirt, Little Tazzette, yup, my theory seems to be true,

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These must all be guys, I don’t see any pink. Wait a minute, is that a pink shirt back there?

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The Littles attracted quite a crowd.

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Everyone likes watching the Littles. They also came to check out the Bigs aka the Olds.

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After the Littles was the Little Biggers. Oh, no! A rolled rig! I hope he can work it out, because, remember, there were no marshals to right your rig.

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The Little Biggers gave the Olds a run for their money.

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One wrong move and your race could end quickly.

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Once the Olds got one track, the racing became even more intense.

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Hey, there’s Pham.  One of the 5 or 6 classes he raced in.  I lost track, but you can count his face in the podium shots.

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Pham again? It seemed like he was in every shot, because, well, he was in every race.

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Finally, a shot without Pham.

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No Pham, but that’s his truck. Oh wait, I think I see his dome in the background.

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I see Sheriff Barton back there pointing out the leaders.

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Dang, another shot of Pham.  I’m starting to think he paid me to post so many photos of him.  I better check my paypal and see if I got funds.

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Let’s end this with a picture without the Pham in it. You can see the winners of the Rock Racing below during the Awards Ceremony.

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After Rock Racing, the Award Ceremony area was getting set up. I snuck in to take a look behind the scenes.

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Nice, a free set of the world’s best RC shoe, the Altra Lone Peaks!

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Dang, that’s a lot of trophies.  Notice the custom ones in the foreground.  That’s because we added some last minute classes to the Concourse.  Next year, there will be even more new classes added.

IMG_20170715_193541 Sheriff Shawn was all smiles, even though his ankles were not smiling. Word on the street is that he got robotic ankles, so he’d be ready for Axialfest 2018.

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Before people could enter the Awards Ceremony and raffle, they had to get raffle tickets. Cici, Cathy, and Mike are ready to rock.

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Here’s a table of swag to grab after getting your raffle tickets.

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People were eager to get good seats. They started lining up early.

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Waiting to wait, good thing they brought chairs.

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Finally, the gates opened and the masses flowed in…

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…and down to the arena.

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I see your shaka, hang loose my friend.

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Spots filled up fast.  I hope you brought a chair, or you were sitting on the ground.

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What is this?  A Honda Mugen engine?  What could that be in?

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Oh dang! An Axial 1:1 Comp Buggy.  Sorry, I got distracted, back to the ceremony.

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I like to cruise the arena and see who I can spot.  Here’s Dan the Man, Old Dan, Dollar Dash Champ, Dan Wilson of Team Vanquish.

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My Wheelers for the Wounded buddy, Mr. L.D.

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Hey, Crawler Fab with their sweet puppy.

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He looks tired. I wonder if he walked all the Scale Trails. That would have been over 10 miles!

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Chris Cru Jones of Altra fame. I can’t thank him enough for turning me on to Altras, truly my favorite shoe of all time.  I have three pairs now, and have my eye on more.

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Mike Bier with Root Bier and Ginger Bier, I know that last nickname needs work. I’ll think of something better for Axialfest 2018.

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Team Voodoo in the house!

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All the way from Hong Kong for the second year in a row, Jason Tsang of Boom Racing.

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Marc Bettencourt of Crawl4Cure.  They have a new location this year.  Go check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1099973673456868/

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Is that Little JJ on top of big JJ’s Jeep?

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I’m not sure, but pretty girls always get their pictures taken.  It’s a rule somewhere.

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OMG, OMG, OMG! It’s Two Chainz Scalerz!

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A-Main had the whole front row on lock.

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Finally, let’s get this party started. Oh no, Jahn Shuls has the mic.  This will be a while.

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I decided to check out the raffle swag. Dang, that’s a full table.

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I took a long time to give out all this swag.

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Oh Snapple, I see the A-Main/JRC creations. Sweet!

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And the Kona bike from Pedal’s Bike Shop and are those RTRs and kits behind it? If only I didn’t have one of those orange STAFF shirts, maybe I could win one.

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Dang, that crowd is HUGE! See if you can see yourself here: Axialfest Attendees Group Shot

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Wait, I think I see Jon Shults calling us up. I wonder what he wants.

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Oh, group shot to thank all the hard working volunteers of Axialfest.  Look how many people give up their hard earned vacation days to volunteer. Without them, Axialfest wouldn’t run so smoothly, so remember to thank the STAFF shirts when you see them next year.  Thanks ya’ll’s.

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Finally, I think we’re ready to start.

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Wait, why is Rivas up there? He hates attention.

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SURPRISE! Last year Rodney Wills caught the ol’dusty eyes when he was surprised with a special Vanquish thank you.  This year it was Rivas who caught the dusty eyes.

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Rivas has been volunteering for lots of Axial events for years, and when they found out he lost his RC stuff in a vehicle theft, wheels were put in motion.

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I’m not sure how many hands were part of making this happen, but Vanquish was definitely a big part again.  Full Vanquish set up on this SCX10 with custom Rivas Concepts paint on the body.

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OK, finally, let’s give some trucks away.  These two took home the A-Main/Judd Rummage trucks.

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Lucky Ducks! I’m mega jealous.

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Hold on, pause again for 2CS to pass out tickets to the kids.  Special SCX10-2 just for kids only.

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This took a while.  I was amazed at how many kiddos were at Axialfest.

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Speaking of kids, this guy won one of the many Canyon Coolers.  These things are amazing and the owner is a great guy.  I definitely recommend them, just for their customer support.

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Hold up, if that the winner of the 2CS rig?

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Yes, yes it is! Congrats young lady.  See you on the trails next year.

IMG_20170715_194917On to the winners of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  Sadly, it wasn’t me. But, I’m back in action and ready for next year.  1st: THE Jake Wright, 2nd Mikey Thompson, 3rd Kyle Listul

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From the 801, Katie Murphy was the fastest female.  She gave me a run until my servo died. Skeeno Jr. has her sights set on her title next year.

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Rock Racing Winners, see how many Phams you can count.

Kids 10 & Under

1- Simon Kirsch
2- Joe Zuniga
3- Andrew Pena
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Kids 11-15
1- Kason Ernest
2- Hunt Parr
3- Ethan Mulhollen

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Factory Scx10
1- Michael Pham
2- Paul Russell
3- Bryan Kautz

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1.9 Frame Rails
1- Michael Pham
2- Angelo Lanford
3- Brian Richards

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Factory Bomber aka Team Tazz Takes the Top Three
1- Dominique Judkins
2- Harley Judkins
3- Saphira Judkins

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Exo/Bomber Open
1- Jake Wright
2- Mike Thompson
3- Chris Duran

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Yeti
1- Michael Pham
2- Devlin Shipley
3- Ben Thomas

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Tuber
1- Michael Pham
2- Rich Bolts
3- Danny Ensor

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Wraith
1- Spencer Bell
2- Mason Dunievitz
3- Michael Pham

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Before I say goodbye and see you next year, let me show you my mysterious camp mate one last time.  Here he is, Mr. Cory Shafer with Shawn Barton. on Sunday morning as I drove home.  Fitting shirt that Shawn is wearing.  They spent long hours and many days making Axialfest a success. I barley saw Cory at all.  He came in after midnight and was gone before the sun came up every morning.  I think he got less than three hours of sleep a night.

IMG_20170715_200014So, that wraps up Skeeno’s Axialfest 2017 Report.  You better start making plans for Axialfest 2018, because you know it’s going to be even bigger and better.  It is every year.

 

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 3

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Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 3

Words: Matt Soileau aka The SKEENO’naterrater
Photos: Michael Morris & Matt Soileau

By now I hope you have read Part-1 and Part-2 of the Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Reports. This Part-3 report will cover Friday, July 14 of AXIALFEST 2017.

Friday events included the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro and the inaugural AXIALFEST parade. I also got out to check out lots of trail action.  Let’s go see check out day 3 of AXIALFEST 2017.

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Real or RC? Across the way from us, I spotted this 1:1 SCX10-2 XJ, or should I say the inspiration for it.  Note the license plate. Does it look like the Axial version? Peep the blog post: Building the full size SCX10XJ: Part 1 It’s very cool to come to AXIALFEST and see this kind of stuff in person!

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There was also this OG SCX10-1 JK replica on the other side of my campsite.  Axial fans even love to scale out their 1:1s!

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Friday morning, bright and early at 7 a.m. was check in for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  I got up and made sure I was fueled for the race.  This was my first time running a 5K, so I was a little nervous. My breakfast choice is more for calming my nerves!

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Our breakfast must have smelled pretty good, because this little bugger was drawn over by the smell all the way down in D camp.  Actually, this is Nate Hart, an old RC nerd from Reno, former A-Main Hobbies tech support guy, and fellow bike nerd.  I’ve know Nate since he was a little 12 year old grommet. Great to see him at AXIALFEST.

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Here I am all kitted out with orange Altra Lone Peaks, orange striped socks, and orange shirt.  I heard if your kit matched your rig you’d get a time bonus. #KitMatchesRig It might be a thing…

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Chris Cru Jones of Altra Running was all smiles, after all, this event was partially his creation along with Rodney Wills.  You can read about the origins of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro here: ULTRA 5K ENDURO HISTORY

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Chris got busy getting our buddies from the 801 crew signed up. These guys are one of the most progressive clubs in the scene!

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Cassie Currie was already checked in and getting his batteries ready.  Matt Kearney and Jaime Seymour don’t look as enthused about being up at 7 in the morning. Late night trail runs maybe… ?

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RCDriver’s Greg Vogel, #rodneysaiditwasok Wills, and the Judkins were all smiles and ready to watch the action.

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Mike Thompson was getting some scale shots with the scale banners from scaleultra.com. Check them out for more Altra Ultra 5Ks.

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After I got my race bib, I lined up in the correct spot. Racers started in numerical order, so I started in 47th place. By the way, that sweet wrap on my Bomber was done by Jay at S.O.R.  He did lots of rigs for AXIALFEST participants!

Screenshot_20170714-115549I’d like to say that this is me finishing the Altra 5K, but sadly this is just me on lap 3 or 4.  I DNF’ed halfway through lap 5.  I needed 6 laps to complete the race.  #SadFace
A stripped servo was my personal gremlin. Now, I want that new Tekin servo even more!  Hey Ty@Tekin, hint, hint, wink, wink.

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Turns out, the DNF was a semi-good thing.  It allowed me to take some photos of the other competitors that I otherwise would not have had time for.

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Here, Ben Thomas hooks the corner at the Start/Finish line. Rodney, Cathy and Mike Morris were the official visual lap-counters relaying bib numbers and “line-crossed” to Scott G on the computer. This system is very much the same for MTB and cross country races. AXIALFEST has a lot of progression of R/C all around us with these types of events and we are very stoked to be apart of it all!

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Jason from Pedals bike shop mobs his SCX10-2. He was able to finish the race with this mostly stock rig, so don’t think you need to upgrade to race.

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Hey look, the Phaminator, Phamtastic, Mike Pham gets a brief second to stand static as we are always on the move during the the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  I guess Chris and Jawn did convince him to participate!

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This young lady was jamming.  We diced it up for a while until my servo gave up on me. Her stock RR10 Bomber finished. She was our one and only female competitor this year.
I expect to see more ladies joining her next year! I know Skeeno Jr is ready.

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Anthony Dianda set some impressive lap times with his stock SCX10-2.  Are you catching the theme here?  Stock is good for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. Stock is good… At least you should try it so you know where the base line is. It’s that old 4X4 rule of thumb, learn to drive it stock, know your rig and when you modify you will know the full effect (full value) of the performance addition or if it’s truly an addition… #Dollar2PerformanceValue

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CKRC’s Alec Van Den Brink makes his way thought the dry creek.

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On the other side of the road, the creek was still flowing, yet just two weeks prior this trail was completely under water due to the amount of rainfall, snow pack melt earlier in the year.

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The section behind the pavilion was both fun and frustrating.  These rocks were difficult to navigate, but it made the racing exciting with lots of drivers trying to drive around or over one another. It was also a moment of respite from our running flat out! The Altra Ultra 5K Enduro is both technical driving and physically demanding! Just like a 1:1 KOH rig! Have your ever watched the live feed of King Of The Hammers as the drivers come across the finish line? They are WIPED OUT looking!

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Battery changes are almost a must when racing for over 3 miles flat out!  I personally swapped a battery every lap and half. I was running 2200mah batteries. I might need to rethink my mah rating to save some pit stops next year. #mahpermile

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All the coolest people race the Altra 5K. Here Ryan Gerrish from DSPro comes out of the Bottoms.

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Ben Thomas’s headband was working overtime here.

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Tony Mazza was in it to win it.  He passed me at least once.

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Not sure who #39 was, but he was kind enough to pose for me in the middle of the race.

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Team Voodoo coming through!

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Here’s Mr. Van Den Brink sprinting in to the finish.  If you want to see more of the AXIALFEST Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, check out this blog post: Athletic RC Adventure Mashup – Inside the Axialfest Altra Ultra 5K Enduro

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After the Altra 5K Enduro, I was a little hungry. Lucky for me, Starkey’s Food Truck was back with the bomb pizzas and sushi! Yes, I said sushi and so should you!!!

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Wood fired pizza oven! This is the real deal!!!

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Team MRB’s Franky Testa shows off the goodness…mmmmm.

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Some awesome rocks and lines over here.

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Hello there!

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DSCF1364 I caught the 801 Crew celebrating a birthday. I think it was the Utah gang, I see Mikey T and THE Jake Wright in there. Forgive me if it’s not.

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We all sang him happy birthday.  He was so pumped, he threw his rig in the air.

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One of the cool things I noticed this year was some new features cut into Hell’s Highway.

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It made the long walk down the hot road a little more interesting.

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I don’t know who cut all these features into Hell’s Highway, but BRAVO! Great idea and I appreciated your hard work.  It couldn’t have been easy moving all that dirt and rock.

DSCF1379Best part of Hell’s Highway for me was not having to walk it.  I brought my putt-putt again this year.  The old CT70 makes catching all the action A LOT easier.  I did catch old Putt-Putt ogling this DRZ400.  Think he’d trade me for a lightly modified CT70 turned 125?

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Dad and son about to conquer Hell’s Highway.  AXIALFEST is great family binding time.

DSCF1383 Can’t be an AXIALFEST without at least one trip up and down The Slab.

DSCF1385 I caught Butte County Scalers over behind The Slab.  This is a popular spot because of the water. DSCF1388 See how pretty it was back behind The Slab this year?  It was great to have some water running again.

DSCF1389 Down the way, I ran into Papa Don Hughes trying out this teeter-totter.

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It teerered, but it needed a little persuasion to totter. I think that rock was blocking  it.

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I Trail?  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I? That’s 9 Trails!?!? Actually, there were 11 trails.  10 scale trails plus the Altra Ultra 5K trail that opened after the 5K was finished. Not sure how many miles of trails there were, but I hope you pack some mega mah when you come to Axialfest. Who is tracking their miles hiked at AXIALFEST? STRAVA anyone?

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I caught up with this crew up front by the gate.

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Let me tell you a little secret, sometimes I miss some shots and ask guys to drive lines again, so I can get better pictures.  I felt like a huge jerk when I re-positioned that silver rig up there and accidentally pulled apart part his roll ball.  I apologized profusely. I hope I didn’t bum out his AXIALFEST participant.  Sorry again, good sir!

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Of course, up by the campground’s main entrance is the Welcome to Cisco Grove sign.  Looks like it needed some maintenance. I caught this little guy working on it…or maybe he was posting up a garage sale sign.

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Around the corner and through A camp, I ran into Werty Jr. He was piloting his dad’s RC wagon.  He told me his dad was just back across the bridge, so I turned around to say hello.

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Ol’ WERTY really wanted to show off his short wheel base leaf spring conversion he had just finished up.

DSCF1407Stock Axial frame rails?  Nicely done, Werty!  If you want those parts, I’m sure he’ll make you up a set as well. PS: Rodney said he wants to commandeer a set!

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Ok, here was one of the coolest features at AXIALFEST.  The 50/50 grinding rail on the CKRC Trail.  Speeds on this were insane. But one of the coolest videos was one where the dude slid down the rail and at the bottom, pinned it and jumped over his buddy! Can anyone find and send us a link to that video? Think it was on IG.

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A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and 5K.  Yup, 11 trails.  Luckily, there were these signs all over to direct you in the right direction to find them all.

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Dang, these two Jeeps are still kissing?

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I had heard rumors of all kinds of scale buildings and whatnots all over the Scale Trails, so I went on a mission to find some.  I’m sure I missed plenty, but here are some that I did find.

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On the way in I saw these guys coming out.

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General rule is if it’s not yours, don’t touch it.  Volunteers work long, hard hours building these fun displays, so it’s best to leave them alone, so everyone can enjoy them.

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Mine Shaft!

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Cabin?  Old Mill?  What do you think it is?

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Hmm, gated.  What does that sign say?

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No way! An Area 51? Could there be aliens at AXIALFEST?

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Holy moly! A UFO crash site!  And I see at least three green guys.  If they are green, they must be Axial fans.

 

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An old log cabin.

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Another mine shaft.

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Not really scale, but there was this bridge I caught a couple Axialfesters driving over.

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A Mercantile. I wonder if they sell Axial parts.

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Scale Cisco Grove was back.

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I love this building, so awesome. It’s a replica of Cisco Grove’s main office!

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A little bit of everything over here, EZ-Up, picnic table, water wheel, cabins.

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The A-Main Jeeps was packed to the gills and ready to hit the trails.

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Must be a bad neighborhood if they have to post wanted signs. Recognize any faces?  I see #rodneysaiditwayok Wills up there.

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Wait, another mercantile? Looks like I got here just in time to foil a robbery. They had the owner all tied up. I guess it is was a bad neighborhood.

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Since it was hot, and since there was water, I decided to take a little wade to cool off my tootsies over at the Golden Nerd Bridge.

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There was lots of action over here.

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Everyone wanted to conquer these scary, but fun obstacles.

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It’s a little nerve wracking when you can’t quite see what your rig is doing near water 50 feet away.

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Some Axialfesters, like Heather O’Connor, also decided to wade next to their rigs. See Mike in the background?

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He pulled out his boat and we got a little scale speed boating action going.

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When will Axial release a boat?  What kind of boat should Axial produce?

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See, that’s a long drive across.

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I didn’t see many speed demons blasting across these bridges.

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There were lots of families enjoying the cool water.

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Some even offered to escort trucks across in case any accidentally decided they were amphibious.

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Dang this day seems long, must be that getting up at 7am thing.  Anyway, I headed back for dinner and couldn’t resist checking out the Knight Customs Toyota display again.  I thought this was a brilliant way to see all his parts in action.

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Finally, food.  Tacos was the treat.  Can’t eat too many tacos.

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Tonight was carne asada night. What’s your favorite camp food?

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After dinner it was the First Annual AXIALFEST Parade. I stopped by Mike Bier’s camp on the way to the parade. He was showing off his Go Hard jersey from the Grinduro mountain bike race. The Grinduro is sort of an AXIALFEST of the MTB world, part race, part party, and total celebration of MTB.

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This jersey is awarded to the rider who goes the hardest each night and finishes the best the following day.  Mike Bier has the skills to do both. You can check out the Grinduro here: https://grinduro.com/

 

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I knew Two Chainz Scalerz would be at the parade.

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Wait, what? Are those 8-ohm house speakers up there? Did he carry those relics on Fordyce?

 

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Go time! Best of Show Concourse winner, Todd Pearson, got the honor of leading the parade with his amazing military build.

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Around the corner, Matt Wolfe set up this flaming Arch de’ AXIALFEST.

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See the flames shooting out the top?

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I see the Pro Line guys stopped to shoot some video.  They always have great video recaps of AXIALFEST.  Look for them on their YouTube page.

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This good looking crew was a set up and ready to watch the parade.

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After the parade, I was ready to hit the sack. This was my longest day at AXIALFEST and my feet and body were ready for some rest.  I needed to recharge, because tomorrow would be another long day of fun at AXIALFEST.

In Part 4 of the Skeeno AXIALFEST 2017 Report, I will be covering Rock Racing and the Awards Ceremony and Raffle on the final day of AXIALFEST 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 2

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Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 2

Words: Matt “Skeeno” Soileau
Photos: Michael Morris & Matt “Skeeno” Soileau

I’m sure you’ve read Part-1 of the Skeeno Report.  In Part-1, Wednesday of AXIALFEST 2017 report, I saw registration and tech and visited lots of vendors.  This Part-2 post will cover my second day at AXIALFEST 2017, Thursday, July 13.

I saw more vendors, more people on trail, and lots of great builds as I helped judge the concourse. So, without further ado, let’s go!

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I told you I’d get back out after I ate that bacon.  Here’s me cooking up breakfast for Mike and myself.

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We called it the Conglomerate; fresh eggs from my chickens, bacon, hash browns, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese. Mmmmm.

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So, yesterday was registration. Here’s what was in the swag bags this year.  Lots of goodness in there.

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My trail tracker didn’t get much use.  I was busy with my AXIALFEST duties, so I only ran the Altra 5K Enduro this year.  If Joe Ferguson makes it down from Canada or Marcos Rojas makes it up from Costa Rica next year, I will make it a point to get some trails in with them. If Chris Scheurer from Austria comes, Daniel Siegl and I will make him another nice warm cup of bacon grease.

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I updated my patch rack when I got home. Who has all of these?

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I’m starting to get a good collection of AXIALFEST memorabilia.
How’s your collection coming along? Sorry, I’ve been lucky enough to be in the inside…

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I might need to build a new closet or trophy room just to hold all my AXIALFEST swag. Sadly, my older AXIALFEST shirts got a case of the mildews and tatters, so Mrs. Skeeno tossed them when I wasn’t looking.

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Alright, enough reminiscing about past AXIALFEST’s. Right next to Camp Skeeno, Canyon Coolers snuck in overnight and set up shop.  They had lots of product to display and a comfy couch to relax on.

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A couple spots from Canyon Coolers, I saw this beast from Rebel OffRoad.
Much want in this thing!

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I’m very jealous of the Rebel Off Road crew.  I’d love to overland in that.

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Vanquish Products also must have snuck in after hours because here I spotted old Bobby T manning the booth.  Bob Tarvin has been an Axial fan since way back. He’s also a pretty amazing photographer.

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Down at the Pro Line Racing tent, Paul was giving swag away.  Not to be greedy, I scored this XXXL sweatshirt for our friend, Mr. Tree. What did you get from the Pro Line booth as I heard all kinds of cool items flowed from this claim?

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Speaking of “claims” Pro Line also had this scale mine out for photos.

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Remember S.O.R. Racing that was next to Pro Line?  Well, here’s the downtube wrap he made for my bike.  He can make custom vinyl for just about anything.  Hit up Jay Kendall if you need some custom work. Sorry my bike is a little dirty.

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I had to go for a ride as soon as I got back.  Also, yes, I do still run a 2X crank, so what. I heard Rodney still has a triple in his collection.

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Over at Tekin, they had some old and some new on display.  I love Tekin.  I run the RX8 in my Altra Bomber. It wasn’t the ESCs and motors that caught my eye this year….it was the servos.

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Hold up! New servos from Tekin?  I can say that these are amazing just from what I heard!  Infinitely adjustable endpoints that are programmable. Just pop on your servo horn and go.  No more lining up the center.  Also, it’s almost like there are no gears, they are sooooo smooooooth.  Maybe they mount directly to the motor.  They tried to explain it all to me, but I’m not a electronics nerd,  so I’m not sure.  But, I am sure that I want, want, want one of these for my Altra Bomber.  Ty, if your reading this, feel free to send me one.
Ty, can you hear me back there!

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Here’s why Gigabit Games rules.  They like goats, I have goats.  A match made in heaven.

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Boom Racing was also back with a huge display.

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Jason Tsang wanted to make sure I got it all in, so I took two pictures.

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Knights Customs was back and with much coolness on display. No not James, the product! OK, James, your cool too..

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Knight Customs make so many amazing accessories. That Pull Pal is available fully folding with a custom mount.  It was… truly amazing.  He also had the new Bug Out Racks available.

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Knights Customs had these genius displays with clear bodies.

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Knights Customs also brought out their scale shop. Check out the scale Axial boxes.

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Pedals had their Kona Big Kahuna on display.  Some lucky Axialfester took this home on Sunday. If you live in SoCal and need a bike, go talk to Pedals.  They will hook you up!, just mention #AXIALFEST2017!!!

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I finally caught the great Ryan Gerrish at the DSPRO booth photo!  He’s another Axial OG from way back-time-machine, from the stone age comp crawling days.  He was a fellow judge of the concourse, as well.

DSCF1539 RC4WD was all set up today.  They had lots of their accessories on Axial rigs to check out first hand and in person!

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I made it back over to the Two Chainz Scalerz campsite to get some pictures.
The lighting was better today. Half-cast shadow over two half-cocked TCSZ’erz.

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Here’s some more shots of the waterfall in nice lighting for dramatic effect.

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This Hilux was enjoying the cool water in the July heat.

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Behind the water feature was the church and cemetery.

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These headstones were awesome.  V. Terra, died of a broken link. That dude tried to square up on backdoor and got gangked. He had it coming… So the towns people said…

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The ‘motel’ had lots of business all weekend.

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I just noticed that guy sitting on the blacksmith.  That’s some strong metal work to support him.

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While I was taking pictures, I noticed Two Chainz Scalerz passing out some limited edition trail swag to these junior Axialfesters.

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Did you get one of these necklaces?  Have you ever been lucky enough to be blessed by 2CS?

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Lunchtime! Tacos at the Axial camp.  Pastor was my flavor of choice.

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Spotted this vintage tent trailer after lunch.  Thought it was a Sherwood like mine for a second. Turns out it was a Heilite.

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I also spotted this little motorcycle tent trailer out in the campground. I love tent trailers.

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I almost thought Rodney got the Yakima RTT for his ADV80 along with a new paint job.  Turns out it wasn’t Rodney’s Land Cruiser, but #rodneysaiditwasok with him.

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It was getting close to concourse judging, so I had to get over to the pavilion.  Lots of rigs were already staged.

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Participation quadrupled this year!  There were TONS of amazing builds in here.
It really made judging a difficult task. My brain was starting to hurt from all the coolness…

or was it that taco? No, not the Tacoma, but the taco-taco, loco… This concours action has gone loco, thats for sho! And for show!

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Lighting made it difficult for me and my cheap point and shoot camera to get good pictures.  I got a few good ones and my buddy Mike took some as well.  So, here’s a few of my favorites.  I loved this cab-over build by Ben Thomas.

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This Bronco was another one of my favorites.  My first real 1:1 wheeling trips were in Broncos, so they are dear to my heart.  This one had unbelievable detail.

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Bad shot of this amazing 70-Series Land Cruiser truck built by Todd Norton.  I love this thing. Also, that 3 wheeled thing next to it was really unique.

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2CS’erz had lots of builds entered.  They are the kings of scale after all.

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Eliott, aka Coleman, was checking out all the builds and live streaming the judging.

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Chris Zemek drove all the way from Texas to display his work truck and trailer.

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That TV worked and played movies.  This set up was A….A…..A…..Awesome.
I bet you thought I was going to say amazing.

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Hawaiian style! Check the stretch on the wheels. Or is that new school JDM style?

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I’m always inspired by the FC builds.  One day I’ll get mine built.

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Here’s the A-Main / Judd Rummage entry.  Look at all the cool accessories.

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Here’s another A-Main creation. Word on the street is Matt Hauck built this.

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Scale By Chris had some amazing monster truck entries. While I didn’t get a great shot of this rig, it was a translucent red body and very very CLEAN!

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Scale By Chris also entered this crazy show truck Blazer.  It went straight out on the trails after the awards.

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I like the Dead Bolts because they remind me of Broncos.

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These custom fender wells caught my eye. I dig the stickers in there. SoCal pre-runner style meets inland empire bro’sive meets this new stretch tire look… no crime in being creatively different! Catching eyeballs is the name of the game!

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The judging was difficult and took a while for all the judges to get their input.  Luckily, #rodneysaiditwasok to grease the judges.  That’s why all my friends won. Here is Rodney (on crutches) talking to the participants for this class and delivering the verdict. Schultz was stoked he didn’t have to deliver this news as competition WAS SO STIFF!!!

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Ok, just kidding.  Not all my friends won, but all that won are my new friends, because making new friends is ALL PART OF AXIALFEST! If you want to take a closer better look at all the amazing rigs and winners of the concourse, check out this blog: Axialfest 2017 Concourse

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On the way out I talked to this guy.  He scratch built this Shasta trailer set up.  It was pretty amazing, but unfortunately, there wasn’t a class that quite fit it.  Look for more classes next year. It’s going to just keep growing!

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All that judging made me hungry, so we headed back to camp for a little snack-snack.

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Right when we about to finish off our snacks, a little bird flew over and told us we were missing the Monster Jam.  Mike and I dropped our glasses and ran over to the park.

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Elio was on the mic directing the Monster Jam. We iz in troublez now!

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I’m not sure what the rules were or how they set up the brackets, but I saw some fun racing and jumping carnage.

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Some people played it safe…

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…and others let it all loose. All the racers seemed to have a great time.

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The action was fast and really testing my camera.  I really yearned for a better camera to capture the action.

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Even Tristan aka Tazz, aka “Photos By Tristan, the camera master, was being challenged with all the speed and jumping. But rumor is, he’s jumped to the dark side – CANON! And #rodneysaiditwasok Even with working with a new camera, I’m still sure his images turned out better than mine. Can’t wait to see a massive Photos By Tristan Photo Blog here on the Axial Blog! Hint Hint RODNEY!

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Looks like SBChris is getting serious here. Lining up his truck like a golfer.

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Even the kids got in on the action. Heck! All week, kids are the action at AXIALFEST!
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Don’t forget to bring your SMT10 next year.  I’m sure the Monster Truck races will be bigger and better next year.  The racing is just too fun to watch.

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After the races, I wandered the campground and spotted the infamous Charlie Sue, aka SwankySu,  aka Mr. Hobby Wing, aka Charlie Suangka.  It’s always good to see Chucky and his crew.

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Next to Mr. Suangka was RichDog51.  If you haven’t watched his AXIALFEST videos on YouTube get over there right after you finish reading this blog.

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Hold up, it’s Mike Bier, aka Mark Weir the legendary Mountain Bike racer. Let me tell you, he is a mega RC nerd.  He has two tracks at his house for racing.   It was great talking to him about bikes and RC.

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It was also fun watching his son shoot mosquitoes with the Bug-A-Salt rifle.

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Team MRB member Russ gets his game face on here.

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Well, I was tired, so I retired early.  I didn’t get and pictures of Dan W of Team Old Guys. He won the Dollar Dash again this year with a time of 35.2 seconds and took home a cool $153 for his driving skills. Please bring your dollars next year and take this guy down.  His bragging is beginning to hurt my ears. Yes, I think he won last year too!? DW, true or false?

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So, that was my second day of Axialfest 2017.  I’ll leave you with this one last photo of Casey / ScalerFab and her cute puppy. See you in Part 3 for everything that went down in front of my lens on Friday of AXIALFEST 2107.

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 1

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Skeeno’s Axialfest 2017 Report Part 1 – Hey! That’s me!

Text: Matt SKEENO Soileau
Photos: Michael Morris & Matt Soileau

You all know the deal.  July is AXIALFEST time; the annual gathering of all Axial fans to Cisco Grove, California for the world’s largest gathering of scale RC enthusiasts. This year AXIALFEST expanded to five days, starting on Wednesday and ending on Sunday.  Of course, I made my 10th consecutive trip to play, visit, and help out.  Here’s what I saw on my five day adventure at AXIALFEST 2017.

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Part 1 of the Skeeno Report covers Day 1, Wednesday, July 12 of AXIALFEST 2017.

IMG_20170712_054303 Mike and I met up early Wednesday morning and packed up all our stuff.  We packed pretty heavy.  He and I both brought our tent trailers this year.

IMG_20170709_094325Since we were staying for five days, we had to make sure we would be eating right.  Luckily, Axial is making these sweet mini fridges.  I got a prototype.  Look for them to be in production by AXIALFEST 3018. I will be doing some seriously long-term testing…

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A look inside shows they left room for hearty breakfast and dinner supplies. I didn’t need much lunch food, because I’m working on my bike diet and ate with the rest of the Axial staff.

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There was a fire next to I-80 near the Reno city limits, so we anticipated lots of traffic delays, but that didn’t happen.  We got to Cisco Grove around 7a.m.  The camp office was closed, so we proceeded to the Axial motorhome.

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I’ve been in the same location for last five or six AXIALFEST events, so it was easy to find. I was slated to share with Anthony of Rivas Concepts, but I don’t think he ever sleeps.

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There’s Camp Skeeno all set up and ready.  Mike’s trailer made a nice sun block in the afternoon.

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Inside you can see I settle for nothing but the finest orange shag and 50 year old canvas.  Ignore that heater.  July was extra hot this year, so there was no need for that.

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Once we got set up, I did head over to the camp office to check in and see how things were going. Next to the office is this cool scale area…

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There were already some rigs out on the trails and it was only 9 a.m. on a Wednesday!

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I spotted several groups getting early morning trail runs in.

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This guy was topping off his tank before heading out.

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I caught the office ladies off guard and they vehemently protested their photo being taken.

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Once they found out I was the world famous Skeeno, they begged me to take their photo. Ok, that might be a lie, but they did tell me 430 campsites were sold for AXIALFEST 2017.  That’s 80 more than AXIALFEST 2016! They also said that at least 400-campers had checked into the campgrounds on MONDAY! This tells me that AXIALFEST is becoming a WEEK LONG EVENT VACATION for a lot of RC enthusiast!

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I spotted this RC sticker bombed cruiser as I was leaving.

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I’m sure Rodney would approve of the basket on the front that was used to haul his SCX102 around in. Remember that cute little dog for later.

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I headed up to registration, but it was still early and while all the banners and barriers were up and ready, nobody was to be found. Again, technically the event is not open yet, so understandable. But you can see signs that a lot of work has already been happening.
I jumped on the CT70 and cruised around to check out some campsites.

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Last year was #yearofthebridges and the bridges returned this year with the addition of the Golden Gate bridge, fitting for this years theme #ProspectorFever

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This hobbit seemed friendly, but I don’t think that screen door is keeping any flies out.

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First thing I spotted in A-Camp was Zotti’s Bagz.  If you need a scale sleeping bag, hit her up.  She’s got lots of colors and styles to choose from.

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A-Camp is the location of the very first AXIALFEST’s.  It’s mostly tent camping and there were already lots of people set up and ready.  I had heard that many were coming up even earlier next year for AXIALFEST 2018, but I didn’t expect to see the campground so full Wednesday morning this year!

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The paper lanterns in this campsite were a nice touch.  Customization is the key to a good campsite.

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Speaking of custom, this roof top tent on a tear drop is pretty custom.

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I kept running into groups out trailing.  Will AXIALFEST start on Tuesday next year?

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These guys had a full tarp city. I’m not sure what was behind the curtain.  It might have been Oz.

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The Down with the Sickness crew had more canopies up than I could count.
These guys roll DEEP.

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I’m not sure how many rigs the DWTS crew brought up, but here Big Country poses with 22! And this doesn’t even count the ones that were already out on the trails.

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Speaking of Sickness, check out this sick haircut. I thinks it’s called the Axiallet; business in the front…

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…and party in the back.

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This young lady came up with the group from Monterrey Bay. She was extra proud of her pink wheels and cage.

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I’m not sure what was going down in this campsite, but I counted eight or so Power Wheels.

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This 16 window bus was my favorite.  I wanted to take it out for a spin, but the owners weren’t around to ask permission.

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The minimalist award goes to this guy.  One step up from sleeping in the car. I admired his style.

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I caught the Strider Bikes crew headed out to get on trail.

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I headed back to see what Mike was up to.  He had just finished setting his trailer up and handed me a pint to toast to our start of AXIALFEST 2017.

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After our toast, I headed back over to registration.  Things were starting to pick up.  Registration would be opening soon, so we had to get everything organized and ready.

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I spotted Chris Cru Jones of Altra and Juan Schultz discussing adjustments to the Altra 5K Enduro course.

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Miss Cathy and Mister Matt didn’t have time for pictures.  There were hundreds of swag bags to organize.

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Here’s Cathy getting the hats ready.

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Do you have an AXIALFEST 2017 hat?

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How about these special limited edition AXIALFEST hats?  They didn’t even have my name on one of these! OUTRAGE! hehehe I will protest!

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If your last name starts with an L, M, N, O, or P, your score card and lanyard was in those boxes. This is one station of the many for AXIALFEST 2017.

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Steve Miles, now you are famous.  That’s your score card.

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I’m glad Scott G doesn’t work in quality control with those peepers.

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OK, here’s where we knew things were getting serious.  Cathy started to hand out the STAFF shirts.  Head of Security, Shawn Barton gets the pick of the litter as Anthony of Rivas Concepts waits patiently.

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Scott Kerkes was the face of calm.  This wasn’t his first rodeo.  He was ready to get his tech on all week. I think that is Brad Perry telling ScottK, Rodney said it was OK, gimmie the keys to Jeff’s Jeep! I know this dope spot…

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Cathy and Cici were all smiles once registration was ready to be open.  Let the party begin!

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The line formed and went smoothly. The Axial crew has their system down!

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DSCF1099It’s amazing how quickly the hundreds of participants can move through tech and registration.

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I’m not sure why, but Chris from SBC seems to always be one of the first in line.

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If you didn’t print it and sign it at home, there were extra liability waivers at registration.

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Someone got a little creative with the chalk. Is that a Deadbolt?

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Before the registration and swag tent was the tech area.  There guys  worked at a fevers pitch to get everyone checked out.

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They tried their best to keep the line moving at a good pace.

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Matt Kett from Scale Builders Guild was all smiles. See Scott Kerkes teching like a champ?  He kept it up all weekend.

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Axial’s R&D VP, Matt Kearney even got his hands dirty in the Tech Booth. Applying stickers is tough!

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Carts and wagons were a popular option for many that brought multiple rigs to get tech’ed and checked.

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American Flyers.  Those are some American classics.

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When you have lots of gear, it’s way easier to pull than carry.

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This young lady somehow levitated against this tree.

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The trusty EMT’s happily assisted anyone with medical needs, mostly dehydration and heat issues is what I heard.  Drink your water, people! With ELECTROLYTES!!! This message is “Rodney Approved” Electrolyte Replenishment – Why It’s SO IMPORTANT and HOW TO DO IT RIGHT!

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There were lots of cool 1:1s hanging around AXIALFEST 2017 as well!

Now, there were TONS of VENDORS at AXIALFEST 2017 too!  Many had swag to give away and deals on products. Here’s a few that I spoke with.

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Hitec was there. They not only had their servos on display, but also some sweet chargers. I might need to upgrade my old units for one of their all in one units. They were impressive.

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Super Shafty came all the way from upstate New York! They had a climb ramp for people to try for raffles.  I saw lots of flips and a few jumps.

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Super Shafty had lots of products on display as well as some fun decorations, but their product is way serious!

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Gigabit Off-Road had the coolest stickers, but maybe that’s because Mrs. Skeeno loves goats.  I caught them here before they were finished setting up.

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Phoenix Design LEDs was here again.

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Corey Shafer was my campmate, but we didn’t see him much. I think he and Rivas share the same sleep pattern.  Here, he briefly chills with Dan Huff in the Phoenix Designs booth.
Green shirt, back to work…

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Merica!

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A Main Hobbies had this amazing Axial SCX10 with Jeep FC body fully built and kitted as an overlander on display.  They gave it away on Saturday night during the AXIALFEST awards ceremony!

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Judd Rummage was commissioned by A Main Hobby to design and build this rig and trailer combo and it was unbelievable.

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There were so many details on this that I couldn’t even begin to tell you about them all.

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Blow up these pictures and just stare.  OK, I’ll point out my favorite part, the Honda Trail 50 hiding in the trailer.

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Cody Waggoner and Jesse Haines from Team Lasernut came out.  Cody’s been an Axial fan since the first Axial West Coast Championship in 2007. They are both top competitors in the 1:1 crawler scene.

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Hummer Portals seem to be all the rage in 1:1 crawling now.  Jesse Haines brought out his comp crawler for everyone to ogle over!

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He gets an amazing amount of steering out of those things.

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Cody also brought out his comp buggy.  Some lucky ducks got to take it for a spin.  I think Jay Kendall from SOR was one of the lucky ones. I got to drive it last year.  You can check it out here: AF16P1

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Ty from Tekin is an AXIALFEST veteran from way back.  He brought out the big tent this year.  I still remember when he drove his Subaru Impreza down. Times sure have changed.

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Ty built this 6X6 with custom 3D printed body built on a custom SCX10 chassis. It was pretty incredible.

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Speaking of incredible, the Two Chainz Scalerz crew brought out their amazing scale features again.

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This year it was a waterfall with a working water wheel…oh, and scale water tower.

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There was a scale town behind it, but I had bad lighting, so I decided to come back later.

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But, I couldn’t help myself from checking out the scale cemetery.  Each headstone had a members name and epitaph.  My favorite was Dan W, old guys can only rule so long.

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I caught Coleman from Extreme Scale Performance.  Have you participated in his weekly Axial Scale Wars? Did you catch his live stream of AXIALFEST?

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Proline had their scale garage and junk yard out for people to take pictures with.

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Lots of amazing details in there.

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Elio and Tristan’s Jeeps are either kissing or fighting.  I’m not sure.

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Jawn Shuhls and Chris Cru Jones were trying to talk Pham Bam into running the Altra 5K.

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JavaGoGo bumped the techno and made some delicious beverages.  The Funky Monkey was worth it.

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There’s the Giga Crew all set up.

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Jason from Pedals Bike Shop of Riversidea, Ca delivered Rodney Wills to AXIALFEST after a little accident that left Rodney cruzing on crutch-mobile status. Jason is a KONA Bikes dealer and together they donated a Kona Big Kahuna 27.5+ bike to the raffle pile! I see Jason read my Bomber build blog and stole my orange wheels idea.

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Prairie City representing California State Parks came out to play and also talk about their awesome OHV facilities. Check them out at http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1221

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Toyzuki had their rigs on display.  I was fascinated by their chassis kit that allowed the easy swapping of regular and overdrive gearing with the use of a transfer case.  It’s genius.

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My other favorite thing at Toyzuki was this custom VW Thing.

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I love the Type 181.  I spotted this almost immediately.

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Hailing from the east coast, Brazen also had a small booth set up.
Note Rodney on crutches…

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Forester coming through!  Subiworks brought their cool Subaru Forester. Check out the ground clearance, custom front bumper with winch and Rigid lighting.

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It also had these really cool RotopaX mounts built into the window openings.

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This was my first spotting of #rodneysaiditwasok which became the phrase of AXIALFEST 2017.  Something happened online and it spread like wildfire! Did you get your limited edition RSIWO shirt from SBG?

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Of course CKRC was on site with their fully stocked hobby shop.

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CKRC also had some limited edition giveaways as well as a customer appreciation dinner and their infamous Dollar Dash on Thursday night after the Concours event.

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Next to CKRC was the start of their trail.  There were lots of scale buildings on this course.

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Hemistorm came all the way from the other side of the planet to visit AXIALFEST with Castle Creations! I had the pleasure of  judging with him during the Concourse event.

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Hmmm, sensored motors from Castle?  I’m listening…

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Vanquish’s Dan W photobombs the Proline guys.

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Not only did Proline bring their scale junkyard, but also this amazing scale shop.

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Next to Proline was S.O.R. Graphics, not sore, but eS Oh aRe Graphics.

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Jay Kendall was a little camera shy, but he is super friendly.  He did the amazing wrap on my Altra 5K Bomber and even hooked my bike up with a custom sticker/wrap.  Hit him up at www.stuckonracinggraphics.com

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Some top brass from Rigid Industries brought giveway swag, prizes for the awards ceremony raffle and they brought their SCX10s to get their scale trail action on!

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It’s all a blurr now, but at some point in the day Jaime Seymour made some of the most amazing hamburgers ever cooked at AXIALFEST!

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GFE – Grumpy Fast Eddy of Fast Eddy Bearings is another veteran AXIALFEST supporter and he still yelled at everyone to get off his lawn.  I’m waiting for the time lapse video to come out.  I’m in there somewhere around 2:24am.

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Random sighting of “Brokenib” aka Chris Goris.  He’s another long time AXIALFEST participant!

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RCP Crawlers are one of the OG RC Crawler shops and still make parts from some old school rigs that we used before Axial was around.

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Team KNK came all the way out from Ohio with loads of their hardware kits.  If you need screws, bolts, washers, etc.  They are your go to.

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RC4WD had all their good stuff on display.  I caught them before they were fully set up here, but this tracked SCX10 had me dreaming of this set up on an FC Jeep. I’ll be back later…

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I heard people screaming, “Bear!” I was a little afraid, but it turned out to be this adorable Pomeranian puppy at the Scaler Fab booth. Dang, he is CUTE.

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Scaler Fab had all their bumbers and other wares available.

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Last but not least was RPP Hobby.

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It wouldn’t be AXIALFEST withouth RPP Hobbies.  They brought out their super-shop-tent-set out again to AXIALFEST 2017.

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I’m not sure when they slept, because their tent aka mobile hobby shop was packed every time I walked by.

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RPP Hobby also had a their trail start right by their booth.

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They also had a photo booth for AXIALFEST’ers to take scale photos at.

So, that’s just a small taste of AXIALFEST 2017.  It was a blurry fast day and I missed lots of things.  Luckily, I had four more days to come back and catch more action.

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So, keep your eyes out for Part-2 of the Skeeno Report coming soon, right after I eat this bacon. And I promise to try not to use the word amazing in any more blogs.