Tips To Get Around Axialfest – Axialfest 2017

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Not only is Axialfest one of the biggest events in RC in terms of attendance, but it is most likely one of the biggest events in terms of the sheer size of the grounds it takes place on. Axialfest takes place in Cisco Grove Campground in Cisco Grove California and it is the biggest campground and RV park in Donner Summit. So you can imagine with an event so big on many levels, getting around the campground, RC trails and other events can be a bit of a task.
Over the years, frequent attendees have found a number of inventive ways to get around the park for both normal routine tasks and of course for participating in events with all of their RC gear. During Axialfest 2017, we grabbed some photos of how some experienced Axialfesters get around, so when you attend in 2018 and beyond, you can use these tips to be prepared for an even more enjoyable event. Let’s talk toting and travel.

HOOF IT
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Find yourself some comfortable trail shoes for walking, because at Axialfest, you’ll be doing a lot of walking! On average, some staffers logged over five miles of walking each day during the event. Like most participants, you’ll have your radio and Axial machine with you as you locate new trails to drive on or just walk over to a friends campgrounds for some RC talk time. To make life a little easier, many participants have a backpack to help them through the trek. To tote your car around too when it’s rubber is not on the off-road, some drivers use bungee cords, velcro straps and even carabiners to secure the rig to their backpacks. You’ll even see a driver or two towing their car on a dog leash. Hey, whatever you need to do to get your equipment around is what you have to do, nobody will judge, but you may have a friendly joke headed your way from a bystander.

RC FLAT BED IT
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Axialfest is of course an RC event, so it’s only natural that many enthusiasts use an RC truck and trailer to transport their show or go rig from point A to point B. This occurs mostly during registration, concourse, a vendors row drive-by or heading over to see a buddy at another camping section. Flatbeds can range from a single car hauler to a multi-car trailer. At Axialfest everyone loves creativity so bring your wildest hauling creations when you do attend.

TOTE IT
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Don’t have a trailer, no problem, beach carts are another great choice. You can pile a lot of equipment in a beach cart and if you are attending the rock racing event and running multiple classes it’s almost a must. Trust us, if you’re not driving your rig or toting it in some sort of wheeled carrier, physically carrying your rig gets a bit tiresome if you are going from one end of the grounds to the other.

MOTOR IT
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There are always those next-level guys, you know the ones that have to have all the neat toys and there is no shortage of them at Axialfest. During the event, you’ll see plenty of pit bikes, ATV’s, golf carts and RZR-type vehicles carrying people and gear around the grounds. Although it is a bit quicker to transport your gear in one of these powered machines, it is highly stressed that these machines travel at safe speeds due to the number of people walking and/or driving their RC rigs on the same roads.

GO BIG
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Finally we have full-scale machines. At Axialfest, there is no shortage of toy eye candy and you’ll see a slew of built 1:1 off-road trail machines from Jeep JK’s, XJ’s, WJ’s, Toyota’s and so on. Sure, many of these trucks are here to trek the nearby Fordyce Trail, but they are also used to trek around the grounds, but during Axialfest, mostly for supply transport purposes. Some of the paths are choked up by participants so getting by in a full scale rig is not possible at all times. It’s also not encouraged either, so keep it in mind, although your full scale rig may be a lot of fun and an appropriate rig for the surroundings, it will most likely spend most of its time parked in front of your campground and admired by you and bypassers.

TRANSPORT TIPS

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Whatever method you use to get around Axialfest, it’s always best to just be prepared from the start. Think of things you’ll need to have on hand whatever your final destination is on the campground. A backpack is a must and useful for many things, carrying a your radio when it’s not in use, a spare battery or two, a tool kit, a small kit of repair parts/spares*, flashlight, some snacks and most importantly fluids for hydration.

* Spares List
Screws, nuts, ball-ends, 2-sided tape, zip-ties, body clips, bearings, knuckles, servo horn, and servo.

PLAN AHEAD
Now that you have an idea of the size of Axialfest and a bunch of tips on how to get your gear around the grounds, it’s best that you plan ahead and gather everything you need before setting foot in Cisco Grove. Sure there is a general store on the campgrounds and a nearby gas station with some food stuff, but if you need any other travel gear, you’ll find yourself back on the highway to hunt down a larger box store to get any support items you may need. Start making your list now and you’ll enjoy Axialfest 2018 that much more when you do arrive.

Mesquite Pizza Over Camp Fire with Yeti & Yolo and Know How Studios

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Mesquite Pizza Over Camp Fire with Yeti & Yolo and Know How Studios

Words & Photos: Rodney Wills

Before we get into making pizza on a campfires, let me briefly give you a little bit on how I got to know Yeti & Yolo of Yeti Built, a couple of full-time adventurers!
Back in December of 2016 I met Yeti & Yolo for the first time during the Goose Gear Open House in Huntington Beach. As I was cruising around checking out all the overland rigs, this one rig with a very distinct trailer caught my eye! It’s a super unique trailer with very interesting design! 
Upon closer inspection of the trailer I noticed Yeti’s Axial SCX10 and I started my barrage of questions! That is a 8,000-word untold blog into itself!

But our paths would not cross again until the 2017 King of the Hammers as Yeti and Yolo were in attendance for the whole week and their booth-camp was right behind ours!
We got to spend time with them and really hit it off and needless to say I’ve been cyber-following them ever since!

Anthony Rivas (right) did some preventative maintenance to Yeti’s (left) SCX10 as they hit the road for the summer (and for life), yet while at KOH, Yeti ran his SCX10 in the nightly rock races and also in the Ultra 5K Enduro on the Saturday following KOH.

The Sunday after KOH we would all pack up and invited Yeti & Yolo to run Rattlesnake Canyon with us! L2R: John Schultz, Shawn Barton, Anthony Rivas, Jason Markley, The Wild Yolo & The Jeep Called Yeti. Yes, that’s their names and we are sticking to it!

NOW ON WITH THE FOOD!!! pizza
Recently the Yeti & Yolo duo did a post in conjunction with Know How Studios on Mesquite Pizza. Yeti loves to cook and since he truly is a full-time adventurer, why not wood fired pizza!


His IG post put me on the chase; swipe-swipe-swipe of the photos and chasing down the link to the thread over on the Know How Studio page!

Yeti stated on the Know How Studio’s page, “Open-flame cooking delivers major flavor in this taco-pizza fusion, inspired by an off-roading adventure through Baja California. Check out the full details on how you too can make great food in the great outdoors, or your backyard while pretending like you are on safari like I do!”

Here is how Yeti does it so you and I can do it too, in our backyards, pretending to be on full time safari!
https://www.knowhowstudios.com/2017/08/eat-mesquite-pizza/

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Are You Ready To Rule RC Rock Racing – Axialfest 2017

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There is something going on every single day at Axialfest and whatever it is, it’s going to be something exciting! One of those must attend events is the Rock Racing event. Rock Racing is certainly not new like the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, but it is still an event that many spend lots of time prepping for… or not. Like many driving opportunities during this week of off-road excitement, Axial has designed Rock Racing to be attended by anyone. So yes, you’ll see the experienced driver who probably spent the last few months hunkered down in his basement building a machine that could take on the terrain of a nuclear warzone or go head to head with a vehicle from a Mad Max movie and you’ll also find the driver that just showed up after removing a vehicle from a Ready to Run box. So is Axialfest Rock Racing really for you? We’re going to run you through the scene and expect to see you next year.

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THE CLASSES
Although it’s safe to say, the first rule to an Axialfest Rock Race is to simply have fun, there are additional rules to help insure that rule number one happens. To do that, your rig gets a quick inspection and placed into a specific class to complete with similarly equipped vehicles. Kids classes are an option too and no, they do not go by mental age. By separating the various styles of rigs into specific classes, it levels the playing field a bit and now just build and driving skill is used to determine who will finish on the podeum. We’ve listed the nine classes available here and for a full break-down of the rules for each class can be found HERE.

Rock Race Classes
10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
1.9 Frame Rail Class
Factory Bomber Class
Wraith – OPEN Class
2.2 Tube Chassis Class
EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class
2.2 Tube Chassis Class

THE COURSE
Smack dab in the middle of Cisco Grove Campground is a field like area with an abandoned tennis court surrounded by some rough terrain that most people pass through heading back and forth from the trails to vendor row and the pavilion where registration, concourse and the awards ceremony take place. To some, this midway, is just more terrain of a campground, but to the trained eye of trail building master John Schultz and some eager volunteer crew members, this terrain will be staked out and turned into a rock infested, jump littered, obstacle ridden, chassis scraping moguls; you get the idea a wild rock racing course. The zone for the driver to trek over isn’t exactly a park path either so be prepared with proper attire and watch where you step.

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DRIVING AND STRATEGY
Many participants are excited and some amped up on energy drinks for the three lap sprint around the course. Qualifying takes place first and is pretty intense. Drivers are separated into heat races and trucks are lined up on the grid. When the start is called, it’s full throttle for all on the tennis court surface and a hoard of wheel spinning rigs head for the first obstacle which typically resulted in a pile of intertwined machines with wildly spinning wheels. This is where the strategy starts. Do you pull the trigger with the rest of the pack at the starting tone, or do you wait and snake through the clumps of chaos. Or do you go for it and hope you make it through the first obstacle unscathed? Things to think about, but it doesn’t end there. There is a lot of work ahead of you. Running as fast as you can, yet pacing yourself as not to tire out or overdrive your rig or even stumble on your footing. This Rock Racing isn’t like many locations in the country that have conventional RC tracks with driver’s stands. Here you are on the ground running and attacking a much larger course. There are no marshals to flip your truck over on the course either. If you’re rig goes belly-up, there it lies unless you can right it over with some wicked throttle and steering work. How does the staff keep track of who is placed where? The seasoned pros that make up rock racing crew keep a careful eye on who placed where and track finishes in a notebook; simple but effective for this ultimately fun event. When each of the heat rounds finishes, drivers are placed into mains depending on their finishes and that is when strategy tends to go out the window and drivers go all out in their drive to take home a trophy.

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THE REWARD
At Axialfest 2017, the event had a “Prospector” theme and that carried over to the rock racing event as gold panning pans with decals inlaid in the center indicating the event and finish were given out to the top three finishers in each class. Each year, the theme changes and so does the awards to keep excitement levels high. Who finished where? Check out the top three finishers in each class along with their awards HERE

ARE YOU IN?
Rock Racing at Axialfest means dedication before and during the event if you want to roll home with the hardware. But if you’re in it for the pure fun of close competition and testing the limits of your rig, then once again this is the scene to be involved in at Axialfest. Congratulations to all of those who participated at this years event, the racing was intense for the spectators to watch as well. If you weren’t there this year, start your preparations for 2018 now!

 

Two Axial SCX10 II’s Embark On An Epic Scale Crawling Adventure – VLog #6

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This is what #AxialAdventures is all about!

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July 30th, 2017 – Joe From JPRC and myself, Matt of RC Overload, decided to get together and hit up a hiking trail that I had never been too before. What I did not realize was how insanely awesome this trail was actually gonna be for the scale Axial SCX10 II’s that both Joe and I brought with us! Come along as I share my entire day-adventure out on the trail! Its definitely one that I will never forget, and can’t wait to get back to doing again!

RC Overload YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RCoverloadMattW
JPRC YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/JoeRC2013