Brian Parker’s G6 Scale Challenge

Most people in the R/C rock crawling world know Brian Parker and everything he has done for this sport. For those that aren’t familiar with his name, he is an innovator when it comes to R/C crawling. He is always pushing the envelope and trying new things during competitions. I would personally bet money that he has built more 2.2 competition courses then anyone else in the world, with ease. When you show up to an event where Brian built the courses, you know you are going to have the time of your life. He knows how to challenge drivers with situations that make you think.

Brian recently got bitten by the scale bug, and he is 100% hooked!! He has now started a series of events dubbed as the “G6 Challenge.” He is basically combining off-road racing, rally racing, trophy truck challenge, rock crawling and basically any other motor sport that takes place off-road, into one event. There are usually 3 courses set-up per event with anywhere from 50-100 gates…………………per course. That’s right, some events competitors will have to negotiate nearly 300 gates before the day is over. Multiple high capacity batteries, a winch, some tow straps and bulletproof rig are pretty much the minimum requirements. Some runs can take up to an hour per course too. So, you will get your moneys worth when attending any G6 Challenge. Here is a run down of the rules and requirements for entering a G6 Challenge.

Vehicle Requirements:
1. Must be 1/10 scale electric car/truck with a scale chassis. (No 2.2 comp chassis with a scale body) A scale chassis could be a MSD or a RC4WD or an Axial SCX-10 chassis.

2. 1.9 or 1.55 wheels and tires ONLY! Tire may be name brand or knock offs, just as long as they resemble the real thing.

3. Vehicle must have at least 5 scale accessories. (I.e. jerry can, bed roll, cooler, shovel, winch, rock lights, ect.) This requirement may vary from G6 to G6 depending on what the event requires.

4. NO rear steer and NO dig. A vehicle may have 4×4 or 2×4 capabilities.

5. A vehicle must have a tow strap and winch points. (I.e. Bumper, D-rings, ect.)

R.E.C.O.N. G6 Stage Format:
When a driver starts a stage, he/she is competing against the clock. A driver must navigate through the stage gates in the order they are numbered and between the gates, even if winching is required. A time penalty is given for hitting a gate or a boundary. A stage is completed when the driver crosses the finish line.

1. 2 to 4 driving stages with multiple mandatory skills sections in each stage.

2. Finishing order will be determined by the over all accumulative adjusted time of all the driving stages. For teams, all the times of the team drivers will be added together. Team drivers are all eligible for the overall award.

3. Time bonuses are earned by completing the mandatory skills sections cleanly. If a driver has to winch or hits a boundary or a gate marker, a time bonus will not be awarded and the driver still has to finish the bonus stage.

4. Stages can range in distance. Battery changes may be performed as needed on a stage. If a driver has only one battery and cannot complete the stage, the driver must leave the rig at the location on the stage while the battery is being charged. If the rig is removed from the stage then a DNF will be recorded and the max time given to that driver for the stage.

5 Once a stage has been started by the driver; the time will not stop until the driver has crossed the finish line. This includes repairs on course and in the pit. When the last driver to start a stage crosses the finish line, the stage is closed, if a driver is still on the stage when the stage closes, that driver will receive a DNF and given the max time for the stage.

6. No repairs or battery changes can be made during a skills challenge section. On course repairs can be made at the point of breakage and as long as the stage is still open. If a battery has to be replaced during a special section, than a 5 min penalty will be charged to the driver.

7. Drivers will start at specified intervals; if a driver catches up to a fellow driver, the driver that is being passed, must yield to the faster driver immediately. A driver cannot overtake another driver during a special skill section; the faster driver must wait at the start of the skills section until the slower driver exits said section.

8. There is no “Hand of God”. This means all recoveries must be done by using a winch. If the rig is underwater and the driver grabs the rig instead of using the penalty winch, that driver will be charged a 5 minute penalty. The G6 is designed for a driver to be a driver, not a boonie basher. If a driver does not have a winch and has to use the penalty winch; a 3 minute penalty will be charged to that driver.

9. No repairs can be made between stages. After a driver completes a stage, his/her vehicle will be impounded until the start of the next stage. A designated pit area will be provided to do all needed repairs before the next stage while the time is running.

10. The running order will be G6 specific. It may be luck of the draw or running order may be assigned by the last G6 times. Stage Buddy’s will be assigned in a similar manner.

A Stage buddy is a driver’s stage marshal. He or she will be on the stage with the driver marking time penalties or time bonus and if the driver does not have a winch, the stage buddy will use the penalty winch to recover or assist the driver’s vehicle. After the driver completes his stage, then the stage buddy and the driver switch roles. At no time will the stage buddy assist a driver with navigating the stage. A stage buddy is not a co-driver. G6 team drivers will not be a stage buddy for a team member. Team members may or may not be allowed to help navigate a fellow team driver. That will be deemed by the G6 event.

Time Penalties:
1. Hitting a gate marker will result in a 1:00 min time penalty.

2. Hitting any stage boundary will result in a 5 min. penalty.

3. Using the penalty winch will result in a 3 min penalty.

Time Bonuses:
Completing a time bonus section cleanly a driver will receive a 3 minute time bonus. If a driver has to winch, hits the boundary, or has to make a repair or battery change in the section, no time bonus will be awarded and any penalties will be charged.

Time bonus sections will have a specific color boundary and have a stage gate at the beginning and end of the section, but may involve more than two gates.

Stage Gates:
A stage will be marked with gates. The gates are used to define a stage and the color of the gate will define the intended direction of the gate. A gate consists of two flags; on yellow and one red. The red flag is always on the passenger side of the rig, unless other wise noted.

A rig must drive between the stage gates and all 4 tires must be inside the stage gates for progression, even if winching is required to successfully clear the gate. There is no straddling a stage gate to progress.

A stage gate can only be driven in the intended direction! A driver CANNOT drive through a stage gate and then reverse back through it to continue on the stage.

A stage gate may also have special skill instructions attached to them. The driver and the stage buddy are responsible for making sure all special skills are performed for the stage.

Special Skill Sections:
A special skill section will have boundaries and be marked by a specific color.

A special skill section can be a task such as changing a tire and running the section using the spare tire or using a winch to perform a task. A special section can be driving in snow, ice, mud, water, and sand, up hill, down hill or in reverse.

A few highlights from one of the G6 events. Thanks to Rhett Mora for the use of his pictures.
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For more info on any upcoming G6 events check out www.reconcrawlers.com

6 thoughts on “Brian Parker’s G6 Scale Challenge

  1. Lets start off with…..Brains G6 series should be officially renamed: G “sics” series. As a first time ever to the scale RC truck world, I saw the reason today, on 2-19-11. Snow as deep as 7 2 8 inches blanketed ROCK PARK the location I arrived @ when I saw dedication, motivation & and enthusiasm as individuals worked on shoveling out the ever-changing course design (details L8TR).
    Brian Parker as you all know he’s “BUB” 2 me, stayed up L8 putting the finishing touches on my new scaler to get me ready for my first run. Brad & Stewart were explaining things to me while Brian was giving the Drivers Brief for the courses he layed out. Being my first event I’ve only heard and read articles about these types of events. I saw people there who had driven from other states and drove through harsh weather conditions to put their scalers on the ground. While I was gearing up @ the G-Ride, I overheard 2 individuals say ” I read, Parker’s courses was worth the trip so thats why I came”. The other indivdual replied,” I’ve drove in courses Parkers designed before and with this weather were in for an experience, its gonna be a good day”. I smiled with envy knowing that I was in for a treat.

    The image came to my mind, of young Brian Parker carving out nasty dirt roads in backyard dirt piles so neighborhood kids could get lost in their imagination and put their best matcbox cars to the dirt….30 yrs L8R, Brian Parker is still making those dirt roads so people can put their scaled down RC and get lost in their favorite hobby….I can’t wait to start.

    Driver ready…. 3 2 1 GO, Ok so I was off and negotiating gates 1-50 x 3 through snow, H2O and and Ostrich egg sized FN rock laced with yes U guessed it ice. Take UR time, slow is fast, reverse is free, keep ur momenteum, WTF I’m just trIng to keep my rig between the gates and my feet from freezing …..Oh sorry I forgot , keep the Red tag to the right as my drivers buddy boasted..I was briefed as I made my way through lap 1 on tips and information on the course. I learned quick that a 3 min. tow strap penalty sucked but, as a rookie I muked through it.

    I mentioned earlier “ever-changing course” well Lap 2 was the same gates but, frozen hills were thawing, ice was melting and H2O was getting deeper and the tow strap was a thorn. By Lap 3 the course was even more challenging. The sun was baking down on the PARK and other drivers had walked over the course. I was having a BLAST, and so was my bladder, caught in the moment I and to stop the rig and take a much needed Driver Pit Stop. Whew, trying to hurry back and needing to gain back as much time as I could, I was back negotiating gates nearing the finish…..GOOD JOB !! way 2 go, HUH what did ya think… as I sat my scaler down and watched the mud snow just drop off my scaler as I was admiring all the new scrathes on my newly MURDERED OUT “DEA” painted body.

    I finished, I didn’t care what place I was concerned about all the TOW STRAP penalties LOL 19..calculated 2 65 minutes nice nice who cares I had FUN. I looked @ and noticed double the amount of people had showed up to take part in what I just experienced and more vehicles were pulling in. Overall there must have been close to 100 people their watching, taking photos/video and particpating in the G6….So I hope now ya’ll see with all the above factors in the equation, how I came to my solution “G sics” because it was “SICK”

    Shortly there after I headed back to Vegas and had a chance to reflect back on the morning….and realized that I will be spreading the word about the AWESOME time I had this morning to all my friends. So please Give a big PROPS TO PARKER and his club for putting on one hell of an event in RENO. Not only is he a LOUD, OUTGOING and full of $%*@#^ I’m PROUD to say He’s my BROTHER keep up the fun and DO WORK DRIVERS seee @ the VEGAS “G6″
    Thanks 4 everything BRO !!!!
    Chainsaw

    • For events like this, the SCX10 Honcho is the best in my opinion. Super reliable, very capable and a ton of aftermarket support for upgraded parts.

  2. Hi Bender, this comp sound like it was alot of fun & has prompted me to consider organising something similar here in Australia. The rule set listed above, is that the complete set that was followed or just an over view of them.

    • I believe those are all the rules. Brian keeps this type of event very loose as far as rules go. Doing that lets new guys come out and drive without overwhelming them with rules and regulations.

  3. Are there any events like this in Australia? If there is I want to go to one, Im getting an scx10 soon. :P

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