Jake Wright Takes the Win at ECC 2012

Team Axial driver Jake Wright made the long trek down to Alabama from southern California with his XR10 for the 2012 East Coast Championships, aka ECC. ECC usually brings in drivers from all over the US to compete for the east coast crown. After a long hard fought battle with talented drivers from around the country, Axial’s very own Jake Wright managed to take the win and the cash prize back to California with him. Congrats Jake!! We are proud to have you on the team!!

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Photos courtesy of Ryan Bean.

Birth of R/C – Do You Know Your Roots? RC HISTORY

I stumbled across an old school R/C video recently on YouTube that covers the early beginnings of remote control cars. Little did I know that when I clicked that link I was going to be given a lesson in R/C history. I think most people will be surprised to learn that the R/C movement started right here in sunny Southern California, and not overseas as I personally thought. That’s right, the first R/C car was built by Norbert Meyer here in the states. Norb is also known as the “Father of R/C Racing” because of what he and a handful of others started back in the mid to late 60′s.

The background:

According to my research Norb Meyer and his neighbor Bob Blair built the first two R/C cars in existence. These were basically high end slot cars, without needing a slot to race in. Of course with any new “outside the box” idea there will be nay-sayers that say it can’t be done. Experienced hobbyist told them the radios wouldn’t work in the cars because of all the chassis vibration. Well, apparently they found a way to make it work and I would personally like to thank them for that. Not long after Norb had invented the first true remote control car, a guy by the name of George Siposs would meet Mr. Meyer and the official history of R/C was started. If you are not familiar with the name George Siposs, he started R.O.A.R. (Radio Operated Auto Racing Association) in Anaheim, Ca back in 1967. He is the voice narrating the video below too. In an effort to spread the word about R/C, George even ran ads in Road and Track magazine back in the day. When George and Norb would show up to race, they would lend their spare personal hand-built cars to spectators to race as well, just so they would have more than 2 cars on the track at the same time. Now that is dedication!! Keep in mind every part on these vehicles was hand fabbed, wheels, body, chassis and suspension.

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Norbert Meyer and George Siposs started the first ever R/C manufacturing company, RA/CAR. They built parts to support the classes of R/C’s they were racing at the time. These guys are credited for inventing servo savers, heat sinks, and a handful of other well known R/C parts that we use today, according to my findings. One thing that always comes up in the articles and videos I have seen is how important “scale realism” was to these guys, very similar to the scale rock crawling builders of today. It seems that every aspect of this hobby comes back to the scale details in the end, I think that is the biggest attraction for R/C newcomers. The rules even required cars to have a driver figure, realistic number plates and realistic bodies to be legal for the races. And at one point they contacted BFGoodrich and got permission to run the BFG logos on their tires.

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Fast forward the reel to reel projector to 1969 and the first National R.O.A.R. race. This is the race that is featured in the video below. The video description says it is the race from 1967. But, after my research, and watching the video, it appears the first true nationals was held in 1969 in Garden Grove, Ca., and this video is from that race. There were many variables that had to be overcome to win the national title. It wasn’t just about who could complete the race the fastest, you had to look good doing it too. They also incorporated “Lemans” style starts as well, which is awesome in my opinion. For the start of the race the drivers stood on the opposite side of the track from where the drivers will stand during the race. Once the race was started drivers had to run to their car, put the car on the starter box, fire the nitro engine up, and run 50 laps without breaking down. If that task wasn’t tall enough, you had to compete in a slalom course and your vehicle’s scale looks had to be judged in the contours event too. Something that I find to be very cool!! I can see many similarities between this form of racing back in the day and R/C rock crawling back in 2004 and 2005. Back then rock crawlers had to hand fab 75%, if not more, of their rig themselves. Not long after Axial came in and brought crawlers to the masses, and saved everyone a ton of fab time, and let us concentrate on making cool custom scale mods to our crawlers. While scale detail is all the rage right now. It seems that these pioneers were on the cutting edge of scale realism, before scale realism was cool. It is great to see the hobby come back around to it’s original roots after 45 years. Very interesting…….

The video!! Sit back, grab a drink, some popcorn and settle in for a little R/C History 101!! The volume is set extremely low in the video, so you may need to turn your volume up to hear the narration, as it is worth listening to.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
When it comes to adventure crawling, RECON Crawlers is the banner organization that everyone who has heard of a G6 Challenge™ wishes to participate under. The Axial SCX10 chassis is the adventurer’s choice as it has the mechanical reliability worth spending hundreds of hours on. All this time is spent to make dream rigs come to reality in 1/10th fashion and at 1/10th the price and this is also what makes the Axial SCX10 the perfect platform as there are numerous directions and choices to build from this “blank canvas”. For those of you who are contemplating getting into R/C, never mind the scale size, the fun of a G6 Challenge is a FULL SIZE ADVENTURE!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

The participants, organizers and national media alike where highly anticipating the results of giving ample time and attention for the SCX10 G6 Challenge™ alongside the premier 2.2-comp crawler competition. The weekend did not disappoint and showed everyone that things are changing and fast!
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It only took one look at the drivers impound of vehicles to see what we all came for!

Under the trail guidance of Brian Parker, Axial’s very own team driver and tour guide director of the Recon Crawlers, Parker and crew unleashed a trail-system for the evenings event that everyone was looking forward. The first stage of the event would take drivers on an adventure, while starting at dusk, this would be the first taste of driving into the NIGHT! Lights all a glow, this was only preparation for Saturday nights Stage 2 as it was to be experienced entirely under the stars of night!

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Looking down the dragstrip of the G6 Compound.

John Halman @ AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is John on the throttle like Paquin Vs Silver Bullet www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVEH7AoEnw&feature=related

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Does anyone remember that cartoon of Goofy in the episode “Motor Mania“?
Meet Mr. John “Walker-Wheeler” Halman
JOHN – WE LOVE YOU MAN! All in good fun for the good of the children!

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AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

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AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Stage Marker #05 was a terror for many!

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AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Hi yall!!! Watcha’doin’down there?

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AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

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AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Bender Bending Light!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Yea, you’ve seen a lot of photos of this rig already.. He’s they boss man! But did you even notice the tires on this rig!?!?!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


The Subaru turbo-piping was getting too hot and the exhaust was falling down onto the driveshaft. The Twins-Turbo Inconel Manifold is on order for the 675hp four cylinder engine.


Still waiting for that air shipment.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Notice the yellow tape holding the orange marker… dually noted!


The power of BRAAAAAAAP!!!


CH-47 Chinook has delivered the goods and “Scooby-10″ is back in the adventure hunt!

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I heard the factory backed Subaru powered SCX10 rolling through the hills with turbo anti-lag popping and hissing and just as the “Scooby-10″ rounded the corner we knew he had overcooked brakes as he was traveling at R6 speed, but the corner was a R3 and down the hill he rolled with his best impersonation of Travis Pastrana at Colorado Cog Rally in 2005

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Engine stayed lit and seemed to have a little traction as it was slightly afloat but the cab was about to run out of air and started sinking fast and the current of the river started pulling the rig toward the deep end of the pool.

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This was a situation of situations… I’m media, I just watch with my finger pinned in dis-belief! snap snap snap!!

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AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
MOTOR DRIVE ON SNAP SNAP SNAP MODE.


And back on course with the help of a bunch of enthusiastic fans!

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Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave - AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
This is my Axial SCX10 being driven by Matt of Car Action Magazine in his very first G6 Challenge. My truck is BEAST!!! One day I will start a blog about it as it has endured much and seen a many… stock as can be and driven with no remorse!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
WOW! There was a lot of airplane traffic at this time of night!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Backyard Boyz Night Light

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Myself and the Backyard Boyz waited for at least a half hour for this moment as it was rumored that there were a couple more rigs out on course. The Backyard Boyz had been cheering on drivers and lending winch-point assistance as this nasty ledge was becoming a full size grizzly cave. The following photos capture the event as it unfolds into one of the coolest recover-progression-assistance moments here at “Grizzly Cave.”


First attempt at winching up is underway.

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Too much overhang for the Adventure Van to sneak a wheel over.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
So, assistance was made as a Rubicon rolled up and let the Adventure Van drive up onto the JK’s wheel and Poison Spyder fender while using the ledge to plant the left wheel of the van on the rock for a makeshift v-crack ascent. Or at least that was the idea.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Any owner of an Adventure Van has to be a baller, so throwing said vehicle to the rocks is only going to give this rig a lot of character and a great story to tell back at the campfire! Replacing factory glass and mirrors is optional.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is the Adventure Van putting tonnage on sliders and relying heavily on a little cable as it teeter-totters up over Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Just a yelp and a big gasp for air exiting from the drivers window.

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VICTORY at Stage Marker #72 Grizzly Cave

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Adventure Van returning the assistance favor to Team Rubicon.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
The ADV-Van was poppin’ wheelies as it attempted to snatch the Rubi’ up Grizzly Cave.

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Try it again – faster this time, but same results. Head scratch and kick tire moment…

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
With all the onlooking assistance from the Backyard Boyz, the only solution was to back the ADV Van up and winch the front of the Rubicon up enough to get the tires onto the lip of Grizzly Cave and then STEP ON IT!!!

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STEP ON IT – the Adventure Van did and got the Rubicon team up the ledge.

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Full extraction and party on!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Cut Through Road at Cisco Snowbanks


My flash gives a moment of light as the adventure van of Tony Phalen rocks on through the night.


Luckily no one moved or turned off the spotlight I put on the back of the RV as this is how I found my way back. I was out on the trail until the last drivers had came by and I was doing a couple of campsite visits. I followed the trail back, but with no rigs and drivers out on course with all their lights on, it was DARK!

Brian Parker AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Brian Parker mad grillin’ late into the late of night awaiting drivers to complete stage 1 of what was an AWESOME adventure!

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Axial’s Coverage of the 2011 Nationals

Axial attended the 2011 USRCCA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend. This is the biggest R/C crawling competition of the year. In order to compete at this event you must either win the qualifying series in your area, or sign up for the last chance qualifier (LCQ), and hope you make the cut into the main event. This event is in it’s sixth year, and still building momentum. Here’s a few highlights from this year’s competition.

Thursday was the first day of competition. There were 75+ drivers total signed up for LCQ, and all of them were hoping for a chance to make the main event on Saturday. The competition was about to get very tight.

The driver’s meeting on LCQ morning.

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Shortly after the driver’s meeting, courses were open and the competition was underway.

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Team Axial driver Dean Hsiao in attack mode.

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Team Vanquish and Team Axial driver Brian Parker doing work!

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Looks like Brian drove his XR10 to Vegas from Reno by the looks of those tires.

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There were plenty of XR10 based rigs to watch, with many different set-ups.

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The view from the top of the rocks.

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Me and my sombrero working it.

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A view of the top course, as drivers await their turn.

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Team Axial driver Jake Wright working his custom XR10.

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Axial’s good friend Yoshiaki Kataoka made the trek all the way from Japan with 6 of his closet crawler companions to compete in this year’s event. This is the fourth year Yoshiaki has made the trip to the US for this event.

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Scott Hughes squirreling his way through one of the tougher gates.

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After the main event Saturday, only 5 would make the finals on Sunday out of 101 drivers.

The talented 5 are……..

1st Brian Lorenz -111

2nd Scott Hughes -110

3rd Joel Gatlin -100

4th Nabil Jamali -99

5th Darwin James -97

Jason Hensel conducts the drivers meeting on Sunday morning.

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The event was broadcasted live over the internet so anyone that couldn’t attend this competition could watch from home by logging onto www.rccrawler.com

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Bulu Production’s Brett Carlson gives me the stink eye, as he records the drivers meeting.

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After the driver’s meeting the top 5 took to the finals course in hopes of pulling off the victory for that “2011 National Championship” title. Driver order was picked randomly out of a hat. Once the driver’s name was called, they had 30 seconds to start the course………….no pressure!!

Joel Gatlin was chosen first.

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This off camber gate was tough to negotiate, as soon as you approached it, your rig would start to unload. Most drivers quickly got on the throttle as their rig started to roll. But, the lip after the gate made it tough to get progress with the rear tires because it would instantly flip you off the obstacle as soon as your front tires touched it.

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Next up was Brian Lorenz.

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That same off camber gate bites another competitor.

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Scott Hughes was chosen to go 3rd.

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That nasty off camber gate looking straight on. Scott and I had decided before the top five started that the best way through this gate cleanly, was to back down below it first, then drive up through. Worked like a charm!

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Nabil Jamali’s name was drawn next.

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Darwin James was lucky enough to be the last driver to run.

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And the winners are………..

1st place Brian Lorenz

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2nd place Scott Hughes

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3rd place Nabil Jamali

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That wraps up the 2011 Nationals coverage. Keep an eye out for details on next year’s event. Special thanks to Steven Kautz, Mark Reel and Jeff Johns for helping me take photos.

AWCC 2011 Driver Portraits

Here are the drivers that managed to get themselves in front of the lens for a portrait. You will see various characters from all walks of life and some foreign planets -we thank you for you participation at the AWCC 2011!

AWCC 2011 DRIVER PORTRAITS FLICKR SLIDESHOW::
If you click a photo, the slideshow will stop and show you the drivers name.

See all the individual driver portraits:
AWCC 2011 Driver Portraits
http://www.flickr.com/photos/axialrc/sets/72157627355129910/

AWCC 2011 2.2 Comp Rig Photos

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The 2.2 Competition Class at this years Axial West Coast Championships was an exercise in coping with course design that challenged you far beyond “just” driving skill, but also flexed upon your strategic “thinking” game. Think of it as the game of checkers at the local level and you show up at the national level and its a game of chess. You have to get a little creative… draw on some little pieces of paper the chess icons, tape them to your checker-chips and school’em with knowledge of the game!

Why all the “strateg’ery?” While there are a lot of great drivers out there, the only way to progress the game is to take these drivers to the next level by first having them repetitively conform to a set standards and then push them a little beyond the norm with a bit of creativity while staying within boundaries and or strategically straddling boundaries as we witness at this years event! It is the next-level-competition of going from point-A to point-B that challenges the left hemisphere of that hard-drive on your neck, yes – the brain! Processing mechanical physics, terrain, time and rules is a massive info-crunch, especially when a field-ops drill Sargent is notching up the levels of the game beyond the norm. It’s healthy for the overall sport and it is FUN because it is the perfect “test-grenade” that they whole field is going to get tossed.

But who is such a mad man commanding field-ops drill Sargent that hollers at us to “DO WORK DRIVER!”™ while making you think speed-chess-hard all at the same time? And to top it off, while on the competition course there are moments of comedy from such an individual that seems to magically appear as this Super Axial-hero action figure to further distract drivers and innocent bystanders or some other masked Rock Ninja looking like an elder donned in 8o’s original Ninja Turtle kit but in over-streatched youthful costume size and sometimes appears as an over zealous international roaming news media commentator to report on driver’s actions or who knows what costume will pop out on course.. But back to that “mad man commanding field-ops drill Sargent” it is non other than Axial’s own team driver Brian Parker of the Recon Crawlers crawl-centrally located in Sparks Nevada. For you first time readers, please know that this man does not drive the course at any time before or during the events! But, he has the eye and flair of the most creative tactical course designers on the planet! In fact, he is at crouching-level of “Joey Christensen” of The Dirt, “Jimmy Babcock” of the JBRL Series and “Scotty Ernst” of Reedy Race of Champions and Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour – Brian Parker is on their level! Not to discredit the above mentioned as they are the top event organizers within their fields [I know first hand as I have worked with each of them], but Brian Parker has been at the forefront and helm of the best rock crawling events that are only gaining momentum. G-Metal, bolt action, safety strap check and Checkmate! OK, enough podium stroke. Lets get onto what really matters!

We wish to thank ALL THE DRIVERS who came to partake in the AWCC 2011 as it is your enthusiasm and efforts that actually make these event happen! Parker and RECON Crew just standing around in the woods would not make for an event, although it might make for a spectacle. It’s that old saying, “if the tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?” Without the competitors as participant-witness we wouldn’t hear that tree falling! Without the competitors [YOU!] its just dudes making courses out in the middle of the woods, driving XR10′s and SCX10′s for the fun of it; nothing wrong with that either… BUT, Enthusiast coming out and participating makes the event happen! Capturing the images lets everyone know that it in fact actually did happen and is not just hearsay. AND IT WAS FUN!!!

It was awesome to see all the rigs that came out to compete, but we are espcially drawn to those who use the Axial XR10 Chassis with Hardline body in tact!

So see it in print, hear us say, THANK YOU DRIVERS!

From all of us at Axial, we thank you!!!

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There are a lot more images on the Axial Flickr Page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/axialrc/sets/72157627223447011

SEE ALL AWCC BLOG POST:
http://axialracing.com/wordpress/category/awcc/

AWCC Rock Candy Winner – Becky Barger

Team Axial driver Becky Barger walks away with the Rock Candy win at the 2011 Axial West Coast Championship Finals in Cisco Grove, Ca with her Axial XR10. Congrats to Becky for her win, we are proud to have you on the team.

A few shots of Becky on course doing work!

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Most competitors rolled while driving off this ledge.

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Becky was quick enough to give her truck a little throttle when the front tires touched down, which helped her rig land on all 4 wheels. Nice driving!

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Rock Candy girls, Mindy Howe (left) and Jess Downing (right), present Becky with her 1st place trophy.

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Keep an eye on this girl at Nationals in September, she will be on her game as usual representing the state of Colorado.

Brent Brammer’s 2011 AWCC Report

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Master chef – Brent Brammer

This year at the Axial West Coast Championship was epic as usual especially for me because I was privileged enough to make the trek from Orange County, California to the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada’s, nestled off of Highway 80 between Reno and Lake Tahoe. After a 14 hour ride knowing what we were about to embark on, straight up good times with a lot of great people doing great things for the RC community, period.

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When we made that turn around the road and had the full view of Lake Tahoe we all knew we were in the right area for the best of the best in rock crawling and also the Axial SCX10 G6 Challenge that Mr. Brian Parker of RECON Crawlers had in store for all of us. “What’s that” you ask? SCX10 G6 Challenge, well stay tuned because if you have not been informed of this new segment yet you will no doubt because this one is here to stay.

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Here is a shot of some of the rigs that were getting ready for the first G6 run on Friday night, it started at dusk and finished under the lights about two hours later. It was absolutely a barrel of fun for anyone that participated. But at this point I have to back track to the reason I was included in this journey and that reason was, well I can cook.

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Just add heat!

My grandma’s would have been proud to what I prepared and the amount of appetites that were present each and every meal. The menu was well rounded and full of surprises. We went camping yes but we also ate like we were at home for Thanksgiving, take a look for your self.

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Yep that’s right Turkey day in June along with baked ham and mashed Tatars plus veggies, camping – YEA’ RIGHT! OH yea, I forgot to mention the gravy and homemade brownies for dessert.

Some of the people there were already friends of mine and some are now new friends and for that I am truly grateful!

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AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA
Here is couple of shots of one of our dinners sitting around shooting the breeze and having some grub. Talking business, talking RC and some just plan talking smack in a good way. Either way we had the time of our lives for a few days out of our crazy busy schedules and a chance to get away from the daily grind called life to make some really good friends and a whole lot of memories that I will carry with me forever.

AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA
Who would have ever thought I would get to assist the magazine guys in setting up a radio!? We did discover a little roadblock in which the radio they had was an older model, of which we contacted Harley for a work-a-round solution.

Brent Brammer @ AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA
Here I am – DO WORK DRIVER!


Here I am – DO WORK CHEF!

AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA
So to everyone who broke bread with us and ate my cooking from the bottom of our hearts at Axial we salute and applaud you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again at the next event wherever that may be. This is “Rock Boy” and I am out.

Thank you
Brent Brammer


My secret sauce additive.

Project Wroncho – Wraith axles under an SCX10 chassis

Ever since I saw the first prototype Wraith axles, I have wanted to bolt them up to an SCX10 frame with a Honcho body for that “full width” one ton axle look. Well, I finally had a chance to try and it, and so far it seems like it’s going to be a fun vehicle. The extra width of the Wraith axles make this SCX10 extremely stable at speeds, especially when cornering on any high traction surface. The axles should make this SCX10 a great TTC style rig too, because of the extra width/beef of these new axles. I also have a feeling it would do well in G6 style events too. I haven’t had a chance to take the “Wroncho” off-road yet, but here are a few photos of my set-up. Keep an eye out for action shots and video in the near future.

The overall stance……..wheelbase is right at 13 1/2″.

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The suspension set-up. I had to use various rod ends and links to achieve the stance and wheelbase I wanted. I will probably machine new rear lower links to eliminate the extra spacers at the axle.

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I tried using straight rod ends at first, but the triangulation of the links was too much, and it caused binding. The curved XR10 rod ends are a perfect fit though.

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For the initial mock-up I ran the link/shock mounts on the axle the standard way they arrive in the RTR Wraith. But, my ride height ended up a little too tall for my liking. So, I flipped the link/shock mounts upside down which lowered the overall height just enough for me.

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It’s tough to see, but in order for the driveshafts to clear the upper links as the suspension cycles, I had to put a slight bend in them front and rear.

The rear clearance at full compression of the suspension.

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The front at full compression.

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Mandatory flex shot.

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So far I am really excited about how this build is shaping up. Like I mentioned earlier, keep an eye out for some action shots and video very soon.

Link to build thread on RCC:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx-10/221956-benders-honcho-now-sporting-wraith-axles.html

Link to action shots:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=763600000

Link to video:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=789800000

Axial Travelogue: AWCC Finals 2011

Wors & Photos: Rodney Wills

With a few weeks of fever-pitch AWCC pre-event preparation behind us, we were excited to get out of the office! There is just something about traveling and getting out to see new landscapes that is exciting. We have our GPS coordinates set for Cisco Grove Campground located just below Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. With this being a road trip with opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, camp out in tents, drive R/C vehicles in the name of competition and get our G6 challenge on, all makes for a fun trip in store!

June 21, 2011, It was the Tuesday prior to the AWCC Finals weekend. Brad “Bender” Dumont and myself are loaded into the ADV80 like well rehearsed Mt Everest sherpa’s with a military CH-47 Chinook!
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
It’s just the two of us traveling in my rig, but we are loaded to the roof! I was avoiding the wind drag as I have a fully capable roof rack. But we are liable to pick up something on the way back and may need valuable cargo space!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Our route starts with the 91-FWY that sends the largest portion of Orange County residents from the O.C. Eastwardly. Our road-trip should be approximately a twelve hour seated endevor as we are choosing to drive up the more scenic HWY 395 to the Sierra’s.

No trip is without the potential for drama and or accidentals. Brad and I are just in morning motion as we drive along, the morning sun is starting to creep over the mountains. Everything is just clicking along serene and smooth as we making our way from the 91FWY and onto the 15FWY. The 15FWY has this section before the Cajon Pass that is rough due to the amount of heavy loaded trucks getting out of “Dodge” but more known more for 18-wheelers getting knocking over due to high winds, and while it may have had the smallest of breezes we witnessed this horrific accident first hand!
Motorcycle accident on the 15FWY - East Bound June 21, 2011

But wind did not strike this rider down as we where traveling east. He was struck by a tire that came from a vehicle traveling in the west bound lane. The tire struck the motorcycle diagonally on his front wheel at such speed that it knocked the motorcycle over and out of control. Look at the image above and note how the front fender is bent inward as this was the impact point of the car tire that flew from the other side of the freeway. We never saw the wheel coming from the other lane as the bike blocked our vision of the flying tire! I had to change lanes quick to avoid running over the motorcycle and rider as they slid from two lanes left of me. It was a horrific moment! The rider was coherent, but suffered a broken left arm from our observation. Police and peramedics where quick onto the scene. Another driver stopped along with a few others, but this particular driver was behind us and saw the tire come from the other lane. Brad and I looked at each other with grief and disbelief and we both knew at that moment, if it was not for the biker, that tire would have hit my rig for sure! Talk about early wake up!!! Once CHP & paramedics arrived and we update them of the situation I chose to continue on and chose to do so as I have seen and been involved in my fair share of motorcycle accidents. I can handle all of my own pain but get the “heebeegeebee’s” with other’s pain. All this gives me the flashbacks for which I have to count my blessings and I now always ride with the “jewelry” Leatt Brace!

OK, let’s get back to calm and serene:
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
AND SCENIC! Cool old ghost town in-them-there-hills!
ATK 605 First Outting to the DESERT! July 2010
In “desert season” you will see hundreds of off roaders from from all vehicular aspects hanging round the ghost town of Randsburg. Especially the General Store and they serve food and AWESOME MILK SHAKES!
Randsburg General Store in Randsburg, CA. ATK 605 First Outting to the DESERT! July 2010

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Jeff and Brent are traveling in the AXL Motorhome as we meet up along the freeway.

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
It’s June and still signs of snow on the mountains as we skirt the Sequoia National Forest.

Refuel time:
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Brent’s girlfriend hooked him/us up with some cupcakes!!! WOW! Talk about refueling!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Back on the road and next stop is Bishop with a purpose!


GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
The main purpose to stop in Bishop is for the Meadow Farms Country Smoke House! This was tipped off to the Axial Crew by Scott Hughes as this has been a family traditional stop off. It must be his squirrel activity keeping his slim stature if this is his eating spot!

The door at Meadow Farms Country Smoke House…

All kinds come through here!
And all kinds of cool vehicles come through the parking lot too:
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
My ADV80 will get the overland expedition treatment one day! Things to add and check off the list:
__ Snorkel
__ Winch
__ Suspension
__ Rear Mounted Spare
__ Gas / Water Can
__ GET A/C FIXED FIRST!!!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Back on the road…

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Co-piloting and cupcakes make for nap nap time. Bender bending time – teleporting himself to the rocks already…

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Snow coverage is a bit thicker as we traverse north.

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Got any more of those cupcakes in there? Just put one on the stick and hand it out the window!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Mono Lake

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
She will be coming around the mountain when she comes… How does that song go? The AXL-MH rolling into the big metropolitan city of Bridgeport, Ca.
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Where they watch paint dry for fun:
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
The all-mighty ADV80!

More scenic views as we are making our way to the “big mountains!”
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground

Hey, what are those things called again?
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
SIGNS! Oh yea, almost forgot! And we get to make a navigational change too!
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Just up and over that little hill and we will be looking down onto Lake Tahoe!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
It’s been over fifteen years since I have seen this lake!


And back to Southern California in the blink of an eye! Did Brad take over this thread? Did he teleport himself through the event and back home already?

No… Just some good ol’ Lake Tahoe road construction…

More climbing and we know we are getting close!
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Coming up on Donner Pass and I get a history lesson!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Now we know we are close!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Check in time and sort the details… Pink floaties or purple raft?

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Camp is made and time for some quick dinner from chef Brent Brammer. Have you seen his cooking show? The one with the BBQ and pork chops… oh, sorry, they had to take that one down too!?

Brent fires up the quick stove:
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground

This would be my first experience with Brent in the woods…

His cooking is simply AWESOME!!!

GCRad1's HWY 395 Trip to Axial West Coast Championships AWCC 2011 at Cisco Grove Campground
Night:30 and good night! It was a long day! Time to crawl into my sleeping bag.