Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 3

Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 3

In Part 1 of the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report, I showed you the sights and sounds of Day 1, or Wednesday, at Axialfest 2018. In Part 2, I recapped my Thursday at Axialfest 2018 where I visited more vendors, saw more people trailing, checked out the Concours builds, and finished the day off with the CKRC Dollar Dash!

This is Part 3 of the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report.  In this edition, I will be running the Altra Ultra 5K, checking out more vendors and trails, monster trucking, parading, and finishing up with a nighttime trial run.  Come see what I saw on Friday at Axialfest 2018.

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My morning started off with Mista Tree cooking us breakfast, so I would be fueled up for the Altra Ultra 5K.

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Tree had the brilliant idea to reheat the sirloins and have a little steak and eggs for breakfast.  It was delicious.

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After fueling my belly, I was pumped and ready to run! My servo was upgraded after Axialfest 2017, so I was confident that I could finish this year.

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Looks like a pretty good crowd already, and it was only 7:30 a.m.

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Even Mr. Cru Jones looked a little sleepy, but he woke up and ran the Altra Ultra 5K, too. Hey, #47, that was my number last year.

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Two things I want, a new set of Lone Peaks and a 2018 Altra Ultra 5K FINISHER plaque.

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I noticed quite a few runner sporting gators. I took that to mean they were serious.

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Question: Should gators be color coordinated or mismatched to stand out? Asking for a friend.

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Mr. Hobby Wing aka Swanky Su aka Charlie Sue aka Charlie Suanka was ready to test out his new Hobby Wing brushless setup; totally programmable by Bluetooth, sweet!

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A little National Anthem before lighting the lipos!

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Ready to go.  I think there were 64 of us this year.  Are you running the Altra Ultra 5K next year?

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Mighty Mike T headed out WAY before me.

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That’s MTB legend Mike Bier, I mean Mark Weir, in the far lane.  He had prior commitments and couldn’t attend the whole time at Axialfest 2018, but he made sure he stopped by just to run the Altra Ultra 5K.

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It’s a bad sign when you have a mechanical before the first turn.  I hope they get it sorted and get back out there quickly.

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I didn’t do much running through the river bed.  All the rocks made footing a little sketchy and I didn’t want to risk a twisted ankle, so I settled for a quick walk. Also, it’s difficult to jog, drive, and take pictures all at the same time.

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That’s Half Link in the rear.  I tried to keep pace with him, but he eventually left me in his dust.

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The DWTS Crew set up a little fun log jump obstacle be their campsite. You could crawl it to the right or send it to the left.  Best believe I sent it every lap.  I wasn’t scurred.

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This hill was the Widowmaker.  It was steep and made you see stars by the time you got to the top, especially once you were over a mile in on your second and third laps.

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At least there was some relief after the climb in this downhill section.

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There’s that dang Half Link again.  I thought I was about to catch him here while straw hat man did some trail maintenance.

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You had to keep your ears open because there were logging trucks running.  You didn’t want to run out in front of one of those. Luckily, marshals were on the look out for you and let you know when it was safe to cross the road.

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Ben Thomas tried to catch me here in the old waterfall section.

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Since I wasn’t in contention to podium and was just out to have fun and finish, I decided to take a small detour and drive through the MyTrickRC highway.  Glad I didn’t get stuck on the broken bridge.

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Just as I was finishing the second climb on the Widowmaker, my daughter texted me.

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She reminded me to stay hydrated, and not die.

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Thanks, Skeeno Jr.  I took a moment to take a sip from my water pack.

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There’s Mr. Chris all awake and running wild.

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Hmm, clear dirt, should I play it safe and take the high line?

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No, SEND IT!

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My Tekin RX8 held up without an issue.  Are those waterproof?

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Wait, are those scale buildings on the Altra 5K course? I better stop for a picture.

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Last lap.  I stopped to admire my Bomber snaking through some various obstacles.  These Axial RR10 Bombers definitely work well.

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I did it! I finished! Thanks to Tristan Judkins for the photo. I ran the whole race with my phone in one hand and the controller in the other; those are the sacrifices I make to bring you the Skeeno Blog.

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Heck ya! Got my plaque.  That’s going on the wall of fame in my garage.

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I knocked almost 20 minutes off my time for the last 5K I ran, and the course was really more like a 6.3K.

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And I got a Finishing Selfie with Mike Bier!

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The 2018 Altra 6.3K finishers! Who won?  I guess I’ll have to wait for the awards ceremony to find out.

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After the Altra 5K, I had some time to check out the trailing and some more vendors.  I noticed the REEF’s RC guys finally at their spot and got to ask what those cables were for. They told me they were to lock up their rigs when they weren’t around, so they didn’t drive off on their own, smart!

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The trails were pretty packed in the morning.

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Even Mr. Tree was out wheeling his Yota.

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The Bay Bridge was very busy.

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It was a long drive across, but not as scary as the Golden Gate bridge of last year.

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Shh, don’t wake that camper in the tent.

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I can’t believe MMA star Jamie Varner is an RC fan.

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Getting off the bridge was easy.

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These slick rocks are always more tricky than they look.

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These two were having a good time on the slick rocks.

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More people on the handicapped accessible trail.

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This was the start of the handicapped accessible trail.

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OG Chino was still rocking his Half Cab and twin sticks.  I don’t think he even noticed me he was so focused on this section.

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Feel the Powa! of the Power Wagon.

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Looks like Registration is closed for lunch. #flossanddab

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Back at the DWTS camp, Big Country and all his homies were set up and wrenching away.

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It’s like a sea of RC in there.

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Is that a DWTS bumper sticker?

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Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.  Enjoy the scenery and appreciate the beauty of the mountains.

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As the sun rose to mid afternoon, the temps also rose and people left the trails to try to stay cool. Under this bridge was a good chilling spot.

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I was only able to catch a few hardcore drivers out in the heat.

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Mr. Tree approves of this 4Runner.

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Some of the  rocks in this river bed were crazy big.

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Smile guys.

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I’m not sure if this is an action shot or a flex pose.

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He’s headed into the Unknown.

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Wait a minute, his rig wants to cool off in the river, too.

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It must have been refreshing, because this guy jumped in, as well.

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This is right about were I got hot and headed back for some more water and a snack.

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One thing I learned from our Austrian Axialfesters from a few years back is that they are not used to seeing big trucks on the road.  Even Average Joe and the Canucks were impressed with the 37″ tires on my trip up to the first Canadian G6. At Axialfest, there are big tires everywhere you turn your head.  RPP has big tires.

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Rivas’s A.T.A.C. 4Runner has pretty big tires.

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This FJ40 has big tires.

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This YJ has big tires.

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This XJ has big tires.

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KOH Champ Mr. Scherer definitely has big tires.

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The Prairie City SVRA approves of big tires. But, remember to use proper trail etiquette.

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I’m not sure where she’s riding, but that helmet and elbow pads say, SEND IT!

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Hey look, Magnaflow came again and brought some cool stuff for tomorrow night.

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I was lucky to spot Axialfest OG Brokenib out on the trail.

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He is still running the iconic Blue Bastard.

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I wonder if it’s still on 6S?

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The SPOD crew was following close behind.

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Down by the river more people were running the Knights Customs trail.

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This trail was popular with the kids.

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This Wraith is packed and ready for the long haul.

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This little girl was in a hurry.  She got a little annoyed when her father took a little too long on an obstacle.

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Dude, no cell phones when driving.  Don’t you know the rules?

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Luckily, we were off road, so no tickets this time.

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A fellow educator on the trial with his newborn.  I had a good time chatting with him and his wife.

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LOOK OUT!!!! DINOSAUR!!!!!

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These crazy aliens drove by like they weren’t even scared.

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What the heck? Is that the 1:1 Bomber? You never know what you’ll see at Axialfest.

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PS The Bomber has big tires.

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This guy was brave enough to save the submariners from the Jurassic Mosasaurus.

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The Dinosaur patrol is a little late.  The Raptors have already escaped.

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This was a great looking XJ.

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Rage at the River!!! There was quite a party going on by the overpass.

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This crew was enjoying the cold tub.  I kinda wished I had on my swim trunks.  The water looked great.

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It’s always cool under here with the breeze blowing off the water.

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Yoga by the river?

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Yup, more cooling off with the kids.

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Same idea but a little more controlled for the littles.

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I spotted this scale garage next to the road.  I loved the scale Ledgestone under the window.

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A couple years ago I spotted this teardrop at Axialfest.  It was in the initial stages of its build back then.

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It was a little more polished now with even more modifications to come. I wonder what it will look like next year.

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Those skeletons were still pickin and grinnin.

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I didn’t notice this scale garage at MyTrickRC when I ran by during the Altra 5K.

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Wait a minute, what’s this?

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The Monster Jam?!?!?!? I almost missed it.

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I’m always amazed at how difficult such an easy looking course is.  Competition makes the trigger finger get whiskey throttle.

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Elio and Pham look pretty serious.

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The kids were definitely serious.

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The kids love watching the carnage of the Monster Jam.

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Photo finish jump!

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Time for highest air.

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This guy blew his lid off.

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Hmmm, cool trophies. I don’t know what the classes were, but you can see the winners below.

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I swear, I turned around and the parade was just cruising by.  I almost missed this, too. There’s so much going on at Axialfest. Fun is everywhere!

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Is that a mile long Axialfest train?  It sure did feel like it. How long is a line with 2,000 people in it?

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The Monterrey Bay family was back again.  I recognized her pink livery from last year.

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At dusk, Tree, Mike, and I set out for a trail run.

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I see Mr. Tree back there trying to keep up.

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Dang, this day seemed extra long.  I woke up extra early to Altra 5K and stayed out late trailing into the Great Unknown.  See you in Part 4 of the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno report where we Rock Race and end a great week with the Axialfest 2018 Awards Ceremony and Raffle.

Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 2

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In Part 1 of the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report, I showed you the sights and sounds of Day 1, or Wednesday, at Axialfest 2018.  This is Part 2, and I will be recapping my Thursday at Axialfest 2018 where I visit more vendors, see more people trailing, go check out the Concourse builds, and finish the day off with the CKRC Dollar Dash!

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Every day at Axialfest starts with a hearty breakfast. You need to fuel up for a full day of RC adventures.

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Tree didn’t get his rig fixed last night because he lost a screwshaft in the dirt.  Luckily, most Axialfesters are happy to help each other out.  When Tony Mazza heard Tree was pouting about not being able to drive, Mr. Mazza dug into his spare parts bin and found just what Mr. Tree was looking for.

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I spotted Mr. Colman aka Joshua Kaine Elliot aka ESP cruising around checking out the action.  He did tons of filming, so look for his video recaps of Axialfest 2018 coming soon!

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I went to see who was out trailing and ran into these guys on the handicapped accessible trail along the side of the road.

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Don’t be fooled by the looks of it. It was tougher than it looked.

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As usual, large groups of friends and family were seen walking to trails and out on the trails.

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Over in A camp, the Down With The Sickeness Crew was again rolling deep.  I think they have 100 members packed in there.

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The slippery rocks down in the river bed always provide a challenge.

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‘Merica!

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It’s important to remember to take a picture of your rigs at the beginning of every trail.

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That banjo player was still pickin and grinnin, but it looks like his wifey left him. Maybe she’s cooking breakfast.  Do skeletons eat?

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I wonder what that is.  I’ll have to stop by later when the Reef’s boys are around and ask them.

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Chassis, chassis, chassis.  You know what that means?

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Yup, CBE was back at Axialfest 2018, and they brought all the goodness with them.

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Hi, Mr. CBE!

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The coffee girls were back, and they bumped and danced and served up their coffee drinks all day.

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Our EMT friends returned to make sure any medical issues were dealt with quickly.  But, now that people know to stay hydrated, it’s a pretty slow week for Mr. EMT.

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RC4WD showed up on Thursday and brought out all the cool stuff.

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They have some amazing scale accessories for Axial vehicles.

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A working scale lift?  That makes changing muffler bearings a snap!

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These guys were checking out the tire selections.

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What did you win on the RC4WD Plinko game?  I think they were raffle tickets for a vehicle giveaway.

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I spotted these amazing vintage trailers as I left the RC4WD booth.

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The detail was unbelievable.

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Oven, check. Stove, check. Hood vent, check.

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Sink, check.  Dinette, check. Linoleum tiles, check.

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Same thing in this one.

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Both were beautiful.

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Hey look, it’s Harley from Vanquish Products.

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Tekin always has amazing vehicles.

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The 3D printed 6×6 was back.  See the Yeti Jr in the back?

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What up, Ty?

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Of course they also have amazing ESCs and Motors, but these servos are what I envy the most.  They’d be a great compliment to my RX8/ROC412 in my Bomber. Feel free to send one my way, hint, hint.

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I cruised past the pavillion.  It was set up and ready for Concourse later tonight.

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Roof Top Tents seem like the best way to get a comfortable bed just about anywhere.

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Hot Boyz! I believe this crew said they were from Metairie, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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This crew from drove by and recognized the Hot Boyz as camp neighbors from last year.  New friends are always made at Axialfest.

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I caught Big Tex Chris Zemek and Old Man Dan Wilson driving through some brush.

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Looks a little too pokey to stand on.

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This is either going to be cool or scary.  We’ll have to go check it out.

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There was a something Jurassic eating a sub on the river. Is that Meg?

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Someone should tell that kid not to swim in there. I’d hate to see him get eaten.

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Smile, little Axialfester!

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The river was a great spot in the hot afternoons.  Here this lady rests in the shade while still trailing through the gates.

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This probably means that there are dinosuars around.  I better keep an eye out just to be safe.

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This bridge made getting down to the waterfall easier.

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I scooted back up to check out the concourse and ran into Eazy E aka Elio.  He blessed by with some limited edition Axialfest 2018 trail swag. Who else got one?

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I got there just in time.  All the rigs were already lined up and ready to be judged.

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Oh, man.  The Skeeno Altra 5K Bomber.  That HAS to win.  Look how cool it is.

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There’s Mr. ESP doing his thang.  I hope he got good footage of the Skeeno Bomber.

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The next several pictures are some of my favorites.This one here looks like a solid piece of American iron.

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There’s nothing cooler than scale MATTRACKS.

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This Land Cruiser looks ready for some overlanding action.

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Work Horse.  I almost mistook this for one of the logging trucks transporting trees on the Fordyce access road.

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You don’t see many Jeep Liberties out on the trail.

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A scale engine bay always gets my attention.

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This monster truck looks like it’s ready for the Crawl For A Cure.

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Hmmm, will there be aliens at the Axialfest Monster Jam this year?

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This Tacoma would be right at home on the Rubicon.

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I wonder why I didn’t spot these Jurassic Jeeps down by the river.

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Jurassic dinosaurs or Star Wars space creatures?

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Another cool build by the guys at Tekin.

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What’s for breakfast? Check out the garbage can with liner.

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Mr. Kett, Mr. Knight, and Mr. Schultz hamming it up.

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David and Dolly of KLP Hobbies made the trip from China for the second time.  Glad to have you guys back.

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Matt Kett considered each entry very seriously.

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Badger and Gerrish also discussed each rig before choosing their favorites.

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Take a sip of the potion and hit the three wheel motion…

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This great SCX10 lowrider made an appearance.

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It was my favorite for its originality.  That’s all chromed out SCX10 under the body.

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Mr. Coleman’s brought out this cool Land Rover.  I believe he named it Blud Muney.

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The Axiallet was back, but this time it was business on the left…

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and party on the right!

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Go see these guys if you need and Axial haircut.  They’ll hook you up.

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Elio was on the prowl for youngster with no rig.  If you were a kid and didn’t have a rig, you might have gotten a special raffle wristband to win a 2ChainzScalerz custom built rig at the Awards Ceremony.

 

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This guy didn’t need a bracelet.  He was entered in the concourse.

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Daily driver
1. Alec Va DenBrink – Liberty
2. Joe Zuniga – Hilux
3. Elio Dianda – Brute

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D’raisin
1. Corey Hall – Goat
2. Todd Norton – Military 6×6
3. Bree Eral – Beetle

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Monster truck
1. Paul Russel Jr – White/Blue MT
2. Ben Thomas – Black Truck
3. Cancer sucks – Kye Steiner

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Trailer
1. Daniel Flores – Jeep Trailer
2. James Tomlinson – Forerunner
3. Judd Rummage – Amain Bike trailer

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Trailer
1. Daniel Flores – Jeep Trailer
2. James Tomlinson – Forerunner
3. Judd Rummage – Amain Bike trailer

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12 and under
1. Ina Eral – Unicorn
2. Sadie Silva – Dinosaur Wraith
3. Joe Zuniga – Blue Jeep

PS The Unicorn is amazing!

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Best Theme
1. Bree Eral – Dragon 6×6
2. Devlin Shipley – Scooby Buggy:
3. Chris Harder – Radioactive FC

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13-18
1. Jacob Simpson – 6×6 Flatbed
2. Dominic Reyes – Green Flatbed
3. Jensen LeBlanc – F350 SD

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Adventurist
1. Ty Campbell – Dakar Truck
2. Matt Hauck – Wrangler/ Powerwagon
3. Chris Prestwood – SBC Power Wagon

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Bomber
1. Jay Jaffe – Silver Otterpops
2. Mike Thompson – Red Altra
3. Dean Farrington – Black/ Orange

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After Concourse, it time for dinner!

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Sirloins, corn on the cob, and mashed potatos!

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The smell attracted our old friend from Costa Rica, Adolfo Gutierrez.

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This year he brought the whole Pura Vida! Crew out to Axialfest 2018.  We missed seeing Marcos Rojas, so maybe next year, my friend.

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After dinner, it was time for the CKRC Dollar Dash.  Mrs. Heather man (or womaned) the sign ups.

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1 Lap = $1, fastest time wins ALL the cash!

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Many competitors got slipped up on the PVC bridge.

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The good times usually go late into the night.

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That’s Old Man Dan.  He’s won the Dollar Dash for the past few years. Did he defend his crown again?  You’ll have to wait for the awards ceremony to find out.

Check out Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 3 where I will recap what I saw on Friday at Axialfest 2018.

Axialfest 2018 Rock Racing And Altra Ultra 5K Results

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The Rock Racing event at Axialfest is a fast paced and challenging race open to anyone who attends Axialfest. Many prep their rigs specifically for the event and others just arrive for fun. Racers stage in each class for qualifying to narrow the fields. Qualifying however involves strategy as there are no marshals to assist you in roll overs on the course for most of the racing. You flip, you’re done unless you can wiggle your wheels and rip the throttle to right yourself. After qualifying, the field is narrowed up and the mains are run to determine the top three finishers. Here, drivers tend to toss strategy and go for the win. Sometimes this new style of driving works and other times it does not as this year we saw some favorites on their roof early on. Drivers take on the rock, sand, wood. jump and even pinecone littered course for three laps in the  main and the following drivers made it to the top to claim their positions at one of the toughest Rock Racing events; Axialfest!

Rocking Racing
Axialfest 2018 Racing 6
Factory Bomber
1. Chris Jones
2. Cary Reese
3. Asher Sibole

Axialfest 2018 Racing 7
Yeti
1. Spencer Bell
2. Zach Whitrock
3. Chris Duran

Axialfest 2018 Racing 8
Unlimited Tuber
1. Griffin Dean
2. Michael Pham
3. Gene Boyd

Axialfest 2018 Racing 9
11-15
1. Ethan Bell
2. Claton Pleming
3. Donnie Barron

Axialfest 2018 Racing 10
Brushed 1.9
1. Ken Mejica
2. Adam Nudelman
3. Sebastian Velencia

Axialfest 2018 Racing 11
1.9 Brushless
1. Forest Ward
2. Gabe Fleming
3. Tommy Thompson

Axialfest 2018 Racing 12
2.2 Mod
1. Michael Pham
2. Seth Reese
3. Angelo Lanford

10 and Under Kids
1. Sierra Reese
2. Jason Hernandez
3. Jaxson Hall

Yeti Jr
1. Mike Thompson

2018 Altra Running Ultra 5k Enduro
This year’s Ultra 5K was exciting from the start as 62 entrants lined up to compete in the challenge that tests the runners endurance, their rigs durability and ability to navigate the course. Brad Perry put a lot of work into laying out a challenging course and that it was. Runners took off two at a time on their own clock to conquer the trails that lined Cisco Grove. The path had technical challenges that went up hill, through loose dirt, through rocky terrain, past fallen logs and over lots of rough natural terrain. There were a number of dropouts in the race, mainly due to mechanical failure, but most runners kept their hearts in it to say they finished an Axialfest Ultra 5K. In the end, there were some familiar faces on top. Jake Wright took home the win ahead of Mike Thompson who just grabbed the second place podium spot thirty seconds in front of third place Chris Jones. The top three all sported Altra Running gear to help them to their victory.
Axialfest 2018 Racing 5
1- Jake Wright (BFGoodrich Tires)
2- Mike Thompson (Method Race Wheels)
3- Chris Cru Jones (Magnaflow Exhaust)

Think you can take on the racing events at Axialfest? Start prepparing now and we’ll see you at Axialfest 2019!

Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 1

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You know what July means, Axialfest! That’s right, the largest gathering of scale RC fans at Cisco Grove Campground. Follow along as I give you a small sample of what went down at Axialfest 2018. Part 1 of the Skeeno Report will cover what I saw on Wednesday, July 18.

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As usual, you have to stop at the store when you arrive at Axialfest.  This year was a little different though, because before you went to the store, you had to stop at registration on the opposite side of the street.

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First Axial staffer I ran into was Stinky Shawn Barton. He was up at Cisco Grove for four weeks getting ready for all the Axialfesters to arrive.

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Looks like a full schedule of fun at Axialfest 2018.

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Before going in to the registration building, you got to get all your Axial vehicles teched by some of the Axial staff.  Randal Davis and Scott Kerkes were manning the tech booth when I arrived.

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If you passed tech, you got one of these stickers.

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If you failed tech, you got one of these stickers.

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At the tech booth, RC legend Don Hughes was arguing with Matt Kearney about which brand of muffler bearings were the best.

7 Inside the registration building, Jeff Johns was happily pointing to the swamp cooler that was keeping the registration staff nice and cool all day long.

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There were cones and tape for traffic control, but I don’t think there were ever very big lines.  The new check-in system really seemed to smooth out the process since it was open all day, everyday.

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I saw one chain of 2ChainzScalerz, Adam Dean, aka G Eazy checking in and getting his swag bag, shirt, hat, waterbottle, etc.  Can you see the swamp cooler in the corner of the picture?

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Ohhhhh, sweetness! a PK Ripper.  This bike was on my wish list as a kid.

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Over at the camp store, the ladies told me that the campground was again sold out this year.  That’s 450 campspots! Axialfest 2018 was set to be off the chain once again.

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After checking in, we headed over to H30, the Skeeno Spot since Axialfest 2013.  This year we jammed 3 tent trailers and 2 canopies into our spot. Nothing fancy, but the orange shag sure is nice to stand on once the Altra Lone Peaks come off after a long day of walking.

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Tree, Mike, and I took little break after setting up camp before heading down to check out Vendor’s row. Mike brought a TV, but didn’t get to watch it much, because there’s too much to do at Axialfest.

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Ryan Gerrish of DS Pro had some screaming deals on bodies and hard to find parts.  I got a Glitch Buster for $1!

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This was  box of random Axial plastics.  It was all free.  If you broke a part, you could rummage through and find what you needed to get back on trail.

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MIP came out this year with Matt Olson.  We reminisced about our old favorite RC mag, Xtreme RC cars.

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MIP had this racer on display.  I’m not sure what it was, but it was HUGE!

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A Main Hobbies was back with TONS of goodies.

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Do you need some scale accessories?  A Main Hobbies has you covered. I see WERTYMADE, SBC, and CBE in there.

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They had a Wheel of Fortune to spin to win prizes.

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A Main again had a sweet custom build on display.  If I’m not mistaken, this was given away on the last day of Axialfest 2018.

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I’m not sure if those are Pivot Phoenixes or Fire birds, but it doesn’t matter. Those Knights Customs parts really complete this build.

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Speaking of Knights Customs, James Knight was back out with his amazing 3D printed goodness.

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His booth is alway filled with the coolest accessories.

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3D printed metal bumpers, exhausts and Pull Pals?  Yup, Knights Customs has them.  Do you see the scale Canyon Cooler?  They were Axialfest exclusives.  Did you get one?  I did.

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Hemistorm had his build on display.  Pictures don’t do it justice.

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The ‘ghost’ bodies were my favorite part.

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I love the way you can see how all the parts mount up in the stock bodies.

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Look how freaking awesome that 22R sits in this Toyota Honcho. PS, this was a raffle item.  See the tickets in the background?

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Here’s my sweet Knights Customs Canyon Cooler.  I think it’s going on the Jeep.  Did you get one?

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Of course, Pro-Line was there.

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Paul Willhite told me to look for tokens out on Trail E.  They could be turned in for prizes at the Pro-Line booth.

31Hatfields and McCoys. Budweiser and Coors. Red and Blue. Yes, it’s true.  Tower Hobbies was bought by Horizon Hobby and the once fierce rivals are now a team. Have no fear, they announced that Axialfest will live on.

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The official hobby shop of Axialfest, RPP Hobby was again packed and ready to meet your needs.

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They brought all the sweet deals with them.

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The best coolers to keep your perishables cold at Axialfest, Canyon Coolers was back. Did I mention Knights Customs has a scale replica?

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Cheers, Mr. Canyon.

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Hemistorm was manning the Castle booth.  Did you know Castle now has sensored brushless systems?

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I stopped by to see my old friends at CKRC.

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Yes, it’s true that they decided to close up shop and follow a new career path, but that didn’t stop them from coming out and having fun at Axialfest.  Here former owner, Jason chats with the Taz, Tristan Judkins and Half Link about his next adventure in life.

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CKRC even had their own trail.  The first part was a 2Chainz Skillz section.

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Of course, it was detailed with cool scale buildings and such.

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It looked easier than it was.  We’ll come back later and try it out.

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Of course, I had to stop and make Grumpy Fast Eddie yell at me.  Sadly, he wasn’t around, so I took the opportunity to totally violate his lawn. All my bearings will probably seize when he sees this picture.

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Pedals Bikeshop was back.. I tried to get them to give me that PK Ripper, but I got denied.  I did get a new PBS t-shirt, though.

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Over at Area 108, these skeletons were having a good time pickin’ and grinnin’ on the old banjo.

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I took a spin around campground to check out who was here and found lots of people already out running the trails.

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The bridge up front by the camp store is always a fun place to play.

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Lots of kiddos were out and about this year again.  This guy was smart and remembered to stay hydrated when out in the heat.

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This little guy was totally focused on driving.  I had a hard time getting his attention.

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He finally threw up the deuces.

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The water was low, but I still saw lots of little ones out cooling off in between driving the trails.

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I spotted this cool fire pit on my way out of the creek bottom.

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There were little surprise buildings all over the place.  I’m sure I missed a bunch.  How many did you see?

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The 1:1 SCX10 was back again.

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Last year Mrs. Zotti was over in A section all by her lonesome.

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This year she brought all her fun bags and canopies over to Vendor’s Row.  She can customize yours for you.

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The temps were only supposed to be in the mid-80s, but for some reason it felt WAY hotter.  Luckily, Mr. Barton had a little shade to keep cool on his security rounds.

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What in the what?  Secret Area 51 Security vehicle.  Scott G. brought his Haflinger out to play at Axialfest.  The engine looks like someone cut a VW flat 4 in half.

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Go check these out, super cool!

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Big man, little car.  Last year Tree putted on my Skeeno Skooter.  This year he jammed himself into the Haflinger.

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Something crazy happened this year; I actually got to drive my SCX10!  Usually, I’m so busy with STAFF duties that I don’t have time. This year I got to hit a few trials.  The 2ChainzScalerz course was my first stop.

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I had to fill up before we headed out.  I updated my trail rig this year by going with a Proline Toyota Honcho lid and Axial Nitto Trail Grapplers in the R35 compound.

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I never obey this sign.

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As I was trailing along I spotted this Northstar camper.

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I looked for the owner, but I think we was taking a nap.  Great work whoever built this.

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We trailed around a bit more until Tree and Mike had some mechanical issues, so we cut it short and headed back for dinner.

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For dinner, we hit up the MOGROG truck.

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That’s right, Unimog Food Truck.

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Hmmm, what to get?

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It all sounded good, so we had one of each.  It was muy delicioso.

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After dinner, the poopy pants boys fixed their rigs, so I went back to Vendor’s Row to see who showed up while I was out trailing.

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Looks like Casey Currie showed up.

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Yup, the axles check out.  It’s Mr. Monster himself.

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And, he brought enough Monster Energy to keep us going all weekend.

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Finally, Mr. Altra, Chris Cru Jones showed up.  He told me the new Lone Peak 4.0 will be out very soon.

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You know Altras are the offcial shoe of RC.

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And bonus! I get a little discount on my new shoes!

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So, that’s what I saw on Day 1 of Axialfest 2018. After getting Tree and Mike’s rigs fixed up, we decided to hit the hay and be ready for Thursday at Axialfest 2018. Look for the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 2 where I will go over what I saw on Day 2 of Axialfest 2018.

 

Axialfest 2018 Concours

Each and every year, some of the best RC builders converge at Axialfest to put their work on display for Axial fans to see and judges to notice in the Concours event. Year after year, more and more spectacular builds line the miniature walls of the Cisco Grove pavilion while bystanders look on as judges stroll pass the presented vehicles looking for machines that really stand out from the rest. Like previous years, the vehicles on display were all amazing displays of passion for the hobby and representation of some skilled detailers. Two new kids classes were introduced into the mix and were supported with some creative builds for their age brackets. All of those who put their custom built Axial based machines into concours deserve recognition for a job well done, but in the end only three were pulled for awards in each class. Check out some concourse scenes from Axialfest 2018 and the top three machines for each category.

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CONCOURSE TOP 3′s
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Daily driver
1. Alec Va DenBrink – Liberty
2. Joe Zuniga – Hilux
3. Elio Dianda – Brute

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D’raisin
1. Corey Hall – Goat
2. Todd Norton – Military 6×6
3. Bree Eral – Beetle

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Monster truck
1. Paul Russel Jr – White/Blue MT
2. Ben Thomas – Black Truck
3. Cancer sucks – Kye Steiner

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Trailer
1. Daniel Flores – Jeep Trailer
2. James Tomlinson – Forerunner
3. Judd Rummage – Amain Bike trailer

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12 and under
1. Ina Eral – Unicorn
2. Sadie Silva – Dinosaur Wraith
3. Joe Zuniga – Blue Jeep

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1. Jacob Simpson – 6×6 Flatbed
2. Dominic Reyes – Green Flatbed
3. Jensen LeBlanc – F350 SD

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Best Theme
1. Bree Eral – Dragon 6×6
2. Devlin Shipley – Scooby Buggy:
3. Chris Harder – Radioactive FC

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Adventurist
1. Ty Campbell – Dakar Truck
2. Matt Hauck – Wrangler/ Powerwagon
3. Chris Prestwood – SBC Power Wagon

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Bomber
1. Jay Jaffe – Silver Otterpops
2. Mike Thompson – Red Altra
3. Dean Farrington – Black/ Orange

Best Of Show
After the Judges had determined the Top 3 finishers for each class, the owners of the trucks were asked to come together and vote on a best of show. Sure each builder felt their rig was the best, but it was only a short time for them all to come together and agree who was best in show overall. In the end, Todd Norton with his Kraz 255 Converted Ukrainian Military clearly stood out from the rest from it’s detailed body, perfectly scale wood log haul and it’s patina for days.
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Congratulations for all those who took home awards and thank you to all those who entered. Yet again another Axialfest Concourse event has wrapped up and builders continue to amaze with builds that show off passion for Axial adventure vehicles and beyond. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for AXIALFEST 2019!

Pro Boat Models – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2018

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Pro Boat Models has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST 2018!

Pro Boat Models brings the fun and excitment of radio control watercraft to modelers in scale versions of popular boat types and beyond. Each Pro Boat Model has been designed from the ground up with quality and performance in mind. Whether you are into hydroplanes, deep-v hulls, scale boats or just want something fun with self-righting ability, Pro Boat has the perfect boat model to add to your RC collection.

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Spektrum – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2018

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Spektrum has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST 2018!

ABOUT SPEKTRUM
In October of 2004, Horizon Hobby rocked the RC world by unveiling one of the most revolutionary products to ever hit the market: Spektrum 2.4GHz Digital Spectrum Modulation Technology. Similar technology in the computer and telephone industries has eliminated interference, increased signal resolution, and provided a stronger link between the base units and the transmitting units. Since then, racers and pilots have embraced Spektrum technology, and the future is even more promising. Over the years Spektrum has brought major advancements with it’s products. Starting with the DX3 and DX6 years ago, the line of Spektrum products now includes some of the most advanced air and surface RC equipment in the world.

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Packing A Daypack For Axialfest & Other Trail Adventures

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This time next week, RC adventurists will be littering the mountainside of Cisco Grove California for Axialfest 2018. Many will have spent weeks, months and even the complete year since last year’s Axialfest preparing their rigs for the event. But one important area that should not be neglected is your day pack. You know, all the gear you should carry in a backpack to help support your day out in nature with your rig. We’re sure you have a pretty good idea of what you need to carry, but we gathered up the suggestions on what to carry from the Axial team that has been attending Axialfest since, well, since the start. Here is a list of what we suggest to have on hand.

Backpack
To carry your equipment, you will of course need a backpack. There are certainly an unlimited number of offerings available. But we have a few suggestions. For starters, make sure the pack is large enough to carry all of your supplies. Second, check for compartments. Having lots of storage areas makes it easier to separate things, know where they are and access them easily when you need it. Support is another area to check. Bags with batteries, water and tools can get heavy, make sure there are comfortable straps and cross support clips to distribute the weight of the pack on your body with minimal stress. And finally H2O equipped packs are often a nice option to keep you hydrated as you go.

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Protection
It can get a bit buggy on the trails so having some insect repellant is often a must. Next, sun tan lotion or spray, you’ll be in the sun, protect your skin. Lip balm is another item that many drivers will have on hand with them.

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Tools
It goes without saying, you should carry a minimized version of your toolbox with you. Some allen wrenches, nut drivers, scissors and pliers will probably get you through most repairs. Hex driver or leatherman style multi-tools help you reduce the amount of what you carry as well. Tape, such as electrical tape, zip-ties and glue are also great for on the trial fixes.

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Batteries
You’ll be out on the trails driving your RC rig for long periods of time and when the power runs out, you don’t want to be left carrying your rig back to camp. Have an extra pack or two safely stowed in your daypack. It’s also a great idea to carry some extra transmitter batteries as well.

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Water & Food
Sometimes time just flies away and before you know it, you’ve been out on the rocks for hours. Always pack plenty of water and food to keep you going. Cisco Grove is at a pretty high altitude and with the heat of the sun, the combination can cause dehydration. Do not go out without water.

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Parts
Let’s face it, things can happen, especially with all of the highly modified rigs that will scour the mountains. If you know the weak points on your build, it’s best to bring extra parts in case you need to make a fix. Have a box of assorted hardware on hand too. Even with lots of prep, sometimes screws or nuts can rattle free from your machine.

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Media gear
You’re at perhaps the largest attended radio control event on the planet, make sure you document it! Have your cell phone charged, clear out the memory in your photo album and grab lots of pictures. Have a portable charger with you in case you need to recharge your phone. Action cameras and mini-tripods are also a must have. But unfortunately because of an incident at another unrelated event at Cisco Grove, drones are not allowed.

Lighting
Aventures run into the night at Axialfest so multiple sources of lighting are a must. A head-lamp is recommended as well as a flashlight. Have these items in your pack in case you’re on the trails for the long haul.

BRING WHAT YOU NEED
So we just went over the recommended items to have on you at all times at Axialfest, but only you know what is truly needed to keep you safe and prepared on the trails. You took the time to make sure your rig was in top running condition. Now make sure you are too.

TOWER HOBBIES – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2018

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Axial R/C Inc. is pleased to announce Tower Hobbies as a returning sponsor for AXIALFEST 2018! Tower Hobbies has been a continued sponsor of AXIALFEST since 2014.

ABOUT TOWER HOBBIES
Tower Hobbies has a very simple game plan: offer the finest products available at the lowest prices and to provide absolutely the finest service. This game plan is a lot more than just a plan — it’s a promise. A promise that is honored by each and every dedicated employee of Tower Hobbies. All of the dedicated employee-owners are Team Tower Hobbies and their personal and professional commitment to excellence is your guarantee of total satisfaction and outstanding value.

For more information visit: towerhobbies.com
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PEDALS BIKE SHOP RIVERSIDE CA – Official Sponsors of AXIALFEST 2018

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Axial is stoked to announce that Pedals Bike Shop of Riverside, CA is back as a return sponsor and is donating an SE Bike to the massive raffle pile!
This SE Bikes Big Flyer 29″ will be given to a lucky raffle ticket winner during the AXIALFEST2018 Awards Ceremony! How do you get your raffle ticket? Show up to the Awards Ceremony! The SE BIkes 29” Big Flyer is “wheelie” a dream come true! SE went deep into the design lab this year to create the raddest, baddest and most affordable 29” BMX bike on the market. This ground-breaking bike wheelies like a dream and comes equipped with an SE Bikes pad set, Rad Plate and Wheelie pegs.

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ABOUT PEDALS BIKE SHOP RIVERSIDE
PEDALS, a full service cycling boutique committed to putting custom back into the customer experience. In other words no matter what type of riding you’re into we’ve got you covered and we’ll make sure you get the proper fit and equipment to get you rolling.
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