Overland Expo West 2018

Overland Expo West 2018

If you are into adventure travel, vehicle based camping or exploring the farthest reaches of this little blue planet, then Overland Expo is a must attend event. Each May, tens of thousands of people converge on the humble community of Flagstaff, Arizona for the sole purpose of checking out the latest and greatest overland gear, vehicles and theories on how to successfully explore by vehicle or motorcycle. This event was founded in 2009 and has already outgrown one venue, and by the looks of things is set to outgrow its current venue if the trend continues. With the current state of worldwide communications, many people can live their whole life without ever going outside; this has sparked a whole new group of people who wish to explore the outdoors in style and comfort. Overland Expo is the place to be if you want to learn how to do just that.

During the course of the event, you can sit in on many classes and learn basic off-road skills or insanely detailed recovery techniques from the likes of Camel Trophy competitors (If you don’t know what the Camel Trophy is, do yourself a favor and burn some hours on google and YouTube, it will change the way you think about off-roading).

Winching basics

Advanced rigging to move moto across river or wash out

The education portion of this event is worth the cost of admission; you will be getting first-hand information geared toward your specific direction from some of the most experienced travelers on the planet.

When you arrive at the event, you will probably have to wait in line, so plan to arrive early, really early. The best way to do this event on the cheap is to volunteer. To be a volunteer you will have a 4 hour shift for 2 of the 3 days and it gets priority “close to the venue” camping. This is the direction some of those in our party decided to go. We were just along for the ride, and a cool ride it was…

Here were our accomodations for the weekend. A 1991 M923A2 converted to a go anywhere RV

We could go on and on about all of the awesome things to do and see at this event, but we feel it best to break it into a few categories and drop some photos on you. We will start out with the camping systems. There are 3 basic ways to camp when on the fly, the traditional; ground tent (sometimes attached to the vehicle, sometimes not), the roof top tents (gaining massive amounts of popularity these days), and the baller status route, the full on camper or Expedition RV (basically a motorhome you can drive anywhere).

We will start with the ground camping systems, we snagged some shots of the coolest set-ups we could find, enjoy…

The quickest set-up tent on the market from Front runner, just unzip it, and literally throw it in the air, it lands like this…

These crazy “moon pods”, not sure who makes them, but there sure were a ton of them at this event

The traditional safari type tent.

The attached-to-the-vehicle tent.

We then went on the hunt for the coolest roof top camping solutions and came up with some awesome vehicles/trailers to share with you.

On the Falken JK with traditional RTT

The hard shell RTT

The RTT with the annex changing room below

There were so many awesome tent trailer solutions on display as well

The next group we had a look at was the campers, some of these are available off the shelf at a local camper dealer, others were custom grafted on the back of good 4×4 platforms…

Finally we have the ultimate way to travel, the expedition RV. These vehicles are basically luxury motorhomes built into custom habitat boxes, then mounted to the back of some exotic 4×4 or 6×6 vehicles….

This is an LMTV (M1078) with a small travel trailer grafted on the rear of it

Sprinter Vans, definitely the theme of this years event, this was the coolest build out here

This rig is from Acela Truck company,(A refurbished M1083 MTV) basically buy this rig and outfit the box to your liking

Here is a military radio box truck (M1079) retrofitted for travel it belongs to “Adventure Driven”, check them out on all social channels

And then one of the gems of the show, an LMTV (M1078) with a Bliss mobil habitat, can you say over 500K!?!?!

Just google Global Expedition Vehicles…

Just a few interior shots for ya…


We were stoked to see many of Axial’s partners on site showing the Overland community the best of what they have to offer.

Method Race Wheels

s-POD wiring soultions brought their new JL

Icon Vehicle Dynamics

TJM USA

Falken Tire

Rigid Industries

BFGoodrich Tires

The 2 wheel (sometimes 3) crowd is very well represented here, check out some of the cool bikes we saw

How about a very rare 2wd Rokon?

Or this super cool 2wd electric UBCO bike?

And then there are the really cool and rare Ural sidecar motorcycles

I’ll take the camo version please…

Finally, last but certainly not least, some of the coolest adventure vehicle builds we could find. It will be awesome when the scale community starts building some replicas of these awesome vehicles..

Super rare forward control Land Rover

Extended body Jeep JK with pop top roof tent

Just pure yes please!!!

Ok, 1 more Yes Please!!! Where have you been all our lives?

Because we are on the Toyota tip at the moment, check out this perfectly restored FJ..

This Couch Offroad Mog was beautiful

So much want right here, this Jeep is set up for some hardcore wheeling too!

Super clean Land Rover 110′s

Who doesn’t want a Steyr Puch Haflinger?

And finally we get to the “Shut Up and Take My Money” Rig……

This Ram was so on point…. Axial needs a new shop truck :)

This show is one of those that needs to be on everyone’s list of must attend events. There is so much history, knowledge and inspiration to be found here, it is very worth the effort to get there. You will leave exhausted, depleted of drool, broke as a joke but inspired to get out there an live. Safe travels my Axial friends!

For more information on this event, please visit the Overland Expo website.

AXIALFEST 2018 Registration to open March 1st, 2018

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First, just because we’ve posted something about AXIALFEST, it doesn’t mean the floodgates have opened. DO NOT CALL CISCO GROVE CAMPGROUND PLEASE!!! This is purely an announcement that registration for AXIALFEST 2018 will open March 1st. We will let you know when Cisco Grove Campground is ready to take camp spot reservations for AXIALFEST2018.

stay tuned to the official AXIALFEST 2018 Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2026597290916592/

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check out this upcoming Axial Chevy C10 option body on a Axial SCX10 chassis with custom painted Boom Racing 1.55 Yota Classic Beadlock wheels rolling on Pit Bull 1.55 Growler AT/Extra tires with Alien Kompound.

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Axialfest 2018 – Get Ready

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Since July 2017, Axial drivers across the globe have been waiting for a certain announcement; the dates for Axialfest 2018. Those dates have been released and officially Axialfest 2018 will be held July 18-21st; so hit those calendar apps and save those dates.

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If you’ve never been to Axialfest, then there’s no better time than now to save the date, start making plans and get excited for the RC adventure that so many have already experienced and love. To get you going, here are a few great articles and videos to help you prepare and know what goes on at Axialfest.

AXIALFEST 2017: General Info and Code of Conduct

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Follow this link HERE  for general information and the code of conduct for the event. Although this is the 2017 article, the 2018 info and conduct code will be similar.

AXIALFEST 2017: AS IT HAPPENS

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HERE is a great collection of video clips from 2017 that will give you more information and details on what happens at Axialfest.

THE SKEENO REPORTS

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Long time Axialfest attendee and frequent Axial blogger Skeeno put together a great four part overview of his 2017 experience. You’ll certainly get a lot of details from this read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

4-DAYS Of AXIALFEST IN 16 MINUTES

Want the full scoop in a short amount of time? The video above will give you the full four day run-down of Axialfest in just sixteen minutes. Get In The Know Before You Go!

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The best advice for going to Axialfest and having a great time is not waiting until the last minute to prepare for the trip and event. Plan your custom builds now and get to work. Or do as many do and show up with a Ready To Run, ready to have fun. Plan out what you’ll wear, what you’ll eat and where you’ll sleep. If you stay off the grounds, you’ll need to find accommodations. Most stay at Cisco Grove Campgrounds, but please wait until an official announcement is made to call the facility to book your camping spot. Now, let the countdown begin to #Axialfest2018!

Inside the Largest TTC Event – 2017 Team KNK Hardware TTC 4

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2017 TEAM KNK HARDWARE TTC 4
Lebanon, Ohio
June 1st – 4th, 2017

How did this sleepy country neighborhood event become the second largest scale trail event in the US of A and the largest TTC event?

$20,000 in prizes
Attendees From 19-states + 2 countries
48-sponsors

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To have met Mike Kirby of Team KNK Hardware, it’s easy to understand. He is pure enthusiasm with a whole lot of spice add-on’s like; big hearted, compassionate and driven! And he is doing it all for the right reasons, to bring awareness and grow his segment of choice in the hobby industry. He knows that in order for his company to succeed, he needs the upper end of the food chain to succeed and he is going to great length’s in order to do so. On top of it all, he is going about it the long hard way; do events, promote the activity, hope people come, have fun, tell friends, purchase vehicles, get more involved, want to build, need screws to build with, thus purchase KNK Hardware. That is serious long term investment and commitment. For Kirby, it’s just hard work for something he believes in building on his 35+ years of being an R/C enthusiast!

Luckily for Axial we fall into his radar, with our attention on the scale trail segment, we gain a partnership in KNK Hardware with their events aligning with our like-minded mission. We share the mission to bring awareness to the scale trail segment.

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While we all love our fun trail runs, events are simply the best way to effect change and awareness on a more grand scale. Events brings the potential added bonus of more exposure. Events potentially bring a larger group of people together and result into “communities” that share a common bond that naturally wants to grow and share the fun.

Scale trail runs by nature are very organic, held outside of the common driver stand / designated purpose built courses. But Mike wanted to bring a bit of that back into the scale trail segment because, while the grandiose trails of AXIALFEST are just that, they are not permanent, not easily accessible, only held once a year and 3,000 miles away from Kirby’s backyard!

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Mike has his own ideas and wanted to transform his backyard into the ultimate playground for scale trail enthusiast in his area. Kirby’s vision was a bit more than most, he wanted something more permanent, something he could keep building upon. At the same time, his playground is something of a testing ground as he knows very well from his racing days, it’s all about steering wheel time VS just purchasing the latest greatest perceived performance advantage.

In June 7-10 of 2015, just after two in business, Mike and Amberly Kirby held their first event on their 14-acre property, to include camping space and their idea of what they wanted to see in a scale trail Tough Truck Challenge facility.

What sets Kirby’s course apart from the rest is his layout of the trails with separate or detached groomed walking area’s that are wheel chair accessible, kid and family friendly.

With all this attention to detail for the enthusiast, Mike knows the number one issue with competition based scale trail events is looking after the trail itself.

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It’s one thing to have natural trail degradation due to a 10lbs vehicle throttle jockeying up the rocks, shuffling the deck with 4600Kv on 6S, that’s motorsports! (insert Dan Wilson’s motto “power solves everything, just add more!”)

But add a foot print or bumped rock by a 100+ pound individual and a trail could be blown! The scale gods would frown as no proof has been made to big foots actual existence (debatable, but for all intended purposes). If such happened in the middle of a competition, it would change everything and it has happened.

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Kirby saw the separation of driver and rig simply as the only solution to provide the best competitive platform possible, thus the KNK Farm with its unique features was constructed and continues development. Like when his son, Gavin age 7, says “Dad, let’s make this bridge that walks up and around and back down the tree!” Kirby obliges, keeping the whole family involved.

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While the competitive spirit runs very strong within Mike’s DNA, Kirby also knows the offroad enthusiast is very community driven and that aligns well with Mike’s super family friendly environment. We are in his backyard, we are his guest, so it’s his rules, his family’s playground we’ve been invited over to play on his playground. It’s not a race track, it’s not a park, it’s Mike and Amberly Kirby’s personal backyard.

Come as guest, leave as friends, but help clean up after ourselves so we can continue the greatest family gatherings east of the Mississippi!

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Jeeping with EctoVentures in Johnson Valley

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We were fortunate to be able to set up our base camp at the Lasernut Compound for the weekend which made for a great meeting spot. Our plan was to check out a new event called Rocktober taking place in Johnson Valley and to pre-run a route for HB Performance Offroad that we would be leading on Sunday. On Friday once camp was set we headed out to check out some new ground and then head over to Fissure Mtn Trail and run it from north to south. On Saturday we took a bit of a challenging way to get over and run Lower Big Johnson and then we headed over to mess around on Chocolate Thunder. And of course Saturday night included campfire story time with some friends that were out camping with us. On Sunday’s daybreak, we met for a quick drivers meeting at the Lasernut Compound and then headed over to Fissure Mtn. via a slightly challenging route. As we finished Fissure Mtn we stopped for lunch and decided to head over to Chocolate Thunder via Tack Hammer. As we set into the rocks on Chocolate Thunder we had a vehicle suffer a broken brake caliper bracket which forced us to band-aid him, turn back and head for home.

 

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The Perfect Fit: SORRCA Class 1 Ready SCX10 / SCX10 II | PART 5: BED

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Throughout this series, we discussed how the out of the box 2000 Jeep® Cherokee 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR and 2000 Jeep® Cherokee 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit fit within SORRCA guidlines right out of the box with no additional work on your part. With slight modifications, other Axial SCX10 based rigs can be easily altered to fit within those guidlines using Axial accessories. Our fifth focus on getting your SCX10/ SCX10 II Class 1 ready discusses truck bed rules and what they mean if you decide to add a truck type body to your trail machine.

FOCUS 5: BED

SORRCA Rule • Bobbing a truck bed is allowed, but must follow all body specs.

An example of "Bobbing" a bed would be to remove the material between the two red lines on the body above. After the material is removed, the tail-gate is reattached to the bed.

An example of “Bobbing” a bed would be to remove the material between the two red lines on the NuKizer body above. After the material is removed, the tail-gate is reattached to the bed.

Bobbing a truck bed is the practice of removing a section of the bed from the left to right side between the rear wheel-well and tailgate. This reduction in the overhang lessens the chances of the bed dragging on the ground during an ascent or hanging up on an obstacle as you cross it. The Jeep NuKizer 715 Body,Jeep Mighty FC Body and 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon would be examples of Axial truck bodies with beds that “could” be Bobbed. But these vehicles already have short rear sections and the implications of reattaching a Lexan tailgate on bed with minimal performance gain detours most custom modelers. Bobbing can’t be done on an XJ or Wrangler body either as this falls into the sectioning rule discussed in Part 4 of this series.


 

SORRCA Rule • Dovetailing is not allowed.

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Dovetailing is the practice of angling the fenders in towards the center of the vehicle. This requires the center section of the hood or bed to be narrowed at the end and remains wider at the center of the vehicle. Dovetailing improves clearance of the vehicle when approaching obstacles on the trail. Factory Axial bodies are designed to look scale with approval from licensing partners so the vehicle is represented properly. Any Axial scale body will conform to this rule unless you modify it.


 

SORRCA Rule • Truggies are not allowed. Flatbeds with full length rail chassis are allowed. The bed must be as wide as the cab the entire length of the bed. Cab only not allowed.

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Truggies look pretty cool, we’ll admit it, hint hint Honcho! But unfortunately the Honcho body from Axial would not fit into Class 1 SORCCA rules. A truggy is made up of a cab with a cage style rear bed, a specialized vehicle you would hardly ever see on the road. Flatbeds however are seen on the roads so there is no stopping you in locating a Honcho body or using the cab from the Dodge Ram and fitting a custom made flatbed to your SCX10. Keep in mind that the flatbed must run the length of the frame rails and must be as wide as the body you use.

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When getting your SCX10 model ready for a SORRCA event, many will be able to skip this focus here when using a factory XJ, Rubicon, or Wrangler unlimited Axial body. But Axial does offer options for you to get creative with traditional bed equippped truck offerings so you can customize your rig to fit your scale taste. Just one more SORRCA Class 1 Focus to go, and there we will discuss treads. Keep an eye out!

The Perfect Fit: SORRCA Class 1 Ready SCX10 / SCX10 II | PART 2: EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES

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In part two of our SCX10 and SCX10 II SORRCA fitment guide, we’re going to talk external accessories. These are the scale items that are on the outside of the truck that enhance the scale look of the machine like the bumpers and sliders. We know there are plenty of tricks and techniques to do to these components to help improve performance, but remember SORRCA is about scale, so these parts have to follow specific requirements to fit within the rules for competition.

 

Axial SCX10 II Fits SORRCA

FOCUS 2: EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES
SORRCA Rule • Full width bumpers are required on the front and rear of the vehicle. Bumpers that are molded into the body qualify. A rear bumper is not required on a flatbed, but adding one to the flatbed will gain the additional scale points. (Bumpers are measured from the outsides and must be the width of your windshield).

Axial SCX10 II Fits SORRCA

Once again, the Axial SCX10 II with XJ body fits right into SORRCA rules as both its front and rear full width bumpers exceed the width of the windshield. The SCX10 Rubicon however has a front bumper that is narrower than the windshield. If you plan on using the Rubicon and have already updated your right with the CMS as discussed in Part 1 of our SORRCA series, you’ll have to hunt down a bumper option such as the  Scale Front Plate Bumper Set (AX80039A) or the JCROffroad Vanguard Front Bumper (AX31392).
By SORRCA rules, bumpers molded into the body are also considered a legal bumper so if you need to fit your existing rig into this rule, you may want to consider a new body such as the 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon® Body (AX31132) or Jeep NuKizer 715 Body (AX31267). These two bodies have both the front and rear bumpers molded into the body and they fit the windshield width rule.

 

SORRCA Rule • Sliders must run parallel to the factory rocker bottom.

Axial SCX10 II Fits SORRCA

Many drivers modify their sliders and place them on an angle with the front of the slider being higher than the rear in efforts to glide over obstacles easier. This doesn’t conform to SORRCA rules, however if you are using the complete factory slider set-up on Any Axial SCX10 or SCX10 II without modification, your sliders will be parallel to the factory rockers on your body when it is mounted level.

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The SCX10 II fits right into SORRCA’s rules pertaining to the bumper and sliders as long as you run your rig as it arrives from the factory. The venerable SCX10 too can easily be brought up to spec with off the shelf parts from Axial. But we have more to cover. Check back for Part 3 of our SORRCA fitment series where we discuss rules for the body.

 

50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 – The History

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Article Credit: SCORE® International
Photos By: getsomephoto.com

As we take our Axial Yeti™ SCORE® Trophy Trucks® out to play day after day, this year, above all others, we should stop for a minute to take a look at how the truck came to be.
The Axial SCORE® Truck was inspired by the full-scale trucks that have been racing in the BFGoodrich® Tires SCORE® Baja 1000, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this monumental event that changed the face of off-road racing.

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The long history of the event is surrounded by dedication and passion from its inception by the hands of the Legendary Mickey Thompson, to today’s SCORE® International organization. As the 50th Baja 1000 race draws near on November 12-18, SCORE® International has posted the lineage of the event along with incredible facts describing the highs, lows and background that has shaped this event to what it is today.

Much, much more than just a race, history shines brightly on next month’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 pre-race festivities for final round of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship  includes SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience, presented by BFGoodrich Tires Oct. 30-Nov. 3 at Las Vegas Convention Center; SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Off-Road Track at 6 p.m. Oct. 31; Granddaddy of All Desert Races to be televised on El Rey Network.

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ENSENADA, Mexico— As the World Series is to baseball, the Super Bowl to football and the World Cup to soccer, the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 continues to stand as tall at the pinnacle of the motorsports world today as it did when it began 50 years ago. It is aptly referred to as the Granddaddy of All Desert Races. This year’s historic 50th golden anniversary race, sponsored for the first time by BFGoodrich Tires, will be held Nov. 12-18. It will start in the heart of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico covering much of the majestic Baja California peninsula. It will finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur. It will be the 50th anniversary of the race shrouded in mystery that continues to lure the world’s best racers and adventurers from around the globe who all continue to share the dream to conquer the Baja. Racer registration continues at www.score-international.com for the iconic race. The race is the season-finale of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship

ROOTS It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious, majestic Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when an international fuel crisis forced a cancellation. The SCORE Baja 1000 has captured the imagination of the entire world as entries have come not only from every state in the United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories Guam and Puerto Rico, but also has attracted racers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Columbia, China, Cyprus, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, Yugoslavia as well as the host country of Mexico. Over the years, SCORE races have been televised in more than 100 nations worldwide.

PRELUDE The first known record run occurred in 1962. Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr. timed their trip from Tijuana to La Paz on a pair of Honda 250 motorcycles. Ekins made it in 39 hours, 54 minutes, Robertson in less than an hour slower. There were no official timers, of course, and to establish that they had made the trip, the two motorcycle racers time-stamped a sheet of paper in the Tijuana telegraph office and time-stamped it again at the telegraph office when they arrived in La Paz. They began their journey at midnight in Tijuana. Capitalizing on the pioneer effort of Ekins and Robertson, Chevrolet commissioned car builder Bill Stroppe to prepare a small fleet of trucks for the run to La Paz. Late that year they left Long Beach, Calif., and all of them reached La Paz. Advertising and publicity campaigns heralded the feat as “the roughest run under the sun.”

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STILL NO. 1 For the last two years, readers of USA Today newspaper have voted the SCORE Baja 1000 as the No. 1 motorsports event in the world. “Without the SCORE Baja 1000, there just wouldn’t be any desert racing,” said Roger Norman, SCORE International’s President and CEO. “The SCORE Baja 1000 continues to draw interest from all over the world and we now find second, third and even fourth generation racers appearing at the starting line with their family patriarchs cheering for their off-spring. This event continues to be the focal point of the SCORE World Desert Championship each year the celebration of our 50th anniversary will surely add another colorful chapter to the golden legacy of the SCORE Baja 1000.” 1967 Enthusiast Ed Pearlman founded the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) and established the Mexican 1000. It started officially in Tijuana on October 31, 1967 with 68 entries. They actually motored at leisure speeds to Ensenada and restarted the next day. NORRA continued to organize the Mexican 1000, which came to be known as the Baja 1000. In 1968, Pearlman moved the start of the race to Ensenada, where it stayed with one exception until 1993. In 1972 NORRA started at Mexicali and ran the first half of the race down the east coast of the peninsula through the treacherous Three Sisters section. Pre-running for this race, Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans were among a group of competitors who nearly got swept out to sea during a tropical storm. NORRA’s last race was in 1972. At that point, Mexican officials revoked NORRA’s permits to stage races in Baja. In 1973, a domestic group called the Baja Sports Committee produced the race.

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NEW BEGINNINGS After the fuel crisis of 1974 forced local officials to cancel the event, SCORE International, founded by the late Mickey Thompson and headed soon after by Sal Fish (until 2012), was invited by the northern state of Baja California to hold the race in 1975. The SCORE Baja 1000 became a loop event starting and ending in Ensenada. Roger Norman purchased SCORE International from Fish on Dec. 20, 2012. In 1979, the government of Baja California Sur granted permission to resume the Ensenada-to-La Paz format and SCORE has used this route intermittently ever since. The 1979 race was notable for Walker Evans’ overall win in a Dodge truck, the first truck to win the overall title of the race.

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START/FINISH In its first 49 years, the SCORE Baja 1000 has started 42 times in Ensenada, three times in Mexicali (1972, 1993, 1994), twice in Tijuana (1967, 1995) once in Santo Tomas (1998) and once in Ojos Negros (1999). The legendary race has finished in Ensenada 24 times, in La Paz 20 times, in Mexicali two times (1993, 1994), twice in Cabo San Lucas (2000, 2007) and once in Ojos Negros (1999).

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FAMOUS The famous and not-so-famous have tried their hand at conquering the Baja and they have come from all walks of life. Mark Thatcher, son of Great Britain’s then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher, raced in the 1982 SCORE Baja 1000. Celebrities James Garner, Ted Nugent and the late Steve McQueen all battled the Baja in the early 1970s and many racers from other forms of motorsports crossed over to try their skills. Among the drivers from other arenas who have tested the Baja were Indy Car racers Rick and Roger Mears, Parnelli Jones, Danny Ongias, Danny Sullivan, Jimmy Vasser, Buddy Rice, Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia, Roberto Guerrero, Michel Jourdain Jr., Johnny Unser and Mike and Robbie Groff, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Boris Said and Brendan Gaughan, SCCA legend Elliot Forbes-Robinson, World Rally Championships’ Armin Schwarz, Armin Kremer, Andreas Aigner and Harri Pavanpera,, world motorcycle champions Malcolm Smith, Larry Roeseler and Destry Abbott, Motocross legends Ricky Johnson and Jeremy McGrath, XGames star Travis Pastrana, drag racers Don Prudhomme and Larry Minor and legendary SCORE founder and motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson. The late Academy Award winning actor, racer and race team owner Paul Newman raced in the 2004 event. Jesse James, of ‘Monster Garage’ fame, and Hollywood film and TV star Patrick Dempsey both have raced in this classic several times.

LEGENDS This year’s race will commemorate the achievements of legendary desert racers like Rod Hall, Ron Bishop, Johnny Johnson, and Larry Roeseler. Hall, who will turn 80 on Nov. 22, has a record 24 class wins (including one overall win in 1969), and is the only racer who has competed in all 49 SCORE Baja 1000 races. Bishop was the only racer who competed in the first 40 SCORE Baja 1000 races all on a motorcycle. Hall will be racing this year in the Stock Full class with his son Chad Hall as he attempts to add to his untouchable legacy. Bishop, now deceased, was the only racer who competed every year of the first 40 on a motorcycle. Johnson, now retired, had 15 class wins, amazingly in eight different classes. Roeseler, has won 17 times in this race, including 13 overall wins (10 on a motorcycle). Roeseler will share driving duties this year in SCORE Trophy Truck with Luke McMillin in the No. 83 Ford F-150. Roeseler won the unlimited Class 1 for four consecutive years (2004-2007), driving with the youngest of three racing brothers, Troy Herbst, in the Smithbuilt-Ford open-wheel desert race car that was known as the ‘Land Shark’. Roeseler is the only racer in the history of the event to win the overall 4-wheel in a truck and also in a car as well as the overall 2-wheel title as well. In 2008, Roeseler split the driving with driver of record and team owner and now SCORE owner Roger Norman when they were the overall 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy Truck champions and the pair was second in 2009. In 2010, Roger Norman drove solo the length of the peninsula and finished third overall. Special history was also made in 2010 when the father/son team of Gustavo Vildosola Sr and Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, of Mexicali, drove to the overall 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy Truck victory to become the first Mexican nationals’ team to win the legendary race and it was a peninsula run from Ensenada to La Paz.

SAME SIREN Lured by the same siren that enraptured the Ekins brothers in the 1950s, the SCORE Baja 1000 remains as the No. 1 target of adventurers the world over, not to mention the cadre of pro and semi-pro desert racers who consider it the fitting climax to their racing season each year.

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THIS YEAR-SPLIT-START Commemorating the first race, motorcycle and quad classes will start at midnight (PT) on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey in the elapsed-time race 10 hours later at 10 a.m. (PT) on Thursday, Nov. 16. While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the course in approximately 20 hours, all vehicles will have 48 hours from the time each starts to complete the course and become an official finisher of the 50th anniversary race.

THE WHO The royalty of desert racing will be in this year’s field and leading the way will once again be the marquee SCORE Trophy Trucks, the SCORE-created class for high-tech, 900-horsepower unlimited production trucks. There are already 37 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered in this year’s celebratory race. Among the entries in SCORE Trophy Truck are No. 11 Rob MacCachren/Jason Voss, No. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez/Juan C. Lopez, No. 77 Robby Gordon, No. 31 Andy McMillin/Tavo Vildosola, No. 97 B.J. Baldwin/Rodimiro Amaya, No. 15 Billy Wilson/Chad Bunch, No. 4 Justin Matney/Josh Daniel, No. 23 Dan McMillin/Gary Weyhrich, No. 19 Tim Herbst/P.J. Jones, No. 7 Bryce Menzies, No. 83 Luke McMillin/Larry Roeseler, No. 91 Troy Herbst/Brett Sourapas, No. 3 Mark Post/Ed Herbst/Kyle LeDuc, No. 9 Armin Schwarz/Eduardo Laguna, No. 16 Cameron Steele/Cody Stuart/Pat Dean/Rene Brugger, No. 14 Cameron Steele/Cody Stuart/Pat Dean/Rene Brugger, No. 41 Justin Lofton/Matt Loiodice, No. 76 Jesse Jones/Austin Jones/Toby Price, No. 21 Pat O’Keefe/Mark McMillin, No. 5L Clyde Stacy/Jeff Geiser (SCORE TT Legend class) and No. 21L Gus Vildosola Sr/Rodrigo Ampudia Sr/Scott Bailey (SCORE TT Legend).

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THE WHERE To date, there are 206 total entries from 34 U.S. States, two U.S. Territories and 19 countries officially signed up to compete. In addition to the United States, the U.S. Territories of Guam and Puerto Rico and the host country Mexico, the other countries with racers entered are Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Spain.

WHO ELSE BUT SAL! Sal Fish, 78, the iconic desert racing promoter who owned SCORE International for 38 years, will be the Grand Marshal for November’s 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Fish, who lives in Malibu, Calif., has earned more awards in his life than most racers have won races and was the face of SCORE from 1974 until he sold the company to Roger and Elise Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. A graduate from the University of San Francisco, Fish had risen to the top as the Publisher of Hot Rod Magazine when Mickey Thompson, who founded SCORE in 1973, recruited Fish to be the President of SCORE.

DUST 2 GLORY From award-winning documentary filmmaker Brown, ‘Dust 2 Glory,’ scheduled to premiere nationwide on Dec. 6, chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. D2G, which began shooting at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000, continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races. Executive Producer is BCII’s Bud Brutsman. Tickets for the special, one-night Dec. 6 nationwide premiere will go on sale on Oct. 23. For information regarding tickets and theater locations, visit https://www.fathomevents.com/events/dust-2-glory.

EL REY NETWORK The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas are all airing on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows are each one-hour telecasts. El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.

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SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire & Official Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics. Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Tijuana Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste. For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.

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To see all of the SCORE® Baja 1000 Milestones including: All-Time Finish Sites, Top Total Starters, Top Total Finishers, Top Total Starters and Top Total Finishers; visit: 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000

Supercrawl 2017 – Lasernut Racing

Supercrawl 2017 - Lasernut Racing

The Lasernut Racing crew was out at the Supercrawl 2017 event held at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. Our very own Randall Davis, spotter for Lasernut team driver Cody Waggoner, was part of the winning team that took place on September 23-24, 2017.

Not only was this the first event that Cody had a chance to drive the car, it was also the first they had ever SEEN it! The new moon buggy was aptly named Pretty Penny – just check out those stunning copper wheels!

At the end of the comp on day one there was only a 1 point separation between 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Lasernut was sitting in first but knew that one mistake would cost them to lose the position. The Lasernut crew had a near perfect final day, making a flawless run on the final course to seal the championship!!

Links
https://www.facebook.com/Supercrawl2017/
http://supercrawl.rocks/
http://supercrawl.rocks/results/2017-results/

Below are pictures from the event as well as the runs from both days 1 and 2.

Video – Day 1

Video – Day 2

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How do you Camp? – Living Arrangements At Axialfest

There is nothing like the true outdoors experience of Axialfest where not only do you become one with your RC machine while trekking across some amazing landscape, but you take advantage of an amazing camping experience at the beautiful campgrounds at Cisco Grove. During the week long event, you’ll pass by a variety of living arrangements and if you’ve never been to Axialfest, but have it on your list of to do’s we want you to be prepared.

THE LODGE Living Arrangements At Axialfest

Although the Lodge has a few rooms, they are typically reserved and you really need to think about what style of camping suits you. The Lodge however does have a small market with essential supplies like beverages, food and things you may need on your campsite. Firewood is available too, and necessary for those times spent talking with friends about the day’s trail adventures.

THE CLASSIC TENT Living Arrangements At Axialfest Living Arrangements At Axialfest

There is no shortage of tent sightings at Axialfest, this is the easiest, most compact way to get maximum gear into your 1:1 vehicle and still stow some living quarters in there as you make your journey to Axialfest. Beyond the tent, remember a tarp to place under the tent, sleeping bags, lights and some towel when using the campgrounds bathroom facilities to get your day going.

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POP UP’S Living Arrangements At Axialfest

These are like an extension of camping homes across the park. Many attendees bring pop-up tents as well to cover things like their picnic tables or even their work tables where they wrench on their RC rigs. Which is more important to cover? Food or RC stuff? We leave that decision up to you.

THAT THERE IS AN RV Living Arrangements At Axialfest

Motor homes, RV’s, Trailer, whatever you want to call it, there plenty of these camping homes nestled into the campgrounds for the week. Many people bring their own, some rent and there are the borrowers too. There was even a report of Axial’s John Schultz tirelessly setting up a sleeping space for some rogue reporter who wound up sleeping elsewhere, what a dork. But back on topic, Cisco Grove is a campground, a large campground that has been around for years and has all the amenities necessary for camping hook-ups. They even offer dry firewood for your fire pit… Axialfest Camping

FULL TILT Living Arrangements At Axialfest

There are spots where you will see full tilt set-ups, small communities of sorts where friends camp together and multiple spots turn into one. RV’s, tents, pop-ups, tables, BBQ’s, coolers, temporary floors, satellite dishes and we even saw a pool! And why not? What we are showing here is maximum comfort and a vacation-like atmosphere for all who attend.

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PREPARE YOUR SPACE Living Arrangements At Axialfest

Remember at Axialfest, you need to be pretty self sufficient. There are some stores nearby, but who wants to travel off of the grounds when there are so many trails to tackle with your trail truck? It’s best to arrive with everything you’ll possible need on hand. Beyond your Axial RC gear, you’ll need food, fluids, sleeping bags, shower items, cloths, supplies for cooking and so on. Please remember to take out what you take in as we all need to do our part to keep the facilities clean for years of Axialfest events to com.

GET STARTED FOR NEXT YEAR

Believe it, or not, after Axialfest 2017 wrapped up or any of the previous Axialfest, the very next day, Axial Staff as well as attendees have already started on preparing for next years event. Making lists of things that need to get done, lists of things to bring and keeping an eye out for open registration and campsite bookings. If you want to camp near your friends, you need to get together with them ahead of time to find and book the right spot. Axialfest has grown quite large and even though Cisco Grove is massive, it is filling up and spaces are starting to become limited. Get ready and get in on the action!