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!

Lucas Oil Offroad EXPO 2017

Lucas Oil Offroad EXPO 2017

This years Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo was once again held at the world famous Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, CA. In addition to having the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, action and experts ever assembled in America, there were also thousands of people cruising through to see some amazing vehicles!

Fans had a chance to experience the dynamic world of off-road thru ride-alongs, racing demos, celebrity appearances, live music, industry media events and product giveaways all weekend long.

As you can see from the photos below, we had a great time checking out all the equipment! We’ll be sure to be there again next year!

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Tips To Get Around Axialfest – Axialfest 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSPORT TIPS

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

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

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

Are You Ready To Rule RC Rock Racing – Axialfest 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Axial Scale Course & RC Truck Show at 36th Annual Hump-N-Bump • Nov 3-4, 2017

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Date: November 3 – 4, 2017

Location: 1301 Whipple Ave, Logandale, NV 89021

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/110233193017973

The Vegas Valley Four Wheelers is proud to announce the 36th annual
Hump-N-Bump! Sign up early for this action-packed weekend on November 3 and 4th, 2017 with amazing wheelin’, gorgeous red rock formations, a huge vendor fair, a massive raffle and an awesome BBQ dinner.

This two-day event offers trails for drivers of all skill levels and vehicles from stock SUVs to extreme rock buggies. Our skilled volunteer trail staff will lead you through trails throughout the beautiful Logandale Trails System plus portions of the beautiful Valley of Fire State Park. This event is only open to full size 4X4 vehicles. (no side-by-side’s or quads)

Presented by “Partners in Conservation,” a large portion of the proceeds from the Hump-N-Bump event go towards supporting local and national land-use causes and the local community.. Committed to assisting us so far this year will be The Vegas Broncos, The Desert Wranglers, Battle Born Jeeps, and the Walapai 4 Wheelers.

Hump-N-Bump event headquarters is at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale, just a short drive from the trails. The event’s evening activities will take place at the fairgrounds, including an incredible catered barbecue dinner by John Mull’s Road Kill Grill (featured on the Food Channel’s Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives). Event registration is $65 per vehicle and includes guided trails on Friday and Saturday, 5 raffle tickets, dash plaque, goodie bag and more. Event tee shirts are $18, kids tee shirts are $10. Hoodies, knit caps and hats will also be available. We pride ourselves on having one of the best dinners of any event in the country and it is only $20. Boxed kids dinners will be $6. RV parking with partial hookups will be $20 per night (limited availability). Tent and car camping without hookups will be $10 per night.

As we get closer to the 36th annual Hump-N-Bump more information will be added. For more information also check out the Vegas Valley 4-Wheeler’s website at vv4w.org.

AMain Hobbies Presents AxialFest 2017 Video

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The crew from AMain Hobbies started coming to AXIALFEST in 2016.
This year they brought a video camera to capture what they saw!
Hit the preview screen below or hit the link here – two trails to get you to eight minutes worth of the good stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cixpvxgGZY&t=305s

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Scale on the Con – Day trip

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Words: Anthony Rivas
Photography: Brad Perry

I believe everyone has that one trail they would love to go scale crawl on, maybe even a bucket list of places. The opportunity recently presented itself to return to the Historic Rubicon Trail in northern California with the annual event called Cantina for the Con going on for 1:1 vehicles. CKRC Hobbies of Reno, Nevada was doing Scale on the Con In conjunction with the event and I knew I just had to go!  I was able to go out and trail with a few guys on this over the top scaled out course.

But first, lets back up and talk about Cantina on the Con.
This is an annual Fundraiser for the 501(c)3 Non-Profit Mission: To Enhance the Future Health and Use of the Rubicon Trail while Ensuring Responsible Motorized Year-round Trail Access. The Rubicon Trail Foundation is an advocate for your Continued Motorized Access to the Trail and Surrounding Public Lands. Please go read more about the Rubicon Trail Foundation and what they do for the Rubicon Trail!
http://www.rubicontrail.org/rtf-about.htm

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Brandon Caton of Snowmod RC brought his son up for the event, but he made some time to wheel his Axial Scx10 based LC70. This was definitely no shelf queen.

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Last Chance Gas Station #2 was open for service at Loon Lake Dam! Note those power lines in the background! Yes, no… that is not scale photo-trickery! Those are the real deal! The BLPP&C; Brant Lowe Power Pole Company had to be quickly custom built and shipped over to the Loon Lake Dam.

With power poles on site, Adam & Elio of Two Chainz Scalerz set the poles, then ran power all the way out to the Loon Lake Dam in order for the gas station to power to deliver service for customers. We need to go all 1999-style and seriously start looking at this solar energy stuff! But I got my Two Chainz Scalerz edition custom banana cream filled Twinkiez so I was happy! They excepted my cash while they were still wiring up the cash register.

This is Station #2 as in a new version of the original. Some of you may have pictures with the original version from AXIALFEST that was mysteriously claimed in a “HOGnato” incidence. Yes, H.O.G. + Tornado = HOGnato meaning the hands of real 1:1 humans aka (Hand Of God) swept (Tornado) the original gas station from its location on site at AXIALFEST. The original Last Chance Gas Station has yet to be found…
Swiper No Swiping.

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Quick “pic-stop” and off to the trail! Hey, that might have to become an thing… #PicStop

The Rubicon trail is a destination for lots of off road enthusiasts. For me personally, (Rivas Concepts) being back to drive a scale R/C on the rock was a great unique feeling as my trips across the Rubicon have been 1:1 trips!

I’ve built this Axial Scx10-2 Dingo for such adventures.

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Before we start this scale adventure, the Axial Scx10-2 Dingo was loaded up and looking for Adventure but first we have to have a couple of complementary flex shots!

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Two Chainz Scalerz Adam Dean and Elio Dianda were present, physically and spiritually!
Poor E.W. Lowe…

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Brandon wasted no time jumping into the water! We all looked on in disbelief that he would be willing to throw his 70-Series in harms way as he did! You know it’s not like these 70-Series are offered here in the USA, hence the FaceBook page: Toyota: Bring the 70 Series Land Cruiser and Diesels to the USA. But too, it is a Land Cruiser…
Seeing how Snowmod set the tone, I fell in right behind him and we all followed suit!

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It was truly an epic day of wheeling. Lots of water, cool temperatures, and good people.

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Some parts were a little sketchy with water flowing as it was running pretty fast and we were playing pretty scale!

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As you can see, we had an eclectic collection of rigs as well with Brandon’s 70-Series Land Cruiser, my RC-ADV-Dingo, Alec Van Den Brink‘s KJ-Liberty and Ben Thomas wheeling the 1st Gen Toyota. Regardless of personal choice’s we are all enjoying the same thing, wheeling the Rubicon!

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The Rubicon trail provided plenty of picture opportunities, we took them and took our time. It’s easy when we are sitting our our heated cabs while Brad Perry (photo-extraordinaire) is wading out into the river with his hip looking Patagonia Waders with the addition of the rubber ducky embellished 24″ Classic Round Green Inflatable Swimming Pool Inner Tube Ring Float for safety. We simply zipped out winch line to him when the current swept him out a bit.

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You could easily get line-drunk here. Everywhere you looked was a new line. The CKRC Hobbies Scale-On-The-Con trail was a nice long loop, averaging about 3 and half hours to complete the trail. Our little day trip was roughly the same amount of time, but we didn’t cover near the terrain due to our numerous #PicStop’s.
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ScaleOnTheCon-08914 (Medium)This event had people driving well into the night!

Where is a place you want to go crawl?
Mark your calendars for next year to go run Scale on the Con!  With the Cantina for the Con being an annual event, I can only expect the Scale on the Con to continue with and carry on!

More cool scale stuff to be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468545179899127/?active_tab=discussion

The Cantina for the Con event should be around the first weekend of September 2018, Labor Day Weekend. Check http://www.rubicontrail.org/rtf-annualevents.htm for more details. Once details get posted there, I’m sure details for Scale on the Con will be posted on CKRC’s FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ckrchobbies/events/

 

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 4

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Photos by Matt Soileau and Michael Morris

So, Here it is, Part 4 of the Axialfest 2017 Skeeno Report! Day 4 consisted of Rock Racing and the Awards Ceremony and Raffle. If you somehow missed reports 1-2-3, please pop back; Report Part-1, Report Part-2, Report Part-3.  Let’s take a look at what went down on the final day of Axialfest 2017.

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Scott Kerkes was still going strong teching rigs on Day 4.

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He must be the undisputed tech champion of Axialfest 2017.

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Scott has a special way with the little ones as well.  Here he reminds this little guy that Fast is Slow, so don’t try to win the race at the start.

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Pham was all teched and checked and ready to race.  This is what he was waiting for all week, the Rock Races!  I think he podiumed in every class last year.  We’ll have to see if he could repeat that performance this year.

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Anthony Rivas was ready to count racers and laps.  See that paper in his hands?  That must mean something official.

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Looks like this crew is ready to rumble.

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Hold up, is that a Yeti and Yeti Jr?  It’s like a father/son team.

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The Axiallet haircut was pretty cool, but an Axial tattoo?  That’s dedication. Raise your hand if you have an Axial tattoo.  Free entry to Axialfest 2018 next year if you show them your tattoo by September 20th.

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Jawn Shulzz was race director.  Here he gives the drivers meeting.

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Rules are pretty simple, fastest to three laps wins and goes to the mains…oh and no turn marshals, so don’t flip over.

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The Mod Squad, RC Driver’s Greg V, Hemistorm, and Scale Builder Guild’s Matt Kett, ready to catch all the action.

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First up are the littles.  This has to be my favorite class.  They get so excited.  It’s pure youthful fun.

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You never can tell where the rigs are headed when the little’s are behind the trigger.

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You can always tell a female driver.  I think pink is the mandatory color.

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See, pink shirt. And pink shoes.

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Pink shirt, Little Tazzette, yup, my theory seems to be true,

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These must all be guys, I don’t see any pink. Wait a minute, is that a pink shirt back there?

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The Littles attracted quite a crowd.

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Everyone likes watching the Littles. They also came to check out the Bigs aka the Olds.

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After the Littles was the Little Biggers. Oh, no! A rolled rig! I hope he can work it out, because, remember, there were no marshals to right your rig.

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The Little Biggers gave the Olds a run for their money.

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One wrong move and your race could end quickly.

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Once the Olds got one track, the racing became even more intense.

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Hey, there’s Pham.  One of the 5 or 6 classes he raced in.  I lost track, but you can count his face in the podium shots.

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Pham again? It seemed like he was in every shot, because, well, he was in every race.

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Finally, a shot without Pham.

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No Pham, but that’s his truck. Oh wait, I think I see his dome in the background.

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I see Sheriff Barton back there pointing out the leaders.

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Dang, another shot of Pham.  I’m starting to think he paid me to post so many photos of him.  I better check my paypal and see if I got funds.

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Let’s end this with a picture without the Pham in it. You can see the winners of the Rock Racing below during the Awards Ceremony.

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After Rock Racing, the Award Ceremony area was getting set up. I snuck in to take a look behind the scenes.

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Nice, a free set of the world’s best RC shoe, the Altra Lone Peaks!

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Dang, that’s a lot of trophies.  Notice the custom ones in the foreground.  That’s because we added some last minute classes to the Concourse.  Next year, there will be even more new classes added.

IMG_20170715_193541 Sheriff Shawn was all smiles, even though his ankles were not smiling. Word on the street is that he got robotic ankles, so he’d be ready for Axialfest 2018.

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Before people could enter the Awards Ceremony and raffle, they had to get raffle tickets. Cici, Cathy, and Mike are ready to rock.

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Here’s a table of swag to grab after getting your raffle tickets.

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People were eager to get good seats. They started lining up early.

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Waiting to wait, good thing they brought chairs.

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Finally, the gates opened and the masses flowed in…

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…and down to the arena.

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I see your shaka, hang loose my friend.

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Spots filled up fast.  I hope you brought a chair, or you were sitting on the ground.

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What is this?  A Honda Mugen engine?  What could that be in?

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Oh dang! An Axial 1:1 Comp Buggy.  Sorry, I got distracted, back to the ceremony.

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I like to cruise the arena and see who I can spot.  Here’s Dan the Man, Old Dan, Dollar Dash Champ, Dan Wilson of Team Vanquish.

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My Wheelers for the Wounded buddy, Mr. L.D.

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Hey, Crawler Fab with their sweet puppy.

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He looks tired. I wonder if he walked all the Scale Trails. That would have been over 10 miles!

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Chris Cru Jones of Altra fame. I can’t thank him enough for turning me on to Altras, truly my favorite shoe of all time.  I have three pairs now, and have my eye on more.

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Mike Bier with Root Bier and Ginger Bier, I know that last nickname needs work. I’ll think of something better for Axialfest 2018.

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Team Voodoo in the house!

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All the way from Hong Kong for the second year in a row, Jason Tsang of Boom Racing.

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Marc Bettencourt of Crawl4Cure.  They have a new location this year.  Go check it out: https://www.facebook.com/events/1099973673456868/

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Is that Little JJ on top of big JJ’s Jeep?

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I’m not sure, but pretty girls always get their pictures taken.  It’s a rule somewhere.

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OMG, OMG, OMG! It’s Two Chainz Scalerz!

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A-Main had the whole front row on lock.

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Finally, let’s get this party started. Oh no, Jahn Shuls has the mic.  This will be a while.

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I decided to check out the raffle swag. Dang, that’s a full table.

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I took a long time to give out all this swag.

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Oh Snapple, I see the A-Main/JRC creations. Sweet!

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And the Kona bike from Pedal’s Bike Shop and are those RTRs and kits behind it? If only I didn’t have one of those orange STAFF shirts, maybe I could win one.

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Dang, that crowd is HUGE! See if you can see yourself here: Axialfest Attendees Group Shot

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Wait, I think I see Jon Shults calling us up. I wonder what he wants.

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Oh, group shot to thank all the hard working volunteers of Axialfest.  Look how many people give up their hard earned vacation days to volunteer. Without them, Axialfest wouldn’t run so smoothly, so remember to thank the STAFF shirts when you see them next year.  Thanks ya’ll’s.

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Finally, I think we’re ready to start.

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Wait, why is Rivas up there? He hates attention.

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SURPRISE! Last year Rodney Wills caught the ol’dusty eyes when he was surprised with a special Vanquish thank you.  This year it was Rivas who caught the dusty eyes.

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Rivas has been volunteering for lots of Axial events for years, and when they found out he lost his RC stuff in a vehicle theft, wheels were put in motion.

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I’m not sure how many hands were part of making this happen, but Vanquish was definitely a big part again.  Full Vanquish set up on this SCX10 with custom Rivas Concepts paint on the body.

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OK, finally, let’s give some trucks away.  These two took home the A-Main/Judd Rummage trucks.

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Lucky Ducks! I’m mega jealous.

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Hold on, pause again for 2CS to pass out tickets to the kids.  Special SCX10-2 just for kids only.

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This took a while.  I was amazed at how many kiddos were at Axialfest.

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Speaking of kids, this guy won one of the many Canyon Coolers.  These things are amazing and the owner is a great guy.  I definitely recommend them, just for their customer support.

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Hold up, if that the winner of the 2CS rig?

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Yes, yes it is! Congrats young lady.  See you on the trails next year.

IMG_20170715_194917On to the winners of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  Sadly, it wasn’t me. But, I’m back in action and ready for next year.  1st: THE Jake Wright, 2nd Mikey Thompson, 3rd Kyle Listul

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From the 801, Katie Murphy was the fastest female.  She gave me a run until my servo died. Skeeno Jr. has her sights set on her title next year.

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Rock Racing Winners, see how many Phams you can count.

Kids 10 & Under

1- Simon Kirsch
2- Joe Zuniga
3- Andrew Pena
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Kids 11-15
1- Kason Ernest
2- Hunt Parr
3- Ethan Mulhollen

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Factory Scx10
1- Michael Pham
2- Paul Russell
3- Bryan Kautz

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1.9 Frame Rails
1- Michael Pham
2- Angelo Lanford
3- Brian Richards

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Factory Bomber aka Team Tazz Takes the Top Three
1- Dominique Judkins
2- Harley Judkins
3- Saphira Judkins

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Exo/Bomber Open
1- Jake Wright
2- Mike Thompson
3- Chris Duran

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Yeti
1- Michael Pham
2- Devlin Shipley
3- Ben Thomas

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Tuber
1- Michael Pham
2- Rich Bolts
3- Danny Ensor

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Wraith
1- Spencer Bell
2- Mason Dunievitz
3- Michael Pham

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Before I say goodbye and see you next year, let me show you my mysterious camp mate one last time.  Here he is, Mr. Cory Shafer with Shawn Barton. on Sunday morning as I drove home.  Fitting shirt that Shawn is wearing.  They spent long hours and many days making Axialfest a success. I barley saw Cory at all.  He came in after midnight and was gone before the sun came up every morning.  I think he got less than three hours of sleep a night.

IMG_20170715_200014So, that wraps up Skeeno’s Axialfest 2017 Report.  You better start making plans for Axialfest 2018, because you know it’s going to be even bigger and better.  It is every year.

 

Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 3

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Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 3

Words: Matt Soileau aka The SKEENO’naterrater
Photos: Michael Morris & Matt Soileau

By now I hope you have read Part-1 and Part-2 of the Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Reports. This Part-3 report will cover Friday, July 14 of AXIALFEST 2017.

Friday events included the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro and the inaugural AXIALFEST parade. I also got out to check out lots of trail action.  Let’s go see check out day 3 of AXIALFEST 2017.

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Real or RC? Across the way from us, I spotted this 1:1 SCX10-2 XJ, or should I say the inspiration for it.  Note the license plate. Does it look like the Axial version? Peep the blog post: Building the full size SCX10XJ: Part 1 It’s very cool to come to AXIALFEST and see this kind of stuff in person!

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There was also this OG SCX10-1 JK replica on the other side of my campsite.  Axial fans even love to scale out their 1:1s!

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Friday morning, bright and early at 7 a.m. was check in for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  I got up and made sure I was fueled for the race.  This was my first time running a 5K, so I was a little nervous. My breakfast choice is more for calming my nerves!

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Our breakfast must have smelled pretty good, because this little bugger was drawn over by the smell all the way down in D camp.  Actually, this is Nate Hart, an old RC nerd from Reno, former A-Main Hobbies tech support guy, and fellow bike nerd.  I’ve know Nate since he was a little 12 year old grommet. Great to see him at AXIALFEST.

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Here I am all kitted out with orange Altra Lone Peaks, orange striped socks, and orange shirt.  I heard if your kit matched your rig you’d get a time bonus. #KitMatchesRig It might be a thing…

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Chris Cru Jones of Altra Running was all smiles, after all, this event was partially his creation along with Rodney Wills.  You can read about the origins of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro here: ULTRA 5K ENDURO HISTORY

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Chris got busy getting our buddies from the 801 crew signed up. These guys are one of the most progressive clubs in the scene!

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Cassie Currie was already checked in and getting his batteries ready.  Matt Kearney and Jaime Seymour don’t look as enthused about being up at 7 in the morning. Late night trail runs maybe… ?

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RCDriver’s Greg Vogel, #rodneysaiditwasok Wills, and the Judkins were all smiles and ready to watch the action.

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Mike Thompson was getting some scale shots with the scale banners from scaleultra.com. Check them out for more Altra Ultra 5Ks.

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After I got my race bib, I lined up in the correct spot. Racers started in numerical order, so I started in 47th place. By the way, that sweet wrap on my Bomber was done by Jay at S.O.R.  He did lots of rigs for AXIALFEST participants!

Screenshot_20170714-115549I’d like to say that this is me finishing the Altra 5K, but sadly this is just me on lap 3 or 4.  I DNF’ed halfway through lap 5.  I needed 6 laps to complete the race.  #SadFace
A stripped servo was my personal gremlin. Now, I want that new Tekin servo even more!  Hey Ty@Tekin, hint, hint, wink, wink.

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Turns out, the DNF was a semi-good thing.  It allowed me to take some photos of the other competitors that I otherwise would not have had time for.

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Here, Ben Thomas hooks the corner at the Start/Finish line. Rodney, Cathy and Mike Morris were the official visual lap-counters relaying bib numbers and “line-crossed” to Scott G on the computer. This system is very much the same for MTB and cross country races. AXIALFEST has a lot of progression of R/C all around us with these types of events and we are very stoked to be apart of it all!

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Jason from Pedals bike shop mobs his SCX10-2. He was able to finish the race with this mostly stock rig, so don’t think you need to upgrade to race.

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Hey look, the Phaminator, Phamtastic, Mike Pham gets a brief second to stand static as we are always on the move during the the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  I guess Chris and Jawn did convince him to participate!

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This young lady was jamming.  We diced it up for a while until my servo gave up on me. Her stock RR10 Bomber finished. She was our one and only female competitor this year.
I expect to see more ladies joining her next year! I know Skeeno Jr is ready.

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Anthony Dianda set some impressive lap times with his stock SCX10-2.  Are you catching the theme here?  Stock is good for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. Stock is good… At least you should try it so you know where the base line is. It’s that old 4X4 rule of thumb, learn to drive it stock, know your rig and when you modify you will know the full effect (full value) of the performance addition or if it’s truly an addition… #Dollar2PerformanceValue

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CKRC’s Alec Van Den Brink makes his way thought the dry creek.

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On the other side of the road, the creek was still flowing, yet just two weeks prior this trail was completely under water due to the amount of rainfall, snow pack melt earlier in the year.

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The section behind the pavilion was both fun and frustrating.  These rocks were difficult to navigate, but it made the racing exciting with lots of drivers trying to drive around or over one another. It was also a moment of respite from our running flat out! The Altra Ultra 5K Enduro is both technical driving and physically demanding! Just like a 1:1 KOH rig! Have your ever watched the live feed of King Of The Hammers as the drivers come across the finish line? They are WIPED OUT looking!

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Battery changes are almost a must when racing for over 3 miles flat out!  I personally swapped a battery every lap and half. I was running 2200mah batteries. I might need to rethink my mah rating to save some pit stops next year. #mahpermile

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All the coolest people race the Altra 5K. Here Ryan Gerrish from DSPro comes out of the Bottoms.

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Ben Thomas’s headband was working overtime here.

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Tony Mazza was in it to win it.  He passed me at least once.

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Not sure who #39 was, but he was kind enough to pose for me in the middle of the race.

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Team Voodoo coming through!

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Here’s Mr. Van Den Brink sprinting in to the finish.  If you want to see more of the AXIALFEST Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, check out this blog post: Athletic RC Adventure Mashup – Inside the Axialfest Altra Ultra 5K Enduro

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After the Altra 5K Enduro, I was a little hungry. Lucky for me, Starkey’s Food Truck was back with the bomb pizzas and sushi! Yes, I said sushi and so should you!!!

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Wood fired pizza oven! This is the real deal!!!

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Team MRB’s Franky Testa shows off the goodness…mmmmm.

DSCF1360 After lunch, I headed out on some trails to check out the trail action.  The river was finally flowing again this year.  With temps in the 90s, the water was looking really tempting.

DSCF1355 The rocks down at the river are slippery smooth.  The scattered sand makes them even more challenging.

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Some awesome rocks and lines over here.

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Hello there!

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DSCF1364 I caught the 801 Crew celebrating a birthday. I think it was the Utah gang, I see Mikey T and THE Jake Wright in there. Forgive me if it’s not.

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We all sang him happy birthday.  He was so pumped, he threw his rig in the air.

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One of the cool things I noticed this year was some new features cut into Hell’s Highway.

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It made the long walk down the hot road a little more interesting.

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I don’t know who cut all these features into Hell’s Highway, but BRAVO! Great idea and I appreciated your hard work.  It couldn’t have been easy moving all that dirt and rock.

DSCF1379Best part of Hell’s Highway for me was not having to walk it.  I brought my putt-putt again this year.  The old CT70 makes catching all the action A LOT easier.  I did catch old Putt-Putt ogling this DRZ400.  Think he’d trade me for a lightly modified CT70 turned 125?

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Dad and son about to conquer Hell’s Highway.  AXIALFEST is great family binding time.

DSCF1383 Can’t be an AXIALFEST without at least one trip up and down The Slab.

DSCF1385 I caught Butte County Scalers over behind The Slab.  This is a popular spot because of the water. DSCF1388 See how pretty it was back behind The Slab this year?  It was great to have some water running again.

DSCF1389 Down the way, I ran into Papa Don Hughes trying out this teeter-totter.

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It teerered, but it needed a little persuasion to totter. I think that rock was blocking  it.

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I Trail?  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I? That’s 9 Trails!?!? Actually, there were 11 trails.  10 scale trails plus the Altra Ultra 5K trail that opened after the 5K was finished. Not sure how many miles of trails there were, but I hope you pack some mega mah when you come to Axialfest. Who is tracking their miles hiked at AXIALFEST? STRAVA anyone?

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I caught up with this crew up front by the gate.

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Let me tell you a little secret, sometimes I miss some shots and ask guys to drive lines again, so I can get better pictures.  I felt like a huge jerk when I re-positioned that silver rig up there and accidentally pulled apart part his roll ball.  I apologized profusely. I hope I didn’t bum out his AXIALFEST participant.  Sorry again, good sir!

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Of course, up by the campground’s main entrance is the Welcome to Cisco Grove sign.  Looks like it needed some maintenance. I caught this little guy working on it…or maybe he was posting up a garage sale sign.

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Around the corner and through A camp, I ran into Werty Jr. He was piloting his dad’s RC wagon.  He told me his dad was just back across the bridge, so I turned around to say hello.

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Ol’ WERTY really wanted to show off his short wheel base leaf spring conversion he had just finished up.

DSCF1407Stock Axial frame rails?  Nicely done, Werty!  If you want those parts, I’m sure he’ll make you up a set as well. PS: Rodney said he wants to commandeer a set!

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Ok, here was one of the coolest features at AXIALFEST.  The 50/50 grinding rail on the CKRC Trail.  Speeds on this were insane. But one of the coolest videos was one where the dude slid down the rail and at the bottom, pinned it and jumped over his buddy! Can anyone find and send us a link to that video? Think it was on IG.

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A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, and 5K.  Yup, 11 trails.  Luckily, there were these signs all over to direct you in the right direction to find them all.

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Dang, these two Jeeps are still kissing?

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I had heard rumors of all kinds of scale buildings and whatnots all over the Scale Trails, so I went on a mission to find some.  I’m sure I missed plenty, but here are some that I did find.

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On the way in I saw these guys coming out.

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General rule is if it’s not yours, don’t touch it.  Volunteers work long, hard hours building these fun displays, so it’s best to leave them alone, so everyone can enjoy them.

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Mine Shaft!

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Cabin?  Old Mill?  What do you think it is?

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Hmm, gated.  What does that sign say?

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No way! An Area 51? Could there be aliens at AXIALFEST?

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Holy moly! A UFO crash site!  And I see at least three green guys.  If they are green, they must be Axial fans.

 

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An old log cabin.

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Another mine shaft.

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Not really scale, but there was this bridge I caught a couple Axialfesters driving over.

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A Mercantile. I wonder if they sell Axial parts.

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Scale Cisco Grove was back.

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I love this building, so awesome. It’s a replica of Cisco Grove’s main office!

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A little bit of everything over here, EZ-Up, picnic table, water wheel, cabins.

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The A-Main Jeeps was packed to the gills and ready to hit the trails.

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Must be a bad neighborhood if they have to post wanted signs. Recognize any faces?  I see #rodneysaiditwayok Wills up there.

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Wait, another mercantile? Looks like I got here just in time to foil a robbery. They had the owner all tied up. I guess it is was a bad neighborhood.

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Since it was hot, and since there was water, I decided to take a little wade to cool off my tootsies over at the Golden Nerd Bridge.

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There was lots of action over here.

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Everyone wanted to conquer these scary, but fun obstacles.

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It’s a little nerve wracking when you can’t quite see what your rig is doing near water 50 feet away.

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Some Axialfesters, like Heather O’Connor, also decided to wade next to their rigs. See Mike in the background?

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He pulled out his boat and we got a little scale speed boating action going.

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When will Axial release a boat?  What kind of boat should Axial produce?

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See, that’s a long drive across.

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I didn’t see many speed demons blasting across these bridges.

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There were lots of families enjoying the cool water.

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Some even offered to escort trucks across in case any accidentally decided they were amphibious.

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Dang this day seems long, must be that getting up at 7am thing.  Anyway, I headed back for dinner and couldn’t resist checking out the Knight Customs Toyota display again.  I thought this was a brilliant way to see all his parts in action.

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Finally, food.  Tacos was the treat.  Can’t eat too many tacos.

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Tonight was carne asada night. What’s your favorite camp food?

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After dinner it was the First Annual AXIALFEST Parade. I stopped by Mike Bier’s camp on the way to the parade. He was showing off his Go Hard jersey from the Grinduro mountain bike race. The Grinduro is sort of an AXIALFEST of the MTB world, part race, part party, and total celebration of MTB.

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This jersey is awarded to the rider who goes the hardest each night and finishes the best the following day.  Mike Bier has the skills to do both. You can check out the Grinduro here: https://grinduro.com/

 

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I knew Two Chainz Scalerz would be at the parade.

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Wait, what? Are those 8-ohm house speakers up there? Did he carry those relics on Fordyce?

 

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Go time! Best of Show Concourse winner, Todd Pearson, got the honor of leading the parade with his amazing military build.

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Around the corner, Matt Wolfe set up this flaming Arch de’ AXIALFEST.

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See the flames shooting out the top?

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I see the Pro Line guys stopped to shoot some video.  They always have great video recaps of AXIALFEST.  Look for them on their YouTube page.

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This good looking crew was a set up and ready to watch the parade.

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After the parade, I was ready to hit the sack. This was my longest day at AXIALFEST and my feet and body were ready for some rest.  I needed to recharge, because tomorrow would be another long day of fun at AXIALFEST.

In Part 4 of the Skeeno AXIALFEST 2017 Report, I will be covering Rock Racing and the Awards Ceremony and Raffle on the final day of AXIALFEST 2017.