50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 – The History

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Article Credit: SCORE® International
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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

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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Custom Build: SCX10 DAKAR RALLY TRUCK by LEO WORKSHOP

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Custom Build: SCX10™ DAKAR RALLY TRUCK by LEO WORKSHOP

Words: Rodney Wills
Build Photos: Zoltan Cisk of Leo Workshop

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I’ve always liked the DAKAR Rally and especially the big trucks and motorcycles competing in the event.

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I’ve personally competed in rallies here in the USA on four wheels, so these other two ends of the extreme-spectrum excite me! If I was to compete in the DAKAR Rally, it would either be on the motorcycles or piloting one of the massive trucks!
We all have to dream, right!?

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January is the annual start of the DAKAR Rally! The DAKAR Rally is the greatest offroad motorsport adventure race of all time! OK, maybe the Camel Trophy might rival DAKAR, that within itself can be a long debate. But, the DAKAR Rally, since 1979, is still a globally followed motorsport event happening still today! Put this into your thought processor, the DAKAR Rally is 13-days and over 5,000 miles! For physical size comparison, lets think about this for a moment as we in the USA/North America have the SCORE INTERNATIONAL BAJA1000 that is just that, a thousand miles from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Bring that state-side and that is roughly the distance from Seattle Washington to Los Angeles, California. The USA itself is 2,802 miles from Florida to Washington state! Now that you think about it like that, the DAKAR is like racing back and forth across the USA with some change left over. That’s two consecutive Gumball Rally’s!

But let’s add a twist!
Unimog-Nemesis-Red-Bull-KAMAZ-4911-Dakar-T4-Hero-31Being and R/C enthusiast and more poignantly, an 4X4 offroad enthusiast AND a especially an Axial SCX10 fan… trucks are a natural! The DAKAR Rally is very well known for the TRUCKS! Not these little Ford, Dodge, Chevy and Toyota things we call trucks here in the USA. We are talking names like MAN, IVECO, TARTA, DAF and KAMAZ! BIG TRUCKS in excess of seven thousand pounds worth of trucks! So the search began with Google “SCX10” and “Dakar” clicking on images will result quite a few very cool builds! That sat on the back burner for a while…

We have a friend from Austria, Daniel Siegl, as he is very involved in the R/C community over there… home to KTM! His family has been very connected to KTM motorcycles and KTM itself has been dominate in the motorcycle division of DAKAR. Thus, Daniel has loads of information on both KTM and the TRUCKS that support both my passion and intrigue! But that too is a whole other black hole… moving along.

Through our recent DAKAR discussions, he also showed me an Axial SCX10 based DAKAR truck built by Zoltan Cisk, who I met while attending the 2014 Austrian G6.
But lets first ask the question…

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Why trucks in the DAKAR rally in the first place?
Because man is involved… No, not MAN the brand, but the species of human race. We will race anything and everything, so why not trucks?!

The DAKAR Rally does not allow “outside” help to the competitors within the race, only the competitors within the race can help one another. Therefore, if the race team has entered support trucks into the race itself, the trucks can haul all the allowed support items to help its other efforts in the other divisions; motorcycle, ATV, UTV, car, buggy, light duty SUV’s. But where there is man and competition, the big trucks will race to win! So, categories were developed. I’m sure at some point a team had a motorcycle in the race along with a support truck and the truck driver drove past his broken-down motorcycle colleague in effort to beat one of the other trucks as they were entangled in their own battle! This made for even more classifications to be added to the DAKAR Rally truck division!

The Truck class (T4), first run as a separate category in 1980, is made up of vehicles weighing more than 3,500 kg (7,716 lb). Trucks participating in the competition are subdivided into Series Production Trucks (Group: T4.1) and Modified Trucks (Group: T4.2), and Group T4.3 (formerly known as T5) trucks are rally support trucks – meaning they travel from bivouac* to bivouac* to support the competition vehicles.

Production Series Trucks – Group: T4.1
This is a full Race Truck with the primary mission to win the T4.1 Truck Category.

Modified Trucks – Group: T4.2
These are fast support trucks with the dual mission to race, but their job is to stop and help their motorcycle or car team mates.

Rapid Assistance Trucks Group T4.3, formally known as the T5 Class.
This class mission is for full support of the race team and travel at a “normal” pace from bivouac to bivouac.

OK, now that you have some background and classification on DAKAR Trucks, what does it take to get one… OK, dream on! So, lets get real… how about one-tenth the size?!1.one-photo-and-dream1: The inspiration!  You too can race DAKAR! Bringing dreams to reality in scale form and scale cost too! But you do have to bring out more than JUST your checkbook or credit card. No, not JUST your PayPal either. Styrene & Xacto blades cost money and like any race vehicle, fabrication is involved, therefore its going to cost you time and elbow grease! But hey, you are building a race vehicle!

Our friend “LEO” Zoltan Cisk from Gödöllő, Hungary set out to build a DAKAR rally raid truck based on a Axial Racing SCX10 chassis. Leo started to build a “scratch built” body inspired by a REDBULL KAMAZ DAKAR Rally truck as seen in the “inspiration” above.

Take a look at the following pictures to get some insight on the process involved in building this unique masterpiece from the ground up or as we say, from scratch.2.planning2: With wheelbase measurements sorted, a flat image template is created on heavy card stock, based on the inspirational image above.

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3: Styrene plates are made from the stencil. These are the rear panel side pieces.

4.3ddetailswork14: Three dimensional details such as wheel flares are made by cutting additional pieces of Styrene, sanding and glued into place.

5.backendwork25: Assembly of the panels starts to reveal the back portion of the truck.

6.shappingupCab6: It’s a labor of love and the practice of patience. But hey, you are building a RACE TRUCK!

7.GrillDetailwork47: The tedious intricate patience of grill work, much like dental work! A steady hand is a good thing!

8.FinalFitmentwork58: Finally, all the bits, pieces and panels are all assembled to resemble your dream truck!

9.fitmentPreview9: Test fitment on the Axial SCX10 chassis and anticipation builds!

10.PaintWork10: Auto paintwork please!

11.FullPaintDetails11: With the paintwork done, next comes striping and window details in place.
Next comes the flavor!

12.logoapplication OH! You are a factory team!13.FrontProfile Now that we are looking very factory! It’s time…14.DSCF8451 15.DSCF8457

17.DSCF878516: Now to sneak off and do some testing before you meet up with your friendly rivals!

18.Leo's-workshopThank you Leo’s Workshop for sharing these images and thank you for choosing Axial SCX10 for your chassis of choice!

                                    ••••MORE DAKAR••••
Extended reading in English about Gerard De Rooy’s IVECO Powerstar T4 and all the detailed undercarriage and interior photos!
http://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1410-iveco-powerstar-t4-truck-dakar-monster-masterpiece-in-metal/

More about the DAKAR Rally History: http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2016/us/history.html

A great video with great truck coverage • Dakar Syndrome from RaceFace S&M:

Leo Workshop’s Original thread:
http://www.scale4x4rc.hu/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=369

STYRENE http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0095p?FVSEARCH=Styrene

bivouac* pronounced ˈbivo͞oˌak or in my Bama’engrish, “biv-o-wack”
The word bivouac is French and ultimately derives from an 18th-century Swiss German usage of beiwacht (bei by, wacht watch or patrol).

A bivouac shelter is any of a variety of improvised camp sites such as those used in scouting and mountain climbing. It may often refer to sleeping in the open with a bivouac sack, but it may also refer to a shelter constructed of natural materials like a structure of branches to form a frame, which is then covered with leaves, ferns, and similar material for waterproofing and duff (leaf litter) for insulation. It is sometimes called a bivvy for short.

Super-Scale 2015 in Germany

Axial Wraith Wrockers

 

1st Super-Scale in Dortmund/Germany This year the first Super-Scale in Germany took place on 22.05.-24.05. in a nice quarry located in Dortmund. It was organized by forum members, German Rock Crawler, and included free scaling, trophies and challenges. We went there with a group of 5 persons with 4 Axial Wraiths and a self-made MAN Kat 8×8 on Axial Axles to join this great meeting of RC Enthusiasts. The whole quarry was split in two parts: The upper area acting as paddocks for the single groups, some sales booths, a Hill climb and U4RC Section for the Wraiths and company.  The opposite was the challenge area, were the track was prepared for all scalers, which can manage gates of 30cm width in different sections. And of course, in the heart of the quarry, featured a large-scale section with bridges, rope bridges, and a ferry including landing stages and uncountable single details.

 

In the climbing sections, it was nice to see the differences between Wraiths and scale vehicles like the SCX10. During the waiting periods competitors had a chance to talk with one another to discuss how their vehicles were working. Of course the large Wraiths had less problems on the different challenges, but I suppose that most persons enjoyed watching these Rock Racers. It was absolutely fantastic to see, how individual the different cars were – so many ideas and details, making it difficukt to determine the original source of the model. Especially the great MAN Kat builds seemed to be the people magnet. Crowds swarmed them.

 

In the middle of the area was a built track for the Sherpas Trophy, were the cars need to comply with very hard rules (no crawlers, no lexan bodies, must have bumpers, doors and a scale chassis, a winch, sand plates(mounted on the cars)) and were most realistic to see. In the evening on the campground, discussions were continued with BBQ and German beer, so that the next day could be started with fresh power and batteries. In total there were 220 listed drivers and nearly 200 visitors.

We are really looking forward for next years Super-Scale at the same location. In the meantime you can follow us on our Axial Wraith Wrockers Fan Page

 

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Axial Day in Italy

Robotronics, [Axial's distributor for Italy] recently hosted a single day event catered to Axial customers and potential R/C newcomers. The event took place on Sunday, September 30th. Even though it rained for the few days prior to the event, the rain held off long enough on Sunday for the event to go off without a hitch. Attendees were treated to a custom built scale trail run that featured many different obstacles, both man made and natural. The course had a little of everything built in from hill climbs, to rock crawling sections, bridges, mud, sidehills and even trials type obstacles. There were two different classes to be run based on tire and wheel size, the 1.9 class for SCX10′s as well as the 2.2 class for the AX10′s and Wraith’s that attended. Drivers spent the morning practicing on the course to get a feel for the layout and the obstacles. After lunch the competition started for both classes, and the top 3 for each class were crowned. Numerous prizes were handed out during the day as part of the giveaway that was going on as well. So, a lucky few walked away with free R/C gear on top of a great day of R/C trail running. Looks like a great course to crawl on, especially with the mud and water holes. We are a little jealous!!

A few highlights from the event. An overall group shot.

Competitors checking out the goods!

Practice.

SCX10 climbing out of a mud hole.

Axial display.

SCX10 on 2.2 wheels and tires attempts a man made hill climb.

A Wraith climbs out of another mud hole.

A future 1:1 offroad enthusiast in training.

The full event report and photos can be found here.
http://www.robitronic.com/it/news/reader/items/axial-day-acqui-terme.html

All in all we would say it looks like a lot of fun, congrats to the winners!!

CCS Crawler Club – Competition in Venezuela

Recently I have been heading up the twitter account for Axial racing. Overall I have found some great and interesting tweets, but nothing as awesome as this!Who knew RC rock crawling was so big in Venezuela?I sure didn’t…but either way, this is great coverage and awesome to see Venezuela show there love for crawling.  We found that our SCX10 is a big hit, and the Wraith is growing in popularity over there!  Here are some photos.  Be sure to check out all the photos on there blog.

Even “Scream” is hitching a ride to Venezuela!

Till next time!

The SBG County Mounty Wraith

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Kevin Jowett and the Scale Builder’s Guild crew are on a mission as of late. Not that they would spend their time in any other way, but, the builds coming out of that community are fantastic. We recently featured a full custom project built by Kevin Jowett and company using a substantial amount of SCX10 components. Well, they are at it again! This time they applied their handy work to an Axial Wraith. The Wraith is one of the most popular scale vehicles currently, the personalization taking place on all of the forum cummunities amazes us. This particular project grabbed our attention due to the use of SCX10 Axles. While most builders are focused on high speed, bigger, faster vehicles, Kevin was putting his nose to the grindstone to build more of a Scaler. The County Mounty theme really seemed like a great idea, and we were patiently awaiting the end result. Well, this vehicle is here and we just had to share it!

All of us at Axial have built a custom scale rig or two, and are no stranger to the amount of hours and effort it takes to complete a project of this magnitude, so our question to you Mr. Jowett, Do you ever sleep? Check out a few cool shots of this rig out in the elements as well as a video of it in action. Very well done SBG, awesome Wraith!

For an in depth look at this build and the step by step process please visit the build thread on the SBG website.
Build thread here

SBG JKRC County Mounty in action!

Rock Crawling Comp in Japan

Axial Racing’s good friend Yoshiaki Kataoka put on one of the biggest R/C Rock Crawling comps to date in Japan recently. With 50+ competitors shooting it out to see who will be #1. They broke the competitors into 5 groups of 10 spread out over four courses to help things move along smoothly. To add an interesting twist to the whole comp, the groups of 10 were given their overall combined score at the end of the day. The lowest scoring group also received prizes. This was done to encourage competitors within their own group to work as a team helping each other along throughout the various courses. A great twist to the competition in my opinion. And as always, it’s great to see R/C Rock Crawling still growing strong all over the world. Great job guys!!

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