Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6
October 3, 2015
Words and Photos: Anthony Rivas
It is 4:14 a.m. here in Las Vegas and I have a 6:05 departure time. So as you can probably guess, I am running late. McCarran International Airport is usually pretty busy so I am a bit worried. Orlando Florida is my destination for the Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6.
Dominic and I are cutting through the darkness in a hurry so I don’t miss my flight.
I am not sure how many airports have slot machines in them, but here in Las Vegas I believe they are almost everywhere.
Whew! I barely made it, I have about 4 minutes to spare so I was able to take a pic of the plane. I am flying to LAX for a brief layover. I too find it strange I am flying west before starting my journey east.
I see a mountain range and before I know it I am seeing Los Angeles. Approximately a 45 minute flight and it felt like less.
After an hour layover I am departing from LAX and on my way to Orlando. Flying from coast to coast. I like window seats because it’s easier to sleep and you can see down below
I am guessing this is Texas, I really do not know this to be true.
It seems to get noticeably greener the closer I get to my destination.
On approach, Florida down below.
After arriving in Orlando I was greeted by Kha, a fellow off road and RC enthusiast. We headed out to grab a quick bite to eat.
After killing an hour or two it was back to the airport to pick up Mr. Schultz. When I head out to an event, like most of you I just try and have some fun. So back at the Khapound we did some slot car racing. The pro tree was a challenge.
Friday morning we loaded up and headed for RRW Krawl Zone located in Belleview, Florida. It is a day early, but we wanted to check out the location.
We stopped at a couple of hobby stores that we noticed while driving. It was nice to see they had these Axial trucks stocked and ready for purchase.
Once we arrived at RRW I saw Parker, the founder and man behind the RECON G6. He had already started plotting the course for the Saturday event.
Once gain I ran into Josh Harris, I run into this guy often at events. Shawn Barton was also present, making the drive from South Carolina. Shawn and Parker have a bet going on, over a college football game. The bet is this: If your team loses you have to wear what the other person has brought for you, it will be in the opposing teams color. Parker and his Mizzou Tigers vs Shawn’s SC Gamecocks. This should be interesting.
After looking over the outdoor scale course that this hobby store has I headed inside.
Plenty of parts and cars in here. These guys have a collection of cars and they even have rentals for those of you who want to check out the scale course.
Yes that is a rental Axial Jeep JK. After checking out the shop I headed outside to go drive the scale course with Parker’s permission, because there is no pre-running a G6 course.
We really had a good time on the scale trails, RRW has put some time and thought into this. Making it a memorable experience for all.
Before heading out I ran into this G6 driver who came by to check things out early. This is Brandon Ryan, he had brain cancer removed 3 months prior to this day. He is happy to be in remission and happy to drive this Axial Honcho in a RECON G6.
It’s the morning of the G6, from left to right is Schultz, Kha, and Frank. We are scrambling to leave the Khapound and get on the road.
There is a light sprinkle when we start this trip and some dark clouds looming out over the water.
As soon as we turned into the Market of Marion we were greeted by signs, pointing us to the Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6.
I am eager to go check out all these rigs. It seems common for drivers to bring multiple cars. So I will be wandering around pits and camps to see everything I can.
How cool is this? Spotted this over at the GCM camp.
This Axial Wraith was pretty well upgraded. Even the diff covers seemed to fit the theme of this RECON G6.
Very cool Marine themed rig on a cut down Axial SCX10 chassis.
I always see some rigs pushing that next level of building and scale realism.
I still say the 1.9 Wraith is gaining popularity in the RC community.
Hard bodies were present and built to run on course.
I like this Yota-Bolt, the grill is a nice touch.
The dents are simple and really add to the scale look of this Axial Trail Honcho
Some of the drivers went so far as to paint on their rigs to fit the Killer Clowns theme.
These mud trucks came proper to the Rivas Concepts Show & Shine. I am still in awe over these rigs.
This old school rig has a very unique retro look to it. Those custom width Mayhem Engineering beadlocks look good on this build. The builder and owner says its not done.
Some Jeep XJ’s on hand here in Florida and looking very scale.
Parker greeted everyone at registration and then changed into character to call all the drivers together.
145+ drivers on hand coming from all over Florida, and some from other states.
As always the National Anthem precedes the start.
The Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6 is underway and everyone is watching.
Once you made the trek from G-Central to the woods it was a completely different feel.
Launched about an hour previous to the regular G6, the Endurance class was out on a 6 hour run. The Axial Jeep G6 pictured above and the Axial Honcho pictured below ran 850 trail markers!
Clear dirt was present on this stage.
Some action from the RRW scale course.
Whether you were driving solo or with a spotter, these guys had a lot of obstacles to negotiate.
This Jeep with tubed doors broke a rear output shaft early on so his buddies pushed and pulled him through the stage.
Clear dirt sections ranged from mud, shallow water crossings, to a floating challenge.
Yes a floating challenge. Drive your rig onto a mini barge and pull it across the water.
Apply power where needed. Some spots were just a little to slick to crawl.
G6′ers are always encouraged to keep an eye out for stage items.
The RRW scale trail even offered some scenery. Like these bears and fisherman pictured below.
Some 1.55 tires on this Axial Jeep G6 doing work in the slop.
Even a little sand for these RECON G6 drivers.
After the 150+ trail markers, it was back to G-Central for some side by side rhythm drags.
This Axial EXO Terra Buggy was hammered down looking for a win.
Some very exciting close side by side action.
Kaitlyn is 12, a first time G6er and also a raffle prize winner of this Axial Deadbolt. Larry, the man on the left, is no relation, he actually donated this rig to the raffle. Just wanting to see someone happy to win.
Alexis who is 7, also driving in the RECON Rascals class, claimed her prize with her mom Misty. This is their 2nd RECON G6.
Rylan age 6 was the winner of this Axial Jeep Falken G6 RTR. His dad Ronnie, on the left, was also a driver. What could be better than your son winning an Axial RTR rig?
One thing that could make it even better is you winning an Axial G6 Kit!
Ronnie and Ryan were very lucky in this raffle. This is now their 3rd Axial RECON G6. Did anybody notice the guy with the blue hair?
It’s none other than Shawn Barton sporting some Missouri Tigers colors. Yes his Gamecocks lost, so he lost the bet. He was a very good sport about it.
You can start to see the lights better, so that means it’s close to the night stage.
Parker sent them off into the night for yet another adventure.
This stage comes to an end. Normally the story ends here, but I have another day here in Florida.
Sunday we went and ran at a spot a few locals know as Sanford.
We went out and did some exploring on the waters edge. I was hoping to see a gator.
If you ever get the opportunity, I can not recommend Rock Shrimp enough! Wow, broiled was the way to go. Be warned though, regular shrimp will never compare.
Great day and great adventure. Thanks Kha for the locals tour and Parker for a great event. Back to Las Vegas until the next adventure.