How To Make an AXIALFEST Swag Bag Soft Top

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AXIALFEST2015 Swag Bag Soft Top

Words and Photos by Matthew ‘Skeeno’ Soileau

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Do you have a swag bag laying around from AXIALFEST2015 that you aren’t quite sure what to do with?  I have a project for you that you can easily complete in an hour or two.

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It’s the AXIALFEST2015 Swag Bag Soft Top. If you don’t have an AXIALFEST2015 Swag Bag, go find some fabric. I noticed that my wife’s reusable grocery bags seem to be made from the same material, and they come in different colors.  So, go see if you have some if you want to try a different color combination.

DSCF0132 This sweet soft top that I spotted at the RECON G6 Birthday Bash #5 is the inspiration for this how-to blog.  You can see here that this guy got extra fancy with a plastic rear window made from sheet protectors and the AXIALFEST logos sewn on.

IMAG01414Don’t worry, you won’t need a sewing machine for my version.  You only need a few things that you probably have laying around your shop; a pen, paper, scissors, and a hook and loop strap.

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Step one: Trace out the top of your cage.  On my G6 Jeep/Deadbolt cage, I’m only covering the top, so no rear window is needed.

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The trace doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough estimate.

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Cut it out and give it a quick test fit.

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I figured out that I could fold a paper in half and trace the good side.

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Then, I gave it a quick trim and…

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Wala, a symmetrical template.

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Once you are happy with your template, move on to step two.

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Step two: Trace out your template onto your AXIALFEST2015 Swag Bag.  I used the side without the logos.  Looks like there is enough material to do at least one more should you need to start over or make a second one. You want your material to be larger than your template, so you can fold it over your roll cage.

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The point of no return.  I have now cut up my AXIALFEST2015 Swag Bag.

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Step Three:  I had to figure out how to attach the top.  I thought of zip ties, but wanted a snug fit.  I wanted it removable, so I thought a hook and loop strap might work.  I tested my industrial strength stick-on hook and loop strap on a test piece of fabric.  It stuck amazingly well.  So, I cut strips of this.

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I placed the hook and loop strap on the underside parts of the roll cage where I wanted the top to cover. It was at this point that I figured out it was smart to remove the cage from the lexan body. You might want to remove your cage before starting the template.

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Then, I placed the matching side of the hook and loop strap and pulled the backing.

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I started by folding over the front and back first.  Make sure to pull them tight before you stick the fabric to the strap.

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Then, I did the same for the sides.

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I flipped it over to see how it was looking, not bad.

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Then I did the rear sides.  I had to start making some cuts to fit around the cage back here.

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Not looking too shabby.

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Step four: Fold and trim the excess material around all the down tubes.

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I pulled off my top to trim it easier.   I looks a little hacked, but you can’t see it when installed.

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Folding over the material on the corners and down tubes helps keep the top looking clean and hides the rough edges. I takes a little finagling, and I had to detach and reattach a few times to get it right.

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So there it is, an easy project to protect your scale driver from the sun and rain. Go get to work and post your photos on the AXIALFEST2016 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1623366397951597/

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Looks like Alien Gee-Six is wishing he had a top.  Now, if I can figure out how to make one that he can stick his gigantic head through…

RECON G6 Birthday Bash #5

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RECON G6 Birthday Bash #5 • December 6, 2015
Moonrocks – Sparks, Nevada
Words and photos by Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau

DSCF0136December marked the 5th anniversary of the RECON G6 Challenge and Brian Parker and the RECON G-crew returned to Reno, Nevada for the RECON G6 Challenge B’DAY Bash!

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The RECON G6 Birthday Bash was again held at MOONROCKS.  This is were I personally cut my “crawling teeth” with a 2.2 shafty way, way, way back over 10 years ago! This is also the location where I first met Brian Parker and experienced his magical ability to make everyone feel welcome and have a great family friendly time.

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When I pulled in on this chilly December morning, I was met by both of the legendary G-Train vehicles.  The RG6-Tercel, aka Cinnamon, is a worthy traveler having clocked over 35,000 miles in the past year.  Even though the RG6T has more G miles on her, Red Rocket holds a special place in my heart.  I rode in her to the first Canadian G6 back in 2013.  You can read about it here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073906545

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Next to G-Central is what really caught my eye.  This was a 5 ton military command headquarters!  In its retired life, it is now utilized as an privately owned overlanding beast.  The Meeks family uses this for their off-road camping and exploring adventures.  Look for more details in an upcoming blog!

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Elio Dianda, aka the King of Scale, brought out a new rig and overland trailer. Do you have a roof top tent on your kit?

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With R/C industry folks in attendance, Reno-local Jason Copeland from CKRC Hobbies came out. Here he was getting people checked in for the UAR race that was held after the RECON G6.

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The boys from Pro-Line Racing were also in attendance.  They made the drive up from SoCal to get their G6 on.

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Cole Bailey brought the OG Crewman Brad Bailey, aka SadBrad, out to celebrate with us! It was great to see HappyBrad back after three years!

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Anthony Rivas of Rivas Concepts made the trek up from Las Vegas to party. It was great to see him.  He was my road dog on our trip to the first Canadian G6.

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Wertymade’s Werty, aka Matt Henry, was also in attendance.  He makes some awesome bumpers.  He even burned some midnight oil for Austrian Daniel Siegl.  Daniel needed a bumper for his 1.55 rig, so Werty made the over 100-mile round trip to his house to quickly fabricate a custom bumper and get it returned the next day for the Birthday Bash! His bumpers are also the #officialbumperoftherecong6.

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Here’s Daniel’s tiny 1.55 Suzuki Jimny with the Wertymade bumper. It fit and looked great on this little wheeler that could.

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I spotted the coolest top ever. What did you do with your AXIALFEST 2015 swag bag?  This guy made a soft top out of his!  I already talked to Mama Skeeno, so look for a future blog on making one of these as well.

The parking lot began to fill up as people started to show up down at G Central.

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Several people wisely brought out their campers to stay warm in.  It was nippy, only getting just above freezing all day.

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There’s the crazy Austrian, Daniel Siegl along with Mr. RECON G6, Brian Parker. I caught them just long enough for this picture before they rushed away in different directions to finish setting up.

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2Brothers Grub brought out their catering truck for some hot meals.  I was excited about this, no Mountain House for me today Mr. Rodney “Mountain House” Wills!

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What, no Parker Pickup?

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These ladies did an incredible job running G Central all day.

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Since the Birthday Bash is in December, RECON G6 collects toys and food to donate to the local food banks for the holidays.

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My favorite part - the rigs got lined up!

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Requisite group shot.  Let’s play Where’s Parker?  Can you find him?

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There he is in the middle giving the instructions at the driver’s meeting.

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Parker goes over the driver’s log books.  Make sure you mark everything you see and do at a RECON G6.  It could gain you a bonus.

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Lots of rigs had presents on them.

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This guy brought a present for Cinnamon. I hope it was a working alternator. Its about the right size!

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This rig had a full sack of presents. Also, check the AXIALFEST 2015 Tech sticker on the hood.  Do you have a tech sticker from AXIALFEST? All the cool kids do, so make sure you are free the weekend of July 15-17, 2016 for AXIALFEST 2016.

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Someone brought a scale Yeti XL. Do you even paper craft bro?
Here’s three different paper craft projects to occupy your free time over the holidays.

Vehicle boxes: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073913306

Accessories: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073902112

Jeep Wrangler: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073901752

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Christmas wreath.

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Daniel’s Suzuki Jimny 1.55 looks tiny next to the 1.9s and 2.2s. Do work, little guy. #tinybutmighty or #mightytiny your pick.

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After the National Anthem, it’s GO TIME! Light your lipos!

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I had to make sure Dan W. got a photo.  Here he is waiting for Mike Pham to get out of his way. These two are friendly-fierce competitors!

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THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!! I always love to see the little ones out on the trail.  Here a young lady puts a little body English into her driving.

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Ben Naputi, aka Mr. Fokai, is always easy to spot.  His rig is always proudly flying the Guam colors.

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Ladies first.

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Wraith Spawn climbing to the overlook.

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Old school SCX10 Honcho out leading the way for the new school SCx10 Deadbolt.

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Cory Drachenberg of 5150 Productions made his way out to cover the Birthday Bash.  Look for his movie coming soon.  Until then, take a look at this teaser vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_9e1LZBY98

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Great looking RECON G6 Jeep.

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The Hoyfab Titan 6×6 waits patiently for this Chevy Blazer to finish its climb. Slow and steady gets the whole family there!

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We got to see the new Axial RR10 Bomber out on the trail.  It did awesome!  Cody Knoll told me the longer wheelbase works wonders for stability.

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Real (full-size) or R/C? They are real – just real small.
Real radio control rigs doing real trail work!

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Don’t forget your tow strap.  You’ll need it to help out your fellow G6ers get stuck.

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Along with your tow strap, you should also bring tools and spares. Being prepared for trail fixes keeps the fun rolling.  There’s no shame in making a field repair to get yourself back on the trail.

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These two made it to the top and are headed across the plateau.

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Does this photo look posed?  It took them forever to act naturally, so I could take this photo.

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This Jeep three-wheeled up and did the magic roll back down to the bottom.

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Jesus wheels too! This F350 walks on water…errr, ice. Told you it was cold!

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Mr. Pham took this chance to spin some icy doughnuts.

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Mike Pham was feeling Phamtastic!

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Once the 2Brothers Grub truck opened for business, the line started to form.

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They told me to go with the signature “Gangsta Fries” with my Pastrami sandwich.

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Glad I did.  It was delicious!

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Daniel feeling a little lonely with his lone 1.55er in the big wilderness. It worked pretty well for being so small.  I’m sure the Wertymade bumper was quite helpful.

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I think this driver jumped out to water a bush.  I hope he set his emergency brake.

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Back a G Central there were a couple Driver’s Challenges to choose from.  Here a Recon Rascal attempts the Frolfing Disc Golf throw. He looks on target.

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The other challenge was the glider toss.  We invented this one at the Missouri G6 while driving back from the first Canadian G6. Read about it here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073906783

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Looks on target to me.  Great form, Amanda Henderson, aka Gadget.

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Not many people noticed this Drivers Challenge.  Did you add a sticker to your log book?

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It was great to see Thom Kowatch back out running his Wraith.  He was an original winner of the G6 before it was the G6 at the final Axial West Coast Championship.  He is still sporting his prized limited edition Oliver’s Knives from that years event.

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Trust your line driver.

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JC Jr was out running his green Axial SCX10 Dingo while wearing a matching top.  His brother also was sporting matching jacket and truck.  Is this the new fashion?

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How far would you travel for a RECON G6?  We all know about the mad Austrian, Daniel Siegl, the most well traveled G6er who attends multiple G6es each year all over the world.  But these two families have followed his traveling lead. Stephane and Tomas traveled all the way from France via San Francisco and Muhamed, Elvis, and Adis moved to Reno from Bosnia just to get their G6 on!  Well, probably for work with a RECON side trip, but I like my reason better.

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RECON Rascal Drivers of the Day.

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THIS GUY – 1.55 Driver of the Day

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2.2 Driver of the Day

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1.9 Driver of the Day.

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40+ Veteran Driver of the Day

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Drivin Diva of the Day

And since it was the Birthday Bash, many presents were distributed.  The following five members of the G6 Family took home some new SCX10s.  Lucky Ducks!

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As always, the RECON G6 Birthday Bash and the 2015 RECON G6 season was a great time. Again, thank you to everyone who participated in any RECON G6 event over the years!

• www.rccrawler.com/forum/recon-g6/549504-2016-recon-g6-schedule.html
• www.facebook.com/RECONG6

RC EarthRoamer High Desert 8

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You can never go wrong with scale trail Defender action, especially when sand ladders and trailers are used. What really sells the video, the attention to details in the bodies and diesel engine sounds that play with your mind. One can’t help but assume that these are full size Ranger Rover Defender 90’s wheeling out in the high desert. Even the scale trail marker signs confirm your suspicion that there is no possible chance these could be R/C vehicles.  For more scale trail video action, make sure to check out the Rivas Concepts YouTube channel.

 

The FIX and Straight Outta Luck G6 RECON G6

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Good morning, it’s 4:50 a.m. and I am about to head out to a now familiar spot. I am heading to Logandale, Nevada for a triple header of events. “The FIX” 12 hour endurance event, The Straight Outta Luck RECON G6, and the The Hump-N-Bump 1:1 event will also be going on.

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So let’s head for the highway and put some miles behind us. Its a bout 50 minutes to the location.

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Now on Interstate 15 the sun is starting to come up. People may not come to Las Vegas for the sunrise, but it’s a nice change of pace from the lights of the city.

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Now at the Logandale trails road, it’s only about 10 minutes. I am very excited to go see some RC trucks.

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Looks like the city even did some maintenance to the road. Next stop will be the pit tables for these two events.

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Axial Yeti Score Trophy Truck on display here, but check out the old school Ford with the Baja look in the back ground.

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Pretty cool rig by Cody Knoll of Reno. Would you put this through a 12 hour endurance test?

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There is always a Jeep Cherokee or two.  I really like the K rails; these are even made of concrete.

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There is always an Axial Yeti in the group.

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This tubed Wraith pictured above came out all the way from New Jersey.

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How about using an Exo Terra cage on a chassis? This truck pictured above is built by Trevor.

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Lots of scale presents at this event, sadly my pic of the interior on this top kick was blurred, he did such a nice job on interior too. Pictured below is the scale scene in the desert by Las Vegas local Jose Calvillo

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I found this Axial Yeti bodied Hybrid to be an intriguing build. A Yeti body built on a chassis with SCX10 axles and check out that driver. Anybody recognize him?

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A lot of these drivers came prepared for what ever the trail would throw at them. This Axial Jeep G6 showing up with four wheel steering.

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Pictured above is a heavily built Axial DeadBolt. This belongs to Todd Knopp. I also want to congratulate Todd and his now wife Christina. They got married this week while in Vegas.

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This Axial Jeep G6 pictured above belongs to Story Rice from North Carolina and it looks like he will be running the 12 hour endurance with 1.55 tires.

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If you’re on any social media sites you may recognize this truck, this is an Ikaika Farrior  build out of Aurora, Colorado. What’s interesting is it seems like a week ago this truck was built and looked brand new. He must have really pushed it on his shakedown run.

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Many of these trucks showing up with required recovery gear to take on the 12 hour endurance.

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This Chevy had real wood on the bed and leather interior, someone has some crafting skills. Lyle Lyddon of Las Vegas.

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Some of these trucks look very familiar to me. Like this 1.9 Axial Wraith from Colorado Out Cast Crawler Ryan Tousley. I saw it at last night’s Tech Inspection that went down in Overton, Nevada.

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This was an opportunity for drivers to meet each other and check out rigs. Like Trevor out from Vermont meeting Tatum Bautista here all the way from Hawaii.

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Chris Allen of Tooele Utah in for this event rocking his Axial DeadBolt

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Although this Axial Honcho is a different color than I remember, I do remember seeing it in Florida at the Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6. Check out the blog for that event and see if you can spot it.

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Nothing but smiles here.

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This event is about to get underway. Parker gives some driver instructions and lets these guys know what awaits them.

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Every RECON G6 starts with the National Anthem, but these drivers received a special treat. Jessica Wright of California sang the National Anthem and thats always a treat!

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At the first Trail Marker it’s Cole Bailey, a three time endurance driver, including the first eighteen hour endurance event.

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The 1:1 jeeps have lined up for their run as well. Pictured below is the Axial DeadBolt belonging to Josh Harris from Arkansas.

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The Axial Jeep Nukizer body sure looks right at home on the rocks.

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Above drivers really watching and picking their lines in this terrain. Below some of the Jeepers stopped to watch these RC drivers navigate the terrain and I spotted this right hand drive jeep following behind a Jeep recovery vehicle.

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The Logandale sand can be fun, but it’s never your friend.

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Trail Marker on the right, Trail Marker on the left, this is what you have to work with.

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These Dodge Rams stayed together to tackle the terrain.

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If you weren’t teamed up, some spots had you pulling cable or sand ramps.

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This is Arizona Ford back for more Logandale Trails. This truck is also in the RC ORVA Worlds 2015 blog if you want to check it out.

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Earlier I had said this was a Jeep recovery vehicle and I am sure that sparks a debate on both sides. Well in this event every make and model was put to the test on it’s towing capabilities.

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This Colorado Axial 1.9 Wraith helping out the Vegas hummer who took a wrong turn and ended up in the desert.

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Speaking of wrong turns, when you find yourself stuck or in place of needing some recovery help, some of you may turn to a buddy if one is nearby.

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Some of you may turn to the Pull Pal scale land anchor. Pictured below is Max of Pull Pal, who makes this very product. You never know who you will see on the trail. You may be surprised, like Tatum here.

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At an Axial RECON G6 you may see just about anything or anyone who lives the adventure lifestyle. You may see someone pull some insane line.

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You may see some Jeep screaming down a dusty road.

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You may even see the Terremoto Jeep with off-road race driver Tony Pelligrino behind the wheel.

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On an endurance course you could see the same sand over and over again!

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I spotted this Axial DeadBolt and what drew me in is how worn the tires are.

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In talking to the owner Mike Thompson of Utah I learned this is an RTR with 129 miles on it. I asked how he knows it has 129 miles. Well he runs two GPS units on it every time he runs it. The only part he has had to upgrade is steering.

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Everyone is giving their all until night falls.

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Some G6′ers were pushed to the point of equipment failure and some were able to just kick back and cheer these guys on.

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Some walked away winners at the raffle, like Daniel Soash from Azusa California pictured below.

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Or Frank Barrett here pictured below, both taking home Axial Falken G6 RTRs.

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Pictured below is Shawn Barton of South Carolina. It looks like these guys are all hooked together.

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It has been a long day for some of these drivers, as the night closes in the lights begin to really shine. Some are almost alien like.

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Speaking of alien like, on this particular night there was a bright light seen across the sky. This was seen all over the western part of the US. News channels reported it, with some saying it was a missile from a submarine off the coast of California. Here are some pics of what our group saw.

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Makes you wonder right? Well that’s all until the next adventure!

Kokopelli RECON G6 – Parker’s Photo Journal

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Axial Kokopelli RECON G6

Words and Photos by Brian Parker

Grand Junction, Colorado could be one of the best places that you have never heard of. After all, it is nestled amongst some big names in outdoor adventure; Moab, Utah, Durango, Colorado, and Aspen, Colorado. It’s easy to fall in the shadow of those mecca adventure locations, but Grand Junction, is just that, a Junction of Grand adventure.

The drivers of an Axial RECON G6 scale adventure event are true adventurists who like to have fun and enjoy being outdoors and all the challenging fun that a RECON G6 provides.

Here is a look at some of their pits.

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There is always some great trail action at an Axial RECON G6 scale adventure event, but G Central was moving and grooving with G6ers having to dance like Kokopelli and play the fruit that each driver brought like a flute to gain access to the special Kokopelli section of the stage.

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Well, not all the fruit made it to the dance floor. (hehehe)

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I appreciate the help from volunteer G Crew Members. We have waaaay to much fun. Thank You to those that helped with the Axial Kokopelli RECON G6.

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Each RECON G6 means something special and different to each driver. I was moved by this Axial EXO Terra Buggy. The original owner passed away and several drivers of the rc club, finished his build and drove it in the Axial Kokopelli RECON G6. I know he was smiling in watching his rig being driven by such a great friend.

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This G6′n Family drove all the way from Indiana to play in the Colorado outdoors with us! (out playing with his Axial scale adventure rig & not in the picture, is their son)

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Thanks to everyone who came out & enjoyed all the adventure that Grand Junction, Colorado provided!

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See y’all next year!

Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6 – Belleview, Florida

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Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6

October 3, 2015

Belleview, Florida

Words and Photos: Anthony Rivas

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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.

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Dominic and I are cutting through the darkness in a hurry so I don’t miss my flight.

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I am not sure how many airports have slot machines in them, but here in Las Vegas I believe they are almost everywhere.

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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.

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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.

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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

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I am guessing this is Texas, I really do not know this to be true.

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It seems to get noticeably greener the closer I get to my destination.

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On approach, Florida down below.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After looking over the outdoor scale course that this hobby store has I headed inside.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There is a light sprinkle when we start this trip and some dark clouds looming out over the water.

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As soon as we turned into the Market of Marion we were greeted by signs, pointing us to the Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6.

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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.

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How cool is this? Spotted this over at the GCM camp.

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This Axial Wraith was pretty well upgraded. Even the diff covers seemed to fit the theme of this RECON G6.

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Very cool Marine themed rig on a cut down Axial SCX10 chassis.

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I always see some rigs pushing that next level of building and scale realism.

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I still say the 1.9 Wraith is gaining popularity in the RC community.

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Hard bodies were present and built to run on course.

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I like this Yota-Bolt, the grill is a nice touch.

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The dents are simple and really add to the scale look of this Axial Trail Honcho

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Some of the drivers went so far as to paint on their rigs to fit the Killer Clowns theme.

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These mud trucks came proper to the Rivas Concepts Show & Shine. I am still in awe over these rigs.

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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.

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Some Jeep XJ’s on hand here in Florida and looking very scale.

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Parker greeted everyone at registration and then changed into character to call all the drivers together.

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As always the National Anthem precedes the start.

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The Killer Clowns Axial RECON G6 is underway and everyone is watching.

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Once you made the trek from G-Central to the woods it was a completely different feel.

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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!

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Clear dirt was present on this stage.

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Some action from the RRW scale course.

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Whether you were driving solo or with a spotter, these guys had a lot of obstacles to negotiate.

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This Jeep with tubed doors broke a rear output shaft early on so his buddies pushed and pulled him through the stage.

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Clear dirt sections ranged from mud, shallow water crossings, to a floating challenge.

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Yes a floating challenge. Drive your rig onto a mini barge and pull it across the water.

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Apply power where needed. Some spots were just a little to slick to crawl.

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G6′ers are always encouraged to keep an eye out for stage items.

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The RRW scale trail even offered some scenery. Like these bears and fisherman pictured below.

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Some 1.55 tires on this Axial Jeep G6 doing work in the slop.

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Even a little sand for these RECON G6 drivers.

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After the 150+ trail markers, it was back to G-Central for some side by side rhythm drags.

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This Axial EXO Terra Buggy was hammered down looking for a win.

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Some very exciting close side by side action.

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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.

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Alexis who is 7, also driving in the RECON Rascals class, claimed her prize with her mom Misty. This is their 2nd RECON G6.

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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?

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One thing that could make it even better is you winning an Axial G6 Kit!

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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?

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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.

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You can start to see the lights better, so that means it’s close to the night stage.

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Parker sent them off into the night for yet another adventure.

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This stage comes to an end. Normally the story ends here, but I have another day here in Florida.

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Sunday we went and ran at a spot a few locals know as Sanford.

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We went out and did some exploring on the waters edge. I was hoping to see a gator.

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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.

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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.

Kokopelli Axial RECON G6 – Grand Junction, Colorado

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Kokopelli RECON G6

Words and photos: Anthony Rivas
September 19, 2015
Grand Junction, Colorado

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I am back on the road, this time headed to colorful Colorado. Grand Junction Colorado to be exact, for the Kokopelli Recon G6. I spot a few jets as I am heading out of town, back on Interstate 15.

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Very quickly I am crossing into Arizona and entering what seems like a lot of construction.

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Next I am in Utah and I am happy to see that speed limit sign. Its just over 7 hours from Las Vegas to Colorado and I think crossing an entire state at this speed helps.

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This is how I mark the halfway point. I15 to I70 and on to Colorado.

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I made it. Just about 50 miles to go to Grand Junction.

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Welcome to Grand Junction Colorado! From here I will stay on I70 past Palisade, a town famous for its peaches, and exit Cameo.

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As I exit Cameo I see this Kokopelli market. Do you think Parker planned this?

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Across the Colorado river, then over this narrow bridge and to our spot. The little bridge is a little unnerving.

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It’s Saturday, morning of the Kokopelli Axial RECON G6. We are here bright and early as the sun comes up.

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The line has started, and it looks like everyone came to play.

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Looks like one of the drivers also attended AXIALFEST. These drivers really embracing all aspects of the RECON G6, bringing some highly recommended scale fruit!

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Drivers are also bringing real fruit, we can only imagine what Parker has in mind for these G6 drivers. It will either be very challenging for the drivers or just very entertaining!

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“Parker”, also known as Mr. G6, is getting ready for a drivers meeting after setting the course. Man, that leather Recon G6 bag is cool!

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Jamie Allen has made it a tradition to paint her nails to match the theme of the Recon G6 she drives in.

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Before the drivers meeting gets under way, I called for all the first time G6′rs to come out.

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Dad Matt, Mom Andrea, 3 year old Hailey, and 5 year old Lucas making the journey to this RECON G6 all the way from Crowning Point, Indiana. All of them came to drive!

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The Outcast Crawlers are going to tackle this adventure as a group.

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A drivers meeting followed as always by the national anthem and this group would be turned loose on the first stage of the Kokopelli Axial RECON G6.

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These Colorado drivers sure had a lot of Wrexos, both 1.9 and 2.2.

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After the famous words “Lite your lipos,” these G6′ers were on their way.

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Team work was how a lot of the terrain was covered.

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A little wheel speed on softer climbs got you to the top or dug ruts and put you on your side.

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Scale accessories could be seen being used all over the stage. It really paid off having these items if you wanted to keep moving without a winching penalty.

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Some of the Trail Markers really had drivers looking for the line.

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Being in Colorado you know there was some cool rock.

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There was no shortage of 1.9 Wraiths in this town.

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After all this action I needed to take a break and see what’s going on at G camp.

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If you brought fruit and wanted access to the special Kokopelli stage, this was your task. Play your fruit like you think Kokopelli would.

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So when is HOG (Hand of God) necessary? Well really never, but this rental Cherokee was accidentally launched onto this island. There is about a foot gap between these rocks; 6 to 8″ either way on the landing and it would have plummeted 25 to 30 feet.

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Some cool scale realism to this rig was the fan that blew air into ESC box while the other fan sucked it out. The little clock was a cool touch.

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Kelsie with her Axial Jeep G6 came out as a first time RC driver and took home the RECON Ranger Diva of the day award with her Dad Ross coaching her out on the trail. Sounds like a good way to spend a weekend to me.

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A random driver was picked out with the help of Parker’s little helper and took home a new Axial Falken Jeep G6 RTR.

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Rivas Concepts Show & Shine winners were picked out before the night stage. Pictured above was Best of Show belonging to Vinnie Wildman and below was RECON Ready belonging to Jon Killgore.

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I learned a very interesting back story to this Recon Ready winner. This is an Axial Exo with SCX10 axles, and the Axial Vanguard system. This rig belonged to Grand Junction local James Chenoweth, who passed away a short time ago. The rig was passed onto to Jon Killgore, who went through it with Ryan Tousley and together they keep it running in events in memory of James.

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We were then onto the night stage!

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Brett Alexander and Justin Davis came out for a full day of playing. Driving from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Maybe we will see you out getting your fix at a RECON G6.

 

RCORVA 2015 R/C Crawling Association World Finals and RECON G6 certified TrailMaster Challenge

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Words and photos: Anthony Rivas

Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s August and this is one of our hottest months. For those of you from out of town, it definitely takes some time to get acclimated to this heat and dry climate. So I will brave the heat with the drivers, while you sit back and check out some of the action at Worlds 2015. This is happening roughly 60 miles away in Logandale, Nevada.

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Lots of people come to Las Vegas for lots of reasons and stereotypically it is for gaming or some of our other city’s activities. I am going to take you on an adventure outside of the city.

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As you see, Las Vegas Boulevard or “The Strip” as locals call it, is full of liveliness almost every hour of every day.

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Heading north out of Vegas on Interstate 15 towards Mesquite, you can see how dramatically the scenery changes once you are out of the city.

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If you are into racing maybe you have been to the Las Vegas Speedway. If you have not been, well you’re getting the drive by tour.  This will be the last thing you see for a few minutes on the drive out to our destination.

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Once past the speedway, it opens up for a while. This road will take you up to Salt Lake or to the Interstate 70 junction, taking you towards Moab, Utah or Colorado.

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Roughly 45 to 55 minutes later this is our exit, Overton/Logandale. This is an easy drive straight up the Interstate.

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Once you have taken the exit, you will drive down this winding road a little ways. You can already start seeing some elevation in these hills.

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It’s extremely dry out here and to be honest I don’t think the needle on this sign ever really moves.

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You will know you’re close when you start to see town. When you come out of Las Vegas, this doesn’t seem like much of a town. That maybe some of the appeal for us locals. Its always nice to just get away; that and wait till you see the terrain.

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We are on the edge of town, I should mention that you will not see many trees where we are headed.

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That’s our sign, about 2 minutes after hitting the edge of town. You will want to make sure you have brought plenty of water by this point.

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Ran into Josh Harris, one of the RECON G6 crew members. He is far from home; Arkansas is about 1500 miles away. I am willing to bet he doesn’t miss the humidity of the south though.

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This is our path the rest of the way. A car will easily make it out here, typical washboards and tons of dust.

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Oh did I mention dust? 95% of the time its extremely dry out here. It’s always worth the drive though. Its under 10 miles from the paved road to our destination.

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This is our spot, epic rock and more lines than you know what to do with.

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Very soon this place will be crawling with drivers and their RCs’. I imagine a lot of canopies will be up, not much in the way of shade out here.

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It’s the day before the event and I have heard there are some people already out here. So I have come to check it out. This group had people come out from Canada.

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Arve and Jens flew in all the way from Norway for this event.

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Pennsylvania was represented here as well.

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It’s Friday morning, Worlds 2015 will begin today. It also looks like it’s going to get pretty warm too.

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As people start to gather for the drivers meeting, I am thinking I may go scope out some of the rigs.

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One of the first things I notice about the 2.2 Shafty class is 99% of them run Axial AR60 axles or the Axial Sxc10 axles.

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This is an Axial Wraith replica build, built by Charlie, a Las Vegas local.

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I am seeing some scalers are present. I hope to see them on the RECON G6 Certified Trail Master Adventure course.

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I am getting anxious to see the scalers out on course.

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John Rob Holmes has some words for the drivers before turning them loose on the comp courses.

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After the drivers meeting it’s time to go out and hit the rocks. The drivers seem very eager to get this event underway. So lets check out some of the action.

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The 2.2 Shafty class is running on this first day of competition. If you’re new to the hobby, “shafty” refers to how the axles are driven. In this class, motors put power to the transmission, and that puts power to drivelines that turn the axles.

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The Axial SCX10 axles and the AR60′s are 50/50 split for shafty class.

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California driver Jake Wright out on the rocks navigating a path through these gates. AR60′s giving this comp rig a nice wide stance.

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I was able to check out rigs as people set them in line. This one’s reppin’ RECON G6.

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As it got hotter some of the drivers began to take breaks and cool down.

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Some took out the go fast cars like the Axial Yeti and began making some bombing runs across the desert.

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Mr. Holmes even got in on the desert runs with his Holmes powered Axial Wraith.

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Not only did drivers have to concentrate on gates and lines, but also staying hydrated.

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Looking down the trail I am seeing some Scale trucks heading my way.

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The lead trucks body is permanently representing AXIALFEST 2015. I have heard people are already reserving spots for AXIALFEST 2016. The super clean SCX10 based Toyota and older Ford truggy draw you in.

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Although there was plenty of sand and a Dingo with surfboards, there was no water to be found.

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There were a few breaks on the trail, but it didn’t stop anyone form having a few laughs and a good time on this course.

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I was really digging this Scx10 based Toyota, check out the axles under this rig. It performed well out on these rocks. The driver said, “Oh I built it to drive, its not to be a shelf queen.”

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The 1.9 Poison Spyder Axial Wraith putting the hammer down through this rock section.

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Apply wheel speed where needed on this RECON G6 certified Trail Masters Adventure course.

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There is noticeable difference between a 1.9 and 2.2 Wraith. The 1.9 conversion really seems to be picking up steam among the RC community.

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That’s some of the action from the scale trail. Nice work Josh Harris on setting this trail, all those hikes to set trails with Parker and your previous experience came into play here. Day 2 would bring out the 2.2 Pro class MOA (motor over axle) and an unlimited class.

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Some of you may know the Axial XR10 body and axles.

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A pleasant surprise from RCP Crawlers was a variety of ice cream on day 2. When its 104 out, this hits the spot. Thank you for this!DSC_0209

If you are just getting into scale trucks, you may or may not know about their origin. In short, 2.2 pro class is some insanely placed axial gates on the rocks and you have to get through them, while on a time limit.

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The same can be said for the 2.2 Shafty class. The Unlimited class brought out something I have never seen before in this type of event and I started crawling in 2007! This next rig is in the Unlimited class.

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This rig has a motor at each wheel, with four wheel steering. Making for insane low COG (center of gravity) and with a 3D printed body, it’s light weight, weighing in at just 4.3 pounds.

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These custom gear boxes at each wheel are also 3D printed.

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So here is the tricky part. The silver screen is actually there for a purpose. This has a fan that is controlled on command from the drivers remote. Putting out over a pound of thrust, helps this rig stay planted on the rocks.

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It was nice to meet the Canada crew who made the trip out to comp. Congratulations to Paul Mikolajewski pictured here in the Canadian flag shirt, for winning the 2.2 Shafty class with an Axial AR60 axle up front and an SCX10 axle in the rear. Maybe he is onto something.

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It was a pleasure to meet the Washington guys who made the journey to comp.

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It was great to meet the enthusiastic Arizona guys who came to play as you can see here.

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Just a few of Las Vegas locals who came out; 4 to run comp and everyone came to scale. These brave souls even camped out, while a majority stayed in hotels.

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Congratulations to Matt Wolfe and Jim Rowe of Las Vegas for RECON Ready and Driver of the Day awards. This photo is credited to Jim Rowe.

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Thanks for checking out Worlds with me.

AXIAL SKINWALKER CURSE RECON G6 presented by Tekin Racing

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The Axial Skinwalker Curse RECON G6 presented by Tekin Racing
August 15, 2015 • Utah
Words & photos by Brian Parker

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Every Axial RECON G6 event starts with the National Anthem.

The Axial Skinwalker Curse RECON G6 set a record for stage elevation, at 10,800 feet above sea level. What an amazing location. Large slabs of monolithic rock, scale shale, & beautiful views gave drivers a scenic challenge in the state of Utah.

Getting to know everyone & see their builds are a highlight of every Axial RECON G6 event.

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The new FC Body by Axial RC is a popular lid for the proven scx10.

 

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Chris Schurer on Holiday from Austria.

The Day stage featured various types of terrain and elevation changes. Drivers had to complete two laps in order to finish the day stage. During those two laps, they were on the look out for scale adventure items and the Pit Bull Tires Alien Puppy.

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What is a Pit Bull Alien Puppy? Well, ask these G6ers, some of them may know.

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A RECON G6 scale adventure event usually has several “not mandatory, but highly recommended” items that participants can choose to do. These drivers chose to & did they do a great job.

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Thank You to everyone who picked up trash. Our goal is to leave every area that we use, cleaner than we found it. Pack out what you pack in. I’m proud to say, G6ers pack out what others left behind.

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Here are the “Drivers of the Day” for the 2015 Axial Skinwalker Curse RECON G6. Congratulations G6’ers!

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Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2015 REPORT Part 3 of 3

event_axialfest2015_pt3 Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2015 REPORT PART 3/3 Words and Photos by Matt ‘Skeeno’ Soileau with a few photos from Rivas Concepts sprinkled in here and there. July 16-18, 2015 Cisco Grove Campground, Cisco Grove, California This is the third and final installment of Skeeno’s AXIALFEST2015 Report.  In this blog I will be covering what everyone came to AXIALFEST2015 for the RECON G6 Challenge. After the RECON TerraX and Rhythm Drags on Friday morning and afternoon, there was a small break before the RECON G6 Driver’s Meeting. I took this time to visit some of the old sponsors attending AXIALFEST2015. DSCF0122 First stop was the Wertymade Products camp.  He was camped out with ScalerFab. DSCF0130 I tried to say hello to Ty from Tekin, but he was out helping out some AXIALFESTers that needed some assistance with their ESCs.  Ty wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to run the RECON G6 that night. DSCF0312 Up at G Central, Tree and Josh Harris were making some last minute adjustments to the water feature. DSCF0336 By the time I made my loop of the campground, people were starting to gather for the RECON G6 Driver’s Meeting. DSCF0335 I started to notice some interesting hats in the crowd. DSCF0339 DSCF0337 The aluminum foil hats were to pay tribute to AXIAL’s 10th Anniversary.  Since 10 years is the silver anniversary and silver is a little difficult and expensive to work with, Parker went with aluminum foil as the medium in which to design the head wear with. DSCF0345 I also think it was partially to entertain him.  He just wanted to see how many people he could get to wear tin foil hats.  Art Bell would have been proud. DSCF0589 Decorated socks were also part of the 10th Anniversary Attire.  Prizes were awarded for the best hat and socks. DSCF0334 The crowd just got bigger… DSCF0346 And bigger… The Pic …until, Holy Moly!  That is a lot of G6ers!  That right there is 646 registered drivers and their support crews all staged and ready for the AXIALFEST2015 RECON G6 Challenge.  I’m sure this is the largest RC event of individual participants ever.  It was quite an impressive site. DSCF0363 1 After Parker gave the official instructions to those that missed all the PreAXIALFEST2015 blogs, it was time to get G6in’.  Skeeno Jr. headed off with one of the trail groups.  You can see the King of Scale trying to keep up with her. 2 Skeeno Jr and Big Yeti from CKRC got a little distracted by all the people driving at once.  If you’ve never seen over 600 G6ers all driving at once, you should. DSCF0316 Josh Harris got to see his handy work in action over at the water feature.  The water and slick rocks were a challenging combination. DSCF0368 Skeeno Jr. kept on driving into the dark.  Luckily, Alien GeeSix’s SCX10 G6 Edition Jeep is equipped with a light bar.  It made navigating in the dark much easier. DSCF0369 I followed Skeeno Jr. down to what used to be the creek.  This year it was mostly puddles in the rocks, but Parker made sure you still got your wheels wet. DSCF0380 Even thought there was a little back up on some of the initial trail markers, Mr. Fokai was in good spirits as his family and friends waited their turns. DSCF0372 The wait gave some of the mommas and kiddos a chance to rest. DSCF0374 Uh oh, trouble on the first few trail markers of the AXIALFEST2015 RECON G6?  Hope you remembered your parts and tools. DSCF0373 DSCF0383 After the rocks in the creek, things became a little sandy. DSCF0370 The terrain varied greatly. So, it wasn’t uncommon to go from slick rocks to sand to rough granite to mud to silt to packed dirt all within a few trail markers. DSCF0392 DSCF0371 Down by the river, the rocks were extremely slick. DSCF0402 Most rigs needed assistance up these slick climbs. Luckily, tow straps were in abundance and fellow G6ers were eager and happy to lend assistance. DSCF0390 I met Mark Weir at the Novak/Cannondale campground on the way back to camp for the night. Mark is a mountain biking legend who is also into RC. I was a little starstruck and accidentally called him Mike. DSCF0404On Saturday morning, I set out to see how things were going out on the G6 trails.  Most people finished two sections Friday night and the other four on Saturday.  It was up to each driver to decide when to take breaks when they felt it was needed, so there were lots of AXIALFESTERs out all day running at their own pace. DSCF0405 The first RECON G6ers I came upon were up on the hill. It kinda looked Rubiconish up here. DSCF0407 Almost exactly like my first trip into the Rubicon in my buddy’s first generation Ford Bronco.  If only this Deadbolt was black, it would be an exact match. DSCF0410 Down the trail in the trees, I saw this little guy navigating for his dad by pointing out the next trail markers. DSCF0420 There were lots of these culvert tunnels all around AXIALFEST2015.  Parker made sure you drove through each one. DSCF0424 DSCF0426The Culvert Crouch was a popular pose. DSCF0313 DSCF0315 Lights made it easier to see your rigs as they drove into the darkness. DSCF0430 DSCF0433 Down by the river, drivers formed queue lines as they waited their turns DSCF0434 Here, Mr. Chino wished he had front dig to pull his FJ around. DSCF0438 DSCF0448 You don’t see many Volvos out wheelin’.  This grocery getter was gettin’ it! DSCF0451 Fokai Jr. took a break after walking down the long Hell’s Highway toward the river. DSCF0453 This youngster helped his dad up this ledge. DSCF0460 This future G6er was part of the support crew.  Her job was to walk slowly and look cute.  She did it with flair. DSCF0465 Posing by the trail heads was a popular photo opportunity. DSCF0472 DSCF0473 Slick rocks ahead.  Get your tow straps ready. DSCF0468 Lending a tow strap is always the courteous thing to do. DSCF0476 DSCF0477 Sometimes a bump to push the driver in front of you over an obstacle is needed. DSCF0479 Dohoney Brothers Racing in the house! DSCF0483 Dropping in the sandy driveway to the creek. DSCF0486 These guys were working the rocks over by the front of camp. DSCF0505 Another culvert? 3 Yup, Skeeno Jr. found them as well. DSCF0525 Over on the other side of the camp, things were more silty than rocky. DSCF0527 The silt got dug out easily and made using the towstraps mandatory on some obstacles. DSCF0529 This is my tent trailer brother taking a break with his crew. It was good to meet you and discuss our love of camping. DSCF0534 DSCF0536 Big rocks and loose dirt makes for a challenging trail. DSCF0537 A couple that G6es together stays together.  Get your significant other an SCX10 today and save your relationship. DSCF0540 No shame in taking a break.  Sometimes your feet need it. DSCF0542 I found Skeeno Jr over on this side.  She was trying to finish her fifth trail.  Luckily, she had help up some of the more dug out sections. DSCF0545 The bamboo bridge looked innocent, but I saw some tires slide in between the slats. DSCF0548 She finally made it out of the woods and over to the water. DSCF0556 She was happy to cool off over at the Float Your Rig Challenge.  SS WMRBB (aka WalMart Root Beer Bottles) made a fine but unglamorous watercraft. DSCF0509 This barge had an awesome plaque. DSCF0562 Wheel powered! DSCF0567 Fan Powered! DSCF0578 So many different takes on the Float Your Rig Challenge. DSCF0601 Large Marge was not only huge, but had some awesome detail.  It won the award for best boat at the Concourse on Friday night. DSCF0608 Pack you kids up tightly, so they don’t fall in the water. DSCF0610 Things were so relaxed on Saturday afternoon that even the G Crew got out to drive.  Here, Mr. Tree gets some wheel time before the awards ceremony. DSCF0611 Team KNK happily paused for food and maintenance to make sure they would finish.  Remember, finishing a RECON G6 is winning a RECON G6. DSCF0619 Down by the river, I spotted these brave souls trying out some Ultra lines. DSCF0622 Down these slick rocks was a scary fall. DSCF0624 You had to trust your tires to attempt these lines. DSCF0628 DSCF0658 I was afraid to watch, so I went to find Skeeno Jr.  I knew she was getting close to finishing. DSCF0630 During my search for Skeeno Jr. I saw this guy searching for the next trail marker. 4 I found Skeeno Jr. just as she completed the last trail marker on her last section.  She did it, 600 trail markers and no mechanical issues in her mostly stock Axial SCX10 RECON G6 Edition Jeep. She was feeling proud of her accomplishment.  It was her first AXIALFEST finish in three attempts. DSCF0679 IMAG00110 We arrived at the awards ceremony a little late after eating dinner.  The crowd was already large and the pavilion was packed to the gills to watch the awards presentation. Winners received their awards and took photos with the official AXIALFEST2015 photographer. You can see pics of the winners here: https://www.facebook.com/axialinc/posts/10153388157700873 After awards was the raffle.  Everyone watched in amazement as winner after winner and thousands of dollars of awesome swag came up to grab their prizes.  Some lucky winner took home a Magnaflow exhaust, another won a set of Method Racing Wheels (for full size cars, not RC!) as well as dozens of Axial kits and RTRs.  If you were lucky, you took home a limited edition Judd Rummage RTR! IMAG00112 Sunday morning we had to pack up and return to the real world. It was a truly memorable, record setting weekend filled with memories.  I had to say goodbye to my new and old G Crew members as they traveled back to Reno, Arkansas, and Austria.  I can’t wait to see them again next year. If you haven’t started making plans to attend AXIALFEST2016, I suggest you stop procrastinating.  The date is set (July 15-17) and the Cisco Grove Campground is already filling up.  You don’t want to be left out of the greatest RC show on earth. Get your AXIALFEST2016 info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1623366397951597/