The Mojave Trail Adventure

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There’s adventure all around us, the only hard part is either knowing where to look or being adventurous enough to look around and find it. In this case of desert exploration, there’s adventure all over the place, much of it with significant historical value. And right about now is when the Mojave Trail comes into the picture. A trail that early East to West settlers used, navigating them through the Mojave Desert in hopes of green pastures just on the other side of the mountains. Yet, as you travel along the Mojave Trail, you come to find out many people considered it home and an opportunity for generating income. Whether is was mining, establishing water wells, live stock, or creating art like artist Carl Faber.

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Loaded up, filled up and in route to Laughlin.

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Mile #1 of the Mojave Trail with the Colorado River to our Right.

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Take notice, this is a stock Nissan 4×4 Frontier. It’ll be interesting to see how much damage comes out of this.

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Hello there Colorado River

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Less than 10miles into the Mojave Trail and our Trail Boss Mike Whittington finds himself in this predicament.

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Dragging on the body is NOT an option here.

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And while Mike is getting is F-150 towed off the ledge Phoebe is ready for more, even if she has to drive.

And while Mike is getting is F-150 towed off the ledge Phoebe is ready for more, even if she has to drive.

No more than 15 minutes later after towing Mike off the Ledge I get a flat front passenger tire thanks to a healthy piece of metal.

No more than 15 minutes later after towing Mike off the Ledge I get a flat front passenger tire thanks to a healthy piece of metal.

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Not sure how legit these rock paintings are but they’re certainly interesting.

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How to spot the water source while out in the desert.. Look for the green.

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Off in the distance is Laughlin NV

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Needless to say, the sight of these clouds wasn’t exactly helping the cause considering we were in route to our first campsite and the idea of setting up a tent in the rain was not appealing.

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A few weeks prior the desert was hit with a healthy rain storm which knocked out parts of the trail. This was a ditch you did not want to fall into. But that could be said about any ditch.

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Recent rains have given the desert floor a greenish hue with flowers and plants blooming all over the place.

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What are we driving into?

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Take a moment and think about how much force as needed to move a rock that large. Then think about the fact that the force of water moved that rock.

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Years of water flowing over these rocks has shaped their surface into a smooth and colorful arrangement.

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Natures LEGO build.

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Sunset falls onto Day One of the Mojave Trail run and those pesky rain clouds have sailed away. However, in there place came a cold night.

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Beverages in hand, we’re ready for an evening next to the camp fire.

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Day One Camp just above Fort Paiute. Established in late 1859 by Captain James H. Carleton, 1st Dragoons, this desert post was located near Piute Springs in the foothills of the Piute Mountain range, about 25 miles west of Fort Mojave and 10 miles north of Goffs in San Bernardino County, a few miles west of the California-Nevada border.

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The sunset just kept getting better and better as the lights slowly went out.

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Cast iron pans should be in everyones camping box. Dinner for night one is cut up chicken sausages, onions, potatoes, zucchini, garlic, olive oil, and salt and people for seasoning.

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Slight change of scenery, approx 4,000ft elevation.

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A desert hare hanging out in the shade watching the sun go up as we cruise through.

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It’s best not to poke this nest. At some points along the trail they were all over the place.

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Just heading up to mile 35 of the trail and you’ll come across an abandoned school bus and early sedan. Both have been better days.

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Yes, that person.

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City dog earning her trail dog merit badges.

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Don’t forget the coin can donation @ 35.13544 and -115.17731

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Spring time in the desert yields all sorts plans blooming with vivid colors.

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No reservations were made but certainly an idea for the future.

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What you see there are the bits of steel used to build railways that have been added to the Nevada Southern Railway monument.

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That’s one way to hold down from railroad ties.

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This was the view for quite a while today. One of those stretches of trail were the dog is not allowed out of the truck.

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Five-5 not needed. Cylindropuntia is a genus of cacti (family Cactaceae), containing the cholla, native to northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. They are known for their barbed spines that tenaciously attach to skin, fur, and clothing.

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As we’re trailing along this old stone house appeared. Mind you, this was literally in the middle of the desert and someone had put some serious effort in this home. Located at: 35.14143 -115.25704 @4486ft

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Seems up to building enforcement code.

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Those are aluminum framed windows, which means this house isn’t all that old.

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Perfect spot for a lunch stop, at the old rock house.

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Well… It’s finally happened, trail damage. Decent technical decent with good sized truck eating holes. A punch and a scratch. Not sure insurance will cover this on. Location: 35.14917 -115.32228 @ 4673ft

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I wonder where there is water around here.

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Most of the desert flowers were in full bloom, which is something that doesn’t happen all that often.

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Wasn’t expecting any road signs out here.

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Desert artist Carl Faber’s rock house. May sound odd but, there is a park service restroom on site. So if you’ve got shy open air bowels this is your change for a download. Location: 35.15520 -115.33489 @ 4863ft

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Carl Faber’s desert house is small and somewhat cozy with spectacular views.

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Safe to assume the concrete slab for this house was poured in 1969.

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I’m assuming this is an outdoor shower.

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rouge .22 shot through the window. Have no clue if this was during Carl’s residence or just someone plinking around the desert.

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Not quite sure exactly what it is but most likely a water well.

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After taking a closer look at the tree and the limb that broke off, this had to have happened within the last 6 months. Luckily the water tank within the water tank was not damaged from what we could see.

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This was a cool water pump setup using a windmill to pull water from the underground well. A simple lever mechanism engages and disengages the rotating assembly above to activate the pumping action.

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This birds nest was larger than the 35lbs dog. Begs the question, what bird might call that nest home.

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The view from Mid Hills Camp ground, night two.

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The map of the surrounding area around Mid Hills Campground.

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Despite a bit of wind blowing around it was great having the ability to setup the tent within the trees.

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Campsite activities: SCX10 Jeep JK Wrangler and reading material.

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Who said you had to only bring one R/C car.. must have missed that memo.

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Day Three: Leaving Mid Hill campground and ready for more trail.

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Private residents along the trail.

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First sight of paved road in nearly 3 days. Bitter sweet moment considering it was great to see paved road but equally wanted more dirt trail to explore.

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While at Marl Springs we came across what looks to be some sort of granite rock crushing circle with center mounting point.

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This looked to be the source of the water well that fed the tools and above ground just down the hill.

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Just a steady trickle of water coming out into the well that served as a water hole for a slew of bees.

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A massive weld for such a small bar. What kind of a welder do you think was used for this?

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While at Marl Springs, decided to make a lunch stop and let the dogs stretch out their legs while on mooch patrol.

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Along the Mojave Trail there are numerous spots to check out. The Mailbox at mile 74 should be BOLD text highlighted and at the top of your list. Constructed in 1983 by Friends of the Mojave Road, a conservation group and historical society who were looking to add place for travelers to mark their passing on the unmaintained dirt road. At the site you’ll find mailbox donations of food, water, misc knick knacks, candles and etc. Beyond the Mailbox there are several different little shrines; The Frogs, Jeep Rock, Action figures followed by gnomes. GPS Coordinates: 35.18545 -115.69273 @ 4,271ft

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Make sure to sign in.

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On The Rocks Jeep Club Crew from left to right: John Cary,Nova, Wendy Cary, John Cary jr, Mikala Cary, Phoebe, Mike Whittington, Corkey Wohlers, Laura Whittington and Rich Wohlers.

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Mike and Marty taking a moment at the Mailbox.

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A small contribution to the Mailbox, Axial decal sheet.

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Axial marks the spot!

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So many frogs!

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Jeep Rock

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Watch out for those gnomes.

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Next stop of the Mojave Trail is a slight detour over to the Lave Tubes. GPS coordinates: 35.21599 -115.75248 @3,565ft

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The trail crew, box stock trucks: (2) Ford F-150 crew cabs w/ ecoboost and 4wd, (1) Ford Super Duty F-350 diesel crew cab w/4wd, (1) Nissan Frontier V6 crew cab w/4wd

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Stairs leading down into the Lave Tubes. Be careful, they’re steep.

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Holes looking down into the tubes.

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For a split second is almost looks like Hawaii.

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It’s interesting seeing lava rock like this up close.

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Not a scene from the “Encounters from a third kind”. Just Mike looking up to the light.

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Sadly, this little bunny found itself into the cave and was not able to get out.

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A donation of Phoebe.

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Natures spot light.

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After a long trip down a high frequency bumpy rock we’ve finally arrived to the Soda Lake bed that backs up to Zzyzx Road off the 15 freeway. Soda Lake bed is also the Mojave river end point.

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Hope you brought a rock for the Rock Pile donation. GPS Coordinates: 35.13073 -116.09529 @871ft This 3k+ drop in elevation showcases a polarizing difference amongst the shrubbery surrounding the landscape.

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SCX10 Jeep JK Wrangler posting up at the Rock Pile.

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We’ll take your word on that.

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This was hands down the most vehicles we had seen during a expedition down the Mojave Trail.

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She looks comfortable, it’s best not to disturb.

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Last night of camping along the Mojave Trail. We found a great spot just around the corner from Razor Road and backs up to a large hill with scattered volcanic rocks. GPS Coordinates: 35.09494 -116.13889 @980ft

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A rig per day keeps the office desk away.

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That’s a view.

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Surrounding night three camp site was this epic hill side with scattered volcanic rock.

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Day four on the Mojave Trail and we’re making our way down to Kelso Train Station. To our left is the National Parks Service boundary line… Don’t cross that line.

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The goal here was heading over to Kelso Station, an old rail road town in the middle of the desert. This would have been accomplished if there was a proper railing crossing ramp, which the map said it was there. You guessed it, there was no crossing. GPS Coordinates: 35.04669 -116.16513 @988ft

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Driving along the train tracks and looking for a crossing. We ventured about one mile up the train tracks but could not find a crossing. Time to move on and explore more.

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Coming up to the Mojave Trail Train Bridge and nearing the completion of our East to West trek through the Mojave Trail.

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78 years later the bridge is still standing.

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You don’t see power and communication lines like this all that often these days.

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The Mojave Trail running parallel to the train lines.

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First water crossing of the trip. GPS Coordinates: 35.02403, -116.35798 @1295ft

Axial Downloadable Complete Parts List

Axial Downloadable Complete Parts List

Axial is always looking for better ways to serve its customer base. Along that point, did you know that we offer a complete, downloadable Excel file filled with every standard or option part currently in production?

You may have overlooked it if you weren’t sure what it was; Hover over the ‘SUPPORT’ menu item on their website and you’ll see it at the bottom of the dropdown; parts list (xls format).

This list is broken out into multiple sections; part numbers, UPC codes, product description, MSRP and product type. Next to that are vertical columns that coincide with engine/vehicle part numbers (ie, AX0331 for the Axial 28RR-2 Engine or AX90032 for the Axial Yeti XL 1/8th Scale RTR).

To use the list, simply choose the product type you’d like to filter (bodies, chassis, electronics, etc) and match it up to your vehicle on the right (you’ll need to know your vehicle’s part number first). Axial has added a ‘S’ for a Standard part, an ‘O’ for an Option part or left it blank if it doesn’t work with your vehicle.

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I use it frequently and highlight the Axial cars I have, looking for new ‘O’s to help me outfit my rides with newly-released goodies!

This list gets updated frequently when new parts or vehicles are released so it’s a fantastic tool to help you track down any parts you might need.

I’ll save you 3 seconds; download the file here: docs.axialracing.com/partslist/axialpartslist.xls

Casey Currie – Rubicon Adventure

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We all know Casey Currie as about the most passionate racer on the earth. He spends every waking hour developing a strategy to surpass his competition on every level. His ability to conquer the rocks at the King of the Hammers, the wide open deserts of Baja California and the shout course venues across America is nothing short of phenomenal. When you spend 40 weekends a year on the road, sometimes you need to sneak in some personal time. So, what does a hard core racer like Casey do to unwind? Have a look!

Axial R/C Inc. Teams With SCORE International 2016 – Official R/C Vehicles

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Mission Viejo, CA) February 9, 2016.

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of the Baja 500, Baja 1000 and SCORE International.

So much focus in the R/C industry is placed on short course off road racing. It makes perfect sense, as it is easy to gather lots of people into a confined area to experience off road racing vehicles. What many people don’t know is that short course off road racing was born in the desert. What short course promoters are attempting to do is bring desert racing to the masses. What is lost in this process is the adventure. In true Axial style, we are all about chasing adventure. In this case, Axial R/C has partnered with SCORE International to support further growth of the off road racing that started it all.

The Baja 500 and Baja 1000 are two of the most recognizable off road racing events on the planet. The machines, the people and the experiences of these and all of SCORE’s events are the inspiration for many of today’s off road enthusiasts. Axial fans and consumers are driven by adventure, getting out there and experiencing the relationship of man and machine in the wild. Axial will be taking an in depth look at what drives all of these individuals to push themselves and their machines to the absolute limit to conquer Baja.

Axial will continue to support the world’s premier desert racing championship through sponsorship of the series, helping to bring the off-road action to your living room through extensive CBS Sports coverage. Axial will also continue to support its Yeti Trophy Truck RTR vehicle as it grows in popularity amongst enthusiasts world wide.

Get your passport ready and make an adventure of it as the SCORE INTERNATIONAL  2016 event schedule is posted: http://score-international.com/2016-race-schedule/

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Feb. 25-28 30th Bud Light SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
(one loop, Approx. 250 miles)

April 14-17 2nd Bud Light SCORE BAJA SUR 500
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
(one loop, Approx. 500 total miles)

June 1-5 48th Bud Light SCORE BAJA 500
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
(one loop, Approx. 500 miles)

Sept. 14-18 Bud Light SCORE DESERT CHALLENGE
presented by Rosarito Beach
Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico
(15-16–mile loop, multi-lap, two-day race)

Nov. 16-20 49th Bud Light SCORE BAJA 1000
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
(One Loop, Approx. 800 miles)

About Axial
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly became a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products as Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We manufacture chassis and accessory products predominantly for the Rock Crawling and Overland Adventure segments, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us awards year after year, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.” For more information on Axial and Axial products please visit www.axialracing.comtwitter.com/axialracingfacebook.com/axialincyoutube.com/axialvideos

About SCORE International
The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, SCORE International was founded in 1973 by the late motorsports innovator Mickey Thompson and continues today under the ownership and director of former SCORE Trophy Truck racing champion Roger Norman. The five-race, internationally-televised SCORE World Desert Championship features 35 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. The series is televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with international syndication for each of the one-hour programs. The flagship event of the SCORE World Desert Championship is the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 will air as a two-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. For more information regarding SCORE International, visit www.score-international.com

Indoor Crawling Course Driving Tips

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In many parts of the country, hobby stores have setup indoor crawling courses so that their customers can crawl year round. This is, of course, great, but crawling indoors can be radically different than outdoors. There are two basic types of indoor rock crawling courses. One is made out of actual rocks placed indoors. The second type is simulated rock. Both present different challenges.

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The courses made out of rocks moved indoors are usually a large collection of many smaller rocks ranging from baseball-sized to rocks about the size of basketballs. Some courses may have some bigger rocks, but that’s fairly rare, as the smaller the rocks are easier to get indoors. Piles of small rocks are very different than large exposed rocks found outdoors. The problem is all of the gaps and holes created between all of the rocks. When navigating these courses, the vehicle’s tires are constantly dropping in these holes. This can be brutal on the vehicles. When tires fall in these holes and get bound up, the suspension and especially the drivetrain take a real beating. Extremely careful line selection is needed to avoid as many of these holes as possible. A suspension setup with less articulation–specifically droop or down travel–will also make a huge difference as the tires will be less likely to fall in holes. Less droop will make the tires more likely to glide over the gaps between rocks. You can fabricate function limiting straps out of items such as shoelaces or cable ties. You don’t want to take away all of your suspension’s functionality, but limiting droop will often considerably help on many indoor rock crawling courses.

Another type of indoor course is the manmade type that is often fabricated out of spray foam insulation that goes on as a sprayed foam and then expands and hardens. When painted, this can made for some very realistic terrain. The hardest part about adapting to this surface is coping with inconsistent traction, which is pretty common outdoors as well. The difference is outdoors you can see the difference in terrain. If you’re paying attention, you know if you’re on sand, rock, smooth rock, etc. and can change your driving style to suit. On these manmade foam courses, you often can’t see how the surface is wearing. Sometimes you can see the paint or bed liner coating that is often used completely worn off, but often it looks the same but is completely smooth. Keep in mind too much traction can often hurt your efforts a lot more than too little traction. When traction is low, you slip and slide. That can be a struggle, but you can often just keep trying. When you unexpectedly encounter too much traction on a climb, your rear tires can bite in and flip you over backwards. The key is to keep a careful watch on not just the obstacles in your path but also the terrain’s surface.

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With both types of indoor courses one of the best things you can do is pre-walk the course. You don’t need to actually walk on the course, but you should walk along the course and envision your planned line. In your head, picture your vehicle as it goes and predict where you find difficulty. Really examine the course for tire-grabbing holes and look for smooth and rough surfaces that could present problems.

Axial – The Official R/C vehicles of Ultra4 Racing – King of the Hammers 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Mission Viejo, CA) January 14, 2015.

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of Ultra4 / King of the Hammers for 2015.

Ultra4 Racing is the latest and greatest off road motorsport event on earth. This style of racing challenges man to a duel with the elements. Unlike standard off road racing in a stadium or in the wide open desert, Ultra4 vehicles face challenges that no other motorsport demands. Competitors are not only made to cross vast areas of open desert, they also travel up boulder strewn canyons and negotiate terrain that appears impassable. To compete in such a demanding environment, competitors build custom four wheel drive vehicles that are made to crawl over the harshest terrain, then conquer the wide open desert at exhilarating triple digit speeds. This element of automotive enthusiasm is precisely what Axial R/C has set out to deliver in 1:10 scale, so the relationship between Axial R/C and Ultra4 is a very natural fit.

Axial’s roots are directly tied to motorsports, especially competitive rock crawling. As full size competitive rock crawling transcended into what is now rock racing, the sport became globally recognized in a short five years, most notably the King of the Hammers [KOH] held annually in Johnson Valley, California. Axial followed suit with its own version of vehicles that translated well within this segment of the off road community. Axial has been very offroad lifestyle driven and fits perfectly with Ultra4 and the King of the Hammers event which is the mecca of enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of rock racing. Axial will be on site at the 2015 King of the Hammers offering enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the endless fun that these rock racing and trail navigating R/Cs have to offer.

On the Saturday following KOH [Feb 7th], there will be a radio controlled version of King of the Hammers as Axial hosts the RECON Ultra4 G6 at King of the Hammers.

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Axial RECON Ultra4 G6 at King of the Hammers
When: Feb. 7 – 12:00 Noon
Where: (GPS- N34 24.927, W116 31.090) just west of Hammer Town at the base of the mountain.

R/C motorsports joins full size motorsports once again as Axial joins forces with Ultra4 / King of the Hammers. 2015 will once again see Axial bring the RECON G6 Series along for the full experience. Axial has teamed with full size motorsports in the past and is doing it again in Johnson Valley, Ca. ,on Saturday Feb. 7th, the day after the King of the Hammers main event. This is the last event on the 2015 KOH schedule starting at noon on Saturday, if you own an Axial R/C, come out and get your fix in this historic RECON Ultra4 G6. The RECON G6 series is made up of R/C endurance events featuring man and scale machine tackling the elements, a true test for your R/C vehicle with a major emphasis on a family fun atmosphere. The object is to conquer the course set forth by RECON G6 mastermind Brian Parker. For more information on this event, and to register to participate, please click here.

About Axial
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly became a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products as Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We manufacture chassis and accessory products predominantly for the Rock Crawling and Overland Adventure segments, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us awards every year from 2007 through 2010, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.” For more information on Axial and Axial products please visit www.axialracing.comtwitter.com/axialracingfacebook.com/axialincyoutube.com/axialvideos

About Ultra4
Ultra4 Racing is the official website of Hammerking Productions. The founders of Hammerking are the force behind the toughest one-day off-road race on the planet: King of The Hammers. King of the Hammers takes place each year in February, on public lands in Johnson Valley, CA. The race has evolved from 12 teams racing for bragging rights and a case of beer, to more than 150 teams competing before thousands of fans both live and online. Due to the incredible success of King of the Hammers, Hammerking has created an equally difficult off-road endurance race called The Stampede which occurs annually in Reno, NV.

In addition to these races, Hammerking has established a racing class known as the Ultra4 class. The defining characteristic of this class is that all cars must be capable of 4-wheel drive. Beyond that, the class is unlimited, which means these cars come in all shapes and sizes and are capable of speeds over 100+ MPH and still contain gear ratios as low as 100 to 1 for technical rock crawling.

To give these cars and their drivers a chance to showcase their unique capabilities, Hammerking has formed the Ultra4 Racing series. The series challenges drivers to compete in a wide variety of terrain from endurance desert racing to competition-style rock crawls to short course racing. Hammerking currently produces five of the six races in the series on their own. The races take place on both public lands and in private motorsports parks across the country including: Exit 28 Motorsports Park in Nevada, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania and Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Hammerking Productions has also produced three full-length feature films chronicling the first three King of the Hammers races. These award winning movies have helped shine a spotlight on this new form of racing throughout the world. Currently, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Hammerking’s fourth production which will be coming to theaters and DVD by mid 2011.

If you would like to know more about Hammerking, Ultra4, the races produced and/or the movies created, please visit www.ultra4racing.comtwitter.com/Ultra4racingfacebook.com/Ultra4Racingyoutube.com/HeavyMetalConcepts

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Waterproof Your Receiver

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There are a lot of opinions being shared on how to waterproof electronics items, such receivers. The downside on most of the techniques is that they void the warranties of the products they are supposed to protect. Even worse, they often don’t work as promised.

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The receiver on your Axial vehicle is the brain of the onboard electronics system. While all of the components need to work, none will work if the receiver is compromised. The number one way a receiver is damaged is by water exposure. If you avoid water, mud, and wet conditions in general, you have nothing to worry about. If you do want to be able to get your RC car wet, the receiver should be the first item addressed.

Since receivers don’t have overheating issues, the absolute best way to waterproof a receiver is to completely shield it from water exposure. The best method for this is an old method that has been used in RC for decades, but still works flawlessly. The method in question is to use a simple balloon over the receiver. A typical party balloon works fine, but the thicker the balloon the better. A thicker material is more durable, but all intact balloons are waterproof. It’s worth noting that balloons, even the standard party balloons, come in different sizes.

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The hardest part is stretching the balloon over the receiver without tearing the material. The best trick is buy the bigger 12″ balloons and to stretch out the neck of the balloon with your fingers until it easily opens wide, and then while holding it open drop the receiver in. Sometimes having an extra set of hands will make this much easier, so get an assistant if you can.

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Also, make sure all of the wires are attached before covering the receiver with a balloon.

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While the balloon over the receiver offers enough protection for most conditions, the receiver isn’t fully waterproof just yet. Using traditional silicone glue, fill the neck of the balloon about halfway down. There’s no need to overfill the glue, but you want to use just enough to completely surround the wires.

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After the glue has partially hardened, cinch a cable tie around the glued area. After the glue has completely dried (it will take a while to completely cure), you can add a small amount of glue as added insurance.

When installed inside one of Axial’s receiver boxes, the receiver will be truly waterproof and, if you performed these steps properly, will be safe for even the wettest conditions. Venturing into water is risky and can damage electronics. Do so at your own risk. Even if your electronics are “waterproofed,” other components on your RC car need care before and after water exposure.

Axial Yeti XL Pre-run Checklist – Read Before You Run

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So you just picked up your Yeti XL and are ready to go bashing! Take a few moments to check out some recommendations to make sure you have the best experience possible.

Pre-run checklist:

Check the screw tightness, especially around the front bulkhead

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YetiXL Pre-Run Blog

Wheel nuts – We recommend using a ratchet with an 8mm socket to install and remove the wheel nuts; this is easier on the hands than the included wrench.

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Battery install – Your Yeti XL comes with foam spacers for using two 2S batteries or two 3S batteries. You can run your batteries with their leads exiting the front of the tray or the rear of the tray

If using standard hard case 2S batteries, use the long skinny foams on top or bottom, and the block foam in front or back. We prefer rear battery lead exit and rear battery placement with the foam on top to keep the weight as low and back as far as possible.

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YetiXL Pre-Run Blog

If using standard 3S batteries, store the long skinny foams and just use the block foam to keep the battery from moving front to rear tugging on the leads.

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Trimming the tabs slightly that hold the battery doors closed may help with large batteries. Using a small x-acto knife, you can cut a small amount of plastic out to make sliding the pins in on the battery doors much easier.

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YetiXL Pre-Run Blog

When unleashing the massive amount of power this rig has to offer, it is possible to rip the tires from the wheels, especially if they did not get fully glued from the factory. It is highly recommended to make sure the tires are fully glued before running. Using your fingers, tug on the tires all the way around all the wheels and make sure they are fully attached.

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Check screw shafts on transmission outputs

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Check wiring for proper routing (should be away from any moving parts) and for any loose connections.

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Before using your new rig, buy the wife/GF something nice because you won’t be spending much time with her once you unleash the Yeti XL. (This last one is probably the most important). Clicking here is a good start.

If for some reason you disregarded that last piece of advice, or happened to read this blog after the fact, you may be forced to buy one of these…..

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If you are a girl and purchased the Yeti XL, reverse this process as us guys are cheap and expect cubic zirconium’s laid in titanium bands.

Please make sure to check back regularly for the latest information and tips! As always thank you for your support!

U4RC 2014 Series Final

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Words by:  Jerry Tobin – U4RC

Photos courtesy of : Matt Frederick, James Goad

With overwhelming success in the past two years, U4RC has proven that r/c rock racing is truly the “next big thing” in r/c. U4RC has solidly claimed its place in the world of r/c racing. And with the recent releases from Axial racing of several “rock racer” themed rigs, (i.e. Yeti, Yeti XL, 1.9” Deadbolt and the Spawn) r/c rock racing is apparently here to stay. The R&D department at Axial really nailed it with these new releases.  Rock racing is by far the most demanding form of r/c racing that exists. The most interesting aspect is that being “fast” is not always fast, and being “slow” is usually the fastest way around the track. U4RC rock racing has taken off around the globe as well, with U4RC chapters now active in many countries including Austria, Australia, Poland, Canada as well as followers from over 30 other countries worldwide. So look out world, it’s the “Spawn” of a new era of r/c, pun intended.

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The racing for the third series was to say the least…epic! The caliber and skills of the racers has improved radically since U4RCs inception. The racers are paying close attention to the track conditions, rig prep, series points, and other racers. We consistently see a flow of new, entry level as well as advanced level racers at U4 events, and that is really exciting for the staff. We enjoy hearing the “woo-hoos,” laughter, and friendly ribbing all day from the drivers’ stand. So if that sounds fun to you, head out to your next local U4RC event! General information, media, and upcoming U4RC event information can be found at www.U4RC.com.

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Series Summary:

The 1.9 Trail class witnessed a great battle between James Williams (Axial JK) and John Ingold (Axial Honcho) for the championship title which James eventually won. Close behind them were a handful of drivers from the Whistler Racing Team. The Whistler Racing team drivers were running various forms of Axial SCX10’s. The 1.9 Trail class is still a great entry level class for people looking to get into rock racing on a budget. Many racers run there “trail rigs” in this class with just some pinion and spur gear adjustments. Remember that “slow is fast” in r/c rock racing. The Axial Deadbolt as well as all SCX10s are great examples of affordable rigs to enter into U4RC racing.

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2.2 Comp Limited is another popular class with suspension, chassis, axle (solid/solid),  as well as a few other restrictions that help the class remain an entry level 2.2” class. Axial Wraiths are the main rigs seen in this class, although we have had several 2.2” clad SCX10s do very well in the class as well. The new Axial Spawn looks to be a perfect entry or expert level rig for 2.2 Comp Limited with its many, racing specific features.

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The 2.2 Comp Open class got a huge boost with the release of the Axial Yeti just over halfway through the series.  2.2 Comp Open is just as the title says – an open class for highly modified Wraiths and IFS rigs, factory and custom alike. The author of this article was able to grab two consecutive podium finishes with a stock Yeti on 2S, with minimal suspension adjustments, tire tuning, and less than $40 of hop-up parts. Rich Hernandez walked away with the championship title with his AR60 rear axled EXO Terra buggy.

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2.2 Trophy Class was as usual packed with tons of the most realistic rigs and racing in any genre of r/c. With the sounds of heavy, real metal rigs scraping and banging around the course and into each other, U4RC racer Rich Boltz recorded the fastest lap time (sub 60 sec.) out of ANY class for the entire series in his FB 2.2 Trophy rig. This is quite a feat considering the minimum weight requirement for the class is 8lbs. At least 95% of the rigs competing in 2.2 Trophy are Axial based. Racers are using several different Axial models for their basis, including Wraith’s, EXO’s, SCX10’s, and the Yeti.

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U4RC would like to thank Axial for their dedicated support, since the first series, of U4RCs vision to bring realistic, grassroots, r/c rock racing to the masses; a vision they must share considering the current Axial Racing product line. A full version of U4RC rules, class specs, media, upcoming events, track locations, and general info can all be resourced at www.U4RC.com.