Kokopelli RECON G6
Words and photos: Anthony Rivas
September 19, 2015
Grand Junction, Colorado
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.
Very quickly I am crossing into Arizona and entering what seems like a lot of construction.
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.
This is how I mark the halfway point. I15 to I70 and on to Colorado.
I made it. Just about 50 miles to go to Grand Junction.
Welcome to Grand Junction Colorado! From here I will stay on I70 past Palisade, a town famous for its peaches, and exit Cameo.
As I exit Cameo I see this Kokopelli market. Do you think Parker planned this?
Across the Colorado river, then over this narrow bridge and to our spot. The little bridge is a little unnerving.
It’s Saturday, morning of the Kokopelli Axial RECON G6. We are here bright and early as the sun comes up.
The line has started, and it looks like everyone came to play.
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!
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!
“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!
Jamie Allen has made it a tradition to paint her nails to match the theme of the Recon G6 she drives in.
Before the drivers meeting gets under way, I called for all the first time G6′rs to come out.
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!
The Outcast Crawlers are going to tackle this adventure as a group.
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.
These Colorado drivers sure had a lot of Wrexos, both 1.9 and 2.2.
After the famous words “Lite your lipos,” these G6′ers were on their way.
Team work was how a lot of the terrain was covered.
A little wheel speed on softer climbs got you to the top or dug ruts and put you on your side.
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.
Some of the Trail Markers really had drivers looking for the line.
Being in Colorado you know there was some cool rock.
There was no shortage of 1.9 Wraiths in this town.
After all this action I needed to take a break and see what’s going on at G camp.
If you brought fruit and wanted access to the special Kokopelli stage, this was your task. Play your fruit like you think Kokopelli would.
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.
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.
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.
A random driver was picked out with the help of Parker’s little helper and took home a new Axial Falken Jeep G6 RTR.
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.
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.
We were then onto the night stage!
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.