RECON G6 Challenge
December 3, 2011
Cotton Wood Park, Sparks, NV
Story by: Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau
Photos: Mike Morris & Matthew Soileau
Have you ever seen a first-time mother getting prepared for her child’s first birthday? If you have, you know that their excitement level is off the charts. Brian Parker was equally as giddy as he prepared for the first birthday of one of his babies, the RECON G6 Challenge. The announcement was made two months prior at the LOST G6, but I’m sure the planning for this event started many days before.
Participants started to arrive early on Saturday morning, but not as early as the RECON crew. The RECON crew all arrived before the sun came up to give G6ers a party to remember. First thing arrivals noticed was that this was a chilly Northern Nevada December day. Highs were expected to only reach to 38*F and the low that morning was close to 20*. If you didn’t dress properly, it was a cold day. The RECON scoring crew used a propane heater. It sorta kept them warm.
That is when most spotted this HUGE cake, 18”x44”. This cake looked and smelled delicious, but only their rigs got to taste it as it became an obstacle on the Erzberg stage. Special thanks to RECON’s Rose Parker for baking 11 cakes and Big Willie for his decorating skills of said 11 cakes using 11 tubs of frosting.
The huge cake was only a small part of the Erzberg-inspired stage.
Parker also included some of his favorites; Playa Mud Pit, Slippery Slidey Sidehill, Cables/Rebar of Carnage, and the Shaving Cream Pit.
That’s not cement. It’s the playa mud.
New features in the Erzberg Stage included the Leaf Submarine Drag Strip and Blind-Folded Buddy sections.
Here everyone is looking for a Honcho somewhere under all the leaves. Look closely and yoy may see the trail of dust it left.
Two stage buddies tackle the blindfold challenge. It’s kinda like pin the tail on the donkey for G6ers. The trick was to drive though the pipe with your stage buddy as your eyes.
Sam was nice enough to reward his search buddy with the alien and a new RC Rock Armor bumper and fairlead. I think she was more excited about the alien than the bumpers, but I’ll make sure the bumpers get some good use. She named the alien G6, get it?
Video by Mike Morris:
After a year in the making, the RECON G6 Challenge is still going strong. I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me in 2012. Make sure you break out your SCX10 or Wraith and get to a RECON G6 Challenge or the AXIALFEST 2012!