Words & Images: Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau
R.E.C.O.N. Crawlers held their latest installment of the G6 Challenge at Cisco Grove Camp Ground this past July 30th. Since invigorating the scale scene with the G6, Brian Parker has been continually perfecting the formula for fun. This one was not to disappoint. Even at the event Mr. Parker was still dreaming of ways to make future events even better. Does this guy ever sleep?
When the daylight finally arrived, drivers were greeted with 3 stages totaling 275 trail markers to navigate. Brian’s goadl was to stop the trend of sprinting through the stages. He wanted drivers to slow down and enjoy the experience of the challenge. This was achieved several ways. One way was through no passing zones. Drivers could not pass unless a vehicle was disabled. Another way was by setting an ‘average stage time’. Drivers that went under the time received 3 minute penalties for each minute under and 1 minute penalties for each minute over. On the shorter 50 marker stages, drivers were slowed down by either the slippery river rocks or hiking a steep unmolested grade. On the 175 marker stage, there was simply no way to sprint unless you were an Olympic Marathoner.
This event got its name because each driver was dealt a poker hand. Drivers received two cards at registration and one card after completing each stage. Winner of the Poker Run Challenge scored a cool $100. As usual, there were time bonuses given for special skills sections. Skill sections at the Joker’s Wild included a boat recovery zone, log pull, sled pull, and driver marksmanship challenge. Both rigs and their drivers would need a full gas tank if they were to complete this challenge.
Brian Parker discusses Joker’s Wild and future G6es late into the night. I finally turned in around 2 a.m. I don’t think he slept.
The success of this event was evident by several sightings. The first was that almost 50 drivers drove over 60 miles to get to the event and many brought their families to watch and camp out. The second was all smiles and friendly chatter on the trails. I heard drivers giving advice on good lines to take and saw several drivers stop to help out fellow drivers who were broken or out of gas. The third was when a couple families walked all the way over from their campsites to see what all the trail markers were about. Judging by facial expression after their children saw the trucks running the G6 Challenge, I think I know what they will be asking for at Christmas. If you have not participated in a Parker run R.E.C.O.N. G6, it’s time you got yourself an SCX10 and did so. You will not regret it.
Check this video the Joker’s Wild on YouTube:
Dork Vader video from Jokers Wild:
Brian Parker gives us a write-up about a husband & wife “G6 First Timers” with 1-Wraith:
Jokers Wild Official Thread on RCcrawler.com: