RECON G6 The Wild Turkey

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RECON G6 Challenge Presents
The Wild Turkey G6
November 9, 2013
Sugar Pine Reservoir, Forest Hill, California

I am a little spoiled. RECON G6 founder, Parker, is my neighbor. He lives less than five miles from my house, and therefore I have been lucky enough to attend RECON G6 events monthly for over two years. That changed when Parker took the RECON G6 international. There have been fewer local events and I was forced to travel to Canada and Missouri to get my RECON G6 fix. That was over 5,000 miles round trip! Luckily, there are three consecutive RECON G6 events near me. The first one you probably read about in my previous blog, the Paranormal Scale Activities G6.

This one was called the Wild Turkey G6. I was extra excited to attend this one. It was in a new location, and I always love the spots Parker finds for his RECON G6 events. I loaded up the G Rides, grabbed SkeenoJr-etta, programmed my GPS, and headed towards Sugar Pine Reservoir to get our RECON G6 fix.

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One the way, we passed Auburn Ravine; home of California’s tallest bridge, 730 feet.  You may remember this bridge from the movie XXX.

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Skeeno Jr-etta and I had to stop and walk across. That’s a long ways down there. Too bad I forgot my B.A.S.E. jumping equipment.

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We saw this sign just past Foresthill and knew we must be getting close. Parker Flat? That has to be an omen, right?

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Yup, there’s the place we were looking for.  I wasn’t quite sure if this was the right spot.  Was it at the boat ramp?

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We headed over to the boat ramp to see if we saw anyone familiar looking.

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We didn’t really see anything over there, so we turned around and looked on the other side.

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Skeeno Jr-etta spotted Red Rocket. It’s hard to miss with bright red paint and stickers galore.

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We hopped out and had a look around. Red Rocket had some old school comp cones on her rail. I wonder what those are for?

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The first people I spotted were Rivas Concepts and Mr. Pham discussing the new SCX10 Jeep Wranger G6 Edition. Pham was bragging about being one of the first to get one. You can follow his build here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx-10/469084-phams-nissan_driver24-axial-scx-10-jeep-wrangler-g6-kit-build.html

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I walked down to the water to see if I could find Parker. He was nowhere to be found, which meant he was probably out hiding trail treasures. It still gave me a chance to scope out the lake. I wonder what those pink ribbons are for?

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I saw these boys having a rock skipping contest. Who doesn’t like skipping rocks? And on a glassy surface; I bet I could get 10 skips. What’s your rock skipping record?

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I saw some fishers down there. They would be in for a treat when the fun began.

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Fishing looked pretty good.  This guy already had four Rainbow Trout on his line.

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I cruised back up to the parking lot to check out the action. This guy was wisely doing some last minute checks to make sure he was trail ready.

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I always like to see what new rigs and accessories are out there. I spotted this cool Jeep. It had tons of scale items.

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I see a fishing pole, cooler, firewood, and a Rubik’s Cube. What did I miss?

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Oh, that’s right. This Jeep had a SWEET Jack in the Box Jack Ball on its antenna. Coolest scale item I’ve seen lately.

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This cool Jeep had a functioning hood and an all metal body. It also rocked rear steer.

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Dan W was quick to whip out his latest project, the Mustang Wraith. He’s building this for the  RECON Terra Cross (RT-X) at next year’s Axialfest. You better start getting ready, yourself. It sneaks up on you.

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I’m a sucker for Overland vehicles. I loved this 6×6 with the overhead camper. The awning and lawn chairs really made this thing.

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I’m not sure, but I think those aliens are related to the one that drives Skeeno Jr-etta’s Wraith, Mr.Gee-Six.

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Soon, it was time to gather for the driver’s meeting. There were lots of families in attendance.

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That’s the great part of G6ing, everyone can do it.

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Before the Nation Anthem, the winners of the Rivas Concepts Show and Shine were announced. Propane won with his RECON Ready Chevy S10. This thing was winched front and rear. No getting stuck for him.

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But the thing that really won me over was his custom American flag seat cover. That’s a great touch.

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Mr. Shane Krause of Big Yeti Fabrication won with his sweet 6×6. I really liked the alien/military theme with the nuclear bomb on the back.

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Skeeno Jr-etta was eager to get started. She was prepared with a CamelBak of water and her Fast Eddy Bearings Score Card.

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Finally, to Skeeno Jr-etta’s relief, the National Anthem was played and we all got ready to, Light our Lipos.

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Boom! The G Train is off!

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The first part of the trail was a smooth walking path. It kinda reminded me of the Canada G6, but with lots of pine needles. If you didn’t see the Canada G6 report, check it out here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073906545

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The trail opened up to the water. That’s where I saw what the pink ribbon was for.

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Mandatory mud section. Don’t be shy, get in there.

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Not bad, but I think you can do better.

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That’s better. Get some, Pham!

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Wow, easy buddy. You’re getting a little to much.

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The Blue Bastard isn’t afraid to sling a little mud.

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And Mr. BrokenNib isn’t afraid to wear the mud.

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After the mud, the trail dried out a bit. Here’s a Jeep traction testing on some rocks.

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Flipping over isn’t uncommon at a G6, but there’s no HOGing. (That’s Hand Of God) You can’t touch your kit to turn it over, gotta use a strap or winch.

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Skeeno Jr-etta was ecstatic to be able to do some helping. She’s used to being helped.

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These guys brought their parents to cheer them on.

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Elio’s Home Depot Rental made quick work of most obstacles. Don’t worry, he told me he bought the optional insurance just in case he had any mishaps.

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Dan W. had to stop to repair a steering link twice. The second time he put down his purse, so he could tighten it like a man.

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Here’s the Home Depot Rental lending a hand up this slippery pine needle covered hill.

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The Pride of Guam walking the log on TM34.

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Don’t forget to stamp or hole punch your Fast Eddy Bearings score card if you see one.

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Watch your head as you go under this fell tree.

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This little man could drive. He was impressive behind the wheel.

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Super Duty coming through.

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Awww yeahhhh, Unimog! I loves me some Unimog.

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Party train. Lots of G6ers drive in groups to help each other out. It also part of the social aspect of G6ing. Hanging with friends and making new friends.

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This ground wanted to be muddy, but was more spongy. Weird feeling under your feet. I kept waiting to fall through and go knee deep.

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You don’t have to worry about breaking through the mud when you only weigh 50 lbs.

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Oh boy, Blue Bastard found some more mud.

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Whoopsies. Looks like BrokenNib will be getting his feet wet.

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Family time in the back forty.

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That water looks a little red.

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Yup, some fine red dirt to play in.

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Skeeno Jr-etta was trucking along quite well when I ran into her.

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I must have made her nervous, because she picked an odd line at the red water hole.

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The Ridgecrest makes a great first timer/youngster G Ride. I can’t wait to see what the Deadbolt can do on a G6 trail. Here you can see red polish on her toes.

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This JK led the way for the green Jeep. I think it was a Wrexo, but didn’t get a chance to look.

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This Toyota Hilux had some sweet tube work, plus is was piloted by the beautiful Ms. Chelsea.

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There’s Ms. Chelsea with the Roughneck Scalers Crew.

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This guy was having so much fun he blew a bead. Good thing he had a spare.

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The cool part of the G6 is it’s choose your own adventure style. You can make it as easy or hard or long or short as you want. The Jack Ball Jeep added extra drive time to his run by driving over everything that struck his fancy. He didn’t pick any easy lines.

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The final ascent before finishing was a little taxing.

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No worries though, everyone was smiling on the way up.

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I watched this little man deftly pilot his Dingo in the Turkey Challenge area. Drivers with the fastest times won a turkey.

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I just though the hood on this Honcho was interesting.

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I guess Skeeno Jr-etta couldn’t get enough. She took out the Blog JK after she finished with her Wraith. I think she was practicing 1.9 in hopes of getting the sweet new RECON G6 Wrangler. She already told me she wants to paint it blue and add blue bead locks. Did you order yours yet?

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After the drivers came in, Parker had some announcements.

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These guys won the Turkey Challenge. Thanks to VP for bringing the turkeys.

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Speaking of VP, I think they have the first custom part for the RECON G6 Wrangler, an aluminum 4 link mount.  Here’s the prototype.

Winners, winners, turkey dinners…..

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The RECON Wild Turkey G6 was just enough to get me through to the next RECON G6 event coming in December. You better mark your calendars for December 7. That’s when the third annual RECON G6 Birthday Bash will be held at Wingfield Park in Reno, NV. Don’t miss it. It’s always a great one. Look for details here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/recon-g6/

You can also read about the first RECON G6 Birthday Bash here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/9103

and the RECON G6 Birthday Bash II here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073902143