RECON G6 Presents
Taters and Kilts
Rollins Lake, Colfax, California
March 15, 2014
Last year, the RECON G6 held an event at Rollins Lake. You can read about it here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073904090
The event was such a huge success that RECON G6 returned for a second helping of awesome scale adventure. Never to do the same thing twice, RECON G6 switched up the theme from Trifolium to Taters and Kilts. Last year, the great Daniel Seigl was a guest course designer. This year several local Northern California Clubs were invited to add their own special section to the RECON G6 Challenge. People must have been excited to get on the trail, because the lot was pretty full when I arrived.
The first thing I do at all RECON G6 events is scope out the kits in the parking lot. There was no shortage of scale goodness on this day. Here’s a few of my favorites.
The N-Tow class is new for 2014 and this was the best trailer I saw, a sweet teardrop. This driver put it to work. You’ll see it on the trail later on.
This Wraith had lots of anodized red to tickle my fancy, but the potato on top is what really caught my eye. I wonder when I will see some kilts.
A Gen1 Toyota in Ironman livery. Who doesn’t like that? This truck was ultra clean, and I was afraid it was a shelf queen, but it wasn’t. It was put to work on the RECON G6 trail just like all the other kits.
Dan Wilson loves Axial kits and RECON G6 events. He couldn’t wait to show off his Axialfest 2014 special. He told me it will be ready to dominate the RECON Terra-X at Axialfest this year. If you haven’t signed up, get on it. Here’s the link: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073908722
Red Rocket has been replaced. Now the RECON G6 crew rides in style in this big, white beauty. No word on a nickname for her yet, but I’m sure one is coming. I wish they had this when I tagged along to Canada and Missouri with no A/C.
Rigs started to get lined up. Man, that looks like a pretty decent turnout.
Yup, it looks like quite a few kits have already been staged.
It was looking like it might make history as the largest turnout at a RECON G6. I lost count after 110, and people were still arriving.
There’s the kilts I have been looking for. Parker and his partner seemed to love the freedom they afforded them. Parker told me the kilts might be making another appearance at Axialfest 2014.
Our favorite Euro, Daniel Seigl couldn’t make it out this year, but his spirit was felt. Check out these awesome kits, a Unimog and MAN truck. I was envious.
Another N-Tow rig pulling some camping toys. So much going on here, potato copilot, fishing pole, and is that a Red Rocket 1/100 kit?
Rivas Concepts brought out the Renegade.
Oops, looks like the drivers meeting is about to start. I better get down there.
Cory and Jim from RPP hobbies cruised up to judge the Rivas Concepts Show and Shine. Dan W’s SCX10 Jeep JK got the nod in the 2.2 class.
That sweet Toyota top honors in the 1.9 class.
Gotta respect the colors before we light the lipos.
A little tour of the campground was the first part of the trail. Several G6ers spent the night at Rollins Lake the night before the G6. Camping and G6ing, a match made in heaven.
Old school cool, an OG SCX10 doing work. Who still has this body?
A couple of buddies driving and chatting about the great weather. 70* made for an unusually warm March weekend.
This little climb was nothing. Bounty Hill awaited the drivers at the finish.
Teeter Totter anyone? This was the entrance to the special club sponsored sections. Roughneck Scalers, Just Scale It, BYBRCC, Sonoma County Crawlers, and Team MRB all set sections of the trail in their own unique style. It was like driving six events in one day.
The rocks in this section had lots of traction.
Don’t fall. This ledge looked easy, but I saw more than one kit take a tumble here.
The sections were challenging. As drivers took their time negotiating the trail, lines began to form.
This bamboo bridge was evil. The slats separated and ate wheels and tires.
Good luck getting out of that. I hope you brought a wheel wrench and a tow strap, remember, there’s no Hand of God. Gotta keep it scale.
This gate reminded me of the old Axial West Coast Championships. There was definitely a comp feel to it.
Looks like this guy lost his ride. We’ll call him Tater McKilt. I hope he finds what he’s looking for.
From this angle the bridge looks innocent enough,
But from this angle it’s a little more intimidating.
Is that a Minion or a potato driving?
A pontoon raft from last Axialfest’s Float Your Boat section has been re-purposed as a floating bridge.
The undulating action was a little scary.
Mike Pham is a hardcore G6er. He did the whole RECON G6 Taters and Kilts trail with a 104 degree fever, turns out he had pneumonia.
The water looks nice, but I was told it was mega cold. I only saw one guy jump in.
The GSRCC crew wasn’t able to participate in the guest section setting because of busy schedules, but they still turned out to put in a little wheel time.
Guam represent. This guy rocks his flag at every RECON G6 event he attends. What flag are you gonna rock?
John Hallman tries to coach some upside down drivers while Blue Bastard waits his turn.
Dad shows son how it’s done.
The trail marker is over there somewhere.
Baby on Back. It’s fun to see the whole family together at the RECON G6 events.
Aww yeah!!! There’s that sweet teardrop and it’s not afraid of the pole bridge.
This young lady wasn’t afraid of it either.
Big Yeti keeps an eye on his kit as he crosses the pole bridge.
Two sweet FJs with Yogi and Smokey the Bear in the drivers’ seats.
Look closely, what do you see?
Captain Caveman navigating and a Homer hanging on the rear view mirror.
A Drivin Diva pushes her pink package towards the precipice.
Watch your line and your head. Even with the tower supports marked with pink ribbon, I still managed to bump my head.
Some Drivn Durty boys. By the time they hit 16, they will be old pros.
I thought there was a law about cell phones and driving. Maybe, it only applies to paved roads. I wonder who she’s calling?
On the return trip you got to see the water from the opposite direction.
Oh, she was calling her navigator for a little line assistance.
Propane, from Kling-On RC tries to get to the top of Bounty Hill.
Looks like Tater McKilt decided to watch the action on Bounty Hill.
Bounty Hill was tall, loose, and steep. I didn’t see one truck make it up, but I heard stories that one finally did.
Parker pulling out the awards,
and calling the Drivers of the Day up to grab their plaques.
Drivn Durty, 15 and under, Driver of the Day.
N-Tow Driver of the Day.
RECON Ready Open Class Driver of the Day.
Drivn Diva 2.2 Driver of the Day.
Drivn Diva 1.9 Driver of the Day.
1.9 Adventurist Driver of the Day.
Raffle Big Winner of the Day.
Look for the next G6 event coming soon near you at www.recong6.com, https://www.facebook.com/RECONG6/events, or http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/recon-g6/484419-officially-unofficial-2014-g6-schedule.html.