Off-Road EXPO 2011 Pomona, Ca

TJM at Off Road EXPO 2011
The Off-Road EXPO is held each year at the Pomona Fairplex located in sunny Southern California and has been the def-facto event for the off-road community for twelve years now. The “desert season” as we call it is upon us and everyone is getting restless and ready to enjoy the wide open desert! The Expo was started by Dirt Sports Magazine and recently acquired by Family Events, with this years show contining to deliver with yet another successful gathering, even in the “bubba-scrubb” of a “turn-down” economy. Even with the temperament of economy, aspirations and dreams are what fuel the off-road industry guided along with history and tradition. Maybe it’s just the reality of us wanting to escape into the far corners of the desert.. but before we do, people want to mingle and talk shop and shops want us talking shop and so do the manufactures! So, we talk shop and then we hit the deserts and mountains with the Halloween weekend being the first “big” weekend for the south-western portion of the United States.

I too have my dreams and for the last couple of years I personally have had my eyes out for anything relating to the “overland adventure” scene. Some say this is an emerging scene, and while I am a big campaigner for it, I just say I’m just getting old enough for it to be on my radar. I have been labeled a Chameleon as I have gone from Ivan Stewart fan with a Toyota desert pre-runner with wide front end and fenders, to rally cars, to adventure bikes and now overland style with a 80-Series Toyota Land Cruiser. Again, age… yes, I have actually seen Ivan Stewart race both in the stadium and in the desert for age identification.

What dreams are made of:
Axial at Off Road EXPO 2011
Axial at Off Road EXPO 2011
Camburg builds awesome rigs and putting it on display in this stripped to the bones fashion was super cool!

The opposite of baller is BUDGET and all of my projects have had a heavy emphasis on .99 cents and under portion of the budget spectrum! “What can we get for sixty three cents!?” So I fit right in there with the nominal mainstream of budget of most fender lizards, but we all have a dream! The EXPO is a great place to “dream” for a day or two about your next project while studying in detail the big guns. The off-road scene or industry, how ever you look at it, is unique. The people will dream for a day… then go home and start cutting, notching, bending, shaping and welding dreams together into what reality is… far from what was just seen at the show. BUT, its a learning process that everyone has to go through! Well, not everyone, just those on budgetary confinement. I did my learning process! Everyone has that first truck and passing tech inspection usually requires tow-straps and flat bed trucks with a few trips back and forth to the garage for a bit of re-sketching exercise on the cardboard, napkin, notepad, wall or just get after it and cut and jig some new drawn over mandrel.
CCB’s – Credit Card Ballers just buy it and wad it up within two miles as they have never driven thirty-two inches of travel at 21% interest rate.

Overland Journal at Off Road EXPO 2011
This year with the rising interest of overlanding, Off-Road Expo hosted the guys from Overland Journal and friends to come out and display. So, RTT’s – Roof Top Tents abound and I was in heaven! Yes, I have dreams of preparing my 80-Series Toyota Land Cruiser into an overland adventure machine, not a rock crawler and not a desert race support rig shod with 37″ leftover Projects. Yes, overlanding has a whole “other” set of principles.

On another “adventure front,” we posted on our Axial FaceBook page for our fans attending OffRoad EXPO to track the official Axial rigs on display in various booths. [see original post – link] We had specific placement and we knew others would have rigs as well, but we wanted to see if someone would list the correct companies. These chosen companies came about as a buddy of ours put some time together to make some custom graphics for Axial Wraiths and SCX10. Our buddy Cody Waggoner of Laser Cutting IPE made these cools stands for as well, so check these out!


Wilwood Brakes


Raceline Wheels


Area-BFE


Walker Evans Racing

AOE / Axial Wraith at Off Road EXPO 2011
AOE: American Overland Expedition

ICON Vehicle Dynamics / Axial SCX10 on display at Off Road EXPO 2011
ICON Vehicle Dynamics


And last but not least – OVERLAND JOURNAL!
While we only got five examples done, there are a few more to come with another notable show around the corner.

Winner of the FaceBook Expo Adventure: Daniel T. Noda
We sent him a nice little package for his time and efforts and just for having a little fun with us!

CRAWL Magazine at Off Road EXPO 2011
I also got to meet John Herrick, editor/publisher of CRAWL Magazine as well!

Also on the highlights list was meeting Del Albright of the BlueRibbon Coalition.

Del is on the right and left is Chris Collard of Overland Journal.

Everyday Del is out there spreading the word about land use and this is a major topic for those of us – ANYONE who enjoys the great outdoors of off-roading! I am not going to preach to you nor ask you to join a cult or political party. BUT, what I will ask you to do is – DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH and form your OWN OPINION about what is really going on!

What you need to know about Del Albright is that while he is of wise nature “age,” he has gone to great lengths to communicate at the speed youth, to the younger folks with 1:1 steering wheels in hands. Albright has made a full adoption of the digital & social medium’s of communication. While the age-old ink on paper is still a staple, Del has also adopted the use of electronic blogging and FaceBook connectivity to spread the message about “Land Use, Access, Rubicon Trail and Volunteer Training!” So please visit his site www.delalbright.com and also like him on his FaceBook page too.

If all you do for now is “like” stay in touch with Del on his Facebook page and just start thinking…

All of the images from 2011 Off-Road EXPO Viewed in a SLIDESHOW::

The previous Off-Road Expo’s I have attended:
2010 EXPO

2009 EXPO

2007 Impact EXPO – Vegas

2006 EXPO

While your out there in cyberspace; stay in tune with us via our FB page. http://www.facebook.com/axialinc

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge – Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011

R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge
Haunted Rock Park
Rock Park – Reno, Nevada
October 15, 2011
words & photos: Matthew Soileau

Why was Rock Park chosen for the Halloween edition of the R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge?

Tiss the month, it’s a great place to tell a camp fire stories, especially scary ones….

Horror legend has it that in 1910 the Southern Pacific Railroad was in full swing after building a switch station in Sparks, NV in 1904; known then as Harriman, NV after the president of the S.P.R. Well the railroad brought in all kinds of adventure seeking souls looking to make it big out West, but with the good, the rails also brought, the bad.

The baddest was a man named Jeremiah Earl Danziger, a descendant of Poland, came to Harriman, NV in 1910 and one of the bloodiest years that Sparks, NV has ever seen. Jeremiah Earl Danziger, or Jed went to work for Aphia Mine in Virginia City but was soon dismissed after he was caught stealing from the mine. This upset Jed and he what he did for the next 7 months, still horrifies and haunts people who walk the river path through Rock Park.

Jeremiah Earl Danziger (aka JED) killed 16 young girls in 7 months. Butchered was used in most of the descriptions as each girl was found missing wrists and ankles. When Jed was caught in the act with his last victim, he slashed her throat as she yelled for help for her unborn child, just as a group of hunters passed by. One of the hunters shot Jed, but the bullet struck him in the lower back. Unable to walk, Jed was dragged to a tree and hung after his hands and feet were cut off with the hatchet that Jed himself used on his female victims. This all happened where Rock Park is located today.

I have lived in Reno for over 30 years and have only heard bits and pieces of this tale. But some say they see a blood covered man carrying a hatchet. I have been to Rock Park after dark and have never seen or heard anything, but I can tell you that where the tree once stood is a bridge and walking under that bridge all the hairs on the back of my neck and arms stood straight out. Was it just a cool breeze coming off the Truckee River or was it the ghost of JED?

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
When I arrived at Rock Park, all seemed calm…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
…although, there was a strangely out of place cemetery in the corner of the park.

Soon, G6ers began arriving wearing Halloween costumes;


Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
That’s when I knew this was going to be a great G6 Challenge!

Rigs began to line up;
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
I noticed that even they were in the Halloween spirit.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
This Axial SCX10 wasn’t really in the holiday spirit, but it was my favorite G-Ride of the day.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
As registration began, some wondered why Under Dog was taking their information.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
It turns out that Brad’s was actually dressed as ‘Ballsy’; one of the giant red balls from the TV show Wipe Out.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Mmmmm, Brad’s neck looks delicious…

Word must be spreading about the good time the G6 Challenge delivers,
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
because after registration there were 47-trucks lined up and ready to begin!

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Immediately after Trail Marker #1, drivers had to complete the Hop Scotch Drivers Challenge. I think Parker just put this here to have some entertainment.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
First you got a little dirty..
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
and then you cleaned off in the Truckee River.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Right after this grassy section was TM unlucky 13…

luck would have it, this crayfish found out it was part of TM#13.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
A winch line near this 50-foot culvert could only mean one thing.
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Yup, trucks were going to be driving through it.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
At the graveyard, drivers had to stop to find their tombstones, yes, each driver had his name on a tombstone and there where 50+ more names than event entries so finding your name was a little more in depth!
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Drivers were then required to attach their tombstone to their rigs for the remainder of the challenge.


Captain Axial stopped by to make sure everyone was having a good time. Here, he saves this young girl from complete boredom.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
The ghost of JED appears to be levitating Mike Pham’s truck over this crevasse.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Even the bugs at Rock Park dressed up for Halloween.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Here’s one of the reasons the G6 Challenge is becoming so popular. Look at all the people doing something. There’s not a lot of sit time like there is at other R/C events. And when there is that “sitting moment” its REST!


Six female drivers made the G6 Challenge. Here one of them shows that all that is needed is an RTR Honcho in order to do the Parker’ism – “Do Work!”

These G-Rides show how they are not afraid to “DO WORK!”
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Since the G6 Challenge isn’t really about winning but rather completing the adventure, most drivers are eager and ready to help out their fellows adventure challengers. This is a perfect example of the “tow strap hover.”

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Hey there little buddy, Trick or Treat.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
At dusk, things began to get a little spooky after the jack-o-lanterns were lit.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Have you ever driven through a jack-o-lantern?

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Up the slide…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
down the slide as your Trail Buddy looks on thinking… “dad, I did that with two wheels out the top!

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Even rarer than spotting the ghost of JED is spotting a smiling Stuart. I think he was happy that I spelled his name correctly, finally.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Lights were not mandatory…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!


The darker it became…

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
The creepier the trails felt.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Surprises awaited drivers along the trail to add a little spook.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Under the bridge I spotted something.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Could this have been the ghost of JED? Yes, he moved and scared the baheebeegeebee’s out of us!!!

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011

At the end of the night stage, was the sharp shooter challenge. Hitting the ghost with the slingshot earned you a time bonus.


Missing the ghost earned you a trip to the bucket of guts. Pulling a chip out of there also earned you a time bonus.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
G6 Trophies JED would be proud of. Thank you Zonkerd.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Thank you to BPC and PLE…
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
For finishing prizes.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
G-Degree winner, Heather O’Conner

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
1st Place Wraith, Dan ‘Smoking Lipo’ Wilson. Thanks again for the driveshaft.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
Cameron Nienkark took 3rd place in his first G6 Challenge.

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
2nd Place: Rick Mercado

Axial / RECON G6 Challenge - Haunted Rock Park October 15, 2011
1st Place: Bruce Pease


Well… Another R.E.C.O.N. G6 Challenge is in the history books and that can only mean one thing…impatient days waiting for the next one. We hope to see you there. I already have my ticket ready for the G-Train.

*Note from Axial Inc.
Please note that no living items where made “un-living” for this event. They where found in their natural cycle of decomposition, used as fear props for the good of the children. They where then returned to their regularly scheduled reincarnation. Exception made for the pumpkins… their souls where asked to soak up JED spirit and where discarded in the proper RENO-Sparks waste management service system and later will be making special guest appearances on late night TV.

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2011 UK Scaler Nationals sponsored by Axial

2011 UK Scaler Nationals sponsored by Axial
October 1-2, 2011
Words: Frank McKinney
photos: Chris at RadshapeRC.com & Frank McKinney

Rock crawling has been a surprise hit in the UK RC scene, with groups of drivers meeting up via internet forums and national championship meetings for the past couple of years. While the competitive crawling scene seems to be dominated by the cost-is-no-object mindset, at the other end of the spectrum are the hobbyists who just want to drive realistic-looking trucks and have a good time.

With this in mind, Peter Gray, the head editor of Radio Race Car International Magazine, decided that it was time for RC crawling enthusiasts to have a big meeting for some fun times and just a little bit of extremely friendly competition. Radio Race Car, one of the UK’s biggest RC-oriented magazines, is celebrating its 30th year of publication this year and what better way to help commemorate the occasion than with the first-ever UK Scaler Nationals?
The word went out over the grapevine for scale crawling enthusiasts to meet up the first weekend of October at Bracken Rocks, a motorcycle trials area deep in the Peak District area of central England. The Peak District is a popular place for hikers, horse riders, full-size truck driving (called ‘green laning’ in England) and other outdoor pursuits, making it a perfect location for the weekend’s driving. Normally it would be pretty wet with a high chance of rain, but for a whole week before the competition the weather was sunny, clear and breezy, meaning the rocks would be dry and there would (probably) be no mud!

As a first-timer to this kind of event, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but British RC folk are very friendly and open, and I expected the same from the people I would meet over the weekend. I knew the crawling fraternity are even more open with each other than competitors in other classes, and I wasn’t disappointed with the reception I had when I arrived Friday evening at the camping site, or with the banter I shared throughout the weekend with the other drivers. Everyone was totally friendly and not a single instance of drama cropped up – how often do you hear of that at most RC race weekends?

Saturday morning started with the dawn chorus of tweeting birds waking us up not-so-fresh but plenty early, and it was time to put the kettle on and fry up some bacon before the rest of the drivers showed up. Between 8 and 9 plenty of cars drove up, a couple of model shops started hawking spares and options and the drivers started signing up with the officials. In total, nearly 40 different rigs were signed in, with some drivers driving 2 trucks (like me) and a couple driving 3.

There were 3 classes of trucks:
Class 1 were the proper scale trucks, being representative of full-size street-legal trucks like the Range Rover, Land Rover, etc. Basically something you would drive to work in, but take on the trails on the weekends.
Class 2 was for the trail-modified truck that might not be street-legal in real life. This class allowed tire modifications like cutting lugs out, but still no dig.
Class 3 was for all scale trucks running 2.2 wheels, they had to conform to the same rules as the other scaler classes.
The Wraith class was set aside specifically the new Wraith, and allowed 2.2” tires, rear dig OR rear-wheel steer, plus other small modifications that would basically have you running a rock racer type machine.
I brought along two rigs. An SCX-10 that was topped with a Land Rover Defender 90 body and the Axial Wraith RTR rolled on soft 35R Ripsaw tires, and because I wasn’t sure what to expect I set the wheels up with 180g of weight in front and 120g in the rear. The steering was upgraded with a Savox servo because of the extra weight on the front wheels. I added a few upgrades thanks to Rodney at Axial, so the drivetrain was protected with machined diff gears and the front end was rock-solid thanks to the alloy C-hubs and steering knuckles.

In addition to the bolt-on mods, I moved the receiver box forward about 2.5cm with the help of a thick Lexan plate. This allowed me to put a normal size battery pack just in front of the dash, under the hood. The speedo was relocated to the rear, where it sat on its own Lexan plate, zip-tied in position, and I ran the battery cables over the passenger seat. An extension lead had to be used to connect the speedo to the receiver, and this was wrapped in tape in an attempt to keep water out. (Luckily I didn’t have to test this out, but the next time I run I’ll route the extension through the cockpit.)

One of the best things I got in my care package from Rodney was a clear body set, which I painted chrome on the inside (amazing stuff, the chrome spray paint – you could literally use it as a shaving mirror!) and bright green on the outside. This would let the green paint rub off as the truck gets scratched up on the rocks, and then bright ‘metal’ would shine through the scratch marks. You try explaining that to a normal RC racer and they’d laugh their head off…but when I explained what I was doing to the guys at the meet every single one nodded with appreciation and many said they’ve done the same thing! It’s so nice to be among like-minded people ☺

So with everything ready to go, the drivers split up into two groups and headed into the forest to the course areas. The plan was for each group to get a run in on a course, have a lunch break, then swap with the other group, then do the same thing the next day on two completely different courses.

As I mentioned before, the land we ran on is a real motorcycle trials area, belonging to a local trials club. Motorcycle trials isn’t that big in the US because it doesn’t involve V8 engines and massive top speeds, but it has many followers in the UK and Europe. It’s a highly technical sport, demanding top-end equipment and nerves of steel – just like RC rock crawling at times! The first course was amongst the trees at the base of the hill, with snaking tree roots and tightly clumped rocks to make life difficult for the drivers. The other three courses were laid out up and down a good-sized hill that would have you out of breath if you attempted to scramble up it on foot. One of the hill courses was at the top of the hill, while the other two went from its base almost all the way to the top. The scorekeepers and photographers would be burning some calories over the weekend, for sure!

Every course had its score-killing section (or two). The first course I ran was the one at the bottom of the hill, where I cut my teeth using the SCX-10 Defender. With no winch (yes, winches were allowed and encouraged, as well as sand ladders and earth anchors!) I struggled to get through a few of the ten gates without using too many ‘Hand of God’ tip-overs. The speed was good, though, and I was glad I’d played around with the Defender in my girlfriend’s back garden. My second run was with the Wraith, which suffered from a lack of BEC, so the motor would cut out, then the servo, so I had to get a DNF…not a good start! But it looked good, with 2 full-size spares on the back! And that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

Not really, because the competitive nature within was starting to peek out, and I took off the spares, put in a 2S pack and got ready for the first hill climb course we would be attacking. Once again, I drove the Defender first and after an easy start straight up a dirt gully I struggled mightily trying to get over a double gate going over a pair of steps. I rolled over several times before eventually getting past the steps. The Wraith did much better, the tall Ripsaw tires shredding the undergrowth and getting me to the top in style – I did a couple of backflips before the final gate, trying to get up a very tall rock step! I clipped a few gates here and there but I was getting the hang of things, definitely!
At the end of the first day, settling down for a few drinks, nearly everyone shared their story of how they got into RC, where they were from (several had driven 2-3 hours to attend, while one guy and his girlfriend had driven several hours up from Bristol!) until the night fell apart with jokes and laughter as the drinks starting taking effect. We couldn’t stay up too late, though, it was another somewhat early start!

On Sunday, the two groups of drivers once again split up, taking to the hill once again, this time on completely new courses that promised new challenges. After walking the course and pointing out dangers to each other while joking and laughing, we started with the toughest first gate of the event – a nearly slick rock angled up at about 45 degrees, with the first gate right at the top! In the spirit of the event, no reverse penalties were given until the drivers were past the gate, but it set an ominous tone. A hard gate over two rocks set in a sawtooth pattern gave most drivers lots of trouble, and a tree root set at an angle to the path was a source of heartache for some. The toughest gate on this course, though was the final one – down a short rock canyon that meant most drivers decided to try motoring through, hitting the gate in the process!

Somehow, after looking at the score sheets at the end of the event, this hill climb turned out to be my best-scoring run for both trucks – only 2 points with the SCX10 Defender, and 3 with the Wraith. I don’t know how I did that, but I’ll take it!

The final course of the weekend for my group was the hilltop route, which was a welcome relief after climbing up and down the last 2 courses! There weren’t as many really tough gates on this course, apart from a gate deep in V-shaped dirt gully which led you to a hairpin turn over a root through another gate. Some interesting lines were taken here, with a couple of drivers opting to use their winch to pull them straight through the gate! Another hard gate was the final one (again!), which was a steep sheer climb up a granite boulder, and you had to stop on a dime to stop your truck from plummeting nearly 5 feet!

Finally, after getting attacked by ants and plenty of flying, biting bugs, the weekend was over – everyone gathered their trucks round for group photos and the concours judging, which had the finalists chosen by yours truly. All the trucks considered for the concours had to have been driven on at least one course, but the runaway winner by popular vote was a red Landy laden with overland gear on its roof rack, fully equipped and ready to go.

As the scores were getting tallied up, the raffle prizes were given out, with the top prize an Axial SCX-10 kit. The raffle prizes were £1 for 5 tickets, and with the help of the entry fees, soda sales and more, nearly £1000 was raised for The Pluto Appeal, a charity that sets up a remote surgery robot so doctors in London can operate (via robot) on patients in third-world countries. Now, isn’t that a perfect tie-in with RC or what?

And finally, it came time to give out the trophies, designed and donated by Radshape RC, a custom metal fabrication company.
First place, Class 1: Andy Smith
First place, Class 2: Rich Cahill
First place, Class 3: Chris Foxell
First place, Wraith: Royce ‘Rock King’
Everyone in attendance agreed that it was a terrifically fun weekend and that it should happen again. Right now we’re looking at doing this again in January!

All in all, this was the friendliest group of guys I’ve had the pleasure to compete against. There’s no doubt I’ll be attending more scale crawler competitions in the future!

Many thanks to Axial and all the sponsors of this fun and fantastic event ☺

Also, thanks to Chris at RadshapeRC.com for the use of his pictures!

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2011 AWCC FINALS Axial West Coast Championship INFO

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR AWCC FINALS
Click HERE to enter

2011 EVENT FORMAT UPDATE:
There will be no 1.9 or Super comp at 2011 AWCC

EVENT SCHEDULE:
THURS June 23
7:00PM – 9:00PM EVENT REGISTRATION:
2.2LCQ / 2.2COMP / SCX10 Scale Challenge

FRI June 24
6:30AM 2.2 LCQ – REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30AM 2.2 LCQ – REGISTRATION CLOSE
8:00AM 2.2 LCQ DRIVERS MEETING – MANDATORY
8:30AM 2.2 LCQ Judges Meeting
9:00AM 2.2 LCQ COMP > START
4:00PM 2.2 LCQ COMP > FINISHED
5:00PM 2.2 LCQ RESULTS POSTED
5:30PM AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge – Registration – OPEN
6:30PM AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge – Registration – CLOSE
*7:00PM AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge – STAGE ONE > START
*8:30PM AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge – STAGE ONE > FINISH
*Yes, NIGHT RUN! A personal head lamp is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

SAT June 25
6:30AM 2.2 COMP REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30AM 2.2 COMP REGISTRATION CLOSE
8:00AM 2.2 Comp Drivers Meeting – MANDATORY
8:30AM 2.2 Comp Judges Meeting
9:00AM 2.2 Comp – START
3:30PM 2.2 Comp – FINISH
6:00PM 2.2 Comp AWARDS Ceremony + Scale Show & Shine
*10:00PM AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge – STAGE TWO > START
*12:00AM AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge – STAGE TWO > FINISH
*Yes, NIGHT RUN! A personal head lamp is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

SUPER SCALE SUNDAY!!! June 26
AXIAL SCX10 G6 Challenge
8:00AM DRIVERS MEETING
8:30AM MUD PIT MAHEEM
9:00AM FRAME TWISTER ALLEY
9:30AM AXIAL WOOLEY PULL
10:00AM ENDURO-CROSS
10:30AM G6 Challenge – Stage 3 – Start
11:30AM G6 Challenge – Stage 3 – Finish
12:00PM AWARDS CEREMONY – START
1:00PM AWARDS CEREMONY – FINISH

The 2011 Axial West Coast Championships will be contested in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, once again at Cisco Grove Campgrounds June 24th-26th, 2011.

Everyone knows that the Axial West Coast Championships is more than just a comp, this is family getaway! Come early and bring the off road toys, fishing poles or hiking boots and enjoy exploring the local mountains. Don’t forget the GPS and hunt for some great geocaches. Bring your XR10 Comp Rig and SCX10 Scale’r and challenge yourself in what is sure to be one of the most challenging Comp & Scale events for 2011.

2.2 COMP EVENT INFO [Friday & Saturday]
The 2011 AWCC has a similar format as the 2010 season with Drivers having to qualify for a spot in the line up on Championship day. These qualifiers are the Arizona Copperstate Crawloff hosted by PARC, the Shamrock Showdown hosted by 801RCC, the Long Beach Qualifier hosted by ORCRC and WPRCCA, and the R.E.C.O.N. West Coast Qualifier hosted by R.E.C.O.N. Crawlers. 

The Axial West Coast Championships has crowned R/C crawling champions from all over the country and in 2011, the East Coast R/C crawler will have a chance to earn a guaranteed spot in the AWCC.

For the first time ever, the two biggest Championships in the country will be giving the top 10 drivers invites for Championship day. What that means is, this years top 10 overall drivers from the 2011-ECC will be in the hunt for the 2011-AWCC title and the top 10 overall drivers from the 2011-AWCC will have spots in the 2012 East Coast Championships. There will always be a friendly rivalry between East and West R/C rock crawlers and now those drivers can show the country who is most talented!

2011 Axial West Coast Championship – Comp schedule:
June 24th 2011 – Friday…………2.2 LCQ.
June 25th 2011 – Saturday…….2.2 Championships w/Awards dinner and Awards Presentation.

Axial drivers finishing 1st-3rd place will be awarded special prizes.

Axial Scale Challenge at 2011 AWCC [Friday-Evening, Saturday-Night & Sunday]
The 2011 AWCC will host the Axial Scale Challenge comprised of both the famous RECON G6 Challenge and Tuff Truck Competition. No qualification needed – just sign up!

Axial Racing continues to bring the R/C rock crawler new and exciting events. Participants and bystanders at the 2010 AWCC witnessed the first Axial Scale Day. Drivers who participated were treated to TTC styles challenges with 3 driving stages that tested a R/C scaler’s driving ability while pushed their rig to new capabilities. If you did not have a chance to participate in the scale activities, but heard about all the fun, seen all the pictures, and witnessed the aftermath… Relax! IT’S BACK and it’s BIGGER!

The 2011 Axial West Coast Championships is one of the best comps for R/C crawlers – period! But, now R/C Scaler’s too can rejoice! Axial has unshackled the madd scientist from the chains of scaleistic-sanity to bring the G6 Challenge in conjunction with TTC to the 2011 AWCC! The 2011 Axial Scale Challenge is a truly unique experience that you do not want to miss participating in! 

The 2011 Axial Scale Challenge will start Friday evening with Stage #1 of the RECON G6 Challenge. This stage time will be the first of several scale challenges that will continue on Saturday night and Sunday. Sunday will be a scale driver’s paradise with several TTC style challenges that must be survived to complete Stage #3 of the G6 Challenge.

2011 Axial West Coast Championship – SCX10 Scale Challenge schedule:
June 24th 2011 – Friday ……………………..…G6 Challenge Stage #1
June 25th 2011 – Saturday NIGHT……………..G6 Challenge Stage #2 – night stage
June 26th 2011 – Sunday………..………………TTC Courses and G6 Challenge Stage #3

Scale Challenge participants must use Axial SCX10 frame/chassis, Axial Axles and Axial Transmissions.
Scale Challenge participants must meet the requirements in scale class to recieve special Axial awards/prizes.

G6 / SCX-10 Scale Challenge Classes.

- 1.9
- 2.2
- Modifieds

I am honored to once again to be part of such a great event. From the get go, I want to thank Axial Inc’s; Jeff Johns, Matt Kearney, Rodney Wills, Brad “Bender” Dumont, Scott Hughes, Brandon Coonce, and the rest of the Axial Team for their support! Without the help from the AWCC volunteers, this great event would not be what it is today. Thank you Stuart Gartner, Brad & Cole Bailey, John Riplinger, John Halman, all the members of WPRCCA (I love you guys), and every Nor-Cal driver who puts rubber to rock or has ever helped judge, keep up the good work, I’m proud of all of you who are passionate and willing to show others how much fun R/C crawling is.

Axial Racing is the only R/C manufacturer to back an entire series of qualifiers that leads up to a championship and last year, with the help of OCRCRC, SDRCRC, 4CRC2, 801RCC, ORCRC, WPRCCA, CCRC, NCVRCC, and RECON Crawlers the AWCCQ Series was second to none, due to the fact that all the great people that make up all these R/C clubs were the utmost professionals and went above and beyond to ensure that every driver had a great time. Dwayne Oliver, Nabil Jamali, Curtis Miller, Ryan Gerrish, Ron Mesa, Dan Bowes, and Amer Sahtout are just some of the drivers that make a difference in the quality of any competition. Whether it’s on the local level or playing a key role in the Axial West Coast Championships; their efforts are an asset to all drivers.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to pm and I will see you at the 2011 Axial West Coast Championships, until then keep having fun and support those that support our great hobby/sport.

-Brian Parker / Axial Team Driver & AWCC Event Coordinator
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ABOUT AWCC:
The Axial West Coast Championship [AWCC] is an annual event where radio controlled hobby enthusiast gather, specifically those interested in the sport of competition rock crawling. While the event is both timed, scored and awarded first through third place for three different classes, this event is more of a festival where the whole family is invited. The AWCC event is held in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains at the Cisco Grove Camp Grounds nestled in the Donner Summit. The AWCC takes over the 406-site campground as many of the AWCC competitors make this a vacation, coming early bringing off road vehicles exploring the campgrounds OHV trail access to adventure. Yes, this is a LIFESTYLE and R/C is an extension of that lifestyle!

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