Axialfest 2013 – The Recap!

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Photos by Tristan

Axialfest 2013! Where do I start? Hundreds of night stage gates? Beautiful trail runs through the vast Tahoe wilderness? Backyard racing on an epic handcrafted track? Scalers floating downstream on homemade watercraft? A weekend of camping alongside 200+ fellow R/C enthusiasts? Mud pits that would make your mom cringe? My head’s still spinning a month later! Let’s back-up a little, one year to be exact!

I attended Axialfest in 2012, and had a blast. I got more drive time in on that one 3 day weekend, then all of the previous year combined……………….seriously! I entered so many classes I could hardly keep my batteries charged in time for the next event / class! On top of running the numerous classes that were available, I was there to document the event for Axial. So, it was an extremely busy weekend for me.

Fast forward one year to Axialfest 2013. I decided this year I was going to only enter one class for the Terra Cross races and the rest of the weekend would be utilized shooting photos and video of the whole Axialfest experience, as well as interacting with event attendees. This would allow me to to take in the event’s ambiance a little more than the previous year. While I did miss the R/C side of it a little this year, I had a lot more time to document the event.

Friday got started with the UTAC event and Rock Riot, and the momentum never let up the rest of the weekend. Here’s a quick run down of the weekend!

UTAC competitors line up for the start.
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A lone competitor running the Rock Riot class.
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Friday night was the first big stage for the G6 event. Drivers started out just before sunset, and were on course well into the night. It was crazy to sit at G-Central headquarters and watch all the lights in the woods flicker around you as competitors navigated the courses. Max Gremillion from Pull-Pal and Brian Parker pose for the camera before the night stage gets started.
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There was plenty of water and mud to be had on the Friday night stage.
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Saturday was going to be the busiest day by far with events starting out first thing in the morning, and carrying well into the night. Driver’s were gathering at the rally style start box early in the morning preparing for the day’s events.
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The highlight for Saturday was the creek challenge. Competitors that wanted to participate had to fab a boat / float for their rigs. Once they reached a certain gate marker on course, they had to load their vehicles onto their boat / float and send it down stream. Some competitors built basic floats that went where the stream’s current took them. Others got crafty and had powered boats that were either driven by their own motor, or the wheels of the scaler being carried. It was an interesting spot to sit and spectate from for sure!
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If your float needed some guidance to get downstream resident creek monitor Cole Bailey would help coax your set-up in the right direction.
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An example of a very basic, but extremely effective float. This guys navigated his home made float down stream like a champ!
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More action!
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Braaappp!!
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A couple shots from Saturday night’s stage.
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Good lights are a definite must for the night stages, some gates can be tough to find in the pitch black of the mountain forest!
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A bad jerky commercial? No, it’s just Charlie from Novak and his new found friend. Pretty sure this will show up on both their FB pages!
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The prize giveaway was held on Saturday night after the night stage. Tons of goodies up for grabs from Axial and the Axialfest sponsors!
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Sunday morning got started with the RTX races. RTX is short for Recon Terra Cross, which is best defined as backyard racing at its finest! EXO RTX!
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Hybrid / Wrexo RTX!
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1.9 RTX!
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2.2 RTX!
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And the RTX mud pit which never disappoints!
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That wraps up our coverage of Axialfest 2013! Every year this event keeps getting bigger, we had 160+ competitors this year which was awesome to see! Axial would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s event from the sponsors, to the volunteers, to the event attendees, everyone! We want to see 200+ entries next year, so spread the word and keep the month of June 2014 open!
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AWCC 2011 2.2 Comp Rig Photos

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The 2.2 Competition Class at this years Axial West Coast Championships was an exercise in coping with course design that challenged you far beyond “just” driving skill, but also flexed upon your strategic “thinking” game. Think of it as the game of checkers at the local level and you show up at the national level and its a game of chess. You have to get a little creative… draw on some little pieces of paper the chess icons, tape them to your checker-chips and school’em with knowledge of the game!

Why all the “strateg’ery?” While there are a lot of great drivers out there, the only way to progress the game is to take these drivers to the next level by first having them repetitively conform to a set standards and then push them a little beyond the norm with a bit of creativity while staying within boundaries and or strategically straddling boundaries as we witness at this years event! It is the next-level-competition of going from point-A to point-B that challenges the left hemisphere of that hard-drive on your neck, yes – the brain! Processing mechanical physics, terrain, time and rules is a massive info-crunch, especially when a field-ops drill Sargent is notching up the levels of the game beyond the norm. It’s healthy for the overall sport and it is FUN because it is the perfect “test-grenade” that they whole field is going to get tossed.

But who is such a mad man commanding field-ops drill Sargent that hollers at us to “DO WORK DRIVER!”™ while making you think speed-chess-hard all at the same time? And to top it off, while on the competition course there are moments of comedy from such an individual that seems to magically appear as this Super Axial-hero action figure to further distract drivers and innocent bystanders or some other masked Rock Ninja looking like an elder donned in 8o’s original Ninja Turtle kit but in over-streatched youthful costume size and sometimes appears as an over zealous international roaming news media commentator to report on driver’s actions or who knows what costume will pop out on course.. But back to that “mad man commanding field-ops drill Sargent” it is non other than Axial’s own team driver Brian Parker of the Recon Crawlers crawl-centrally located in Sparks Nevada. For you first time readers, please know that this man does not drive the course at any time before or during the events! But, he has the eye and flair of the most creative tactical course designers on the planet! In fact, he is at crouching-level of “Joey Christensen” of The Dirt, “Jimmy Babcock” of the JBRL Series and “Scotty Ernst” of Reedy Race of Champions and Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour – Brian Parker is on their level! Not to discredit the above mentioned as they are the top event organizers within their fields [I know first hand as I have worked with each of them], but Brian Parker has been at the forefront and helm of the best rock crawling events that are only gaining momentum. G-Metal, bolt action, safety strap check and Checkmate! OK, enough podium stroke. Lets get onto what really matters!

We wish to thank ALL THE DRIVERS who came to partake in the AWCC 2011 as it is your enthusiasm and efforts that actually make these event happen! Parker and RECON Crew just standing around in the woods would not make for an event, although it might make for a spectacle. It’s that old saying, “if the tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?” Without the competitors as participant-witness we wouldn’t hear that tree falling! Without the competitors [YOU!] its just dudes making courses out in the middle of the woods, driving XR10′s and SCX10′s for the fun of it; nothing wrong with that either… BUT, Enthusiast coming out and participating makes the event happen! Capturing the images lets everyone know that it in fact actually did happen and is not just hearsay. AND IT WAS FUN!!!

It was awesome to see all the rigs that came out to compete, but we are espcially drawn to those who use the Axial XR10 Chassis with Hardline body in tact!

So see it in print, hear us say, THANK YOU DRIVERS!

From all of us at Axial, we thank you!!!

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There are a lot more images on the Axial Flickr Page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/axialrc/sets/72157627223447011

SEE ALL AWCC BLOG POST:
http://axialracing.com/wordpress/category/awcc/

AWCC 2011 Media

RCCRAWLER.com:
RCcrawler.com has the official section for all things AWCC and there are some awesome photo threads in there!:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=199

RC DRIVER MAGAZINE
Tony Phalen and Greg Vogel of RC Driver Magazine where on hand and HAD A BLAST!
Here is Tony’s Driver Blog:
http://find.rcdriver.com/adventure-at-the-2011-axial-west-coast-championships

CAR ACTION MAGAZINE
Matt Higgens, Editor In Chief at RCCA was on hand doing live feed info to the RCCA website:
http://www.rccaraction.com/blog/category/topics/event-coverage/awcc-2011/

RC Car Action Photo Blog
http://www.rccaraction.com/blog/2011/07/05/awcc-photo-gallery/

Matt and Scott also met up with Axial’s own world famous Scott “Squirrel” Hughes for a brief interview:
http://www.rccaraction.com/blog/2011/07/07/axial-racings-scott-hughes/
Boy, he really is getting on with age and wit these days…

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AWCC 2011 WINNERS

AWCC FINALS 2011 2.2 PRO COMP CHAMPIONS:
First Place Brian Lorenz, Second Place Brad Dumont, Third Place Don French

AWCC FINALS 2011 2.2 PRO COMP CHAMPIONS Brian Lorenz, Brad Dumont, Don French
First Place [center] Brian “BURBO” Lorenz
Second Place [right] Brad “Bender” Dumont
Third Place [left] Don French

AWCC FINALS 2011 2.2 SPORT COMP CHAMPIONS:
First Place Spencer French, Second Place Chris McMullin, Third Place Mike Boling

AWCC FINALS 2011 2.2 SPORT COMP CHAMPIONS Spencer French, Chris McMullin, Mike Boling
First Place [center] Spencer French
Second Place [right] Chris McMullin
Third Place [left] Mike Boling

Axial SCX10 Recon G6 Challenge 1.9 Scale Winners:
First Place Thom Kowatch, Second Place John Ripplinger, Third Place Andy Berryman

Axial SCX10 Recon G6 Challenge Winners: Thom Kowatch, John Ripplinger, Andy Berryman
First Place [center] Thom Kowatch
Second Place [right] John Ripplinger
Third Place [left] Andy Berryman

Axial SCX10 Recon G6 Challenge 2.2 Scale Winners:
First Place Justin Halbohm, Second Place Brandon Coonce, Third Place Wesley Klein

Axial SCX10 Recon G6 Challenge 2.2 Scale Winners: Justin Halbohm, Brandon Coonce, Wesley Klein
First Place [right] Justin “J-FAB” Halbohm
Second Place [center] Brandon Coonce not present [Brian Parker standing in]
Third Place [left] Wesley “Sloyota” Klein

AXIAL West Coast Championships – OFFICIAL JUDGES TEAM
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These guys are all winners in our book!

Ryan Gerrish recipient of the G-Degree Award at Axial SCX10 Recon G6 Scale Challenge

The G-Degree Award is given to the challenger who received some bad luck while out on trail from the adventure gods as they make us walk back with our rigs in a critically non-operational state. Our buddy Ryan gets a little life-support from Brian Parker, the AWCC 2011 Master of Ceremonies.

AWCC FINALS 2011 2.2 PRO COMP CHAMPION Brian “BURBO” Lorenz
AWCC FINALS 2011 2.2 PRO COMP CHAMPION Brian "BURBO" Lorenz
Brian “BURBO” Lorenz of the Backyard Boyz came to Cisco Grove and laid down rubber to rock and took home the metal.


How the West was won…. Axial XR10 in the hands of Brian “BURBO” Lorenz

Camelbak Sponsors AWCC 2011


Axial Inc. is proud to announce Camelbak to the sponsors list for AWCC 2011!!!

ABOUT CAMELBAK:
AN IDEA BORN FROM THE MOST BASIC HUMAN NEED — THIRST
It’s 1988. Bicycle enthusiast, Michael Eidson, is competing in the “Hotter’N Hell 100.” And that’s exactly what it is: a 100-mile road race in the grueling summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas. Water is vital to surviving the race, and there are few places to refill a water bottle. Eidson, an emergency medical technician by trade, decides to fill an IV bag with water and slip it into a white tube sock. Yes, a tube sock. Then he stuffs the contraption into the back of his bike jersey, throws the thin hose over his shoulder and clamps it with a clothespin. Hands-free hydration is born. And Eidson is able to drink as he pedals…while the other racers laugh and fiddle with their water bottles.

OPERATION HYDRATION — THE ROAD TO SURVIVAL
Jeff Wemmer, a competitive cyclist who fell hard for CamelBak, was so impressed by the product that he started bringing packs to races to sell them. Talk about a fan. CamelBak eventually hired him, and in 1993, Jeff embarked on a road trip to keep the start-up running during very tough times. Company lore has it that Jeff visited bike shops from Florida to California, pitching our renegade product from the back of his motorcycle. Each order Jeff faxed back to the factory literally breathed another day of life back into CamelBak.

THE REST IS HISTORY
It took courage, conviction and imagination to evolve from an IV bag in a tube sock sold by a motorcycle-driven sales force of one. Our core values remain the same and drive everything we do – from inventing the hydration category to becoming the world’s leading maker of hydration solutions. Oh yeah…about those bikers who laughed at Eidson? Well, chances are they’ve got a CamelBak strapped to their back or in their bike cage these days. Go figure…
www.camelbak.com

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OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF AWCC FINALS 2011 – Cisco Grove, CA

OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF AWCC 2011
Vanquish | Tekin | MaxAmps | Futaba | PIAA | TJM USA | Dragon | PureFit | Mechanix Wear | Oliver Knives | CamelBak

Vanquish Products
Home of new and imaginative products. Vanquish products are all designed, manufactured, packaged, and shipped from all under one roof at the small Vanquish factory in Sacramento California. The Vanquish product line address several hobby products with a desire to make better and try to raise the performance bar. Visit us often as we are adding new products daily.
www.vanquishproducts.com

TEKIN
Designs and manufactures “Smarter-Smaller-Faster” electronic components including motors, speed controllers and battery chargers. USA.
www.teamtekin.com

MAXAMPS
The industry leader for high-quality LiPo, LiFe and NiMh batteries for air, water and surface RC products. MaxAmps packs are made to order same day and are assembled in the USA. All battery packs include a 3-year 300-cycle warranty at no additional charge.
www.maxamps.com

FUTABA
Futaba Denshi was established in 1948 as a manufacturer and seller of receiver vacuum tubes. Utilizing vacuum tube technology, Futaba began manufacturing fluorescent tube displays. In 1962 Futaba began producing radio control equipment as well as press and punching die components, establishing what still remains as two of the company’s primary divisions. This was followed by the development of mold base components and digital position readout systems, and the more recent addition of Vacuum Fluorescent Display tube modules to complete the lineup of Futaba’s major products. Firmly embracing the principle of manufacturing each component in-house, Futaba creates everything from its own tools to its own manufacturing facilities. The soundness of this strategy is validated by our ever growing list of awards for consistent, high-quality products. Today Futaba Corporation is the world leader in Vacuum Fluorescent Flat Panel Display (VFD) used in automotive and consumer products and Radio Control Systems for both hobby and industrial applications.
www.futaba-rc.com

PIAA
PIAA Corporation was established in 1963 with the commitment to manufacture world-class products that our customers could use with pride and confidence. Then, PIAA built its reputation with winning products. We became the industry leader thanks to our race-proven, easy-to-install lamps and bulbs and lifetime warranty. Our product quality and service stands apart. As does our race results. Baja 1000. Paris-Dakar. SCORE Offroad. 24 Hours of Daytona. US Pro Rally. 12 Hours ATV America. Moto-ST. PIAA helped win them all. Repeatedly.
www.piaa.com

TJM USA
Back in the 70’s when 4WD’s were few and far between, three adventure seeking mates got their ‘off road thrill’ with customised Volkswagen Beetles supped up as beach buggies. Each fitted with custom made bull bars, roll bars and sand tyres – they drew the attention of friends and bystanders. Before long, Lloyd Taylor, Cliff Jones and Steve Mollenhauer were making hand-made custom bars for a growing number of fans. As the demand continued to grow, they decided it was time to get serious. In 1973, with little more than their combined initials, shared passion and appreciation for quality products – TJM was founded and the rest is history. They were pioneers and TJM became the first company in Australia to manufacture and distribute quality 4WD equipment. Our product range has extensively grown to include; steel and alloy bull bars, nudge bars, side and rear protection bars, side steps, trade racks, roof racks, TJM recovery equipment, TJM winches, TJM XGS suspension, Airtec snorkels, TJM Pro Lockers and TJM roof top tents & awnings. While TJM has grown to be a sophisticated operation, we have never forgotten the key elements that resulted in the formation of the brand.
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DRAGON
Since the beginning, Dragon set out to be the leading independent eyewear and accessories brand in the active youth lifestyle market by supporting the best athletes with the best product, while remaining connected to core retailers and consumers. That mission still holds true today and is the driving force behind the company’s success and heritage. In 1993, in a garage in Capo Beach, CA, founder Will Howard aimed to build a company that encompassed his passions for surfing, snowboarding, and riding dirt bikes. Enthusiasm and knowledge of the market bore Dragon’s first and still primary product, sunglasses. The company began distributing to local surf shops before expanding to Hawaii and Florida, and later Australia and other international markets. Dragon gradually extended its reach as well, developing innovative, diversified products in all eyewear categories. With an emphasis on creating functional, high-quality merchandise that appealed to the youth market and pushed the status quo, Dragon introduced a number of innovative products early on. “We saw an opportunity to add snow goggles to the lineup by aligning ourselves with the emerging snowboard market,” says founder Will Howard. “We loved riding and realized snowboarders were treated as second-class citizens just like we were as a start-up, so we thought that would be a good match.” From there, Dragon recruited snowboarders Jamie Lynn, Chris Roach, and a few others. Many years and many ride days later, Dragon has established itself as a leader in the snow goggle business. More recently, Dragon’s innovative approach has lead to further market-leading developments, including the first-ever sunglasses and goggles made from 100% renewable origins. The development of the ECO (Environmentally Conscious Optics) series, a product originally inspired by longtime Dragon team surfer Rob Machado, represents the ambitious, avant-garde, athlete-inspired mindset that Dragon was founded upon. Through it all, Dragon has continued to be true to its roots. Original snow team rider Jamie Lynn, along with Dragon’s first surf team rider, Shane Dorian, remain on the team roster today. With top-tier product and athletes in mind, Dragon’s roster has grown to include some of the best surfers, snowboarders, moto riders, and wakeboarders in the world. Still run by the founder, Dragon remains a youthful, free-thinking, alternative, edgy brand that appeals to the core participants of action sports. Dragon endures as one of the few independent brands in its field, and will continue to grow and lead the youth lifestyle market.
www.dragonalliance.com

PUREFIT
We provide the key to your optimum health. PureFit was established in July 2000 with the express purpose of educating individuals about how to achieve optimum health and fitness through nutrition and exercise. With an extensive background in health and exercise physiology, Robb Dorf set out to design a program that would help individuals not only burn excess body fat but also improve overall wellness. Concerned with current trends in nutritional supplements that contain highly processed or even harmful ingredients, Robb conducted research that led him to production of Peanut Butter Crunch, an all-natural supplement to the PureFit Fat-Burning System. The emphasis on natural ingredients in our bars is a hallmark of the PureFit philosophy, which strives for a complete approach to health and fitness.
www.purefit.com

MECHANIX WEAR
Back in 1991, we knew right away we had a good thing going with Mechanix Wear® Gloves. We had no idea what kind of revolution we would start. From the first use of Mechanix Wear® “Original” Gloves by pit crew teams at the Daytona 500, Mechanix Wear® gloves have been the leader in the high performance work glove market. Before we knew it, we had 41 NASCAR® teams asking for our gloves along with just about every other high profile motorsports team in every type of racing! As a result of the exposure, everyday mechanics, technicians, construction workers, Do-It-Yourselfers, industrial safety, emergency services, and military professionals all benefit from our products. Every Mechanix Wear® product represents a total commitment to its intended use. We consider everything: fit, feel, function, durability, quality, style and value. There is a lot of dedication and pride in everything we do, and it all adds up to superior performing products for you, our valued customer. Whether you’re jumping the pit wall at Daytona or just doing a little tune up in the garage, you can have complete confidence that Mechanix Wear® products offer you the best protection in the industry. Mechanix Wear® gloves are for more than just racing, they are for toolboxes everywhere.
www.mechanix.com

OLIVER KNIVES
Dwane Oliver – Custom knife maker since 2004. As many people do, I enjoy a good knife, only problem was I couldn’t afford one. Solution … learn to make knives. I am a self taught maker. I learned a lot from the Internet, a wonderful tool. I began making custom handmade knives in 2004. I do not use grinding jigs or CNC machines, these knives are all hand-made and shaped. I have sold knives all over the United States, Ireland, England , and Australia. I had several knives in the Iraq war and with my sons in the Marine Corps.

As with all of my knives, the G6 SK (G6 denotes the RECON G6 Challenge and SK denotes Survival Knife) is made to stand the test of time. The High Carbon 1095 Steel is precision ground (by my 2 hands) to a rugged size with a durable edge. The handle materials on a G6 SK are chosen for their durability in any conditions, wet or dry, hot or cold. Handles are always textured to give maximum grip , even is slippery situations. Removable Ferrocerium firesteel is placed in the handle to get you out of a tough spot on a cold night. Add a good Para-Cord lanyard, and you have the makings of a real tool for the outdoor adventure seeker. The Kydex sheath is heat molded to each individual knife. The tubular rivets that hold the sheath together are grouped in a Tek-Lok or a Molle-Lok pattern. Handling the G6 SK is truly ambidextrous and can be worn in any direction.
http://www.facebook.com/OliverKnivesGroup

CAMELBAK
AN IDEA BORN FROM THE MOST BASIC HUMAN NEED — THIRST
It’s 1988. Bicycle enthusiast, Michael Eidson, is competing in the “Hotter’N Hell 100.” And that’s exactly what it is: a 100-mile road race in the grueling summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas. Water is vital to surviving the race, and there are few places to refill a water bottle. Eidson, an emergency medical technician by trade, decides to fill an IV bag with water and slip it into a white tube sock. Yes, a tube sock. Then he stuffs the contraption into the back of his bike jersey, throws the thin hose over his shoulder and clamps it with a clothespin. Hands-free hydration is born. And Eidson is able to drink as he pedals…while the other racers laugh and fiddle with their water bottles.

OPERATION HYDRATION — THE ROAD TO SURVIVAL
Jeff Wemmer, a competitive cyclist who fell hard for CamelBak, was so impressed by the product that he started bringing packs to races to sell them. Talk about a fan. CamelBak eventually hired him, and in 1993, Jeff embarked on a road trip to keep the start-up running during very tough times. Company lore has it that Jeff visited bike shops from Florida to California, pitching our renegade product from the back of his motorcycle. Each order Jeff faxed back to the factory literally breathed another day of life back into CamelBak.

THE REST IS HISTORY
It took courage, conviction and imagination to evolve from an IV bag in a tube sock sold by a motorcycle-driven sales force of one. Our core values remain the same and drive everything we do – from inventing the hydration category to becoming the world’s leading maker of hydration solutions. Oh yeah…about those bikers who laughed at Eidson? Well, chances are they’ve got a CamelBak strapped to their back or in their bike cage these days. Go figure…
www.camelbak.com

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Rock Candy RCC and The Victory Junction Gang

Last year at the West Coast Championship finals the girls of Rock Candy RCC raffled off a completely built competition crawler, and a new in the box XR10. The girls donated 100% of the proceeds from the raffle to cancer research. This year the girls are going to be back at the Axial West Coast Championship finals with another charity raffle featuring more goodies from Axial. This year Axial has donated an XR10 kit and a newly released RTR Wraith to the cause.

“RockCandy RCC is once again raising funds for a good cause. This year we picked The Victory Junction Gang. Axial has stepped up again and donated an Axial XR-10 and an Axial Wraith for us to giveaway at the 2011 AWCC Finals. 100% of the profits will be donated to the Victory Junction Gang. Each $5 donation will receive a chance to win one of the rigs. Each person will receive a Victory Junction bracelet with their tickets. We may be adding some extra goodies with the rigs, more will be posted as we get closer to the Axial West Coast Championships. Victory Junction bracelets and tickets will be sold starting April 15th up until Saturday June 25th. At the 2011 AWCC Finals, names will be drawn at the awards ceremony, you do not need to be present to win. Please visit http://www.victoryjunction.org/ to learn about this great foundation.” Rock Candy RCC’s Mindy Howe

The girls of Rock Candy RCC, left to right Mindy Howe, Becky Barger and Jess Downing.
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Thanks for everything you do ladies!! Axial is proud to be working with you again this year.

Brandon’s Axial SCX10 Honcho

I have been having a blast with my Axial SCX10 Honcho kit for about a year now and thought I would share everything I have done to it.

Build List:
AX90014 Honcho Kit
AX30495 Axial Aluminum C Hubs
AX30533 Axial Hi-clearance Knuckles (2pcs)
AX30090 Axial 61-90mm Aluminum Shock Set
Axial LED Light Bucket Set
Axial Interior/Exterior Detail Sets
Axial 27T Motor
Futaba S9157 Steering Servo
Tekin FXR ESC
Castle BEC
MaxAmps 1800mah 11.1V 3S Lipo
Vanquish Products Aluminum Shock Hoops
Vanquish Products Hurtz Dig
Pro-Line Powerstroke Single Stage Springs (Front)
Pro-Line Scale Accessories
RC4WD Rock Lox Tires
RC4WD Stamped Steel Wheels
Custom Behind the axle Steering.

Here are a few quick shots of some of the details I added to my SCX10 Honcho.

I used the Axial LED Light bucket set along with the clear lexan headlight buckets included with the honcho kit to make a realistic headlight. I simply cut holes in the lexan bucket and used some shoogoo to attach everything to the honcho body.



Check out the custom steering setup I made. I fabricated a draglink/tierod to work with the High steer knuckles and the frame mounted steering servo. This also required relocating the shock mounts with some custom tabs to raise the shocks at the axle. These changes did add some slight bump steer due to the short length of the panhard bar (locating link).




Its hard to miss these new Vanquish Products Aluminum Machined Shock Hoops!!

I installed a Vanquish Products Hurtz dig for the extra maneuverability. In this picture you can also see the enclosed box I picked up from Radio Shack that houses my Tekin FXR, Castle Creations BEC, and my Futaba 604 RX. Now I don’t have to worry about water splashing any of my electronics.


The Pro-Line Scale accessories are a must. Check out the detail in the High-Lift jack!

Check out the image Gallery below for pictures from the Axial West Coast Championships scale challenge earlier this year!

Thanks for looking, if you have any questions about my honcho please feel free to ask.

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2010 Axial West Coast Championship Finals

After months of waiting, and running numerous qualifiers, it was finally time to pack the Axial RV and head off to the Axial West Coast Championship Finals in Cisco Grove, Ca. The build-up for this years comp began back in January when the first 2010 AWCC Qualifier was held in Escondido, Ca. For this year’s championships no one got a free ticket into the main event Saturday afternoon. You either had to attend one of the 5 qualifier events, and earn an invite by a top 10 finish or sign up for the “Last Chance Qualifier” on Friday before the finals and make the top 20 on that day. So, this event anyone you were competing against earned their way into the main event. Axial hoped this would make for a really tight/competitive comp as far as the top scores go, and that is pretty much how it all played out. Hit one bad gate on any one of the 5 courses and you dropped 10 places in the overall standings instantly. There was no room for error at this year’s event……………….period.

The drive through California via the 395 highway.

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The RV was getting a little thirsty, so we stopped off for a drink.

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Back on the road.

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Settling into our campsite.

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Axial staff hard at work.

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Game on!!

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Brandon spotting for me on course #1.

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Team Axial driver Becky Barger working course #2.

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Scott Hughes and his freshly built XR10 working course #1.

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Jason Gainey works course #1.

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A few more random shots from the 3 courses down by the river.

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RCCrawler.com was on hand broadcasting video of the weekend’s events.

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John Hubbard from RCCrawler working the live feed. He looks so content in this picture for some strange reason.
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No clue what is going on here.

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More pictures from courses 4 and 5.

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Brandon on course #4.

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Scott H working course #4.

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Me on course #4.

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After everyone was done running courses it was time to gather around the Axial tent for the trophy presentation.

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And the winners are……….
Last Chance Qualifier-Pro
1st Chris Mcmullin
2nd Doug Toney
3rd Kevin Gunderson

Last Chance Qualifier-Sport
1st Eric Hill
2nd Justin McCoy
3rd Dustin Howe

Sport Class-Finals
1st Michael Boling
2nd James Roque
3rd Tom Havel

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Rock Candy-Finals-Sport
1st Shannon Davis
2nd Natalia Morales
3rd Kacie Vess

Rock Candy-Finals-Pro
1st Becky Barger
2nd Candance Flaming
3rd Jess Downing

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Pro Shafty-Finals
1st Jay Robbinette
2nd Jake Wright
3rd Tom Brown

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Pro Overall-Finals
1st John Ripplinger
2nd John Hall
3rd Jason Veal

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Congrats to all the winners, you guys really earned it!! Axial would like to thank everyone that helped us with this event, and the overall series. A huge thanks goes out to Brian Parker and Stuart Gartner for all their hard work throughout this whole series, we couldn’t have done it without you guys! Thanks to all the sponsors that helped support the finals too, Vanquish Products, Futaba, Novak, Pro-Line, RCCrawler.com, and Xtreme R/C. We couldn’t have done it without your support either.

The dust has barely settled on this year’s AWCC Series, and I am already excited for next year’s series to start. If you couldn’t make it to any of these events this year, try and make it to one next year, you won’t be disappointed. And like Warren Miller always says, “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.” See you next year!!

AWCC Finals – Scale Challenge

Scale Challenge
This year at the Axial West Coast Championships we decided to add a scale event to the itinerary. We wanted it to be a fun event, instead of a really serious competition. So, we came up with a few different events/challenges for this particular competition. We borrowed a few events from the Top Truck Challenge, and added our own twist to them. We also wanted to have a couple of scale style trail runs set-up so we cover the whole spectrum of what hardcore scaling is all about……………………….realistic obstacles that are fun to drive. Here is a run down on the first annual “Scale Challenge” and the obstacles we encountered.

Axial also went ahead and added a scale “show and shine” for this event too. All the scalers that signed up for the scale challenge also showed off their rigs before the competition began in a contours style event. Here’s a group shot of all the competitors.

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Axial team driver Ryan Gerrish won the scale show and shine with his newest creation. Actually, Ryan ended up taking 1st and 2nd in the show and shine. If you have ever seen one of his creations in person, you would understand why. The time and thought Ryan puts into his rigs is second to none. Congrats Ryan!

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Mud Pit
The first obstacle was a 10-12 ft long soupy mess of northern California mud, over an old cut up slip and slide water tarp. The slip and slide base made it difficult to get traction, momentum was key to making clean passes. The pit also gradually sloped making the mud deeper near the exit. For this event the field had to make 2 passes through the pit, total combined time of both runs was tallied. Most competitors had at least one full run. As the competition progressed the mud pit became a little more difficult. A few competitors had clean first runs, but couldn’t finish their second pass due to rollovers or stoppage of progress.

The pit before the competition got started.

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Frame Twister
The second obstacle was a combination of rocks and mud in the beginning, with another slip and slide base, then more mud and small logs at the end. The course was also tightly lined with boundaries that you couldn’t touch at any time without taking a time penalty. Many rigs struggled with the first 3 feet of the rocks and mud. One big rock was extremely tough to clear as it wanted to roll you on your side if you weren’t very careful. Once on your side it was nearly impossible to drive out under your own power due to perfect placement of the rocks, boundaries and a very slippery base. Numerous vehicles required a tow from a fellow competitor in order to finish the course.

The first half of the obstacle.

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The second half of the obstacle after a 90 degree right hand turn coming out of the rocks.

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Tank Pull
For this obstacle competitors and their trucks had to pull an R/C tank on a flat dirt grade for the first half of the course, then transfer onto a loose dirt hillside to the full pull banner. I don’t think anyone made a full pull but there were many trucks that came very close. Power and a smooth trigger finger were key to finishing near the top.

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Trail Obstacles
The next 3 obstacles were various trail runs that had a mix of high speed sections, extremely technical sections, 5 minute time bonus sections, rocks, snow, sand, trees, bridges, etc. The bonus sections were very technical, requiring you to slow down and really pay attention to tire placement. But, they were all negotiable if you knew your rig and were very careful.

Trail Obstacle One
This trail run was the longest of the three. It started out on pavement then dropped you down a slight grade to a 10′ x 20′ foot snow field lined with boundaries. After the snow you chased your rig down a dirt path to a technical off camber, wet, sandy shoreline down by the river. Once clear of the river bank you headed back away from the river up a loose sandy trail through the woods to a tightly grouped set of trees which required numerous back-ups to clear. From there it was on to the first time bonus section, a steep slippery bridge leading up to a fallen tree. The exit off the bridge and onto the tree trunk was the toughest section by far. It required a few reverses and perfect placement of the driver’s side front tire to hook a small section of the tree in order not to fall off. Once safely on the tree you had to drive down to the base and drop off onto another bridge. From there it was an easy sprint back to the road and the finish line.

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We staggered the competitors on course by about 30 second intervals. So, there were numerous people on course at the same time as you. You had to weave your way through if you caught up to the guy in front of you. Here I caught up with Brandon stuck on a stick in the sand. He couldn’t go forward or reverse. I tried to give him a quick push from the side as I passed through, but his truck didn’t move. All I could do was yell “sorry, you are on your own” as I drove away. I think this picture was taken right at the moment I told him he was on his own, judging by the look on his face. Sorry Brandon!!

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Trail Obstacle Two
Trail two was pretty much a hardcore rock crawl course. It started out with a few steep technical climbs, then dropped you into a trench/canyon full of jagged rocks and dirt. Once free of the canyon you had to climb onto a big boulder with gates at the top. Most rigs needed one reverse to clear the gate cleanly. The trail then headed up to the time bonus section. This section started out with a steep climb up a huge slab of rock. Once on top you had to descend down into a very tight area lined with boundary markers. Numerous slow reverses were needed to get lined up with the next climb properly without taking a time penalty. Next you had to drive down a very steep narrow canyon, that left rigs on there lid at the bottom. After a roll over recovery you had to drive up another steep face with loose dirt all over the base, which made it difficult to maintain traction. Once you cleared this gate it was a race back to the finish line about 50 feet away.

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Trail Obstacle Three
This trail was another hard rock crawl course, but with a twist. It was set in a semi shallow creek bed with lots of deep holes. Tire placement was critical yet again in order not to get caught in one of the deeper water holes. You started out up on the bank of the stream and drove down into the creek and across to the other side. After a hard right you then crossed the creek again and drove up the right side in the water to the next obstacle, a short climb that required a little throttle to bump over it. Once clear of this set of gates you had a deep water hole on your left to clear before the next rocky climb. You then had to negotiate another climb out of a water hole to zig zag your way to the top. A tight U turn waited for you at the top of the last climb. Then it was time to descend down the opposite side of the creek to a dirt hill climb out of the stream and around a set of trees. After clearing the trees you dropped back into the water and carefully negotiated the last couple descents down to the finish line.

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Here’s a video showing most of my run on Trail course #3

The top 5 finishers
1st Brad Dumont
2nd Ryan Gerrish
3rd Brandon Coonce
4th Scott Hughes
5th Justin Halbohm

No one, aside from Axial, really knew going into this event that the winner would receive a certificate for a new XR10 comp crawler. Since Axial employees and team drivers weren’t eligible for the grand prize, the kit was awarded to the 5th place finisher Justin Halbohm. Congrats to him for an impressive showing.

The first inaugural “Axial Scale Challenge” was a great addition to the Axial West Coast Championship Finals from the feedback we have received from the competitors. I think this event may need to be a permanent addition to the AWCC finals.