Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 1

Skeeno’s Axialfest 2017 Report Part 1 – Hey! That’s me!

Text: Matt SKEENO Soileau
Photos: Michael Morris & Matt Soileau

You all know the deal.  July is AXIALFEST time; the annual gathering of all Axial fans to Cisco Grove, California for the world’s largest gathering of scale RC enthusiasts. This year AXIALFEST expanded to five days, starting on Wednesday and ending on Sunday.  Of course, I made my 10th consecutive trip to play, visit, and help out.  Here’s what I saw on my five day adventure at AXIALFEST 2017.


Part 1 of the Skeeno Report covers Day 1, Wednesday, July 12 of AXIALFEST 2017.

IMG_20170712_054303 Mike and I met up early Wednesday morning and packed up all our stuff.  We packed pretty heavy.  He and I both brought our tent trailers this year.

IMG_20170709_094325Since we were staying for five days, we had to make sure we would be eating right.  Luckily, Axial is making these sweet mini fridges.  I got a prototype.  Look for them to be in production by AXIALFEST 3018. I will be doing some seriously long-term testing…


A look inside shows they left room for hearty breakfast and dinner supplies. I didn’t need much lunch food, because I’m working on my bike diet and ate with the rest of the Axial staff.


There was a fire next to I-80 near the Reno city limits, so we anticipated lots of traffic delays, but that didn’t happen.  We got to Cisco Grove around 7a.m.  The camp office was closed, so we proceeded to the Axial motorhome.


I’ve been in the same location for last five or six AXIALFEST events, so it was easy to find. I was slated to share with Anthony of Rivas Concepts, but I don’t think he ever sleeps.


There’s Camp Skeeno all set up and ready.  Mike’s trailer made a nice sun block in the afternoon.


Inside you can see I settle for nothing but the finest orange shag and 50 year old canvas.  Ignore that heater.  July was extra hot this year, so there was no need for that.


Once we got set up, I did head over to the camp office to check in and see how things were going. Next to the office is this cool scale area…



There were already some rigs out on the trails and it was only 9 a.m. on a Wednesday!


I spotted several groups getting early morning trail runs in.


This guy was topping off his tank before heading out.


I caught the office ladies off guard and they vehemently protested their photo being taken.


Once they found out I was the world famous Skeeno, they begged me to take their photo. Ok, that might be a lie, but they did tell me 430 campsites were sold for AXIALFEST 2017.  That’s 80 more than AXIALFEST 2016! They also said that at least 400-campers had checked into the campgrounds on MONDAY! This tells me that AXIALFEST is becoming a WEEK LONG EVENT VACATION for a lot of RC enthusiast!


I spotted this RC sticker bombed cruiser as I was leaving.


I’m sure Rodney would approve of the basket on the front that was used to haul his SCX102 around in. Remember that cute little dog for later.


I headed up to registration, but it was still early and while all the banners and barriers were up and ready, nobody was to be found. Again, technically the event is not open yet, so understandable. But you can see signs that a lot of work has already been happening.
I jumped on the CT70 and cruised around to check out some campsites.


Last year was #yearofthebridges and the bridges returned this year with the addition of the Golden Gate bridge, fitting for this years theme #ProspectorFever


This hobbit seemed friendly, but I don’t think that screen door is keeping any flies out.


First thing I spotted in A-Camp was Zotti’s Bagz.  If you need a scale sleeping bag, hit her up.  She’s got lots of colors and styles to choose from.


A-Camp is the location of the very first AXIALFEST’s.  It’s mostly tent camping and there were already lots of people set up and ready.  I had heard that many were coming up even earlier next year for AXIALFEST 2018, but I didn’t expect to see the campground so full Wednesday morning this year!


The paper lanterns in this campsite were a nice touch.  Customization is the key to a good campsite.


Speaking of custom, this roof top tent on a tear drop is pretty custom.



I kept running into groups out trailing.  Will AXIALFEST start on Tuesday next year?


These guys had a full tarp city. I’m not sure what was behind the curtain.  It might have been Oz.


The Down with the Sickness crew had more canopies up than I could count.
These guys roll DEEP.


I’m not sure how many rigs the DWTS crew brought up, but here Big Country poses with 22! And this doesn’t even count the ones that were already out on the trails.


Speaking of Sickness, check out this sick haircut. I thinks it’s called the Axiallet; business in the front…


…and party in the back.


This young lady came up with the group from Monterrey Bay. She was extra proud of her pink wheels and cage.


I’m not sure what was going down in this campsite, but I counted eight or so Power Wheels.


This 16 window bus was my favorite.  I wanted to take it out for a spin, but the owners weren’t around to ask permission.


The minimalist award goes to this guy.  One step up from sleeping in the car. I admired his style.


I caught the Strider Bikes crew headed out to get on trail.


I headed back to see what Mike was up to.  He had just finished setting his trailer up and handed me a pint to toast to our start of AXIALFEST 2017.


After our toast, I headed back over to registration.  Things were starting to pick up.  Registration would be opening soon, so we had to get everything organized and ready.


I spotted Chris Cru Jones of Altra and Juan Schultz discussing adjustments to the Altra 5K Enduro course.


Miss Cathy and Mister Matt didn’t have time for pictures.  There were hundreds of swag bags to organize.


Here’s Cathy getting the hats ready.


Do you have an AXIALFEST 2017 hat?


How about these special limited edition AXIALFEST hats?  They didn’t even have my name on one of these! OUTRAGE! hehehe I will protest!


If your last name starts with an L, M, N, O, or P, your score card and lanyard was in those boxes. This is one station of the many for AXIALFEST 2017.


Steve Miles, now you are famous.  That’s your score card.


I’m glad Scott G doesn’t work in quality control with those peepers.


OK, here’s where we knew things were getting serious.  Cathy started to hand out the STAFF shirts.  Head of Security, Shawn Barton gets the pick of the litter as Anthony of Rivas Concepts waits patiently.


Scott Kerkes was the face of calm.  This wasn’t his first rodeo.  He was ready to get his tech on all week. I think that is Brad Perry telling ScottK, Rodney said it was OK, gimmie the keys to Jeff’s Jeep! I know this dope spot…


Cathy and Cici were all smiles once registration was ready to be open.  Let the party begin!


The line formed and went smoothly. The Axial crew has their system down!


DSCF1099It’s amazing how quickly the hundreds of participants can move through tech and registration.


I’m not sure why, but Chris from SBC seems to always be one of the first in line.

DSCF1096Remember the cute doggy earlier? I think that’s sticker bomb cruiser guy with his trail buddy.


If you didn’t print it and sign it at home, there were extra liability waivers at registration.


Someone got a little creative with the chalk. Is that a Deadbolt?


Before the registration and swag tent was the tech area.  There guys  worked at a fevers pitch to get everyone checked out.


They tried their best to keep the line moving at a good pace.



Matt Kett from Scale Builders Guild was all smiles. See Scott Kerkes teching like a champ?  He kept it up all weekend.


Axial’s R&D VP, Matt Kearney even got his hands dirty in the Tech Booth. Applying stickers is tough!


Carts and wagons were a popular option for many that brought multiple rigs to get tech’ed and checked.



American Flyers.  Those are some American classics.


When you have lots of gear, it’s way easier to pull than carry.


This young lady somehow levitated against this tree.


The trusty EMT’s happily assisted anyone with medical needs, mostly dehydration and heat issues is what I heard.  Drink your water, people! With ELECTROLYTES!!! This message is “Rodney Approved” Electrolyte Replenishment – Why It’s SO IMPORTANT and HOW TO DO IT RIGHT!


There were lots of cool 1:1s hanging around AXIALFEST 2017 as well!

Now, there were TONS of VENDORS at AXIALFEST 2017 too!  Many had swag to give away and deals on products. Here’s a few that I spoke with.


Hitec was there. They not only had their servos on display, but also some sweet chargers. I might need to upgrade my old units for one of their all in one units. They were impressive.


Super Shafty came all the way from upstate New York! They had a climb ramp for people to try for raffles.  I saw lots of flips and a few jumps.


Super Shafty had lots of products on display as well as some fun decorations, but their product is way serious!


Gigabit Off-Road had the coolest stickers, but maybe that’s because Mrs. Skeeno loves goats.  I caught them here before they were finished setting up.


Phoenix Design LEDs was here again.


Corey Shafer was my campmate, but we didn’t see him much. I think he and Rivas share the same sleep pattern.  Here, he briefly chills with Dan Huff in the Phoenix Designs booth.
Green shirt, back to work…




A Main Hobbies had this amazing Axial SCX10 with Jeep FC body fully built and kitted as an overlander on display.  They gave it away on Saturday night during the AXIALFEST awards ceremony!


Judd Rummage was commissioned by A Main Hobby to design and build this rig and trailer combo and it was unbelievable.


There were so many details on this that I couldn’t even begin to tell you about them all.


Blow up these pictures and just stare.  OK, I’ll point out my favorite part, the Honda Trail 50 hiding in the trailer.


Cody Waggoner and Jesse Haines from Team Lasernut came out.  Cody’s been an Axial fan since the first Axial West Coast Championship in 2007. They are both top competitors in the 1:1 crawler scene.


Hummer Portals seem to be all the rage in 1:1 crawling now.  Jesse Haines brought out his comp crawler for everyone to ogle over!


He gets an amazing amount of steering out of those things.


Cody also brought out his comp buggy.  Some lucky ducks got to take it for a spin.  I think Jay Kendall from SOR was one of the lucky ones. I got to drive it last year.  You can check it out here: AF16P1


Ty from Tekin is an AXIALFEST veteran from way back.  He brought out the big tent this year.  I still remember when he drove his Subaru Impreza down. Times sure have changed.


Ty built this 6X6 with custom 3D printed body built on a custom SCX10 chassis. It was pretty incredible.


Speaking of incredible, the Two Chainz Scalerz crew brought out their amazing scale features again.


This year it was a waterfall with a working water wheel…oh, and scale water tower.


There was a scale town behind it, but I had bad lighting, so I decided to come back later.


But, I couldn’t help myself from checking out the scale cemetery.  Each headstone had a members name and epitaph.  My favorite was Dan W, old guys can only rule so long.


I caught Coleman from Extreme Scale Performance.  Have you participated in his weekly Axial Scale Wars? Did you catch his live stream of AXIALFEST?



Proline had their scale garage and junk yard out for people to take pictures with.


Lots of amazing details in there.


Elio and Tristan’s Jeeps are either kissing or fighting.  I’m not sure.


Jawn Shuhls and Chris Cru Jones were trying to talk Pham Bam into running the Altra 5K.


JavaGoGo bumped the techno and made some delicious beverages.  The Funky Monkey was worth it.


There’s the Giga Crew all set up.


Jason from Pedals Bike Shop of Riversidea, Ca delivered Rodney Wills to AXIALFEST after a little accident that left Rodney cruzing on crutch-mobile status. Jason is a KONA Bikes dealer and together they donated a Kona Big Kahuna 27.5+ bike to the raffle pile! I see Jason read my Bomber build blog and stole my orange wheels idea.


Prairie City representing California State Parks came out to play and also talk about their awesome OHV facilities. Check them out at


Toyzuki had their rigs on display.  I was fascinated by their chassis kit that allowed the easy swapping of regular and overdrive gearing with the use of a transfer case.  It’s genius.


My other favorite thing at Toyzuki was this custom VW Thing.


I love the Type 181.  I spotted this almost immediately.


Hailing from the east coast, Brazen also had a small booth set up.
Note Rodney on crutches…


Forester coming through!  Subiworks brought their cool Subaru Forester. Check out the ground clearance, custom front bumper with winch and Rigid lighting.


It also had these really cool RotopaX mounts built into the window openings.


This was my first spotting of #rodneysaiditwasok which became the phrase of AXIALFEST 2017.  Something happened online and it spread like wildfire! Did you get your limited edition RSIWO shirt from SBG?


Of course CKRC was on site with their fully stocked hobby shop.


CKRC also had some limited edition giveaways as well as a customer appreciation dinner and their infamous Dollar Dash on Thursday night after the Concours event.


Next to CKRC was the start of their trail.  There were lots of scale buildings on this course.


Hemistorm came all the way from the other side of the planet to visit AXIALFEST with Castle Creations! I had the pleasure of  judging with him during the Concourse event.


Hmmm, sensored motors from Castle?  I’m listening…


Vanquish’s Dan W photobombs the Proline guys.


Not only did Proline bring their scale junkyard, but also this amazing scale shop.


Next to Proline was S.O.R. Graphics, not sore, but eS Oh aRe Graphics.


Jay Kendall was a little camera shy, but he is super friendly.  He did the amazing wrap on my Altra 5K Bomber and even hooked my bike up with a custom sticker/wrap.  Hit him up at


Some top brass from Rigid Industries brought giveway swag, prizes for the awards ceremony raffle and they brought their SCX10s to get their scale trail action on!


It’s all a blurr now, but at some point in the day Jaime Seymour made some of the most amazing hamburgers ever cooked at AXIALFEST!


GFE – Grumpy Fast Eddy of Fast Eddy Bearings is another veteran AXIALFEST supporter and he still yelled at everyone to get off his lawn.  I’m waiting for the time lapse video to come out.  I’m in there somewhere around 2:24am.


Random sighting of “Brokenib” aka Chris Goris.  He’s another long time AXIALFEST participant!


RCP Crawlers are one of the OG RC Crawler shops and still make parts from some old school rigs that we used before Axial was around.


Team KNK came all the way out from Ohio with loads of their hardware kits.  If you need screws, bolts, washers, etc.  They are your go to.


RC4WD had all their good stuff on display.  I caught them before they were fully set up here, but this tracked SCX10 had me dreaming of this set up on an FC Jeep. I’ll be back later…


I heard people screaming, “Bear!” I was a little afraid, but it turned out to be this adorable Pomeranian puppy at the Scaler Fab booth. Dang, he is CUTE.


Scaler Fab had all their bumbers and other wares available.


Last but not least was RPP Hobby.


It wouldn’t be AXIALFEST withouth RPP Hobbies.  They brought out their super-shop-tent-set out again to AXIALFEST 2017.


I’m not sure when they slept, because their tent aka mobile hobby shop was packed every time I walked by.


RPP Hobby also had a their trail start right by their booth.


They also had a photo booth for AXIALFEST’ers to take scale photos at.

So, that’s just a small taste of AXIALFEST 2017.  It was a blurry fast day and I missed lots of things.  Luckily, I had four more days to come back and catch more action.


So, keep your eyes out for Part-2 of the Skeeno Report coming soon, right after I eat this bacon. And I promise to try not to use the word amazing in any more blogs.




AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Results

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners

If you didn’t get a chance to attend AXIALFEST2017, you certainly missed out on a fantastic event! Along with all the other amazing activities, the Rock Racing portion of the show was by far one of the most popular!

The Rock Racers were sorted into 8 different classes, allowing drivers of different ages and vehicle types to compete against each other. The classes were:

RR1] Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
RR2] Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
RR3] Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class
RR5] Rock Race Factory Bomber Class
RR6] Rock Race Wraith – OPEN Class
RR7] Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class
RR8] Rock Race EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class
RR9] Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

For a detailed description of all the classes, see our post here ROCK RACING RULES – AXIALFEST 2017.

After the dust had settled, 9 winners had been crowned champions of the AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing, well, race!

Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Simon Kirsch
2nd Place – Joe Zuniga
3rd Place – Andrew Pena

Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Kason Ernest
2nd Place – Hunt Parr
3rd Place – Ethan Mulhollen

Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Paul Russell
3rd Place – Bryan Kautz

Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Angelo Lanford
3rd Place – Brian Richards

Rock Race Factory Bomber Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Dominique Judkins
2nd Place – Harley Judkins
3rd Place – Saphira Judkins

Rock Race Wraith – OPEN Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Spencer Bell
2nd Place – Mason Dunievitz
3rd Place – Michael Pham

Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Rich Bolts
3rd Place – Danny Ensor

Rock Race EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Jake Wright
2nd Place – Mike Thompson
3rd Place – Chris Duran

Rock Race YETI Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Devlin Shipley
3rd Place – Ben Thomas

Here are some other links to posts regarding AXIALFEST2017.

Thank You – AXIALFEST2017
This page has downloadable group photos as well as a list of every name that pre-registered for the event!

Off-Road Dave’s First Time Account of AXIALFEST 2017
A detailed look of David “Off-Road Dave” Miller’s first adventure to AXIALFEST2017.

Athletic RC Adventure Mashup – Inside the Axialfest Altra Ultra 5K Enduro
An inside look at the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro written by RC Driver’s Greg Vogel.

Athletic RC Adventure Mashup – Inside the Axialfest Altra Ultra 5K Enduro


Words and photos by: Greg Vogel

Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K

A lineup of radio control rock rigs sit behind a start/finish line. Batteries are charged, hardware has been checked, the rigs have been built to withstand a true torture test and the radios are on ready race. Where are the drivers? They’re stretching their muscles, tightening their Altra running shoes, making certain their backpacks are prepped with spare parts and of course water for hydration. Ah… What?! This is what the start of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro looks like during Axialfest where drivers are put through the ultimate RC integrated sporting test. Not only preparing their bodies and mind for a 5K adventure run through some gnarly terrain, but also preparing their mind and RC machines to run to the grueling gauntlet as well.

Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K
The Altra Ultra 5K is the brainchild of Rodney Wills of Axial Racing who is constantly searching for new and exciting ways for Axial owners to enjoy their vehicles in their intended habitat and beyond. Rodney who is well known among Axialfest attendees has a broad range of interests and uses them to his advantage to create new experiences and the 5K may be one of the greatest RC event innovations in the history of the sport. Rodney was able to meld the sport of adventure running with adventure rock racing and based on the growth of attendees at the 2017 event over its inception a year prior, this has all the makings of being something big and here to stay.


Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K
Everything that happens at Axialfest is a team effort made up of Axial employees and enthusiastic volunteers. The Altra Ultra course at Axialfest is carefully scoped out weeks in advance and is set up before participants arrive.

Obstacles- If you enter the Altra Ultra, you’re in for a lot more than just the asphalt starting grid. Throughout the course, you’ll encounter terrain that will test your abilities both mentally and physically. On the trail you may navigate man-made jumps, rocks, logs, dirt, uphill terrain, water hazards, drainage piping to drive or crawl through. Yes, both you and your Axial rig will go through these tests. Not just once, but a number of times such as the six laps to complete the 5K run in the 2017 event.

Markers- To determine the course boundaries, red and green streamer tape is used to define the course for the runners. Volunteers or marshals are positioned at strategic points to help assist participants in running the proper direction, to make sure that vehicle rollover/ recovery rules are followed and to make race directors aware of those who drop out or stop for repair.

RC Needs- A wide variety of Axial based vehicles hit the trail from stock out of the box Axial SCX10 II XJ’s to original SCX10’s, Wraiths and Bombers. Many drivers obviously spent hours prepping their rigs to withstand abuse with parts from Axial supporting aftermarket companies. Some participants however were in it for the fun and are there challenging themselves to simply finish with the vehicle they have. This is what is so exciting to see. Although some are in the race for its competitive aspects, many are there to enjoy this event and race toward their own goals to establish their personal best time. But if you are the type itching to compete among the top runners, the Axial Bomber seemed to be the machine of choice to start with.

Athlete Needs- Proper equipment is a must for the runner/ driver too. Be prepared to work on your machine if necessary. Have a small tool kit and a small box of essential parts. A backpack is of course in order too, to carry these items and a means of hydration. Axial was kind enough to provide water at certain points on the trail, but a leisurely stop to grab water adds seconds to your time. Many runners used Camelbak packs for hydration and those backpacks were also used to secure equipment. The equipment needs don’t end there, proper clothing is a must. Sure, it was a bit chilly in the early morning at Cisco Grove, but the day comes in quickly with the heat and as you run, you’ll heat up too. Wear shorts, and an athletic sweat wicking shirt so your body doesn’t overtemp like a nitro engine leaned out. Perhaps the most important item for preparedness is having the right footwear and the main sponsor of the event is a favorite among the participants. Ten of the top eleven finishers were sporting Altra Running footwear designed specifically for adventure running.


Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K
If you want to go for the cash and prizes… ok, maybe just prizes, you’re going to have to start preparing months in advance. In a discussion with this year’s winner Jake Wright, he discussed spending lots of time training by running everyday and eating healthy. He also spent time practicing with his rig and making sure he knew its handling traits. At the event, you will want to pace yourself, know your limits and the limits of your machine. Going full wick from the start might result in tiring yourself out too soon. You’ll need to consider conserving your rigs energy too, as battery change stops take time. Ripping on your rig at full throttle isn’t considered the best strategy. Full throttle bursts will use up more power than a consistent speed. Those full throttle runs where your machine becomes a spec in your sight might not be the best strategy either. By the time you catch up you may have realized your machine is not in the best position to tackle an obstacle, resulting in time lost for you to stop, back up and attack the course line from a new angle.


Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K
The Altra Ultra 5K Enduro is not a free-for-all such as the exciting adventure trails at Axialfest. Each participant checks in at the Altra timing station and receives a number badge to wear. At the start of the event, runners will pair up to run on their own clock. Runners will start the race in increments ten seconds apart to give proper spacing rather than risking a massive pile up of bodies and machines in the first turn or obstacle. Each lap, a staff member positioned at the start finish line will call out the participants number as does the participant to insure their lap has been recorded by an official. Timing and laps are monitored by staff and they will let you know when the 5K has been completed. The looks on the faces of participants who were told they had one lap to go when they thought they had finished was pretty entertaining for spectators.

Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra
The start of the Enduro is pure excitement, pure adrenaline, hooting and hollering, laughs and friendly bets being passed among those ramping up for the event. Through lap one those same enthusiastic people trek their way through the trail generally with a look of excitement on their faces, some with concentration as they try to memorize mistakes and map out perfect lines so they know what to do next lap. But as they hit that second lap, it’s evident that a wave of seriousness is setting in. No longer is this a fun jaunt, this is a mission. The terrain is changing and breathing is a bit heavier. On lap three, beads of sweat trickling down runners faces is evident and layers of clothes worn in the chilly early morning have been tossed to a friend encouraging their favorite driver alongside the road. Lap four brings on concern. “Is the rig going to hold up? Did I use enough locktite on the screws crosses the mind of many. Am I going to have to change the battery soon. I think I need some water.” These questions repeat over and over in the drivers minds. Then it’s on to lap five and as runners pass the line, their faces drop as the timer tells them there’s one lap to go. This is it, time to push your body, time to drive smart. The course has dramatically changed, your mind is racing. This is “The Push!” Time to make it happen, gather up every last ounce of energy, put your trust in your machine and finish the race strong to reach your goal; which for some is pure bragging rights that they conquered the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.

Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra
For each and every person that starts the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, there is a deserved sense of pride, especially for this year’s first female competitor, Katie Murphy. And for those that finish, there is a real sense of accomplishment. For those who treated this race as a professional event, there is even more at the finish line. The top three finishers at this years Axialfest went home with a big bounty that is rather impressive in terms of event prizes. The top three each received an Axialfest 2017 themed Prospector Pan labeled with their finishing order and a gift certificate towards a new pair of Altra Running shoes. And each received a unique prize such as full-scale BFGoodrich tires, Method Race Wheels and a Magnaflow exhaust. Where else do you find prizes like this in the RC world? Congratulations to the 2017 top three: 1st Jake Wright, 2nd Mike Thompson, 3rd Kyle Listul!

Axialfest Enduro Finish
The Altra Ultra 5K Enduro is not for everyone. Or is it? In true Axial fashion, everyone is encouraged to participate and there are some competitive adventurous types who give it a try and leave the race when they reach their limit. At Axialfest 2017 rumblings of modifying the program was overheard to accommodate those who want to push the limits more. Perhaps the program can be modified too to accommodate different age brackets with varying distances? One wild rumor circulated John Schultz would head to Cisco Grove even earlier to build several Ultra courses (Rodney said it was okay.) Keep in mind, anything can happen at Axialfest, a new twist, a new challenge, the unknown is why so many are drawn here. What is known is that the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro is an amazing event that delivers participants more than just a chance to drive an RC car, you get a memorable experience. So are you in? Follow Axial on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Axial-blog as well as for upcoming Altra Ultra 5K Enduro event announcements.



Off-Road Dave’s First Time Account of AXIALFEST 2017

Words & Photos: David “Off-Road Dave” Miller

It all started in Ohio. Well, the thought started between me and my good friend Nick in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ohio is later.  This was the season we were going to hit comps. As many comps as we could. Not to win, but to learn. To become better at choosing lines. To meet up with other scalers from around the Midwest. To learn better set ups and tuning on our rigs.  Nick started searching comps. We started talking about which ones we might be able to get out to. Then AxialFest started popping up on social media. “Axialfest man, let’s do it. ” We were both serious.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-55

Then life happened and neither of us could make it. So we started looking at other big events we could hit. This is where Ohio comes into play. Team KNK Hardware TTC. It was on our radar. I made plans to go. Now keep in mind, I manage a business and have an amazing wife and 6 kids, so me making plans to travel out of state to play with tiny trucks isn’t super high on the priority list. I was given the ok by Amanda (my love) and the owner of the business I run. “Dude, I’m going to KNK you are too!!” Yeah, my buddy couldn’t make it. I was bummed. I planned on going solo and after a few posts on Facebook, my buddy Kevin said “I’ll go bro!” Now I had a co-pilot.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-53

So, fast forward. We run KNK. It was amazing. I find out I’m a team driver for my favorite electronics company , Castle RC. I also end up taking 1st place in one of my classes beating the one and only, John Schultz. Like, what? Kate, my team manager says “we need you at AXIALFEST!” OK, so wow, this could be real as in this could really happen! I might just be making it there. Then my new friend, Rodney Wills says, “I want you to shoot AxialFest.” So yeah, how could I not go now. That’s two real big signs saying your dumb not to dude… I get home (after several hours and Starbucks iced coffees) and I’m excited about everything. I tell Amanda I won first!! They want me at AXIALFEST in July!! So blah blah blah, scheduling, family, blah blah BUT ITS ON!!!

Let’s skip to Thursday July 13th.
I arrive at the Reno airport and have a kid named Elvis from Reno picking me up. Chris aka Hemistorm set up the ride for me. This kid is a maniac. Toyota Tundra, mountain roads, and fast driving to make it to the concourse at Axialfest. He and his friend built this wicked RESQ1 replica for the big show. 200 hours spent on it. Crazy, right? We have to be there like an hour ago. As we are flying by the seat of our pants I can’t take my eyes off the mountains. The mountains are EVERYWHERE out here. Back home we have tallish buildings, so these Sierra Nevada mountains are blowing my mind, like seriously blowing my mind!axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-8

The anticipation of arriving at Cisco Grove campground is weighing heavy on my mind too. I am excited to see people and tiny trucks. We make it and I need to head to the Castle booth first. Elvis gets me there in one piece. (Whew) and I meet up with Kate and Chris. Now, I haven’t eaten since the night before, high elevation, and overloaded with being at the one and only AXIALFEST. Needless to say, I felt a bit strange. Not all there but, you know, there. Jody from the Renegade rock Runners shows up and lets me know my spot at their campsite is ready. I hang out at Castle for a while and help out with programming esc’s and customers.

I take a walk around and see that the online shops I order from are here. I can get what I need (let’s face it, what I want) now. NOW!!! No shipping time. Get that stuff now and go build!!!! Awesome. So RPP is where I went. B-Line YO!! Scooped some new F9′s for the 10 II along with all the Vanquish fixings. I head over to A camp and meet up the RRR guys. Now if you don’t know the RENEGADE ROCK RUNNERS, you should. These guys are top tier A + human beings. Only one of them knew me. They took me in, fed me, gave me a bed to sleep in, helped work on my rig, you name it. The are in this for the love. The passion. Man, the passion I felt through out my time at AxialFest. That’s the thing… It’s the essence of what we do with these things. Yeah, they are toys. We all get that. It’s the people with passion that make them so much more than toys. Every manufacturer, every club, every retailer I spoke with had that fire. They love what they do and the love to share it. Axial, these guys are passion. These guys are love. These guys make adventure happen. That’s what this whole thing has been.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-32

Ever since I decided to go to KNK TTC I have been on an adventure. I didn’t realize that until I spent a few hours talking with Rodney Wills. I met him simply because he is inquisitive. He wants to know. He wants to know what makes you tick. I love that about him. He uses the word adventure with a passion unlike I have ever seen. Dude is sort of the RC equivalent of Indiana Jones.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-35

OK, back to my story here.
I head back to Castle with my rig to help some more. After a short while I got antsy and needed to find a trail. First one is Trail-A. I mean, ABC’s man! Only seems logical. The beginning is pretty basic. Cool scale building and easy trailing. Then you hit the rock. It gets awesome fast. After about 50 gates I take a break from looking down at my truck. I stretch a little and realize that the mountain I am on is surrounded by much bigger mountains and it is breath taking. It truly put a tear in my eye. Axial picked an astonishing place to hold their event. I cannot describe accurately enough how amazing Cisco Grove really is. To top it off I am playing with my tiny truck alongside hundreds of other people! You can’t beat that. I continue on Trail-A through the trees, rocks, brush, dirt, and hot sun all the way to the last 5 gates. My battery dies. In all the excitement I didn’t think to grab extra batteries or even tools. Either way it was a great way to start my trail runs at AxialFest.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-3

That night I went on a run on Trail-G with the Renegade Rock Runners. I’ve never ran at night so my rig wasn’t prepared. You know, ROCK LIGHTS! (I fixed that the following day with Gearhead RC lights from RPP) but fortunately for me on this first night run, the Renegade boys had plenty of light to keep me on trail. Trail-G would become my favorite trail maybe because it was my first with such the experience…  but the terrain and company was more than I could have ever asked for. There were a lot of tiny trucks on that trail that night. You could see off into the distance headlamps and LED lights on ridges up high and down low. The entire trail experience was really fun. The Axial team made the gates wide so you could pick your line which gave everyone the ability to go hard or soft on their rigs. I had to choose the most difficult lines. Like most people I want to see what my rig can do. The end of Trail-G was kind of crazy. It was like a downhill slide of sand. Needless to say, we did some skiing to make it down. At the bottom there was another crew of guys digging hard into the sand with their rigs. It was cool to watch. The rock lights and dust along with the dark made it a bit of a spectacle. With Trail-G over we head back to camp and rest up.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-11axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-14axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-12

The following day was a blur. There was the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. Man, I couldn’t believe how hard these guys and gals worked to make forward progression on the designated course! It was impressive to say the least. Michael Pham is one of the guys that had my interest. He pushed himself to the breaking point and kept going. He’s a champ in my mind. Everyone was crazy, really! I mean, cars jumping on each other, flips, flops, (one dude had on flip flops), running, sweating, and focus. All of the competitors get a salute from me. Hats off!! After all of the excitement I went back to camp to take a breather and hang out with my new friends.axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-19axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-20axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-27axialfest_2017_offroaddave_500px-25

The last day was rock racing, raffles, drawings, and awards. The awards ceremony held by Axial was glorious. It wasn’t because of the gifts or awards. It was the hundreds and hundreds of people that drive tiny trucks gathered in one place for the first time since I arrived. So many families, friends, kids and purely awesome people all there for one reason. The reason you ask? Because, Axial. Jeff Johns, Rodney Wills, John Schultz, and the whole Axial family. Axial has found me new friends, adventures, fun, and love. They might not know it, but because of them, so many people have connected who might not have ever connected without them. Thank you Axial. Not for your rigs but for that piece of the puzzle that so many have used to connect to one another. I will never forget 2017.

Thank you Castle (Kate and Chris) for making this trip happen.













































































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AXIAL would like to thank each and everyone of you for attending AXIALFEST 2017!

Landon Abraham
Ethan Acevedo
Omar Acevedo
Trevor Ackley
Michael Ackley
Jeff Affleck
Wuilmer Aguilar
Vladimir Aksenoff
Brandon Aldred
Chris Allen
Joey Allen
Tom Allen
Matt Alley
Casey Allord
Dawn Almblad
Todd Almond
Andres Alvarez
Hannah Anderson
John Anderson
John John Anderson
Taylor Anderson
Zach Anderson
John Argyle
David Arreguin
Brittany Artherton
Jeremy Artherton
Ian Austria
Payton Austria
Leo Avila
Kyle Bagley
Ryan Bailey
Ellie Baker
Evan Balbier
Ansley Ballweg
Greg Ballweg
Henry Ballweg
Jack Ballweg
Kayla Ballweg
Rusty Banbury
Richy Barra Jr.
Dillon Barrett
Frank Barrett
Kim Barrett
Matthew Barrett
Patrick Bates
Robert Bauer
Corey Bauman
Avery Bean
Finn Bean
Griffin Bean
Thayne Beard
Myla Bee
Dylan Beery
Kevin Beery
Paul Begbie
Scott Begbie
Jon Behanna
Liliana Behanna
Trisha Behanna
Doug Benamati
Maria Benamati
Mose Benard
Mark Benard
Caleb Bennett
Jonah Bennett
Russ Bennion
Alex Benward
Dave Bergeron
Isacc Bermudez
Jose Bermudez
Juan Bermudez
Kyle Bermudez
Mark Bettencourt
Wayne Beumer
Brodie Bill
Jason Bilow
David Bishop
Mary Bishop
Russell Bishop
Daniel Black
Eric Black
Ryan Black
Becky Blackburn
Paul Blackner
Eric Blosser
Madison Boling
Michael Boling
Billy Bortvit
Ethan Bortvit
Michele Bortvit
Eugene Boyd
Cole Bradley
Mike Bradley
Brian Bragg
Nick Branco
Niles Branstetter
Ward Branstetter
Andrea Brauer
Haley Brauer
Lucas Brauer
Matt Brauer
Samuel Breton
Bradley Bristow
Ian Brown
Steve Brown
Trent Brown
Louis Brownstone
Edward Bryant
Tyler Buckingham
Dave Budd
Susie Budd
Dylan Burke
Joe Burkhardt
Derek Cairns
PJ Calkin
Bella Camarano
Domingo Camarano
Dominic Camarano
Jim Campbell
Ty Campbell
Margarita Campos
Brian Cantrell
David Cantrell
Nicolas Cantrell
Charles Carbon
Dana Carlton
Brett Carson
Carlos Castellanos
David Castillo
David Castillo Jr.
Alyse Caton
Brandon Caton
Clara Cecil
Gavin Cecil
Keven Cecil
Wyatt Cecil
Warren Cefre
Steven Cesario
Andrew Chamberlain
Erika Chamberlain
Sandy Chan
Leigh Chancey
Rob Chancey
Caden Chapman
Matt Chapman
Ryder Chapman
Matt Chappell
Matt Chappell
Brian Charnoski
Mike Charnoski
Chewy Chewbacca
Keith Christensen
Ry Clark
Tim Clark
Lisa Cole
Shane Cole
Brandon Coonce
Bryce Copeland
Dena Copeland
Jason Copeland
Ryan Copeland
Anthony Cordova
Lucas Cordova
Hernan Corella
Angel Corrales
Andrew Costa
Josh Court
Tim Court
Sam Cramer
Joe Crandall
Matthew Crandall
Nate Crandall
Sheldon Crawford
Mark Croker
Ray Cruz
Mason Cuaron
Matt Cucci
Ryan Cullens
Evan Cunningham
Casey Currie
Evan Currie
Ryan Currie
Liam Cusack
Russ Cushway
Jeff Custis
Dan Dale
Dan Dale
Laney Dale
Maecy Dale
Loganator Dang
Randy Darst
Dan Davidson
Mark Davis
Chris De Graaf
Franz De La Vega
Liam De La Vega
Etienne De Lange
Adam Dean
Brandon Delgado
Brie Demartini
Cohen Derry
Kipton Derry
Richard Derry
Michael Derstine
Rita DeTar
Thomas DeTar
Joe Dewet
John Dewet
Anthony Dianda
Anthony Dianda
Anthony Dianda
Amy Dill
Casey Dill
Lauren Dill
Tim Dillon
James Doeschot
Thomas Donahue
Michael Dooley
Samantha Dow
John Duckett
Nolan Duckett
Edward Duco
Max Duco
Zoe Duco
Evan Duffney
Noah Duffney
Mike Duncan
Nick Duncan
Mason Dunievitz
Mike Dunn
Forest Duplessis
Jim Eaton
Ryan Emmetts
Danny Ensor
Bree-Anne Eral
Ina Eral
Chris Erickson
Korey Ericson
Leif Erkkila
Kason Ernest
Kelly Ernest
Evan Estright
Aaron Evans
Ambrose Evans
Austin Evans
Charlie Evans
Chuck Evans
Chuck Evans
Makeila Evans
Dean Farrington
Fernando Ferreyro
Keira Ferris
Ryan Ferris
Tyler Ferryman
Michael Fickett
Ralph Fickett
Shawn Fickett
Sherry Fickett
Brandon Fields
Clayton Fleming
Gabe Fleming
Garrett Fleming
Julian Fleming
Troy Fleming
Donny Fleming (BentMetaL Customs)
James Fletcher
Manuel Fletcher
Daniel Flores
Gavin Flores
Josh Flores
Alex Floyd
Robert Fogg
Ryan Fowler
Chase Francisco
Lucas Francisco
Taylor Francisco
Cory Frank
Andrew Fredericksen
Justin Freund
Shawn Fuentes
Eric Gaffaney
John Gallagher
Daniel Gallardo
Esteban Garcia
Jeff Garcia
Rachel Garcia
Robert Garcia
Robert Garcia jr
Steven Gard
Michael Gardner
Rob Gardner
Jacob Geishaker
Ryan Gerrish
Steve Ghioto
Jesse Gifford
Devin Gilluly
Mike Gilluly
Bond Gilmer
Tanner Gilmer
Travis Gilmer
Cory Gimbert
Jennifer Ann Giusti
Kayli Gomez
Damian Gonzales
Drake Gonzales
Charles Gonzalez
Danielle Gonzalez
Deanna Gonzalez
Ivan Gonzalez
Johnny Gonzalez
Kevin Gonzalez
Nick Gonzalez
Ramon Gonzalez
Rocio Gonzalez
Stormy Gonzalez
Fernando Gonzalez
Guadalupe Gonzalez
Nathan Gonzalez
Nayeli Gonzalez
Robert Gonzalez
Chris Goris
Victor Gravley
Charles Gregor
Davis Grieve
Matt Grieve
Ken Griffin
Jacob Griffith
Travis Guddal
Ulises Guerrero
Chris Guthrie
Jeffery Guthrie
Sheref Hafez
Rick Hall
Jake Hallenbeck
Freddie Hammann
Giovanna Hammann
Tristan Hammond
Justin Hanly
Connor Hanselman
Hunter Hanselman
Tim Hanselman
Gordon Hansen
Jason Hanski
Patrick Hardesty
Ben Harmon
Daniel Harmon
Ken Harmon
Edgar Haro
Bryon Harris
Kevin Harrison
Darren Hart
Jeremiah Hart
Rob Hartwig
Eric Hast
Eric Hast
Matt Hauck
Joe Hauke
Troy Haynie
Torey Heath
Torey Heath
Maia Heaton
Sean Heaton
Collin Heck
Brady Henard
Dustin Henard
Amanda Henderson
Amari Henderson
Benjamin Henderson
Todd Henderson
Bob Hendrickson
Aaron Heneghan
James Hengel
Josh Hengel
Francisco Hernandez
James Hernandez
Nick Hernandez
Randolph Hernandez
Brendan Hersh
Colin Hersh
Craig Hersh
Bobby Hicks
Tom Hicks
Blake Higman
Adam Hill
Phiip Hinman
Mike Hoefs
Jesse Hoffer
Robert Hoffer
Samuel Hoffer
Ty Hoffman
Dennis Hogue
Nicolas Hogue
Rich Holden
Shanna Holden
Caleb Holguin
Josef Holguin
Brandi Holland
Kyle Hollingsworth
Andrea Holman
Maren Holmboe
Micaiah Holt
Chad Holvik
Sean Hoover
Dan Horndasch
Dalton Houghton
Donald Houghton
Ryan Houts
Jeff Hrdlicka
Dean Hsiao
Jing Hsing
Luen (Frank) Hsing
Steve Hsu
John “BADGER” Hubbard
Don Hughes
Jesse Hutchins
Jimmy Hwang
Eric Hyland
Cody Inman
Ryder Inman
Estevan Iribe
Juan Iribe
Jaycob Isbill
Jordan Isbill
Kennith Jackson
Jay Jaffee
Tyler Jeffery
Richard Jenkins
Jason Jess
Jack Jester
Kim Jester
Jake Johns
Justin Johns
Elliot Johnson
Jim Johnson
Joel Johnson
Jonny Johnson
Luke Johnston
Austyn Johnston
Richard Johnston
Richie Johnston
Craig Jolicoeur
Shonna Jolicoeur
Aniston Jones
Chris Jones
Michael Jones
Morgan Jones
Andrew Jordan
Dominique Judkins
Harley Judkins
Saphira Judkins
Tristan Judkins
Patrick Jurica
Travis Karrle
Bryan Kautz
Ken Keele
Nicholas Kehoe
Ryan Keller
Jeremy Kendall
Austin Kennedy
Rodney Ketcham
Kelly Kilpatrick
Clint Kinyon
Richard “Richdog51″ Kinyon
Amberly Kirby
Gavin Kirby
Mike Kirby
Sierra Kirby
Anton Kiriyak
Erik Kirsch
Michelle Kirsch
Sidney Kirsch
Simon Kirsch
Paul Kitahara
Eric Klein
Wes Klein
Wes Klein
Shaun Klobas
James Knight
Sebastian Knight
Joshua Knypstra
Angela Koehn
Drew Koehn
Steven Kohlbaker
Erik Kohler
Anthony Kotval
David Kovacs
Peter Kringle
Travis Labat
Logan Lakin
Wyatt Lakin
David Lalley
Cash Lalley
John Lamkey
L.D. Landes
Allan Lapp
Chris Lapp
Nick Lapp
Wendy Lapp
Robert Larkin
Broc LaRouche
Martin LaRouche
Aaron Larsen
Tee Jay Larsen
Matthew Laybourn
John Lee
Lacee Lee
Steven Lee
Timothy Lee
Nick Lester
Barry Lewis
Dylan Lewis
Ryan Lewis
Sean Lewis
Sean Lewis
Todd Lewis
Kyle Listul
Vince Llamas
Jeff Lo
Casey Loftus
Troy Loftus
Jim Logg
Mike Lohmann
Eli Long
Nathan Long
Steffan Long
Wilder Long
Dominic Longoria
Isabel Lopez
Thomas Lopez
Martin Lovrin
Brandt Lowe
Brody Lowe
Lillian Lowe
Chris Lowther
Colton Lowther
Genesis Lucas
Julie Lucas
Reed Lucas
Breanna Lumsden
Hallee Lumsden
Jorden Lumsden
Anthony Luna
Vance Lund
Dominic Lutes
Richard Lutes
Thomas Luttenberger
Kha Ly
Eric Lynch
Madison Lynch
Joshua Macedo
Everett Maggio
Ricky Man
Aaron Manion
Paul Manion
Crystie Manson
Jessica Marin
Jason Markley
John Marks
John Martin
Wayne Martin
Alfred Martinez
Anthony Martinez
Aaron Maschner
Richard Maschner
Jack Matoza
John-Paul Maxwell
Mike Maxwell
Tony Mazza
Carrie Mc Callum
Cameron McClean
Tony McCoy
Ryan McDaniel
Josh McDowell
Cory McEwen
Lily McEwen
Connor McGee
Sean McGee
Sebastian Mcjunkin
Tina McKeand
Nathan McLain
Jason McMurtrie
Owen McMurtrie
Doug McNamara
Jamie McNamara
Matt McQuigg
Taryn McQuigg
Kellen Meek
Timothy Meek
Eugene Mendiola
John JJ Mendiola
Jesus Mendoza
Dennis Merrill
Sean Meyers
Angela Miles
Doug Miles
Steve Miles
Steve Miles
Steve Miles
Steven Miles
Steven Miles
Devan Miller
Mitchell Miller
Chip Mohrman
Antonio Monroy
Julio Monroy
Michael Montandon
Hailey Monteiro
Jason Monteiro
Kendra Monteiro
Zakkery Monteiro
Mark Montgomery
Steven Mooneyham
Ryan Mooneyham
Kayden Moors
Michael Moors
Alberto Moran
Ben Moren
Miguel Moreno
Jordan Moreno
Korben Morgan
Shaun Morgan
Chris Morrison
Zayne Morrison
Kyle Moura
Ethan Mulhollen
Adam Munds
Cindy Munds
Bill Murawski
Declan Murphy
Katie Murphy
Jim Nailor
Jaziel Núñez
Luke Nash
Chino Nazareta
Cory Neaderhazard
Megan Negus
John Neumiller
Lacy Newbold
Russ Newell
Colin Newsom
Logan Newsom
Skip Nicholson
Todd Norton
Adam Nudelman
Heather O’Connor
Mike O’Connor
Kate O’Neil
Bailey Olsen
Cole Olsen
Crystal Olsen
Troy Olsen
Ricky Ortiz
Peter Ostroskie
Paul Pachote
Taylor Pachote
Andy Palacios
Andy Jr Palacios
Martin Palacios
Cameron Parker
Hayden Parr
Hunt Parr
Jon Parr
Cole Parrish
Paul Parrish
Joshua Parson
Greg Passmore
Kora Passmore
Nolan Passmore
Justin Pater
Carter Patrick
Chris Patrick
Jessica Patrick
John Patrick
Lilly Patrick
James Patterson
Alanna Paxton
Justin Paxton
Ryland Paxton
Bruce Pease
Caleb Pease
Andrew Pena
Daniel Pena
Dan Perkins
Christina Perry
Frank Perry
Jeffery Perry
Luke Perry
Paige Perry
Quin Perry
Elle Peterson
Erin Peterson
Joel Peterson
Quinn Peterson
Sarah Peterson
Dean Petrella
Joseph Petrella
Phil Pfeil
AiVi Pham
Michael Pham
Truong Giang Pham
Joseph Phillips
Jason Philo
Cody Phipps
Jay Phipps
Clayton Plummer
Thomas Porfert
Jake Porter
Brian Potter
justin powell
Kylie Powell
Wyatt Powell
Chris Prestwood
Jim Prestwood
Chassie Prestwood
Hollie Prestwood
Michael Price
Connor Pyle
Bryan Pyrskalla
Marcos Quintanilla
Victoria Radnoty
Edward Ramirez
Oscar Ramirez
Daniel Ramirez
Anthonee Ramirezramirez
Shane Rasmussen
Conner Rasor
Matthew Rasor
Dale Reed
Dawson Reed
Cary Reese
Monica Reese
Seth Reese
Sierra Reese
Alan Repass
Dominic Reyes
Colin Ribeau
Michelle L Ribeau
Stephen Richadson
Brian Richards
Chris Richmond
Isaac Rivera
John Roberts
David Rochon
David Rochon
Tanner Rochon
Robert Romero
James Romine
Elijah Rooney
Melody Rooney
John Roos
Lennart Root
Michelle Root
Jose Rosales
Sophie Rosales
Michelene Rossetti
Zach Roy
Kyle Ruland
Mackenlee Ruland
Michael Ruland
Judd Rummage
Jayden Russio
Marissa Russio
Ronald Russio
Eva Salgado
Rafik Salih
Paul Sampson
Jose Luis Sanchez
Phil Sanchez
Phillip Sanchez
Eloise Sandoval
Madeline Sandoval
Stephan Sandtner
Edgar Santos
Ethan Santos
Isla Sarver
Charlie Schafer
Hayden Scherer
Jackson Scherer
Jason Scherer
Charles Schipper
Steve Schlabach
Brian Schroeder
Allyson Schwartz
Michael Scott
Robert Sebastiani
Vonda Sebastiani
Bryan Sell
Jeremy Sell
Joe Sevilla
Jesse Shackley
Steve Shafer
John Shaw
Devin Shorts
Asher Sibole
Eva Sibole
Floyd Sibole
Jenny Sibole
Dennis Sigafoose
Dustin Sigafoose
Will Signorelli
Chris Silva
David Silva
Colette Silva
Darren Simmons
Leighton Simmons
Nick Simpson
Jacob Simpson
Andre “BC Race” Sims
Rachel Sipe
James Skiles
Cynthia Slocum
Jeremy Slocum
Scott Slocum
Chase Smith
Deanna Smith
Ethan Smith
Jay (John) Smith
Jenni Smith
Ken Smith
Kymberlee Smith
Mike Smith
Tim Smith
Tim Smith
Tyson Smith
Adam Smith
Skeeno Soileau
Cadence Son
Jeremy Son
Nic Son
Isaac Soria
Richard Soto
Gary Spaulding
Geordan Spaulding
Loren St. Clair
Dale Standfill
Virgel Standfill
Jeffery Stanton
Maxemilion Stanton
Amelia Stanton
Adam Starkey
Heather Starkey
Jamie Staugaard
Katrin Staugaard
Mick Staugaard
Miya Staugaard
Kye Steiner
Mike Steiner
Robert Stern
Tom Stern
Jeff Stewart
James Steyding
Len Stockton
Logan Stockton
Scott Strong
Zayo Strong
Charlie Suangka
Marisa Suangka
Christopher Sulsona
Chazz Sulsona
Max Sulsona
Michael Sumpter
Jody Sumruld
Tom Swanson
Aaron Sylvestre
Brittany Szczech
John J. Szczech
John W. Szczech
Stephanie Szczech
Andy Szmidt
Jed Szmidt
Leszek Szmidt
Bob TarTarvinvin
Chase Tarvin
Justin Taylor
Kyle Taylor
Solomon Terry
Frank Testa
Josh Thiede
Zarek Thomas
Drew Thomas
Ernest Thomas
Billy Thompkins
Elijah Thompkins
Mike Thompson
Tim Thompson
Heath Thornton
Jared Thulin
Rob Thulin
Alissa Tipton
Brandon Tomy
Doug Tonne
Leonardo Torres
Patty Tran
Victoria Tran
Scott Trowbridge
Vincent Trumbly
Jason Tsang
Joe Tuebner
Brad Tuttle
John Uhl
Ryan Umotoy
Michael Valdez
Paul Valdez
Blaine Vallem
Alec Van Den Brink
Chase Vandenbrink
Eric Vasutin
Jason Victor
Chris Vierra
Christian Villarreal
Isaiah Villarreal
Elias Vironen
Isaac Vironen
Miikka Vironen
Brandon Vollmer
Andrew Waddell
Drew Waddell
Rich Waitas
Ed Walker
Dave Wall
Jonathan Walsh
Justin Walsh
Candice Ward
Torbin Warwick
Matthew Waugaman
Justin Wells
Thomas Werner
Crystal Wheeler
Aubrey White
Megan White
Steven White
Scott Whitesell
Jeremy Wik
Paul Willhite
Alyce Williams
Austin Williams
Daniel Williams
Dave Williams
David Williams
Cody Williams
Ben Wilson
Dan Wilson
Dane Wilson
Henry Wilson
Jim Wilson
Mike Winder
Daniel Wolfe
Matthew Wolfe
Ted Wolfe
Tiffany Wolfe
Tena Woolbert
Jake Wright
Kirk Wulff
Feliciano Yacap
Edward Young
Mario Zamudio
Christopher Zemek
Juan Zepeda
Dolly Zhang
Danny Zicarelli
Kaden Ziesmer
Tiffany Ziesmer
Jan Zotti
Russ Zotti
Jose Zuniga
Jose Zuniga Jr
Zack Zurfley

We would also like to thank these fine sponsors as well!
A-Main, Altra Running Shoes, AZU4RC, BFGoodrich Tires, Boom Racing, BPC Custom Chassis, Brazen Scale RC, California State Parks, Canyon Coolers, Castle Creations, CKRC Hobbies, CompetitionX, FastEddy Bearings, Gigabit Offroad, HiTec, KLP Hobby, Knight Customs, Kona Bicycles, Magnaflow, Method Race Wheels, Pedals Bike Shop< Phoenix Design, Pro-Line Racing, R/C Country, RC Driver, RC4WD,, R/C Country, RCP Crawlers, Rigid Industries, Rivas Concepts, RPP Hobby, Rugged Radios, Scale Builder’s Guild, ScalerFab, SOR Graphics, sPOD, Super Shafty, Team KNK Hardware, Team G Speed-LCG, Tekin, Toyzuki’s Fabrication, Tower Hobbies, Two Chainz Scalerz and last but not least, Vanquish Products!

Richard Derry’s Account of Past and Present AXIALFEST Events

Words & Photos: Richard Derry

AXIALFEST, the largest RC event in the world, grows larger each year, simply as an Axial customer appreciation event!

My first time to this amazing event was AXIALFEST 2015, and I thought it was amazing even back then. There were so many trucks driving around and everyone was so involved, there were big name vendors like Tower Hobbies, RC4WD, Vanquish, Tekin and RPP Hobby, CKRC Hobbies, Jeep Brand, Magnaflow, JRC, HoyFab, GCM, Holmes Hobbies, Knight Customs, Futaba, KNK Hardware, 212 Performance Gloves, Car Buff, BRAVEN, GearHead RC, Phoenix LED,  and many more!IMAG00110_500px
Photo courtesy of Skeeno

AXIALFEST2015 was basically a large adventure festival with adventure trails, concours, mud drags and TerraXcross rock racing. All this, back in 2015, when the awards ceremony overflowed from the main pavilion.

Then, AXIALFEST 2016 was the “Year Of The Bridges” and there were many of them with each of them being unique and hand made. There were bridges crossing ponds and rivers, bamboo bridges going up the faces of rocks and really cool teeter-totter bridges with a few scale objects scattered along the trails. AXIALFEST 2016 also had the addition of its first ever Ultra 5K RC Enduro which was sponsored by the shoe maker Altra Running. Vendor Row grew as well and had more additions like Boom Racing, Knight Customs, Amain Hobbies, ScalerFab along with the regulars of Tekin, SOR, Scaler Fab, CKRC, Proline Racing, RC4WD RPP Hobby and Scale Builders Guild. There were even full size sponsors like Method Race Wheels, BFGoodrich Tires, Magnaflow exhaust and RIGID Industries! Attendance grew as well, there was even a “Celebrity” by the name of Casey Currie who showed up and ran the Ultra 5K Enduro and several night run trails! For the awards ceremony they had to move from the pavilion out to a large parking lot area which accommodated the attendees.

This year, AXIALFEST 2017 was all about the old California mining culture tagged #ProspectFever. Along the trails you would find hundreds of little scale details, there were mine carts and tracks, abandoned mines, water towers, gold, miners, axes, questionable bridges to drive across.
There was a large mine cart track that your RC would slide down a 15 foot “cliff” to the bottom! This year saw the addition of three more trails for a total of 10 trails to adventure on. The Axial crew took extra time and attention to make the trails as veritable as possible as some would test both your physical skill and that of your truck, others were a nice relaxing drive that would let you have time to take a look at the beautiful surroundings that are in the High Sierra mountains.

Taking a stroll down the famous AXIALFEST Vendor Row felt like it had doubled in size. There were the familiar names from last year with the addition of Canyon Coolers, Pedals Bike Shop, KONA Bicycles, HiTec RC, Castle Creations, ToyZuki, Team G, BPC Chassis, Brazen RC, RCP Crawlers and AZU4RC. Attendance was insane! Not only had Cisco Grove campground sold out all of their regular spots, they also weren’t turning anyone away and as a result they split campsites. When you’re at AXIALFEST, there is always a sense of friendship among all, there were a few time that one of my son’s RC had some issues and there was always someone that would offer a tool, a spare part, or just an idea on how to correct the issue. You also see families hiking and driving together, young kids (A LOT OF KIDS!) enjoying the outdoors, mom’s carrying babies and just having fun.

Huge thanks and recognition goes out to Axial employees and volunteers who out-do themselves each year, lose sleep, and are away from their families for days, even weeks to create an amazing event that has become a favorite Summer tradition in my home as well as hundreds of others.



Dear AXIALFEST patrons, Please do not attempt to pre-reserve campsites for 2018 AXIALFEST, on or right after the weekend of AXIALFEST2017. CISCO GROVE CAMPGROUND WILL NOT RESERVE ANY CAMP SPOTS UNTIL AXIALFEST2018 IS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED. Axial will make an announcement within 2017. AXLFST18 will roughly be the same time next year, generally the 3rd weekend of July, so that you can start your vacation planning for next year. BUT, We ask that you please do not call or attempt to make reservations next week while at AXIALFEST2017. You can, but the staff of Cisco Grove Campground will not make any reservations.

In order for both Axial and Cisco Grove campground to provide you a better experience, adequate time is needed for Cisco Grove and Axial to sort out all the details from 2017 to plan for 2018.

Thank you for understanding our position as we only wish to make the event even better next year!




Axial launched this program last year (2016) in conjunction with ALTRA Running shoes. If vehicle speed and running through the woods appeals to you, this might be the class you seek. Axial will design a designated enduro course just for this class! This will be fast paced physical event. Physical endurance, quick reflexes and knowledge of your rig as well as your physical ability are key.

Must be 18 years+ of age to compete in this class.

You may wish to not participate as this is a physically demanding 5K endurance race.

THIS IS A TIMED EVENT! NO TRANSPONDERS REQUIRED! Leaning on the roots of trail running, timing has evolved to a bib process. Each driver will be issued a large numbered bib to wear for the duration of the race and makes for a great addition to your wall art!

ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO Men’s Class & Women’s Class Rules

Rule #01: Eligible chassis: Wraith, Yeti, Bomber, EXO, SCX10, AX10 (No Yeti XL’s). Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis.

Rule #02: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & and show wristband at start.

Rule #03: No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.

Rule #04: 2.2” wheels or 1.9” wheels

Rule #05a: Must use factory plastic Axial AR60 / AX10 axles / AR44

Rule #05b: Must use Yeti plastic a-arms if running Yeti chassis

Rule #6a option: Must retain the original Axial C-Channel frame (SCX10)

Rule #6b option: Must retain the original Axial plastic tube-chassis (AX10 / Wraith / Bomber / EXO / Yeti). Slight modifications may be made.

Rule #07: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.

Rule #08: Drink water with electrolytes and carry a hydration pack.


No restrictions for the following items:
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Steering Links

• Driveshafts



Paul Valdez aka UNLIES – Official song of AXIALFEST 2017

Paul Valdez has created this song for AXIALFEST! For all AXIALFEST ATTENDEES who want to make video’s, here is a song you can use as long as you CREDIT THE AUTHOR!


If you use the song, please credit “Paul Valdez UNLIES” on your opening or closing credits. If you want to be extra nice, upon socially posting, tag him socially. See his social links below.

Paul talking about R/C and AxialFest 2016
Recently, over the past 3 years, I have also acquired a passion for the RC hobby.  I have met great people and I love the end result of many creations out of a stock vehicle.  Getting to make it better and better with design and through trial and error.  With that I decided to create an RC club and find people who were interested in the same things as me.  Having fun and building all types of vehicles with great people.  Last year was an ultimate experience when my vice president and I came to Axialfest 2016 to see what it was all about.  It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had with so many different people day after day.  Everyone out doing what we all loved; crawling!

This emotion took me by storm.  When I got home I was in my studio listening to beats and working on some projects and then it hit me; BOOM!! An AxialFest song!!  My mind exploded when I heard the sound of the beat and lyrics started to poor onto my notepad like water in a glass.  I spent night and day writing ideas and then started recording it.  When I was close to finishing it up and asked my wife to listen to it and her eyes lit up and she said “wow that sounds really good”.  “You should send it to them!”  So I worked to finished it up and sent it off and within a day or two guess what?  I got a phone call from Axial and they loved it!  They loved the energy and enthusiasm that I had put together and they wanted to do something awesome with it.  We talked back and forth and I agreed to their offer with great excitement on this project!  I greatly appreciate Axial for the opportunity to be a part of this project and look forward to a great relationship going forward.  So thank you again Axial and the entire staff for this opportunity!! So, who is Paul Valdez?  Someone who loves to create!  Whether it be music, crawlers, or just plain fun.  He appreciates every piece of support he gets for doing the things he loves!!  Like Paul always says, “Love your dreams and follow your passion!”

Paul Valdez aka UNLIES. Meaning? TRUTH!

Paul started rapping when he was around 15 years old, messing around with a keyboard, starting to create his “flow”.  He started seeing other people rap and figured he would give it a shot.  Every beat he heard, he wanted to rap to it.  He started buying beat tapes from a local store and began rapping freestyle (which is rapping off the top of his head without writing it down).  At parties he would rap about everyone in the room and made them all a part of his story.  Paul and his friends would drive down the street with a beat playing and he would rap about every store or street that they passed turning it into a story.   He has a love for the creation of music and the reaction people would get from his lyrics.  When he was 19, his favorite venue became karaoke bars, allowing him to do his thing until 10pm several nights a week.  People were amazed that he could take a beat and include everyone throughout the bar on the spot.  He would rap about their clothes, hair, shoes, drinks, and even food like it was a song that he had just written.  He would rap with no flaws, or stumbling of words, and it created a certain type of buzz. People would whisper “look there’s that rapper”.  A unique thing about him, is that he doesn’t use cuss words to tell his stories and people appreciated it when he was on the stage performing.  He is always getting compliments on his ability to be a story teller.  Throughout the years he was asked to be a part of many concerts, many with major names.  During this time, he also gained knowledge through helping with the promotion and event planning of other concerts. I was just another love in the process of creation.  When he has an idea it’s like painting a picture that he can already see.  When he “feels” a beat, it brings something out in him and the creation process begins like a fireball.  Making songs is a great passion for Paul, and it will always be a part of his life.



Starkeys Food Truck – Official Food Truck of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial R/C Inc is pleased to announce Starkeys Food Truck as a second year food vendor for AXIALFEST 2017!


Dave Starkey has worked in kitchens for over 25 years. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland Dave graduated from the Culinary Institute and shortly after worked in & ran some of Baltimore’s most prestigious kitchens. He has lived in the Lake Tahoe area since 1998. Most recently Dave was the lead sushi chef at Dragonfly Cuisine in downtown Truckee for 7 years. He is married with two young children and resides in Truckee, CA.

Chef Dave Starkey is introduced Tahoe’s first mobile, wood burning oven and sushi restaurant on wheels. Starkey wants to present locals and visitors with a new model for getting unbelievable pizza and sushi at a great price. The key to our model? Bringing the restaurant straight to you. Starkey’s is also available for catering & private parties.
Open 6 days a week with wood oven pizza made from scratch and Starkey creations. Also bringing Starkey’s famous sushi and Japanese flavors.

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