The crew from AMain Hobbies started coming to AXIALFEST in 2016.
This year they brought a video camera to capture what they saw!
Hit the preview screen below or hit the link here – two trails to get you to eight minutes worth of the good stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cixpvxgGZY&t=305s
Skeeno’s AXIALFEST 2017 Report Part 2
Words: Matt “Skeeno” Soileau
Photos: Michael Morris & Matt “Skeeno” Soileau
I’m sure you’ve read Part-1 of the Skeeno Report. In Part-1, Wednesday of AXIALFEST 2017 report, I saw registration and tech and visited lots of vendors. This Part-2 post will cover my second day at AXIALFEST 2017, Thursday, July 13.
I saw more vendors, more people on trail, and lots of great builds as I helped judge the concourse. So, without further ado, let’s go!
I told you I’d get back out after I ate that bacon. Here’s me cooking up breakfast for Mike and myself.
We called it the Conglomerate; fresh eggs from my chickens, bacon, hash browns, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese. Mmmmm.
So, yesterday was registration. Here’s what was in the swag bags this year. Lots of goodness in there.
My trail tracker didn’t get much use. I was busy with my AXIALFEST duties, so I only ran the Altra 5K Enduro this year. If Joe Ferguson makes it down from Canada or Marcos Rojas makes it up from Costa Rica next year, I will make it a point to get some trails in with them. If Chris Scheurer from Austria comes, Daniel Siegl and I will make him another nice warm cup of bacon grease.
I updated my patch rack when I got home. Who has all of these?
I’m starting to get a good collection of AXIALFEST memorabilia.
How’s your collection coming along? Sorry, I’ve been lucky enough to be in the inside…
I might need to build a new closet or trophy room just to hold all my AXIALFEST swag. Sadly, my older AXIALFEST shirts got a case of the mildews and tatters, so Mrs. Skeeno tossed them when I wasn’t looking.
Alright, enough reminiscing about past AXIALFEST’s. Right next to Camp Skeeno, Canyon Coolers snuck in overnight and set up shop. They had lots of product to display and a comfy couch to relax on.
A couple spots from Canyon Coolers, I saw this beast from Rebel OffRoad.
Much want in this thing!
I’m very jealous of the Rebel Off Road crew. I’d love to overland in that.
Vanquish Products also must have snuck in after hours because here I spotted old Bobby T manning the booth. Bob Tarvin has been an Axial fan since way back. He’s also a pretty amazing photographer.
Down at the Pro Line Racing tent, Paul was giving swag away. Not to be greedy, I scored this XXXL sweatshirt for our friend, Mr. Tree. What did you get from the Pro Line booth as I heard all kinds of cool items flowed from this claim?
Speaking of “claims” Pro Line also had this scale mine out for photos.
Remember S.O.R. Racing that was next to Pro Line? Well, here’s the downtube wrap he made for my bike. He can make custom vinyl for just about anything. Hit up Jay Kendall if you need some custom work. Sorry my bike is a little dirty.
I had to go for a ride as soon as I got back. Also, yes, I do still run a 2X crank, so what. I heard Rodney still has a triple in his collection.
Over at Tekin, they had some old and some new on display. I love Tekin. I run the RX8 in my Altra Bomber. It wasn’t the ESCs and motors that caught my eye this year….it was the servos.
Hold up! New servos from Tekin? I can say that these are amazing just from what I heard! Infinitely adjustable endpoints that are programmable. Just pop on your servo horn and go. No more lining up the center. Also, it’s almost like there are no gears, they are sooooo smooooooth. Maybe they mount directly to the motor. They tried to explain it all to me, but I’m not a electronics nerd, so I’m not sure. But, I am sure that I want, want, want one of these for my Altra Bomber. Ty, if your reading this, feel free to send me one.
Ty, can you hear me back there!
Here’s why Gigabit Games rules. They like goats, I have goats. A match made in heaven.
Boom Racing was also back with a huge display.
Jason Tsang wanted to make sure I got it all in, so I took two pictures.
Knights Customs was back and with much coolness on display. No not James, the product! OK, James, your cool too..
Knight Customs make so many amazing accessories. That Pull Pal is available fully folding with a custom mount. It was… truly amazing. He also had the new Bug Out Racks available.
Knights Customs had these genius displays with clear bodies.
Knights Customs also brought out their scale shop. Check out the scale Axial boxes.
Pedals had their Kona Big Kahuna on display. Some lucky Axialfester took this home on Sunday. If you live in SoCal and need a bike, go talk to Pedals. They will hook you up!, just mention #AXIALFEST2017!!!
I finally caught the great Ryan Gerrish at the DSPRO booth photo! He’s another Axial OG from way back-time-machine, from the stone age comp crawling days. He was a fellow judge of the concourse, as well.
RC4WD was all set up today. They had lots of their accessories on Axial rigs to check out first hand and in person!
I made it back over to the Two Chainz Scalerz campsite to get some pictures.
The lighting was better today. Half-cast shadow over two half-cocked TCSZ’erz.
Here’s some more shots of the waterfall in nice lighting for dramatic effect.
This Hilux was enjoying the cool water in the July heat.
Behind the water feature was the church and cemetery.
These headstones were awesome. V. Terra, died of a broken link. That dude tried to square up on backdoor and got gangked. He had it coming… So the towns people said…
The ‘motel’ had lots of business all weekend.
I just noticed that guy sitting on the blacksmith. That’s some strong metal work to support him.
While I was taking pictures, I noticed Two Chainz Scalerz passing out some limited edition trail swag to these junior Axialfesters.
Did you get one of these necklaces? Have you ever been lucky enough to be blessed by 2CS?
Lunchtime! Tacos at the Axial camp. Pastor was my flavor of choice.
Spotted this vintage tent trailer after lunch. Thought it was a Sherwood like mine for a second. Turns out it was a Heilite.
I also spotted this little motorcycle tent trailer out in the campground. I love tent trailers.
I almost thought Rodney got the Yakima RTT for his ADV80 along with a new paint job. Turns out it wasn’t Rodney’s Land Cruiser, but #rodneysaiditwasok with him.
It was getting close to concourse judging, so I had to get over to the pavilion. Lots of rigs were already staged.
Participation quadrupled this year! There were TONS of amazing builds in here.
It really made judging a difficult task. My brain was starting to hurt from all the coolness…
or was it that taco? No, not the Tacoma, but the taco-taco, loco… This concours action has gone loco, thats for sho! And for show!
Lighting made it difficult for me and my cheap point and shoot camera to get good pictures. I got a few good ones and my buddy Mike took some as well. So, here’s a few of my favorites. I loved this cab-over build by Ben Thomas.
This Bronco was another one of my favorites. My first real 1:1 wheeling trips were in Broncos, so they are dear to my heart. This one had unbelievable detail.
Bad shot of this amazing 70-Series Land Cruiser truck built by Todd Norton. I love this thing. Also, that 3 wheeled thing next to it was really unique.
2CS’erz had lots of builds entered. They are the kings of scale after all.
Eliott, aka Coleman, was checking out all the builds and live streaming the judging.
Chris Zemek drove all the way from Texas to display his work truck and trailer.
That TV worked and played movies. This set up was A….A…..A…..Awesome.
I bet you thought I was going to say amazing.
Hawaiian style! Check the stretch on the wheels. Or is that new school JDM style?
I’m always inspired by the FC builds. One day I’ll get mine built.
Here’s the A-Main / Judd Rummage entry. Look at all the cool accessories.
Here’s another A-Main creation. Word on the street is Matt Hauck built this.
Scale By Chris had some amazing monster truck entries. While I didn’t get a great shot of this rig, it was a translucent red body and very very CLEAN!
Scale By Chris also entered this crazy show truck Blazer. It went straight out on the trails after the awards.
I like the Dead Bolts because they remind me of Broncos.
These custom fender wells caught my eye. I dig the stickers in there. SoCal pre-runner style meets inland empire bro’sive meets this new stretch tire look… no crime in being creatively different! Catching eyeballs is the name of the game!
The judging was difficult and took a while for all the judges to get their input. Luckily, #rodneysaiditwasok to grease the judges. That’s why all my friends won. Here is Rodney (on crutches) talking to the participants for this class and delivering the verdict. Schultz was stoked he didn’t have to deliver this news as competition WAS SO STIFF!!!
Ok, just kidding. Not all my friends won, but all that won are my new friends, because making new friends is ALL PART OF AXIALFEST! If you want to take a closer better look at all the amazing rigs and winners of the concourse, check out this blog: Axialfest 2017 Concourse
On the way out I talked to this guy. He scratch built this Shasta trailer set up. It was pretty amazing, but unfortunately, there wasn’t a class that quite fit it. Look for more classes next year. It’s going to just keep growing!
Look how scale that interior is.
All that judging made me hungry, so we headed back to camp for a little snack-snack.
Right when we about to finish off our snacks, a little bird flew over and told us we were missing the Monster Jam. Mike and I dropped our glasses and ran over to the park.
Elio was on the mic directing the Monster Jam. We iz in troublez now!
I’m not sure what the rules were or how they set up the brackets, but I saw some fun racing and jumping carnage.
Some people played it safe…
…and others let it all loose. All the racers seemed to have a great time.
The action was fast and really testing my camera. I really yearned for a better camera to capture the action.
Even Tristan aka Tazz, aka “Photos By Tristan, the camera master, was being challenged with all the speed and jumping. But rumor is, he’s jumped to the dark side – CANON! And #rodneysaiditwasok Even with working with a new camera, I’m still sure his images turned out better than mine. Can’t wait to see a massive Photos By Tristan Photo Blog here on the Axial Blog! Hint Hint RODNEY!
Looks like SBChris is getting serious here. Lining up his truck like a golfer.
Even the kids got in on the action. Heck! All week, kids are the action at AXIALFEST!
Don’t forget to bring your SMT10 next year. I’m sure the Monster Truck races will be bigger and better next year. The racing is just too fun to watch.
After the races, I wandered the campground and spotted the infamous Charlie Sue, aka SwankySu, aka Mr. Hobby Wing, aka Charlie Suangka. It’s always good to see Chucky and his crew.
Next to Mr. Suangka was RichDog51. If you haven’t watched his AXIALFEST videos on YouTube get over there right after you finish reading this blog.
Hold up, it’s Mike Bier, aka Mark Weir the legendary Mountain Bike racer. Let me tell you, he is a mega RC nerd. He has two tracks at his house for racing. It was great talking to him about bikes and RC.
It was also fun watching his son shoot mosquitoes with the Bug-A-Salt rifle.
It was getting late, so we headed over for some dinner. Mmmmmmmac and cheese. Also, the BBQ was delicious. It’s good to eat with the Axial crew.
Cute dogs seemed popular this year. I’m not sure what breed this one was, but it don’t think it ever touched the ground. Here, an unidentified AXIALFEST Staff member gets some cuddles.
It had been a long day and I was tired, but the CKRC Dollar Dash was in effect again this year.
So, we headed over for a bit to watch the action. $1 per run. Best time wins. Touch the ribbon and you DQ.
Is that Coleman live streaming again?
Team MRB member Russ gets his game face on here.
Well, I was tired, so I retired early. I didn’t get and pictures of Dan W of Team Old Guys. He won the Dollar Dash again this year with a time of 35.2 seconds and took home a cool $153 for his driving skills. Please bring your dollars next year and take this guy down. His bragging is beginning to hurt my ears. Yes, I think he won last year too!? DW, true or false?
So, that was my second day of Axialfest 2017. I’ll leave you with this one last photo of Casey / ScalerFab and her cute puppy. See you in Part 3 for everything that went down in front of my lens on Friday of AXIALFEST 2107.
The Concourse event at this year’s AXIALFEST2017 was absolutely amazing! The builders are getting so much more creative than previous years that it’s making it near impossible to pick a winner.
In the end, though, the judges did have to crown the best of the best, so here’s the pictures of the winner’s rigs. We’ve also added a small gallery at the bottom with some additional pictures.
Best of Axial Heritage Winner: Patrick Jurica
Best of Adventure Trailer Winner: Matt Alley
Best of Work Trailer Winner: Chris Zemek
Best of Adventurist Winner: Dan Huff
Best of Monster Truck Winner: Jim Prestwood
Best of Daily Driver Winner: Troy Olsen
Best of D’Raison Winner: Jackson Hall
Best of Trophy Truck Winner: Jason Philo (right)
BEST OF SHOW Winner: Todd Pearson
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
1st Place – Simon Kirsch
2nd Place – Joe Zuniga
3rd Place – Andrew Pena
Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
1st Place – Kason Ernest
2nd Place – Hunt Parr
3rd Place – Ethan Mulhollen
Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Paul Russell
3rd Place – Bryan Kautz
Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Angelo Lanford
3rd Place – Brian Richards
Rock Race Factory Bomber Class
1st Place – Dominique Judkins
2nd Place – Harley Judkins
3rd Place – Saphira Judkins
Rock Race Wraith – OPEN Class
1st Place – Spencer Bell
2nd Place – Mason Dunievitz
3rd Place – Michael Pham
Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Rich Bolts
3rd Place – Danny Ensor
Rock Race EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class
1st Place – Jake Wright
2nd Place – Mike Thompson
3rd Place – Chris Duran
Rock Race YETI Class
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AXIAL would like to thank each and everyone of you for attending AXIALFEST 2017!
John John Anderson
Richy Barra Jr.
David Castillo Jr.
Chris De Graaf
Franz De La Vega
Liam De La Vega
Etienne De Lange
Donny Fleming (BentMetaL Customs)
Robert Garcia jr
Jennifer Ann Giusti
Luen (Frank) Hsing
John “BADGER” Hubbard
Richard “Richdog51″ Kinyon
Tee Jay Larsen
Carrie Mc Callum
John JJ Mendiola
Andy Jr Palacios
Truong Giang Pham
Michelle L Ribeau
Jose Luis Sanchez
Andre “BC Race” Sims
Jay (John) Smith
Loren St. Clair
John J. Szczech
John W. Szczech
Alec Van Den Brink
Jose Zuniga Jr
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, RCCrawler.com, 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!
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!
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.
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TRAIL NOTES FOR AXIALFEST 2017
AXLFST-Dispatched notes fresh from the field. We compiled some notes about each trail in a list below. Please note [WLK] indicates the impact on your physical person navigating the trail and [AR/C] refers to the physical impact on your Axial rig. We’ve arranged this list from Easy to Hard in terms of physically walking [WLK]. But, we all can not start on Trail-H and most of you will want to start on the Hardest. We know we are all friends, but a 1,000 folks on one trail will negate the Tread Lightly motto.
SO HERE IS HOW WE DO IT
We will issue you a Run Groups (A-J) when you get your wristbands during registration. The letter of the run group will indicate which trail you start with. Example, if the staff assigns you to Run Group F, you start your adventure with Trail F and move on to Trail G, then to H and on to I and so on. Same time, if you chose to run out of your assigned Run Group order, just be very very courteous to those wishing to run the trails in their appropriate order. Remember, NO ULTRA DRIVERS COMING THROUGH should be heard, nor seen, except for on the ULTRA Course. YES, you can run the ULTRA course AFTER ALTRA ULTRA 5K ENDURO has ran on Friday Morning! Yes, we would love EVERYONE TO COME OUT EARLY AN SEE THE 5K ACTION!!!
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[WLK] Easy, Flat walking, not sideway smooth, but flat, could be paved, could be dirt all laid on the side of a hillside better known as Cisco Grove Campground.
[AR/C] Easy & very scale – get your photo-flex on!
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[WLK] Easy to Medium flat walking steps up rocks up to 12″
[AR/C] Medium – look beyond your mental boundy.
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[WLK] Medium, flat walking with inclines, descents on loose terrain & loose dirt.
[AR/C] Medium – loose terrain & loose dirt with hard boiled eggs.
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[WLK] Intermediate terrain with terrain of intermediate nature in nature.
[AR/C] Medium to rough with scenic photo-op landscapes.
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[WLK] Intermediate some inclines and descents with some jivey Bojangles.
[AR/C] medium, terrain, medium compound, medium rebound. BONIGGIDY!
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[WLK] Medium to Hard, steep descents and lots of river rock, possible water, mud.
[AR/C] Medium to hard because you like doing smokey burnouts on wet rock.
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[WLK] Hard due to terrain with some steep inclines and steep descents.
[AR/C] Medium to hard roughness. Use 4Low Fordyce Spec.
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[WLK] Hard due to terrain, inclines descents, loose rock and loose footing.
[AR/C] Medium to Hard terrain. Diff cover mandatory. Use 4Low Fordyce Spec.
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[WLK] Hard, lots of rocks and rocks are hard! Breath deep, relax and take your time.
[AR/C] Medium to Hard with inclines and descents. All your favorite stuff.
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[WLK] Expert Hard, steep terrain, inclines and descents. Slippy maybe.[AR/C] OG-Comp crawl lines to be expected, extreme lines. It’s there, just look. Low range, lockers, and 35″ tires required. Body damage is highly possible, drive train damage possible. Four-wheeling experience needed.
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[WLK] Don’t walk, RUN! This is a 5K Enduro – GODSPEED TO YOU!
[AR/C] Hey, it’s an Axial Bomber! You can’t run fast enough… We know you have ego..
Electric GOJUICE! RUN FASTER!