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.

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!!!
COURSE H ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[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!

COURSE E ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Easy to Medium flat walking steps up rocks up to 12″
[AR/C] Medium – look beyond your mental boundy.

COURSE D ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Medium, flat walking with inclines, descents on loose terrain & loose dirt.
[AR/C] Medium – loose terrain & loose dirt with hard boiled eggs.

COURSE B ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Intermediate terrain with terrain of intermediate nature in nature.
[AR/C] Medium to rough with scenic photo-op landscapes.

COURSE J ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[WLK] Intermediate some inclines and descents with some jivey Bojangles.
[AR/C] medium, terrain, medium compound, medium rebound. BONIGGIDY!

COURSE F ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[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.

COURSE A ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[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.

COURSE G ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[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.

COURSE I ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[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.

COURSE ULTRA 5K ENDURO ]|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
[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..





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



Trail Sponsors of AXIALFEST 2017

TRAILS-TRALS-TRALS! It’s all about the Trails! For AXIALFEST2017 there will be TEN Trails! Last year had 7 trails, so we thought you guys and girls would enjoy more! More trails, more fun and more adventure! But, that also means more work, more graphics, more printing of the custom trail markers and more work! Yes, we said work twice as it takes a lot of it!

Each trail is comprised of 150 pairs of trail markers or TM’s for short. The numbered TM’s are always on your right side, logo’d TM’s are on your left side. The whole idea of TM’s is to give guidance of the designated trail creating a suggestive path to follow.

 for AXIALFEST 2017:

R/C Country The Hobby Shop – Official TRAIL SPONSOR of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial is pleased to announce R/C Country The Hobby Shop as on of the trail sponsors
for AXIALFEST 2017!

R/C Country Hobbies opened its doors in September of 1988 in a 2,600 square foot building on Power Inn Rd that was 1,000 square feet of retail space and 1,600 square feet of warehouse.

We quickly became Sacramento’s go-to spot for aerial RC, and after 8 years in that location we had run out of space! In July of 1996 we moved to the present location on Folsom Blvd with a square footage of 8000. In 2002 more space became available and the poor cramped Aircraft department moved into the adjoining 4000 square foot space that it occupies today. Our total store footage is 12,000 square feet of displayed radio control hobbies and toys!

We now are home to one of the largest and most heavily stocked showrooms in the State of California, with a broad selection of remote control hobby supplies of all sorts, trains, toys, science kits and rockets!


DSPRO – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial RC Inc., is pleased to announce DSPRO as a returning and attending
sponsor of AXIALFEST2017!

Dspro was founded in 2008, and was the first RC company to offer 3D printed accessories for crawlers. Over the last 2 years they’ve been ramping up production of crawler related product as well as offering various small scale manufacturing services, such as laser cutting, CNC routing, and CAD. Ryan hopes to have some exciting new bodies ready for the public by the end of the year, and to expand his website to feature a wider range of hobby-related items.


news_axialfestsponsor_AM_Frame_rails_500pxAPPROVED AFTERMARKET FRAME RAILS for AXIALFEST 2017
Axial RC Inc would like to send a big THANK YOU to these Axial SCX10 aftermarket manufacturers who are supporting AXIALFEST 2017!

Every year for AXIALFEST, we try to tweak a little something for you! We asked if you wanted to run your aftermarket SCX10 frame rails in the adventure class at AXIALFEST2017 and asked you to contact your favorite aftermarket SCX10 frame rail manufacturer to let them know that you wanted to run their SCX10 modified rails! You did and these are the companies who got on board for AXIALFEST2017!

BPC Custom Chassis
Brazen Scale RC
Team G Speed-LCG
Toyzuki’s Fabrication

Read all about each of these companies below:

For over 20 years, yes, since 1996! BPC Custom Chassis has been known the world over for high performance in scale off-road racing. From Nitro Sprint Cars and Late Models to Scale Crawlers and Comp Rigs, our chassis and components consistently find themselves in the winners circle. Who remembers building crawlers from scratch? Way before axial was even a company, we were scale crawling! Starting out building custom Tamiya Clod-buster chassis’ and slinging TLT-1 axles here in the beautiful California Sierras, the love for crawling was permanently stamped into our hearts early on. But, high speed crashes, the smell of nitro and burnt rubber began to call to us, and we soon found ourselves building Nitro Sprint Car components. Many of our first Nitro Sprint Cars are still racing and pushing their way to the podium today, even after years of punishment on the Oval.       We still make the finest sprint car chassis’ money can buy! Our love for crawling never died, and our components take scale crawler rigs all over the planet to a new realm of both performance and durability, without sacrificing scale looks. When we aren’t burning metal to build your frame, we are crawling some of the most picturesque trails California has to offer! Simply put, we know crawlin’! With a BPC equipped rig, be sure that you can find the performance and durability you need to survive even the most grueling off-road racing, and squash the competition.

Brazin Scale RC has been in business for 3-years specializing in fabricated scale RC crawler frame rails, bumpers and other miscellaneous chassis components.

The GSPEED-LCG Chassis design was created in California, by Gabriel Fleming, in December 2015. His friend, Gee Spaulding, helped him get started by refining the design and creating a GSPEED-LCG Chassis Solid Works file. From then on, GSPEED-LCG Chassis hit the ground running, sending chassis rails all over the word. The 1/8″ thick GSPEED-LCG G10 material or carbon steel chassis rails and TJ RC Products skid plate, are designed to lower the center of gravity of your SCX10, while allowing more clearance for the up travel of your SCX10 or AR60 axles. This chassis increases the stock measurement between the skid plate and the top of the chassis by about 1/2″.  Replacement for your stock SCX10 chassis rails or any other aftermarket SCX10 chassis rails. You can use all the Axial stock skid plate, cross members and bumpers from your stock SCX10. To use the optional upper link mounts (recommended) you will need to shorten your upper links. The stock skid plate and the TJ RC Products skid plate are the same width, which is wider than the rest of the stock cross-members. The flat rails are designed to bend and tapper in, to meet the narrower stock cross-members as you tighten all the hardware. The G10 frame rails weigh 3 oz. and the steel rails weigh 12.75oz.

Since 2014, Toyzuki’s Fabrication is a family owned and operated, garage based business that strives for excellence. Our focus has been on bringing your SCX10 to the most competitive level it could possibly be, with chassis, motor mounts, transfer cases, skids, and chassis mounted servo. Not only focusing on the center of gravity, break over angle, and suspension geometry, but taking it further than the rest to give you scale points by the SORRCA rules.


MAGNAFLOW – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial R/C Inc. is pleased to announce MAGNAFLOW as a continued sponsor for AXIALFEST 2017! MAGNAFLOW has been an official technical partner of Axial since the introduction of the AX90028 Axial SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR.

MAGNAFLOW got its start as a natural extension of Car Sound Exhaust systems. Their parent company specializes in superior catalytic converter technology and has spent the last 30 years earning its reputation as a market leader around the world. They are proud to continue this tradition through producing the best sounding, best performing and most durable exhaust components in the world. If you’re looking for quality, power and sound, then you’re looking for MAGNAFLOW.

RCP CRAWLERS – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial R/C Inc. is pleased to announce RCP Crawlers as an attending sponsor for AXIALFEST 2017!

RCP CRAWLERS was founded on the basic principle: “THE STRONGER THE BETTER”
Since the dawn of crawling … RCP has been a world leader in crawler innovation.
From the steel lockers to the curved skidplate, from the Hustler chassis to the carbon fiber wheels, RCP Crawlers has been part of the crawler revolution. We believe each build is unique whether you’re building a scaler, competition rig or a rock racer, there’s always something that makes it your own. We work with the best vendors in the business so we can provide you with quality parts and accessories for all your building needs.
Not only are we a business committed to offering unsurpassed customer service and support, we also use and compete with the products we sell.
Stop by our booth in the vendors section: RCP Crawlers H-19
We are proud to be a participating sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017!

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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Mid Season Recap – Altra Scale Ultra Series pb. Axial


Photos by: Chris Jones, Rodney Wills, Anthony Rivas and Justin Lunceford

After a successful Altra Ultra 5k Enduro at the 2016 Axialfest, the Scale Ultra Race Series was born and took the budding new race format on the road. The two founding partners were back with Altra Footwear as the title sponsor of the series and Axial as the presenting series sponsor. Camelbak Hydration and SOR Racing also joined the sponsor list providing awesome podium and raffle prizes to make the series that much sweeter.


The following is the 2017 Mid-Season recap:

Stop #1 Altra 5k Enduro at the King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley

With Axial as the host and the famous Johnson Valley as the landscape, event #1 headed to SoCal to share the course and the weekend with the race that inspired the creation of the Ultra 5k, King of the Hammers! Axial goes all out the week of KOH and after days of watching full and scale sized rock racing, the Scale Ultra drivers took to the scene to race the historic course.

The KOH course was a perfect blend of speed and tech with wide open straights (on the same berms that the full size racers had ripped just hours before), sandy sections and a techy rock section that required constant attention. In true KOH style, the different sections stood alone and you could go as fast as your legs and your lungs could handle in the open sections with the rocky section slowing the flow and creating some exciting passes and tense “rubbing” and “racing”. Runners/Drivers came from all over California, Nevada and Utah to compete in stop #1 of the new ScaleUltra series and the action did not disappoint.




Some familiar faces were in attendance with Axialfest Altra Hot Lap winner Jake Wright putting in some fast laps right from the start and was in the podium mix until a last lap mechanical stopped his efforts. An impressive showing, especially with the then unknown broken collarbone and shoulder injury he suffered after cartwheeling as co-driver in the full size race the day before. Axialfest 3rd place finisher, Casey Currie, came out to scope the scene but after an exhausting week of racing both UTV and Unlimited class, he opted to cheer on the action vs grabbing a remote. Altra Running’s Chris Jones was in attendance as well and set a blistering first lap time taking the Altra Hot Lap and the overall win.

Top 3:
Chris Jones – Bomber
Ricky Morales – Bomber
Matt Wolfe – SCX10

The Axial Bomber was the rig of choice again this stop taking the majority of the fastest lap times but some built SCX10II rigs stole a spot on the podium and were in the mix throughout the event. Axial has been a major sponsor of the King of the Hammers over the years and we foresee the Ultra 5k continuing to be a part of Axial’s KOH efforts into the future.

Stop #2 Altra Red Rock Ultra – St. George Ut
Sand Hollow State Park just outside of St. George Utah is one of the better rock crawling locations you may have never heard of. On any given weekend you may see a trail run lead by the Dixie 4X4 crew or even stumble upon a full on W.E. Rock comp taking advantage of the famous Utah red slick rock.
This backdrop was the site for round 2 of the Scale Ultra series and ran on the edge of the Lake Powell-esque reservoir. A perfect blend of all out speed fire roads, technical slick rock sections and power sapping red sand tried drivers fitness and ability as they maneuvered around this high speed course for multiple laps.

Race Host and Scale Ultra Series founder Chris Jones, left the course wide for “personal interpretation” with multiple riders opting for the less safe but much more thrilling “just send it” line options. This resulted in several rigs spending almost as much time in the air as on the ground.

The field of talent for the Red Rock 5k was 2nd only to the Altra Ultra Enduro at AXIALFEST2016 with several of the normal characters making the trip out. The 801RC boys in the Salt Lake area do these longer Ultra style events quite often and quickly showed they came to play putting two on the podium and filling the top 10. The 2nd place finisher from AXIALFEST2016, Mike Thompson, debuted his new Altra-Spec Bomber, just finished up hours before race start. He had a strong finish in the top 10, further proving the difficulty of both the course and the speed of the competitors.

The Axial Bomber showed once again it was made for this style of racing taking the entire podium and the majority of the top 10 spots. The creativity and different builds were fun to see as these pure race machines ripped around the slick rock paradise.

When the dust settled and heart rates hit their max it was Jake Wright who ended the day with the win. After a string of mechanical’s kept him off the podium in events past, Jake could not be stopped on this day with the Altra Running / Offroad Team driver finishing with the fastest lap and the overall victory.

Top 3:
Jake Wright – Bomber
Cole Hokanson – Bomber
Thomas “Chewy” Blackburn – Bomber

On to AXIALFEST2017!
With the Scale Ultra Series event 1 and 2 now complete, we head to the most prestigious stop on the series, AXIALFEST! Since the debut of last year there are more questions than answers about who will contend for the title and the un-official World Championship of Scale Ultra 5k. With more drivers entering, (rumors from the Axial camp say 140+), special “Altra-Spec” builds popping up everywhere and more and more scale drivers increasing their exercise routines to prep, its going to be an exciting race to see! Will the rock racers reign supreme? Will fitness beat out pure clean driving? Add in the fact that Casey Currie has been physically training as he is returning to compete in the Ultra 5K Enduro to better his podium finish from last year! He said it best, “this is as close as it gets to the physical demands of full size motorsports!”  What secrets does Cisco Grove hold this year? Only time will tell…

While the R/C might be scale, the physical is full size!