The last stop on Axial’s West Coast Qualifier Series was held this past Saturday, April 10th. The location for this final event was in beautiful Northern California at Lake Amador Resort. Lake Amador is best known for it’s fishing and camping. The resort constantly stocks the lake with a rare breed of trout known to put up a healthy fight when caught. They also boast about their huge catfish, as well as unbeatable bass fishing. Combine that with the fact that they have an RV park on site, Lake Amador is a fisherman’s dream come true. On the other hand, off to the west side of the lake, down in a ravine, is an R/C rock crawlers dream come true. The ravine has a good sized rock formation that has sharp ledges sticking up everywhere. The rock/ledge located at this particular spot is very unique, and has unbelievable traction. We have had an amazing amount of various terrain throughout this series, but this location was very different from what I am used to. It was the perfect location to close down what has been and awesome qualifier series. Let’s hit the road.
My fuel for the weekend………………………….Mocha Frappee’s from Mickey D’s.
The ride through the Cali countryside.
Brandon and Scott were busy watching Sesame Street all the way there.
Parker’s latest course design, moving courses. Ever try rock crawling on a rock pile that’s going down the highway at 70mph? Hold your line driver!!
On the way to the comp site Friday we stopped by Modesto Hobby and Craft for a quick visit. Very cool hobby shop, with courteous employees and numerous R/C related items. I wish I had more pictures to post from inside, but I’m an idiot and only brought our zoom lens on this trip.
Pulling into the resort.
Overlooking the lake.
Partial view of the comp site.
The Michael Angelo of rock crawling courses, Parker sets gates first thing Saturday morning.
Each course had a sign letting everyone know which course was which.
The parking lot was almost like a car show. Here’s Axial team driver Dean Hsiao’s Impala wagon, soooo clean!
Of course there were a few sweet off-road vehicles in the parking lot too.
Group shot of the drivers.
Group shot of the rigs.
Time to do some work!!
Axial’s own Brandon Coonce working course #1
Me flailing around on course #1
Mr. Scott Hughes working it
Brent Brammer working his Axial SWX through course #2
Brandon on course #2
Dean Hsiao on course #2
Climbing into the alternate line.
Scott on Course #2
Captain Axial at it yet again harassing competitors, passing out free t-shirts and stealing motorcycles.
According to the locals the fire department conducts fire training in this area frequently. There were helicopters flying overhead all day long.
Parker’s newest hobby…………………..Ventriloquism.
And the winners are……..
1st place Shannon Davis
2nd place James Roque
3rd place Jerry Sanders
1st place Brian Lorenz
2nd place Brandon Coonce
3rd place Dean Hsiao
1st place Daniel Flemming
2nd place John Hall
3rd place Lenny Tyler
The Rock Candy Girls
CanDance, Pro Rock candy winner (left), Shannon Davis, sport rock candy winner (center), Mindy Howe (right). Watch your back guys, they are gunning for us.
Well, that does it for this first qualifier series. I would personally like to thank Axial and Vanquish Products for their support during this series. I would also like to thank Brian Parker, Stuart Gartner and all the volunteers/judges that helped us with these events. We definitely couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone in this great R/C community. If you didn’t get a chance to attend any of these 5 qualifiers, come on out to the finals on June 24th-26th. You can run the last chance qualifier and still get into the main event. I guarantee the finals will be a memorable weekend whether you come out to compete, or just watch. See you then.