Axialfest 2013 – The Recap!

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Photos by Tristan

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

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

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

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

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

It is officially time to register for AXIALFEST 2013! In an effort to get you to register on-line we are offering some incentive prizes for this “highly recommended” task as Brain Parker of RECON Crawlers would say. EVERYONE WILL GET AN ENTRY PRIZE IF THEY SIGN UP ON-LINE!!! This is an effort to help Brian Parker and the RECON G6 Crew with the theme “More Drive Time & Less Line Time.” If you attended AXIALFEST last year you already saw the tremendous amount of drive time so we are looking to help streamline the process.

Some of the prizes are newer products from Axial, and some are older, harder to find Axial product because some of these prizes have been discontinued. This is just a sample of the goods that will be given away this year. Let’s take a look and see what is up for grabs from us!!

First up we have five of Axial’s Universal Light Bars. This light bar is a direct bolt on application for the Wraith, Honcho and Dingo.

Next we have some complete sets of HD lower links for the Wraith and Ridgecrest, five sets total up for grabs.

Here is one prize that we know a few would like to get their hands on, five discontinued Trail Ranger bodies. We found a few of these in a box recently and decided to offer them up for the event this year.

Anodized threaded links are priceless when it comes to new builds. We have some assorted link packs in various colors up for grabs, 20 sets total will be given away.

Next up is five sets of white 2.2 8 hole beadlock wheels. These wheels can be dyed any color you want using Rit-Dye.

We also have five more sets of 2.2 wheels, in the original AX10 styling. Again these wheels can be dyed any color.

10 sets of 1.9 Ripsaw tires are also up for grabs.

Following along with the discontinued bodies, we have 10 OG pre-painted XC-1 bodies, 3 red, 3 green and 4 orange.

Next we have five sets of standard nut drivers, because you can never have enough tools.

We will also be giving away five complete sets of high clearance upper links for the Wraith and Ridgecrest.

Night runs are really fun, especially when you add some friends. You will need lights and light buckets to outfit your rig properly for night time G6′n, so we have 20 sets of chrome light buckets available. There are 2 sets of buckets in each package, along with lens covers in yellow and clear.

Got an EXO? Need some new body panels? We have 5 complete EXO bodies in clear lexan, ready for custom paint.

Add some speed to your SCX10 with a 20t brushed motor, we have five up for grabs!

Next up, five sets of black Corbeau seats for the Wraith.

Want to add some high steer knuckles to your SCX10? We have five sets total that will be given away at random.

Aluminum rear axle lockouts will also be given away, five sets total.

Machined grey high clearance links for the Wraith and Ridgecrest, five complete sets.

Next we have five sets of aluminum knuckles for the SCX10 axles.

Need HD transmission outputs? Five sets are up for grabs.

More discontinued goodies, we have five Rat Rod bodies up for grabs. We found these in the box with the Trail Ranger bodies, so we decided to pass them on to the entries for Axialfest 2013.

Plus, we may have a few more surprises. But, you will have to attend Axialfest 2013 to find out what we are up to.

Click here to Register!

 

 

The Full Size Connection

Axial is different than any company I have ever worked with before. These guys are the real deal enthusiasts; the parking lot at the Axial offices is regularly decorated with capable off-road trail rigs. This enthusiasm for full scale adventure translates directly into the scale products we have all come to enjoy.

While hanging around the office after hours, a conversation sparked up about full size trail rigs. The VP of Axial, Jeff Johns had recently parted company with his 99 Jeep TJ and was in the market for a new rig. The debate immediately kicked off as to what vehicle he should build next, and the opinions were all over the map. Eventually the discussion led where every good 4×4 discussion leads, right into the age old Jeep vs. Toyota battle. The strongest argument going was the idea of building a full size Honcho, which would be really cool! We could model the bed and cage exactly like our 1/10 Honcho and hit the trail with a full size SCX10.

With this debate in full swing regarding a new trail rig for Jeff, I started looking into the full size vehicles owned by the guys behind the Axial brand, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. One of the reasons this brand is so successful is because they are authentic. Authentic to the point that when they are not on a scale trail run with their Axial rigs, they are on the full size trail with their 1:1 rig enjoying the outdoor life with their families. To illustrate this, I thought I would share a few shots of the rigs owned and enjoyed by the Axial staff and Axial team members…. check it out!!

Axial Employee 1:1 rigs:

Here is the 99 Jeep TJ that Jeff Johns [Axial Vice President] had to let go due to room constraints. This rig was really well prepared, I am sure he is sorry to see it go!

 

Here are some shots of Matt Kearney’s [Axial's VP of Product Design] 1973 Ford Bronco Ranger out on the trail.

 

This is the 1992 80 Series Landcruiser that belongs to Rodney Wills [Axial Global Marketing Director].

Here is our resident Jeep JK expert Randall Davis’ 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited [Axial Logistics / IT]

 

Randall even has a “proper” custom hood ornament!!!

Brad “Bender” Dumont [Axial Marketing Department] recently let his Jeep go as well while preparing for a new addition to his family. We expect to see him back in the game soon, either way we couldn’t leave out his 99 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Andrew Obannon [Axial Sales Assistant] is one of the more hardcore wheelers of the group, he isnt scared to take his 85 Toyota 4Runner through its paces and then some!

 

And then there is your humble scribe, Scott G. [Marketing Special Projects] and my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (or soccer mom station wagon as it get called on the trail)
First a shot of my 93, from back in the day…

and my 98 I am working on bringing back to proper spec.

 

Dont hate on the station wagon!!

The influence and direction of this company not only comes from internal, but also from a huge support network out on the trails. Our Axial team drivers are selected for their knowlege, not only in the scale 4×4 world, but also for their depth of knowlege in the 1:1 field. It is the goal of Axial to bring the most authentic experience to our customers and fans, and we feel our team drivers really assist and compliment this mission and contribute significantly to all of our success. Check out some of these guys in action!

Axial Team driver 1:1 rigs:

The one and only Brian Parker, he is usually out influencing the market with his passion for events and the outdoor lifestyle. So where does he get his motivation from? From spending time out in nature with good friends enjoying his off-road vehicles. His 83 toyota called “Lexus” is his favorite rig, it is said to be “powered by chevy, geared by Toyota and driven by a Jeeper” … Only Parker!

It’s all about getting away from civilization and exploring earth with friends…. Parker loves his Yamaha Grizzly 660.

Ryan Gerrish…. This man has owned so many vehicles that are on our wish list…… here are just a few!

Our man Zach Chatelain, he is always at the top of the leader board in the scale comp scene, and he knows how to get around in the back woods in his 2011 Toyota Tacoma!

Here is Dean Hsiao frequenting the trails that the world famous “King of the Hammers” are held on in Johnson Valley in his beloved 1983 Toyots SR5, ya, he’s not scared either!!

Then we have Patrick Norton, another scale crawling master showing us the ultimate location for him to show off his 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, We wanna go!!

 

Check out Jake Wright and his Toyota Tuber going for it on the rocks!

Our Man Mark Reel is rocking a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Ok Jeff, you have quite the decision ahead of you. I guess the good news is that no matter what vehicle you choose to build, there will never be a shortage of friends to hit the trail with!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
When it comes to adventure crawling, RECON Crawlers is the banner organization that everyone who has heard of a G6 Challenge™ wishes to participate under. The Axial SCX10 chassis is the adventurer’s choice as it has the mechanical reliability worth spending hundreds of hours on. All this time is spent to make dream rigs come to reality in 1/10th fashion and at 1/10th the price and this is also what makes the Axial SCX10 the perfect platform as there are numerous directions and choices to build from this “blank canvas”. For those of you who are contemplating getting into R/C, never mind the scale size, the fun of a G6 Challenge is a FULL SIZE ADVENTURE!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

The participants, organizers and national media alike where highly anticipating the results of giving ample time and attention for the SCX10 G6 Challenge™ alongside the premier 2.2-comp crawler competition. The weekend did not disappoint and showed everyone that things are changing and fast!
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It only took one look at the drivers impound of vehicles to see what we all came for!

Under the trail guidance of Brian Parker, Axial’s very own team driver and tour guide director of the Recon Crawlers, Parker and crew unleashed a trail-system for the evenings event that everyone was looking forward. The first stage of the event would take drivers on an adventure, while starting at dusk, this would be the first taste of driving into the NIGHT! Lights all a glow, this was only preparation for Saturday nights Stage 2 as it was to be experienced entirely under the stars of night!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Looking down the dragstrip of the G6 Compound.

John Halman @ AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is John on the throttle like Paquin Vs Silver Bullet www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVEH7AoEnw&feature=related

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Does anyone remember that cartoon of Goofy in the episode “Motor Mania“?
Meet Mr. John “Walker-Wheeler” Halman
JOHN – WE LOVE YOU MAN! All in good fun for the good of the children!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Stage Marker #05 was a terror for many!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Hi yall!!! Watcha’doin’down there?

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Bender Bending Light!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Yea, you’ve seen a lot of photos of this rig already.. He’s they boss man! But did you even notice the tires on this rig!?!?!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


The Subaru turbo-piping was getting too hot and the exhaust was falling down onto the driveshaft. The Twins-Turbo Inconel Manifold is on order for the 675hp four cylinder engine.


Still waiting for that air shipment.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Notice the yellow tape holding the orange marker… dually noted!


The power of BRAAAAAAAP!!!


CH-47 Chinook has delivered the goods and “Scooby-10″ is back in the adventure hunt!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
I heard the factory backed Subaru powered SCX10 rolling through the hills with turbo anti-lag popping and hissing and just as the “Scooby-10″ rounded the corner we knew he had overcooked brakes as he was traveling at R6 speed, but the corner was a R3 and down the hill he rolled with his best impersonation of Travis Pastrana at Colorado Cog Rally in 2005

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Engine stayed lit and seemed to have a little traction as it was slightly afloat but the cab was about to run out of air and started sinking fast and the current of the river started pulling the rig toward the deep end of the pool.

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This was a situation of situations… I’m media, I just watch with my finger pinned in dis-belief! snap snap snap!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
MOTOR DRIVE ON SNAP SNAP SNAP MODE.


And back on course with the help of a bunch of enthusiastic fans!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave - AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
This is my Axial SCX10 being driven by Matt of Car Action Magazine in his very first G6 Challenge. My truck is BEAST!!! One day I will start a blog about it as it has endured much and seen a many… stock as can be and driven with no remorse!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
WOW! There was a lot of airplane traffic at this time of night!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Backyard Boyz Night Light

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Myself and the Backyard Boyz waited for at least a half hour for this moment as it was rumored that there were a couple more rigs out on course. The Backyard Boyz had been cheering on drivers and lending winch-point assistance as this nasty ledge was becoming a full size grizzly cave. The following photos capture the event as it unfolds into one of the coolest recover-progression-assistance moments here at “Grizzly Cave.”


First attempt at winching up is underway.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Too much overhang for the Adventure Van to sneak a wheel over.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
So, assistance was made as a Rubicon rolled up and let the Adventure Van drive up onto the JK’s wheel and Poison Spyder fender while using the ledge to plant the left wheel of the van on the rock for a makeshift v-crack ascent. Or at least that was the idea.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Any owner of an Adventure Van has to be a baller, so throwing said vehicle to the rocks is only going to give this rig a lot of character and a great story to tell back at the campfire! Replacing factory glass and mirrors is optional.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is the Adventure Van putting tonnage on sliders and relying heavily on a little cable as it teeter-totters up over Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Just a yelp and a big gasp for air exiting from the drivers window.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
VICTORY at Stage Marker #72 Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Adventure Van returning the assistance favor to Team Rubicon.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
The ADV-Van was poppin’ wheelies as it attempted to snatch the Rubi’ up Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Try it again – faster this time, but same results. Head scratch and kick tire moment…

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
With all the onlooking assistance from the Backyard Boyz, the only solution was to back the ADV Van up and winch the front of the Rubicon up enough to get the tires onto the lip of Grizzly Cave and then STEP ON IT!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
STEP ON IT – the Adventure Van did and got the Rubicon team up the ledge.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Full extraction and party on!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Cut Through Road at Cisco Snowbanks


My flash gives a moment of light as the adventure van of Tony Phalen rocks on through the night.


Luckily no one moved or turned off the spotlight I put on the back of the RV as this is how I found my way back. I was out on the trail until the last drivers had came by and I was doing a couple of campsite visits. I followed the trail back, but with no rigs and drivers out on course with all their lights on, it was DARK!

Brian Parker AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Brian Parker mad grillin’ late into the late of night awaiting drivers to complete stage 1 of what was an AWESOME adventure!

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AWCC 2011 2.2 Comp Rig Photos

AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA (163)
The 2.2 Competition Class at this years Axial West Coast Championships was an exercise in coping with course design that challenged you far beyond “just” driving skill, but also flexed upon your strategic “thinking” game. Think of it as the game of checkers at the local level and you show up at the national level and its a game of chess. You have to get a little creative… draw on some little pieces of paper the chess icons, tape them to your checker-chips and school’em with knowledge of the game!

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

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

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

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

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

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

AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA (201)

AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA (197)

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AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA (310)

AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA (591)

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

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

AWCC 2011 WINNERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AXIAL West Coast Championships – OFFICIAL JUDGES TEAM
AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA JUDGES TEAM
These guys are all winners in our book!

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

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

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


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

Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 1

Axial held it’s first AWCC Qualifier this past weekend in the hills of Escondido, CA at scenic Lake Wohlford. This is the first of five events taking place over the next few months. The top 10 drivers from each of the five events will get automatic invites to the Axial West Coast Championships on June 25th-27th at Cisco Grove, CA.

Rain was threatening to make this first event a soggy one, but the Rock Gods smiled upon us by giving us a beautiful sunny day. Comp ring leader, Brian Parker, was out on the rocks at 6 a.m. sharp setting up courses in the dark.  Brian sets up what I would consider national caliber comp courses. A quick walk-through of the 5 courses told everyone in attendance it was time to get serious if they wanted a shot at a podium spot, regardless of the class you signed up for.  Brian has an eye for setting comp courses like no one I’ve ever seen. Not only are the gates challenging, getting from gate to gate was just as big of a challenge.  If you didn’t go scope out the courses a little to figure out your lines beforehand, you probably weren’t going to do very well. You and your rig had to be at the top of your game to even finish these courses and if you did finish, you either had no time left or had to eat a gate or two to get there.

Here’s a few highlights from the mayhem:

Setting everything up first thing in the morning
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Rig tech
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Don Hughes patiently waits his turn in the tech line
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Sunshine was a welcomed sight after nearly 5 straight days of rain
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Dealing with gates like these all day gave new meaning to the term “Do work driver.”
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Game on!!
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Don Clark and his tuber throwing down
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Me on course #3
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Kacie Vess and her Sportsman class AX10
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Jess Downing working course #4
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The Axial superhero showed up about mid day to pass out free swag and keep competitors in check
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Nabil Jamali has his rig blessed by Axial Man before starting his next course
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Don’t ask, I have no idea
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Axial’s own Brandon Coonce working course #2
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Me working gate #2 on course #5
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Brandon on course #5
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The local wildlife was even checking out the comp
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More shots of Brandon Coonce, Josh Theide and myself
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This section was more technical than difficult and consumed a lot of time if you weren’t careful dropping in
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The finish gate on course #3
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Josh working course #3
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Axial Man trying to point the line out to me
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This ledge was impassable by most without taking a gate
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2.2 Sportsman Class winners, 1st place Matt Doyle, 2nd place Kacie Vess, 3rd place Bryce McDougall
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2.2 Shafty Class winners, 1st place Jake Wright, 2nd place Nabil Jamali, 3rd place Chris Dahl (not pictured)
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Overall 2.2 winners, 1st place Jake Wright, 2nd place Jon Privett, 3rd place Don Clark
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All in all this event was an absolute blast. Nice weather, good people, awesome location, great support from sponsors, etc., made for a memorable event. If you couldn’t make this first round of the AWCCQ Series, make it a point to attend one of the other 4 because you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a sweet video shot at the first event thanks to Lisa Budvarson.