Words: Anthony Rivas
Photography: Brad Perry
I believe everyone has that one trail they would love to go scale crawl on, maybe even a bucket list of places. The opportunity recently presented itself to return to the Historic Rubicon Trail in northern California with the annual event called Cantina for the Con going on for 1:1 vehicles. CKRC Hobbies of Reno, Nevada was doing Scale on the Con In conjunction with the event and I knew I just had to go! I was able to go out and trail with a few guys on this over the top scaled out course.
But first, lets back up and talk about Cantina on the Con.
This is an annual Fundraiser for the 501(c)3 Non-Profit Mission: To Enhance the Future Health and Use of the Rubicon Trail while Ensuring Responsible Motorized Year-round Trail Access. The Rubicon Trail Foundation is an advocate for your Continued Motorized Access to the Trail and Surrounding Public Lands. Please go read more about the Rubicon Trail Foundation and what they do for the Rubicon Trail!
Brandon Caton of Snowmod RC brought his son up for the event, but he made some time to wheel his Axial Scx10 based LC70. This was definitely no shelf queen.
Last Chance Gas Station #2 was open for service at Loon Lake Dam! Note those power lines in the background! Yes, no… that is not scale photo-trickery! Those are the real deal! The BLPP&C; Brant Lowe Power Pole Company had to be quickly custom built and shipped over to the Loon Lake Dam.
With power poles on site, Adam & Elio of Two Chainz Scalerz set the poles, then ran power all the way out to the Loon Lake Dam in order for the gas station to power to deliver service for customers. We need to go all 1999-style and seriously start looking at this solar energy stuff! But I got my Two Chainz Scalerz edition custom banana cream filled Twinkiez so I was happy! They excepted my cash while they were still wiring up the cash register.
This is Station #2 as in a new version of the original. Some of you may have pictures with the original version from AXIALFEST that was mysteriously claimed in a “HOGnato” incidence. Yes, H.O.G. + Tornado = HOGnato meaning the hands of real 1:1 humans aka (Hand Of God) swept (Tornado) the original gas station from its location on site at AXIALFEST. The original Last Chance Gas Station has yet to be found…
Swiper No Swiping.
Quick “pic-stop” and off to the trail! Hey, that might have to become an thing… #PicStop
The Rubicon trail is a destination for lots of off road enthusiasts. For me personally, (Rivas Concepts) being back to drive a scale R/C on the rock was a great unique feeling as my trips across the Rubicon have been 1:1 trips!
I’ve built this Axial Scx10-2 Dingo for such adventures.
Before we start this scale adventure, the Axial Scx10-2 Dingo was loaded up and looking for Adventure but first we have to have a couple of complementary flex shots!
Two Chainz Scalerz Adam Dean and Elio Dianda were present, physically and spiritually!
Poor E.W. Lowe…
Brandon wasted no time jumping into the water! We all looked on in disbelief that he would be willing to throw his 70-Series in harms way as he did! You know it’s not like these 70-Series are offered here in the USA, hence the FaceBook page: Toyota: Bring the 70 Series Land Cruiser and Diesels to the USA. But too, it is a Land Cruiser…
Seeing how Snowmod set the tone, I fell in right behind him and we all followed suit!
It was truly an epic day of wheeling. Lots of water, cool temperatures, and good people.
Alec Van Den Brink and his Jeep KJ Liberty, with roof top tent, and Ben Thomas in his Axial Scx10-2 custom Toyota 4-door bringing up the back.
Some parts were a little sketchy with water flowing as it was running pretty fast and we were playing pretty scale!
As you can see, we had an eclectic collection of rigs as well with Brandon’s 70-Series Land Cruiser, my RC-ADV-Dingo, Alec Van Den Brink‘s KJ-Liberty and Ben Thomas wheeling the 1st Gen Toyota. Regardless of personal choice’s we are all enjoying the same thing, wheeling the Rubicon!
The Rubicon trail provided plenty of picture opportunities, we took them and took our time. It’s easy when we are sitting our our heated cabs while Brad Perry (photo-extraordinaire) is wading out into the river with his hip looking Patagonia Waders with the addition of the rubber ducky embellished 24″ Classic Round Green Inflatable Swimming Pool Inner Tube Ring Float for safety. We simply zipped out winch line to him when the current swept him out a bit.
You could easily get line-drunk here. Everywhere you looked was a new line. The CKRC Hobbies Scale-On-The-Con trail was a nice long loop, averaging about 3 and half hours to complete the trail. Our little day trip was roughly the same amount of time, but we didn’t cover near the terrain due to our numerous #PicStop’s.
Lil’ “LibBroTee” getting its creek crossing flex on!
This event had people driving well into the night!
Where is a place you want to go crawl?
Mark your calendars for next year to go run Scale on the Con! With the Cantina for the Con being an annual event, I can only expect the Scale on the Con to continue with and carry on!
More cool scale stuff to be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468545179899127/?active_tab=discussion
The Cantina for the Con event should be around the first weekend of September 2018, Labor Day Weekend. Check http://www.rubicontrail.org/rtf-annualevents.htm for more details. Once details get posted there, I’m sure details for Scale on the Con will be posted on CKRC’s FB Event page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ckrchobbies/events/