2018 New York International Auto Show Adventure Vehicles

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Every year the latest in automotive releases from auto manufacturers world wide converge on New York City at the Javits Convention center to show the press and public vehicles being released for the upcoming year. Many new cars are unveiled at the show so public days can be standing room only at times. Luckily we obtained a press pass and got into the show on press day to see some of the exciting new vehicles on display. Sure, there were plenty of new family toting options, cool cross-overs, some classics parked here and there, just lots of eye candy in many forms all over the show floor. But we concentrated our camera lenses on vehicles that lead to adventure, vehicles that follow the Axial philosophy. So after downing lots of free beverages from Nissan and Honda, candy from Acura and some mini breakfast sandwiches from Mercedes-Benz, we combed the show floors in search of some off-road machines and this is what we’ve come up with.

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The ewn Volkwagen Atlas Tanoak Concept was on display and not an easy vehicle to get a photo of even on the less croweded press day. This truck looked great in person and the winch built into the bumper really caught our attention.

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Toyota has several trucks and SUV’s on display some sporting optional TRD gear.

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The GMC display showed off this Sierra beast with tracks on all four corners and enough LED lighting to turn dark into day.

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Nissan Titan anyone? Nissan needs more play in the off-road world and this truck fitted with an aftermarket bumper, sliders, roll bar and lifted suspension looked like it could handle it.

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Jeep was on hand in full force with a complete booth indoors and their Jeep Camp outdoors. First we took a look at some Wranglers and Rubicons on display and some fitted with Mopar performance parts. But what stole our interest was Jeep Camp. On press day, we shot right to the front of the line for a ride in a new JK Rubicon over the man made Jeep course nestled into the front of the Javits Converntion Hall in New York City. The tour over some obstacles like off-camber bumps, stair cases, and 30-degree incline lasted about two minutes with the driver laying down some eduction on the new Jeep.

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Remember, you can get the off-road Jeep experience, just on a smaller scale. Here are some of the current radio control Axial SCX10 II based Jeep offerings:

AX90060 SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC
AX90047 SCX10 II™ 2000 Jeep® Cherokee RTR
AX90046 SCX10 II™ 2000 Jeep® Cherokee KIT

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Many of the booths had VR experience centers and VW gave you a full game-style driving experience behind the wheel of a GTI.Auto Show 4

Finally Ford offered a Lego Ford Figure make and take along with a photo-op spot to show off your figure on social media. How could we pass it up?

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The NYIAS is always a great experience for the auto enthusiast. If you’re ever in the New York area at the end of March, hitting the International Auto Show is the perfect way to see all the latest releases in the automotive world.

 

 

Casey Currie – Rubicon Adventure

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We all know Casey Currie as about the most passionate racer on the earth. He spends every waking hour developing a strategy to surpass his competition on every level. His ability to conquer the rocks at the King of the Hammers, the wide open deserts of Baja California and the shout course venues across America is nothing short of phenomenal. When you spend 40 weekends a year on the road, sometimes you need to sneak in some personal time. So, what does a hard core racer like Casey do to unwind? Have a look!

Axial Talks with Jeep Design and Executive Staff

If you are into wheeling, Moab’s Easter Jeep Safari aka EJS, is one of those events that you have to go to once in your life. This patch of earth has one of the most spectacular landscapes you will ever lay your eyes on. At some point in time, someone decided to take a Jeep out and explore. Thankfully what they saw, they shared, and to this day, driving Jeeps over this ocean of slick rock is the best way to see the beautiful natural surroundings of Moab, Utah. Sure, there are some national park icons to go and see, but the real beauty happens 15 miles from pavement in a group surrounded by your friends in their Jeeps.

Axial had the pleasure of linking up with the Jeep team at EJS 2013 and sat down with Mark Allen and Ray Durham. We asked them for their opinions on the Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon vehicles. Check it out!

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Stay tuned as Axial continues to strive to bring you some great info and provide your source of fun, anytime, anywhere!

Wheeling in Moab with Dan Mick

We were walking the floor at SEMA 2012 when we bumped into a gentleman from Moab, Utah, his name was Dan Mick. He saw the Axial on our shirts and immediately started discussing all the Axial Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons he saw on the SEMA show floor. He introduced himself as the owner of Dan Mick’s Guided Jeep Tours, a company based in Moab that offers ride alongs and or trail guidance around the spectacular landscape of beautiful eastern Utah.

About two months ago we received a call from Dan expressing that he had purchased his very own Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler. We worked with Dan to develop a body wrap that made his Axial Wrangler Rubicon match his full size Jeep. He was like a kid on Christmas morning when he received his newly wrapped Jeep body in the mail.

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We were making our final preparations for our trip to Moab, Utah when we received another phone call from Dan, this time he invited us to come experience a guided trail tour, Dan Mick Style. So On March 26 at 8AM, Dan pulled up and we were off to see the back roads of Moab.

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Dan was slated to be the guide for a group of Jeepers headed out to see a new trail that was going to be added to the Easter Jeep Safari schedule in 2014. This trail, called “Mashed Potatoes,” would offer some incredible scenery as well as some challenging obstacles for those who would like to challenge themselves and their Jeeps.

Anatomy of a Jeep Run

A Jeep run is an event planned by friends who wish to get outdoors and explore together in their Jeeps. It generally gets started with a Jeep club or group of friends that decide they are going to meet at a certain place and time to go explore.

The day will start off with a meeting with all of the drivers to discuss the days’ activities.

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The group is all lined up and ready to go! The first stop is at or near the trail head where everyone will air down their tires and get ready

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The trail leader will usually set the pace for the group, and be the one who understands the most about the trail on which they intend to travel.

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Most of the communication is done via CB radio or FM radio. While transiting to the trail, Dan introduces himself, then asks everyone behind to introduce themselves as well.

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The group will follow each other, one by one through the trail. The tail gunner is the vehicle at the very back of the pack. This person’s job is to make sure everyone makes it through the trail successfully, and that no one gets left behind.

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The slickrock in Moab provides both amazing traction, and amazing views. Here we stop on a cliff’s edge for a photo op.

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While out on the trail, there are usually several options to choose from regarding the path. The hardest obstacles become the center point of attention. Those with extremely well prepared Jeeps will attempt to tackle these challenges as the rest of the Jeeps and occupants will spectate… or help… or heckle. One thing always rings true though, when someone makes the obstacle successfully, everyone gives them props. Here are a few photos and videos from the “Gravy Bowl.”

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Here are the Rebel Offroad guys, Jason and Bond in the Gravy Bowl.

Lunch time is always a favorite amongst the kids in the group, as it is their turn to get out their Axial rigs and do a little crawling of their own!

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Here is Dan doing a little Lunch time guided run as well!

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This guy painted his SCX10 Jeep the same color as his full size rig.

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It’s always fun to take the Axial rigs through the same stuff the full size rigs go through!

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Just like the big guys, sometimes a little on trail repair is necessary!

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After everyone has had a shot at the Gravy Bowl, and had some lunch, the run continues on through the Mashed Potatoes field.

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Here is some action with Dan Mick’s full size Jeep and scale Jeep running together on Mashed Potato.

The end of the trail, does not mean the end of the spectacular views, this part of the country is simply amazing. We are very jealous of Mr. Dan Mick. He isn’t kidding when he says he doesn’t work a day of his life, especially if this is the sort of thing he has to do and see every day!

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For more information about tours with Dan Mick, please check out his website here.