Day two of the 2011 Axial/MSD scale nationals featured the Class 2 vehicles and the Axial spec class. Weather was a little better than the day before, rain in the morning, with some light clouds in the afternoon.
Arriving at the comp site, with a caffeine IV.
Competitors trickle in and line up for tech inspection by about 7am.
Miscellaneous competitors talk turkey as they try to wake up.
A few shots from the comp site.
Random rigs before the show gets underway.
Ty Giebel from Colorado was the first to run this course with his custom SCX10.
One of my favorite rigs from this year’s event.
Hold your line driver, winching was the safest way out on this obstacle.
NorCal’s Erik Gammon working his custom Toyota build, another one of my favorites.
One of the Axial spec class courses. Drivers had to negotiate a full course towing the trailer. Sounds easy right? It wasn’t, if you rolled the trailer you got dinged for points. If you jack knifed the trailer you got dinged for points. Last gate drivers had to back down off a rock and through the finish gate. Slow and steady was the key to negotiating that set of gates without any penalties.
Another spec class course. For this one you had to drive a waterproofed 2.2 Honcho through a wet, technical course with a big dirt hill climb at the finish.
Wraith spec course was a KOH style course where time was the deciding factor. He who made it through the fastest won. Congrats to Axial team driver Dean Hsiao for posting the fastest time of the day. That boy is good!
Axial team driver Ryan Gerrish extracting his custom SCX10.
Back at the shop after day 2 for the awards and raffle. Fellow competitors vote for the various awards that will be given out, like attention to detail, tackiest accessory, best tuber, etc
Setting up for the raffle and winner announcements.
Ben and his crew throw shirts and hats out to the competitors.
The crew is tired, but still rowdy.
A few more cool custom builds.
Class 2 winners
1. Luis Muzquiz
2. Lance Parker
3. Jerry Orton
4. Dan Garber
5. Nate Schmidt
Spec class winners
1. Brett Thorne
2. Aaron James
3. Matt Davis
4. Ben Palmer
5. John Ripplinger
That wraps up day 2. Stay tuned for the TTC coverage next.