The RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Las Vegas 2011

The RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Las Vegas

Date: April 2nd, 2011
Location: Some N.E. hillside outside Las Vegas, Nevada
Words: Rodney Wills
Images: Brandon Coonce & Rodney Wills

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The year Twenty-Eleven has barely started and the RECON Crew has already and totally changed the game of having R/C fun in a friendly environment!

The G6 Challenges first started in January with “Erzberg” and “Folsom G6 Blues,” February saw Love of Rock and “Folsom G6 Blues part Duex,” then March brought on the “Maddness.” Finally, April was not fooling around with “Gamblers Paradise!” All in all, six events of G-sixism this year!

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The casual bystander would view the landscape for a G6 Challenge as beautiful to view from a distance but would not consider the terrain and environment as friendly, but for the adventure G6ers, the rougher and less traveled, the better! But what is this G6 Challenge that has Trail Honchos in a frenzy to adventure into the unknown?

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The Gamblers Paradise Edition of the G6 Challenge was actually a no gamble – all win event with spectacular al la natural landscape, awesome weather and course design on the Scalers list of paradise-type terrain! Yes, this event was EPIC for the adventure enthusiast!

While on a previous G6 Challenge in Reno, I did a little sample driving as I spent most of my time filming and shooting photos. I had such a blast with the little time I drove my rig at the event, that this time I wanted more seat-time! Jeff Johns [Axial President] and myself went out to participate in this event from start to finish. With two very stock SCX10 in hand, we wanted to get the full flavor of fun and a full-day of seat-time ok, steering-walking time. Either way, it was the adventure of the unknown we were chasing!

Here is Jeff just past #20-Trail Marker into the 100-TM course:

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The G6 Challenge events are comprised of three trails ranging from 50 to 200 course markers- pretty much however many Brian Parker feels like putting in that day, but with heavy emphasis on challenge as in the most challenging courses set in natural terrain. At G6 Challenge events, two guys work together as trail buddies. The mission is that one person drives his rig and the other guy goes along as co-pilot alerting the driver to course directions while scoring his driver. Once the driver finishes a trail, the participants switch duties for the same course and repeat for the other trails. Yes, this is the honor system with nine million ways to seek the gray area. But hey, this is the very reason we are seeing a flip as the other side coin has nine million rules to follow. At the end of the day, we currently only need/want general guidelines for some wild style adventure fun!!!

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Jeff Johns, Axial President getting his G6 ON! Yes, our president is also an enthusiast!

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Jeff and I being first time G6ers, we were also trail-buddies and driving showroom bone-stockers! Can we make it any harder!? From a participant standpoint, it is very easy to show up and run at one of these events! As the event was getting underway, I couldn’t hold back my urge to snap a couple of shots of the other adventure seekers as Jeff was making ready his SCX10 murdered-out Honcho. OK. So his rig is not that stock, he has custom flat black paint and a couple of scale accessories.

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It dawned on me that while I understood the rules, I was not familiar with the score keeping process and in just a few moments we would be out on a trail, clock ticking and no way of returning to G6 base-camp to ask about rules and scoring, so I made a quick inquiry about rules right as Jeff approached the start line. Talk about cutting it close!

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Rules EASY! Don’t hit trail markers and don’t hit boundaries. Have FUN! Started Stewart G. with assistance from Brad Bailey while starting other G6ers out onto the three trails simultaneously. OK, so that is (I hope) rather simple, I thought and we started our adventure in the deep-end of the pool with the 100-trail marker course!

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StewartG [center] of RECON, the man behind the digital clocks and all things keeping up with Brian Parker [right].

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The coolest thing about participating in the chase of adventure at a G6 Challenge is that it is not about the podium finish. It’s about the massive amount of seat-time driving and possibly surviving the unknown unscathed and then, sharing stories at the end of the day – How in the heck did you clean TM-24 on the 100-course? Did you see that Bender-6X walk-it! Did you get passed by the Swanson Swagger!?

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WELL. Let me tell you! I personally witnessed the Swanson Swagger! I got passed on the 100-course by the man himself, Mr. Tom Swagger Swanson, somewhere after TM-66 and before TM-75 on the radical terrain of the 100-course. I was in disbelief, but the rumor is in fact true! The Swagger as he will now be known, was walking, not running, in a brisk and smooth manner as he somehow piloted his SCX10 Dingo [the only one at the event] through the Vegas outback. As he navigated his rig past and was a few feet ahead, he shouted back for me to look on the left as he thought he may have seen a cleaner line for me to attempt. I looked in a fit of frustration and why yes, I saw the line! HOW THE HECK!? I’m laughing as I line my Sharpe Camo’ed SCX10 Honcho up to the rock and could only punch the skinny pedal and succeeded in launching my rig up the rock on the left side only to take out the course marker on the right. Luck will only take you so far and did at this point as some of my previous course marker clearings where finessed in complete amazement even to myself and stage partner. I’m sure everyone knows of what I speak, everyone needs video to capture the proof of pure amazement.

Here at TM-74 is where I would be passed by Tom “Swagger” Swanson:

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I pulled out of the way in order for Tom to have a clean-through line. Also, I was attempting to reverse through the trail marker diagonally without having to winch without the winch I do not have and without the use of the stage buddy winch. Tom of course needed no stinking winch as he boosted up the ledge on the third approach!

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Tom Swanson in action – standing for a brief moment.

Later at the G6 Base Camp, I asked Tom Swanson for some of his hysterical magical swagger to be sprinkled on my rig to make up the difference in driving talent that expired and without instant renewal, back there around TM-68. He graciously popped the Dingo’s bonnet [it was European] and showed me his personal outback setup! This is the comradery that the G6 Challenge members have! It’s us that have to survive both the outback wilderness defined by the trail markers of Brian Parker and the G6 Crew. It’s all part of the mystery and adventure that happens at the G6 Challenges.

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We came, we drove and we performed our wilderness clean-up duty!

FIRST PLACE:

Brian Parker and Brad Bailey of RECON Present Thom Kowatch [center] his First Place at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011 (256)

Brian Parker and Brad Bailey of RECON Present Thom Kowatch [center] his First Place “Wagon Wheel” Award

SECOND PLACE:

Brandon Coonce of Axial at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011 (255)

Brandon Coonce of Axial Inc., is presented the Second Place “ashes to ashes – dust to dust” Award

THIRD PLACE:

Brain Parker presents Tom Swanson with Third Place at RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011

Brain Parker presents Tom Swanson with the Third Place “Vegas Desert Shark Landmark” Award

TOUGH LUCK AWARD:

Brent Brammer of Axial At RECON G6 CHALLENGE Gamblers Paradise Presented By Axial Las Vegas Nevada April 2nd, 2011

Brent Brammer is presented the Tough Luck “G-Degree Good Apple” Award. Brent battled electric gremlins from the very start but fought them through the 100-TM course and the first 50-TM course before expiring his battle. This was inauguration to the G6 family.

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Brad “Bender” Dumont’s 6XSCX10 set the fastest time on the 100-TM Course!!!

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G6 Participants where given the first public viewing of the Wraith Rock Racer!

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You can bank on there being more G6 Challenge in store!

2008 SEMA Skyjacker/Axial Project F.O.R.C.E

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Project F.O.R.C.E. Ford Off-Road Crawler Enthusiast

Vehicle: 2009 Ford F150 SuperCrew 4WD

Theme: Project F.O.R.C.E. (Ford Off-Road Crawler Enthusiast) Skyjacker’s theme is going after the Off-Road Crawler Enthusiast and the latest trend in Rock Crawlers, the Remote Control (RC) Crawler by Axial. This Ford F150 will be outfitted with the best in off-road provisions, electronics, and other cool items. The bed of the truck will be an obstacle course for the Axial RC Crawlers complete with fake rocks, obstacle cones, and a monitoring system. The Axial RC Crawlers will be outfitted with small lipstick cameras that will allow the show participants to view the course on the TV monitor. These same RC Crawlers will be able to go under and around the truck to allow the people to see this new vehicle from all angles.

Vehicle Modifications (some modifications may differ from the time this went to press): Skyjacker 5.5-6 Inch Suspension Package • Greg Weld Design Wheels • Dick Cepek Tires • Digital Art Design-Custom Window Tint • Optima Batteries- Battery • Precision Grille-Billet Grille • DuPont-Paint • Advanced Automotive Concepts (AAC)- Headlights & Taillights • A.R.E.-TopUp Series Tonneau Cover • DualLiner-Truck Bed Liner • Rostra Precision Controls-Backup Cameras & Monitors • Genuine Ford Accessories-Power Steps • Spade Kreations-Interior Up-Grades • WeatherTech-Floor Mats & VentVisors • Vizualogic-Mobile Entertainment Electronics • LCD Monitors-Large LCD Television in the Bed (To View the Rock Crawl Course) • Custom RCP Tracks ‘Rock Crawler’ Course in the Bed of the F150 • miniature Cameras for RC Crawler

About SEMA: www.sema.org

Tuesday, November 4 – Friday, November 7, 2008. LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA. (Booth #31089). The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 120,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, and RV markets. SEMA Show 2007 drew over 60,000 domestic and international buyers through two million square feet of exhibits. The displays are segmented into 10 sections, and a New Products Showcase features more than 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

About Axial: www.axialracing.com

Founded in 2005, Axial, Inc. has quickly climbed to the top of the RC market by offering a dynamic line of class-leading radio control chassis, engines, and accessories for the entire scope of the hobby, from beginners to racers. Every component of our product line is researched and developed to offer superior performance, durability, and style. A true lifestyle brand, Axial is regularly involved in local and National events, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the RC culture. We’re feeling the love in return, earning coveted awards including Truck of the Year (Radio Control Car Action 2008), Best Product (RCCrawler.com 2007 -Peoples Choice), and Most Innovative Product (RCCrawler.com 2007; RC Car Action 2008 -Peoples Choice).

About Skyjacker : www.skyjacker.com

At Skyjacker® , we believe our relationship with Jesus Christ has been the driving force in the success of our company. Since our pioneering days in the early 1970′s, Skyjacker’s fieldproven expertise is suspension systems; lift kits and systems along with all the necessary components and accessories you need. People have always enjoyed heading out into the great outdoors to satisfy their sense of adventure. With everything, there are always some people who want to go farther and conquer more territory. These are our customers…and the customer is always right.

Throughout Skyjacker’s over 30-year history, we have never backed down from our dedication to our pure passion of off-roading, and we never will. Skyjacker’s philosophy has always been to “Provide the best designed, advanced engineered, and most innovative suspension that the 4×4 industry has ever seen and used. We engineered the definition of what a quality suspension should be: a suspension system that works in form and function to the highest level of achievement possible with the highest quality of materials and resources available”.

Contact:

Greg Taniguchi
Marketing Director
Axial
949-600-8642 ext 202
www.axialracing.com
gtaniguchi@axialracing.com