Supercrawl 2017 – Lasernut Racing

Supercrawl 2017 - Lasernut Racing

The Lasernut Racing crew was out at the Supercrawl 2017 event held at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. Our very own Randall Davis, spotter for Lasernut team driver Cody Waggoner, was part of the winning team that took place on September 23-24, 2017.

Not only was this the first event that Cody had a chance to drive the car, it was also the first they had ever SEEN it! The new moon buggy was aptly named Pretty Penny – just check out those stunning copper wheels!

At the end of the comp on day one there was only a 1 point separation between 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Lasernut was sitting in first but knew that one mistake would cost them to lose the position. The Lasernut crew had a near perfect final day, making a flawless run on the final course to seal the championship!!


Below are pictures from the event as well as the runs from both days 1 and 2.

Video – Day 1

Video – Day 2


































































ACORA Family Fun BBQ 2016


October 21st – 23rd 2016

In true family fun attitude, ACORA puts on a BBQ that is supported by family and friends. The event is held at Azusa Canyon (San Gabriel Valley OHV) with approval from the US Forest Service. Vendors from the off-road industry have joined in to support the event and were set to move in Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The volunteers of the event were also welcomed to roll-in Friday and camp for the weekend.

First up on Saturday was the Renegade Rock Runners RC Club hosting an adventure run that was styled after the best in the west AXIALFEST. Several people showed up to have some fun on the course for the day and enjoy the gates that the club laid down. Later that day the club also hosted a sled pull and sumo fight for the RC cars.

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As Saturday progressed it was time to drop the cones on the course for the full scale amateur rock crawl competition taking place on Sunday. We spent a couple hours getting the preliminary courses set up for each of the classes (Stock, Modified, Open).


20161022_173551The competition format this year was a simplified version of the W.E. Rock Rules; there is no point violation for reverse. Another change we made this year was to have the competitors run course 1 and then upon finishing head to the back of the line to run course 2. The courses were designed to give them the opportunity to think outside the box to avoid hitting the cones and achieve the lowest score. Once everyone was finished the scores would be calculated to show the top five from each class and they will be given the opportunity to run in the shootout course. In the shootout the 1st guys run the risk of losing the top podium if the other competitor have a better run. This means that you need to have a clean run in order to retain your top standing.



Stock: (No Shootout)
1st – Jason Konczak
2nd – Jamie Duncanson
3rd – Tyler Soderman
4th – Brandon Burdett

1st – Steven Soliz
2nd – Brandon Barberena
3rd – Jeff Chapman
4th – Marclino Sanchez
5th – Adam Mark

1st – John Rocha
2nd – James Williams
3rd – Chris Miller
4th – James Gibson
5th – Brandon Cortez

We set up a Shootout course for each class and the competitors were ready to go. They got a few minutes to all walk the course and then it was game on. The courses were longer and designed to challenge the driver and the spotter even more. When it was all said and done, the leaders were able to maintain their top spot.


14691980_10155372860352995_4204352989583091178_oFinal Standings at the ACORA Amateur Rock Crawl

Stock: (No Shootout)
1st – Jason Konczak
2nd – Jamie Duncanson
3rd – Tyler Soderman

1st – Steven Soliz
2nd – Brandon Barberena
3rd – Marclino Sanchez

1st – John Rocha
2nd – James Williams
3rd – Chris Miller

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Axial – The Official R/C vehicles of Ultra4 Racing – King of the Hammers 2016


(Mission Viejo, CA) January 11, 2016.

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce Axial as the Official R/C Vehicles of Ultra4 / King of the Hammers for 2016.

Ultra4 Racing is the latest and greatest off road motorsport event on earth. This style of racing challenges man to a duel with the elements. Unlike standard off road racing in a stadium or in the wide open desert, Ultra4 vehicles face challenges that no other motorsport demands. Competitors are not only made to cross vast areas of open desert, they also travel up boulder strewn canyons and negotiate terrain that appears impassable. To compete in such a demanding environment, competitors build custom four wheel drive vehicles that are made to crawl over the harshest terrain, then conquer the wide open desert at exhilarating triple digit speeds. This element of automotive enthusiasm is precisely what Axial R/C has set out to deliver in 1:10 scale, so the relationship between Axial R/C and Ultra4 is a very natural fit.

Axial’s roots are directly tied to motorsports, especially competitive rock crawling. As full size competitive rock crawling transcended into what is now rock racing, the sport became globally recognized in a short five years, most notably the King of the Hammers [KOH] held annually in Johnson Valley, California. Axial followed suit with its own version of vehicles that translated well within this segment of the off road community. Axial has been very off-road lifestyle driven and fits perfectly with Ultra4 and the King of the Hammers event which is the mecca of enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of rock racing. Axial will be on site at the 2016 King of the Hammers offering enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the endless fun that these rock racing and trail navigating R/Cs have to offer.

Come out and join us at the 2016 King of the Hammers in the Axial compound located smack dab in the middle of Hammertown, USA. This year’s compound will feature a rock racing track and a scale trail where you can traverse a challenging course with your SCX10 vehicles and rip around the track with your Yeti, Wraith or RR10 Bomber. The scale trail will be open for runs during the day, then be closed down for some rock racing in the evenings.

Axial to support drivers chasing the Crown
In 2016, the Axial team will be supporting, following, and cheering on several teams competing in events all week long. Please show these teams some love!

Randy Slawson – Bomber Fab
Casey Currie
Savvy Motorsports
Desert Turtle Racing
Poison Spyder Motorsports
Cody Waggoner – LaserNut
Tom Wayes

The schedule for Axial events is as follows:

Axial Booth open daily Tuesday through Friday 9 AM until Race completion nightly

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016
11-1 Scale Adventure
1:30-2:30 Scale Adventure
3-5 Track open Practice
6PM Outlaw KOH Race for points

Wednesday February 3rd, 2016
11-1 Scale Adventure
1:30-2:30 Scale Adventure
3-5 Track open Practice
6PM Outlaw KOH Race for points

Thursday February 4th, 2016
11-1 Scale Adventure
1:30-2:30 Scale Adventure
3-5 Track open Practice
6PM Outlaw KOH Race for points
Awards immediately following Final Race.

Friday Feb 5th, 2016
Race Day – Get out in the desert and watch the full size racers go for broke chasing the coveted crown and title of “King of the Hammers” for 2016

Outlaw Classes Rules:
1.9 Axial Based Chassis (Except Yeti)
2.2 Axial Based Chassis (Except Yeti)
Yeti Trophy Trucks
Yeti Class (No XL)

Demo Rules:
One try per day – per person
Under 18 – Parent MUST be present.
If you have your own rig, Scale rules apply, Respect the Course!!

**Important Note for 2016**  
There will NOT be a G6 event on Saturday at this year’s King of the Hammers.

About Axial
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly became a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products as Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. We manufacture chassis and accessory products predominantly for the Rock Crawling and Overland Adventure segments, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us awards every year from 2007 through 2010, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.”

For more information on Axial and Axial products please visit

About Ultra4
Ultra4 Racing is the official website of Hammerking Productions. The founders of Hammerking are the force behind the toughest one-day off-road race on the planet: King of The Hammers. King of the Hammers takes place each year in February, on public lands in Johnson Valley, CA. The race has evolved from 12 teams racing for bragging rights and a case of beer, to more than 150 teams competing before thousands of fans both live and online. Due to the incredible success of King of the Hammers, Hammerking has created an equally difficult off-road endurance race called The Stampede which occurs annually in Reno, NV.

In addition to these races, Hammerking has established a racing class known as the Ultra4 class. The defining characteristic of this class is that all cars must be capable of 4-wheel drive. Beyond that, the class is unlimited, which means these cars come in all shapes and sizes and are capable of speeds over 100+ MPH and still contain gear ratios as low as 100 to 1 for technical rock crawling.

To give these cars and their drivers a chance to showcase their unique capabilities, Hammerking has formed the Ultra4 Racing series. The series challenges drivers to compete in a wide variety of terrain from endurance desert racing to competition-style rock crawls to short course racing. Hammerking currently produces five of the six races in the series on their own. The races take place on both public lands and in private motorsports parks across the country including: Exit 28 Motorsports Park in Nevada, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania and Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

If you would like to know more about Hammerking, Ultra4, the races produced and/or the movies created, please visit


RD’s Adventures – Final Destination… of 2012

Earthdate: 12/30/2012
Location: Big Bear, CA

Feeling the need to get away from the city for a few days we, my family and I, decided to head up to Big Bear, CA  for a relaxing vacation of snow and playing. After spending time with my kids in the snow and playing family games…. IT WAS TIME TO WHEEL!!! We met up with a couple friends Chris and Steve and headed out for a mellow/moderate adventure to the back roads of Big Bear. I planned out a route that consisted of running Gold Mountain Trail, Little John Bull, and the Jeep Squeeze. As we arrived at the trail head the snow barely started to come down but by the time we were up and over Gold Mountain the snow was really falling. The snow was not too thick to make the adventure really difficult but it was enough to give us a good time. After running down Little John Bull we paused for a photo-op and then headed over to Jeep Squeeze where we found fresh un-tracked snow. One of the challenges of snow wheeling is losing your way and missing the trail. That is just what we did half way through Jeep Squeeze finding our selves hiking around looking for the trail. We quickly found our way using a GPS system and wheeled on through. Here are a few pics that we took along the way. Happy New Year!!!




















RD’s Adventures – Chasing Summer

Earthdate: 11/17/2012
Location: Bradshaw Trail

Feeling the need to get out, away from the city, and not wanting to embrace the cold yet, we decided to plan a trip out to find a place that I haven’t been in a while. In 2007 I went out wheeling with a couple friends, Brian and Rob, and we came across a canyon that seemed to be just a basic wash canyon, until we found the start of some good obstacles.  As we passed each obstacle with our somewhat limited Jeeps, our confidence was growing but our common sense was kickin in. We finally reached a point that we thought was our limit and the daylight was running out. We headed home with a good day of wheeling done but my curiosity had me wanting to go back.




Now 5 years later, I finally had a plan to go back and explore a little to find that canyon. I called a few friends and put a group together to take on the adventure. Six rigs met up early in Mecca, CA to head out the Bradshaw Trail in search of a place I had only been once.


The weather report could not have been better; it called for clear skies, highs in the upper 70’s and a slight breeze from time to time. Back home and in the mountains it was rain, rain, rain. Leading up the day of the adventure, I spent quite a bit of time searching maps and satellite images trying to find the canyon, and I was able to narrow it down to a couple of choices. I dropped the coordinates in my GPS and was ready to go. From where we met in Mecca to the start of the Bradshaw Trail there was not much to do but it was still interesting covering some of the eastern side of the Salton Sea. At the end of Parkside the pavement turned into dirt, so we aired down and hit the dirt road paralleling the Coachella Canal, which along the way bordered the Chocolate Mountain Gunnery Range. We reached the Bradshaw Trailhead and took a moment to regroup and discuss the next destination which would be known as Red Canyon.


Red Canyon looked promising on satellite images but when we got there we quickly found that the boulders in the path were the size of dump trucks and made it impossible for our rigs to continue. We headed back out of the canyon and explored a couple off-shoots on the way out but none of them seemed to have what we were looking for. I was feeling a bit discouraged not finding what I was looking for but I was not giving up, as I still had another mark on my GPS to head for. As we approached this second canyon it was pretty flat terrain and was not looking promising, but the surrounding canyon walls were changing, so we kept trekking. We crossed over some simple obstacles along the way and I started getting a good feeling about the canyon so we just kept going.



After a short bit we finally reached the obstacle that I was thinking about; it’s this under-cut ledge thing that requires a bit of a throttle bump to get up.
There is a bypass line for the limited vehicles but that too proved to be a bit of a challenge. We all made it through without issue and continued to the next challenge, which was to get around a ditched Suburban.

And then it was on to the Nutty Bath Tub where there are a few different lines to choose from. That section made for some great photo opportunities.



On and on, we kept coming across obstacles that would require a little extra navigation to get past.



The scenery was stunning and some people were saying it had a Moab-ish feel. I have yet to make it to Moab but their reference made it all the more fun as this is my “backyard”.


We finally reached an impasse point in the canyon and had to turn around and head back. The canyon brought a great adventure to us and everyone was excited with what we found and would do it again.




The Axial Geocache #4-2012 Cache and Carry – Found!

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Congratulations to Dan M. of Minot, ND for making the trip and finding the Axial Geocache #4-2-12

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Dan found the Geocache on Oct 4th, his birthday, which was quite a long journey for him coming all the way from North Dakota. Way to go Dan!!!!!
Here is what he had to say about his adventure.

“I want to first say thanks to Axial for a great geocache! I recently saw your post on facebook that two of Axial’s geocaches were still out there to be found. I couldn’t believe that no one had found them yet! With my birthday coming up on October 4th, my wife and I decided to plan a trip to Cocoa Beach to look for cache #4. We flew from Minot, North Dakota to Miami (1950 miles) and drove up the coast (206 miles) to the cache spot. When we arrived at the coordinates, it was getting dark and had started to rain so hard that we had to take shelter. The lightening was intense and knocked out all lights in the area, so we decided to wait until the next morning, Oct. 4th (my birthday) to search again for the cache. We looked at the pictures on the blog page and were certain we were at the right spot. We got up early the next morning and headed back to the cache spot. After a few minutes of searching, I saw the green box. I could not believe I found it! Upon opening the box I was excited to find an XR10 kit. What an awesome birthday present!

I’ve been geocaching for years and have found numerous caches, but this was the best cache “booty” ever.
I regret that I was not able to bring my Wraith along for the ride, but will send pics of my crawler at home in North Dakota. My Wraith is pretty much stock except for a couple minor tweaks like Jamie Varner (MMA fighter) driving but I would like to customize it more in the future.
Thanks again for the adventure and the prize!”

Dan scored a complete Axial XR10 Rock Crawler… well almost complete, and some cool Axial swag only available to the Geocache finders. Dan, we are sending you the missing parts bags so you can assemble the kit.

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Axial Geocache #4-2012

— Original Post —
Here it is!!!! The fourth Axial Geocache of 2012!!!!
Remember it’s about the adventure you make to get there and get the goods that really makes this program fun. We like to hear from you about your experience in tracking it down. You will not be disappointed at this location when you get there. Grab some water and your rigs and head out to do some RC Crawling. This is a cache and carry find, once you find it, it’s yours to take with you. Tread lightly and leave no trace.

Axial Geocache #4-2012
N 28° 24.338882′ W 80° 39.001554′ (paste into googlemaps and look for the green arrow)

What we want from you:
Name / Address / Email / Phone
Photos of you and your Axial Rig at or near the Geocache site.
Time / Date of when you found the Axial Geocache #4-2012

What you get from us:
More prizes on top of the prize that you will find.

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Axial Geocache #4-2012

Axial Geocache #4-2012

The Axial Geocache #3-2012 Cache and Carry – Found!

Axial Geocache
Congratulations to Hans Twardowski and family from Hemet, CA. They were able to get out and find Axial Geocache #3-2012

Axial Geocache #3-2012

Hans and family found the Geocache on Nov. 24th on their way back from Tucson, AZ. They decided to make the stop and enlist the use of a friends boat to get them there. Here is what Hans had to say about their adventure.

“My wife, daughter and I were headed to Tucson for Thanksgiving with family. We heard about the geocache from Hot Rock Hobbies in Lake Havasu City and figured it was probably gone, so we went to Tucson first. While in Tucson, we kept an eye on the comment board expecting the cache to show as found. When we left Tucson Saturday morning, I checked one more time and still noticed the cache was showing not found. We decided to take a side trip and hunt for the cache before returning home to California. We met up with a friend who owns a boat and headed for the site. The boat ride was about 20 minutes south of the city and worth every minute of it even if it was a bust. Once we found the right location, we beached the boat and headed for some rock crawling. We scoured the entire area before attempting to climb the rock itself. As I was passing a small outcropping, I looked down and spotted the cache. I called my wife and daughter to come see the site. We began uncovering the end and weren’t aware of how large the box was until it kept getting bigger. Eventually, we uncovered the entire box and secured the crawler. We then had to climb down the rock to get back to the boat (almost as hard as getting to the rock, but definitely worth the effort). Once we got back to the boat, we headed to town and Hot Rock Hobbies to meet the owners and thank them for the heads up on the excellent challenge. Since we geocache and have RC cars, it was a great combination to both hobbies we enjoy. The staff at Hot Rock Hobbies (Kim Adams and Jim McKay) was very knowledgeable and friendly and offered to assist us in any way we need to make this a new addition to our outdoor recreation. I already have a trophy truck, but am extremely excited to try rock crawling. According to Kim and Jim, this is a great truck and Axial deserves great credit to bringing many hours of enjoyment to RC hobbiests everywhere.”

Hans scored a complete Axial SCX10 Dingo Kit… well almost. As usual we kept a bag of parts to encourage him to let us know he found the geocache. Hans also got some of the coolest Axial swag only available to the geocache finders.

Axial Geocache #3-2012

Axial Geocache #3-2012

Axial Geocache #3-2012

Axial Geocache #3-2012

— Original Post —
Here is the third Axial Geocache of 2012!!!!
Remember it’s about the adventure you make to get there and get the goods that really makes this program fun and we like to hear from you about your experience. You will not be disappointed of this location when you get there. Grab some water and your rigs and head out to do some RC Crawling. This is a cache and carry find, once you find it, it’s yours to take with you. Tread lightly and leave no trace.

Axial Geocache #3-2012
N34º 25.027 W114º 17.347 (paste into googlemaps and look for the green arrow)

What we want from you:
Name / Address / Email / Phone
Photos of you and your Axial Rig at or near the Geocache site.
Time / Date of when you found the Axial Geocache #3-2012

What you get from us:
More prizes on top of the prize that you will find.


Azusa Canyon OHV Park ‘Obstacle Course’ Grand Opening 7/14/12

The Azusa Canyon OHV Park has been a go-to spot for 4X4 and off road enthusiasts from all around So-Cal for many years. On July 14, 2012 a new edition to the park was finally unveiled. First conceived as far back as 2001 by Mike Bishop, president of Azusa Canyon Off Road Association (ACORA), the 4X4 obstacle course is now open to the public. The 3 acre course presents challenges not only for heavily built rigs but for near stock 4X4’s as well. Work began in the summer 2010 and was near completion by September 2010 when the Forest Service told Mike and the team that a ‘seasonal’ stream cut directly through the site. Nothing was going to stop ACORA at this point. So with some clever revisions, and the help of Falken Tire, not only was the stream protected but a new obstacle was born. With the last hurdle out of the way the final touches were added including a mini ATV track for kids. As part of the grand opening festivities Axial was invited to set up some gate markers and run a demo RC course. Several Axial rigs appeared out of nowhere to participate in the fun. When the demo concluded the announcement was made to gather around the podium so the opening ceremonies could get underway. Among some of the local dignitaries that spoke were the Mayor of Azusa, Joe Rocha, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, and the Director of LA County Dept. of Parks & Recreation, Russ Guiney. They were all very excited to witness the unveiling and hopeful of its future contribution not only to the local economy but to off road enthusiasts from all around. Alas the ribbon was cut and immediately after all who spoke during the ceremony were practically forced, by Mike Bishop, to go for a ride on the course. Professional drivers were on hand, including Axial’s Randall Davis, giving many their first taste of extreme 4X4 driving. I assure you the smiles were of no shortage from the passengers. Afterwards the course was fair game to anyone that wanted to test the limits of their rig or simply get a tire up on a rock. As the day came to a close CORVA continued to raffle off some awesome prizes including a set of Pro Comp tires courtesy of 4Wheel Parts and an Axial AX10 RTC that was ready to hit the rocks. The Azusa Canyon OHV Park & Obstacle Course is a perfect model, for off roaders anywhere, proving that these types of recreational parks can still exist. The off roading community and government agencies can work together benefiting both. Remember united we stand, divided we fall. Tred lightly fellow off roaders!

For more information on the Azusa Canyon OHV Park take a look at their Facebook page: Azusa Canyon OHV Park Facebook

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
The red carpet ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the obstacle course.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
You can really see some genuine excitment and jubliation in this shot.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Off road enthusiasts from all around attended the grand opening.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
The Mayor of Azusa, Joe Rocha, and Assemblyman Roger Hernandez heading to the obstacle course just after the opening ceremony.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Axial’s Randall Davis taking Tom Sanchez, Azusa Chamber of Commerce BOD, for a ride through the course. Mr. Sanchez later e-mailed us about his experience: “Thank you so much it was a blast and I ‘ve never been to a course such as this and I’m telling you Randall this will not be the last I’ve been spreading the word and will encourage the chamber members to continue to support your efforts in this very exciting sport. I was amazed how these drivers can control the vehicle over these massive boulders without flipping the truck. Thanks you guys for a wonderful experience and remember whatever we as a chamber can do to support you count on us.”

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Wheeling anyone?

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
We had a chance to throw down some gate markers to give the course the RC seal of approval. The possibilities for course design were endless….

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
The winner of the AX10 raffle who said he would be giving it to his son because he had been wanting an RC crawler.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Far right: Axial’s own Randall Davis concentrating on his line.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
An AX10 making a steep decent down a rockface.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
An SCX10 doing work! Wouldn’t it be cool if SCX10′s came right out of the box with a Jeep body? One can dream right?

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
A very customized SCX10 Trial Honcho braving the course.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
A good view of the obstacle course.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Rebel Offroad’s Chris Towles taking his JK though the course.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
A Jeep getting up and over a cement road barrier.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Road Race Motorsports John Rocha and his old school Willy’s. I overheard a few people chatting about how top heavy this rig must be and how it must not wheel very well. They were silenced quickly after watching him take some challenging lines through the course. The Willy’s will amaze!

Axial’s Randall Davis assess’s the situation. “Well there’s your problem!?”, he says.

If you get enough wheelers together, pushing the limits of their rigs, there is bound to be roll over which provides a good chance to practice recovery technics.

Some video footage of the various action taking place on the course. It’s like a big playground for 4X4′s!

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
What happens when you lay a V8 powered TJ on the front driveshaft? It’s gets slightly tweaked!

I’ve see this super clean and capable Toyota at quite a few off roading events. It reminds me alot of a SCX10 Trail Honcho. The owner and I got to talking and this beast even has a TRD supercharged V6. The cab is so clean that it’s hard to believe the paint job was only $400!?

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
4Wheel Parts was on site and even raffled off a set of Pro Comp tires.

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Road///Race Motorsports had a nice display including their 2007-2012 Jeep JK Power Packages. For more information visit their online store:
Road///Race Motorsports Store

Azusa Canyon OHV Park Grand Opening
Raceline Wheels had an awesome array of rims. From bling bling to beadlocks they have what you want. Raceline also donated some rims to the raffle. For a complete look at their products visit their website: Raceline Wheels

For a complete look at all the pics taken please visit Axial’s Flicker profile: Axial’s Flicker

Axial also visited the Azusa Canyon OHV Park ‘Obstacle Course’ several times before it’s grand opening to the public. See the links below for details and pics:

Axial visits Azusa Canyon Off-Road Park

Axial attends RC Truckfest and ACORA BBQ

20th Annual Big Bear Jeep Jamboree USA – May 10-12, 2012 – Recap

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

It is an absolute honor to be invited to join the Inland Empire 4 Wheelers club as a trail guide for the 20th Annual Big Bear Jeep Jamboree USA. The club has been the host of this event since the first ever Big Bear Jeep Jamboree 20 years ago and still has active members that were at the first event. The event keeps getting better every year and the attendance keeps growing. This year with just a few vehicles shy of a sell out it was sure to bring some large trail groups and a lot of smiling faces. You could tell by all the participants that were at the drivers meeting Friday Morning that they were ready to hit the trails and get their adventure on.

Everyone that gathered for the meeting was able to enjoy the insightful comic, George “P-Diddy” Biddlecomb, educate them on treading lightly and other helpful 4-wheeling tips, like proper tire pressure and proper tire placement, for the first time off-roaders.

Blue Group Trail Leader: Mike Moore
Mid-Gunner: Rob Rogers
Tail Gunner: Randall Davis

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

Day 1:
I made it a point to get a group shot of everyone in our Blue Group so that we could look back and reflect on the new friends we met and the good times that we were about to have on trail. This picture is at the Old Baldwin Mine as we were on our way too run Little John Bull and John Bull 3N10.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

Some rigs are so big they just don’t need a spotter’s help. I took this opportunity to get a drink of water and watch Trail Guide, Rob Rogers, run over the rocks at the John bull Rock Garden.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

Axial’s VP, Jeff Johns, was able to get after the rocks as well and make some quick work of the entrance. And then the others followed.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

Here’s a few pics from a spot that used to be a tree squeeze. You can see that the tree on the passenger side of the vehicles has fallen…. This line used to be a Jeep top biter… but now… not so much.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree Day 1

It is great to see how perfect strangers get comfortable and become friends on the trail as the day goes on.

Day 2:
On our way to the next trail of the day, Holcomb Creek 3N93, we stopped by the dam to hear a little history from our Trail Leader, Mike More. He is well educated about Big Bear history and it was great to hear what he had to say about the area and it’s history.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

Another group shot, but this time I tricked them all into playing a little Simon Says, I never said Simon Says. It is great to see how we develop friendships from Day 1 to Day 2. And it is even better to be able to share the good times and smiles with each of the participants.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

Getting on trail of Holcomb Creek is a nice little drive from Fawnskin, CA out the 3N14 to the turn off for 3N93. The first challenge you get to is a dandy of a right hand turn into a bed of big boulders. After a good bit of spotting for each of the rigs we were all though and moving on.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

The best part of Holcomb Creek Trail is the rock garden that is about half way down the trail. Back in 2006 this was one of the most picturesque places on Holcomb Creek…. but the fires of Big Bear left this area ravaged and desolate looking. It is still a challenge to get through and the trickle of water has kept it just muddy enough to prevent any real good traction. There are plenty of challenging rocks to choose to drive over or around and it makes it perfect for all levels of drivers to step-up and test their skills a little more than normal.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

The bottom of Holcomb Creek has the last big challange we would face, again, and choose the rocks we want to drive over…. we found one that was a pretty good rock for posing and some of the participants chose to to do just that.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

And what would a day of wheeling be without breakage!!! We we had our fair share this time. One participant broke a sway-bar mount, another broke T-case shifter linkage, both were fixed. We also had control arm mount failure and Front Axle U-Joint failure a snapped rear track bar. The day was full of mechanical hardware challanges but not one of them left us discouraged….. we were determined to continue to have a good time and raise the bar for trail adventure. With the major breakage occuring to my rig and the fortunately prepared participant, we were able to see first hand how awesome and benifical the Hobert protable welding system is to have on trail. And then later got to witness it in action again making a brace for the rear track bar that broke on another rig. We were able to handle all the repairs on trail and get everyone back to the the Elks Lodge safely…not really in a timely manner, but in-time for dinner.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

With another Jeep Jamboree in the books and another experience under my belt, I am excited and delighted at what I was able to be a part of. The response we got from every participant in our group was positive and they left with more Jeeping knowledge than they had before.

2012 Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

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Tire Cutting 101

When it comes to scale trail runs, mud bogging, competition crawling and racing, tires are one of the most important aspects of your vehicle. Without proper traction it can be tough to hold your intended line in the rocks or around the track. Having multiple sets of tires in your arsenal is always a good idea in order to be prepared for any and all conditions. But, for the budget crawler, basher and racer having numerous sets of tires and wheels isn’t always a feasible option. There are ways to improve your existing tires and wheels though, and all it requires is a little time at the work bench. For this tire cutting article we will show you a few ways to get more traction out of your stock or existing tires, with little to no money out of your pocket. There are numerous ways to cut tires for better performance. Siping, read cutting, tires is a technology used in the 1:1 off-road world for everything from rock crawling to baja, mud bogging and even full size monster trucks. Tire cutting can be used to get better forward bite, better lateral bite, and even help to avoid mud from packing into certain tread patterns. You can also cut the side wall lugs to soften up the overall feel of the tires carcass as well. There are many aspects to this technology/art form.

A good example to start with for the scale crawlers is the stock R40 compound Axial Ripsaw tires that are original equipment on the RTR Wraith and new RTR Ridgecrest. These tires have a great tread pattern with aggressive lugs for hardcore off road terrain. But, the compound on these is quite a bit harder than the softer R35 Axial Ripsaw tires. Here are a few different methods you can use to get the most out of your stock RTR Ripsaw tires. Only tools needed are a good pair of small wire cutters, a Dremel with a cutoff wheel and a little bit of your time.

Wire cutters used.


Dremel and cutoff wheel used.


A stock uncut tire before we get started.


First thing I wanted to improve upon was forward bite, and the ability to clean sticky mud out of the tire lugs. The tires I am using for this article will be bolted up to a 2.2 scaler/rock racer which will see a wide variety of terrain. I started by cutting the smaller rows of lugs completely out of the tires for a super aggressive tread pattern that will have the ability to shed mud and wet dirt, using a small pair of wire cutters. This cut will also soften the carcass up and allow for more forward bite in technical rock sections, similar to airing a 1:1 tire down for more grip and better ride. If your wire cutters are too small to span the entire lug you are trying to remove, you can cut half of the lug and slide the cutters along the base of the lug for a second cut as needed. I had to use this method on the biggest lugs.




Next cut the smaller center lugs out on the same row.



Here is how that same tire looks when the first round of cutting is complete.


A profile shot after the first round with the wire cutters.


A photo of all the lugs removed from the 4 tires.


Next I want to improve the tires performance on the rocks in off camber situations. To do this I will use my Dremel and cut the existing tire grooves in the center lugs down to the tire’s carcass. Here you can see it grooves before I modify them.


Position the Dremel over the lug to be cut and follow the existing groove to make it deeper.


Keep your RPMs on the Dremel high enough to cut the lug without bogging the motor down. Gently apply pressure until the cutoff wheel cuts the full depth of the lug. Be careful not to go too deep and cut all the way through the tire, take your time and be patient. You can also do this to the outer lugs if you find you need more bite, or sidewall flex. Another way to get more flex out of your tires is to open up the breather holes in the wheels. I drilled out the existing breather holes in these wheels to twice the stock diameter.


Finished tire


Here’s a few shots to show the overall look on my “Project Backyard Basher Ridgecrest.” These tires really give it a lot more aggressive look, similar to what you would see on the “Rock Bouncers” from down in the southeast.



Following these tips will improve overall performance on the stock RTR Ripsaw tires as well as other tires on the market, especially if they are molded in a firm rubber compound.