Colorado hosted it’s second annual “La Guerra en Rocas Rojos” comp this past weekend, July 17- 18, 2010. The location was near the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado. The terrain here is very unique to say the least, with more traction then most know what to do with. The weather forecast was calling for 104 degrees for the high temp on Saturday and about 100 degrees on Sunday. This made for a long hot weekend, but the comp itself was an absolute blast. The courses laid out were extremely fun to drive but also challenged every driver in some way, shape, or form. Here’s a few highlights from the weekend.
Friday night got started when everyone met up at Finishline R/C’s new location for a BBQ/meet and greet.
Finishline has many tons of rock right inside the store itself. Great for those really hot or rainy days.
There is even a truck pull course inside the hobby shop too. A few crawlers took a turn at pulling the sled.
RCCrawler.com was on hand providing live coverage to everyone that couldn’t attend. Jason and John were there first thing in the morning setting everything up for the comp and the live coverage.
The scenery in this area was awesome in-and-of-itself.
Competitors wait in line to sign up and see if their rigs pass tech.
Each course was sponsored by various R/C companies. Cow R/C sponsored course #2.
Colorado driver Tom Barger.
One course had an added twist. For -10 bonus points you could stand in the “Vanquish Bonus Box” and drive one of the courses from the box while your spotter was on course telling you where to go – not an easy task. Most competitors were hesitant to try the box, so Steve from Vanquish said he would give a crisp $100 bill to the first person that completed the course driving from the box. Greg Sinclair was the first to complete that task and was one hundred dollars richer because of it. Congrats Greg.
Here you can see Colorado driver Dan Edwards trying his hand at the box. That just sounds wrong to me.
Here you can barely see the amphitheater in the background.
Axial team driver Jason Rioux on Course #1.
More random shots.
Top 5 shootout
Spectators and fellow competitors gather to watch the top 5 battle it out.
Shane Howsley (left) and Jon Wood (right) talk strategy before starting the finals course.
Jon Wood was in 5th place going into the shootout, so he was the first to run the finals course.
Jay Robinette working the finals course.
Bryan Crofts and his Hardline bodied rig.
Bryan stripped an aluminum servo horn on his steering half way through the finals course. Off course repairs aren’t allowed, so he had to try and fix it on course with the clock running. Bryan did manage to get it fixed and finish the course with little time to spare.
Shane Howsley dropping in.
Mike Rosenthal was sitting in the top spot after 5 courses, so he got to run the finals course last as a result.
The hardware everyone was fighting for.
From left to right 4th place Jay Robinette, 2nd place Shane Howsley, 1st place Mike Rosenthal, 3rd place Jon Wood, and 5th place Bryan Crofts. Great job guys!!
That wraps it up for this year’s war on the rocks. If you haven’t had a chance to make it out to a Colorado comp, you should try to plan ahead for next year. You won’t be disappointed.