NorthWest MogFest 2017

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NorthWest MogFest 2017

We love off road vehicles of all types, they come in all shapes, sizes and styles. One of the most unique events to visit and see some of the most relatively obscure vehicle selections in the USA is Northwest MogFest held in Sheridan Oregon. Although this event is meant to be primarily a celebration of all things Unimog, it has over time developed into the central meeting hub in the northwest for all European 4×4 and off road vehicles. People tend to travel from all over the country to the Waldersee Farm to experience this awesome event.

On our way to the event we just happened to be on the same road as Barry (@pacificbikerguy on IG), owner of #Voldomo, a very cool Volvo C303. We couldn’t resist following him to the event, we managed to get a little road going footage from our Rigid Industries Capture; so check out the footage!

Isn’t the ground clearance on this thing just incredible???

We are fortunate to have one of the organizers of this event on the Axial Team, Mr. Ryan Gerrish. He has been telling us about this event for years, it just so happens that this year we were able to drop in on the event and see what it was all about. This year’s event theme is “Halloween in Mogust”, so we couldn’t even imagine what we were going to see there, especially with Ryan Gerrish on site!

Yes…. Those are Axial electronics!!

When you arrive at the Waldersee Farm, you are greeted by Barbara or Maren where you must sign in. This is not an event where you pay your entry fee, show up and report to your designated camp space. Instead, you must register (email and ask permission to attend) and then are asked if you would like to donate upon entry. The suggested donation was $10 per person per day. We happily doubled that figure (for two persons) and rolled onto the property in our humbled Subaru. We were definitely out of place with our Subaru (being a Japanese car), although it was unique enough to receive the nod of approval from a few of the already settled guests.

Ryan Gerrish came out to greet us and gave us a little tour, so we turned on the Go-Pro once again and rolled in to check it out. This 100 acre property has a beautiful river running at its edge, offering an awesome place to get out of the heat, do a little swimming and relax.

The Event
This is a private event held on private property. It is set up that way, allowing Jim Molloy and family the option of banishment, should it be necessary. It is a great idea, as people who have paid their $$$ for an event tend to have a sense of entitlement. You won’t find that type of person in attendance here, but instead a light hearted, fascinating group of hardcore off road enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to wheel the piss out of their odd vehicles. There is something to do every day, all day.

Here is a shot of Jim we managed to capture, with him on his Usal sidecar….
Love this guy! (Thanks for the “Euro Pass” Jim!!)

There is a backhoe contest for men, women, and children to participate in, where one must touch a few 5 gallon buckets with the backhoe bucket, and then return it to start position. AxialFest volunteer (and noob backhoe operator), “B” decided to give it a go, and we caught it on video. It is awesome that one of the Mog owners lets anyone and everyone who wants to try it, dive right in!

The Pit
The highlight of the event is always the “pit”. The pit is a long trench that is dug out through the middle of the property with ditches and moguls everywhere. This playground is open from sunrise to midnight, though it really comes to life at night. You can find almost everyone in attendance lined up on one side of the pit watching and participating in the mayhem until it closes down for the night. We were floored to see how much the vehicles on site were used and tested to their absolute limits. These rigs are being used for their intended purpose which is awesome to watch!

Our Subaru gets a Euro Pass
In order to participate in the pit shenanigans, you have to have a European vehicle unless you are granted a special “Euro Pass”, which usually means you have a Euro vehicle, but, not with you at the event. Very few of these passes are given away. We were fortunate enough to have parked near the gathering spot during the rules speech given by Jim, he used our Subaru as an example of the vehicles not allowed in the pit, and immediately following his example, he said our Forester was pretty cool and offered us one of the coveted “3 pointed star” passes! The pass consisted of mounting a huge Mercedes emblem on the hood or grill, and (more formally) a special yellow tag. We happily fastened it and were stoked to be accepted!

With being granted the special pass we had to drive down to the river and try the pit, right!?!?!?!

Expedition Trucks
Some of the vehicles on site were awesome to check out in more detail. The large Expedition type builds are always fascinating to us, so we ventured to their camping locations to get a couple of shots. One day we will have one of these to take to all the Axial events around the country! Here are some fine examples of our dream!

Unimogs
The stars of this show are the Unimogs. These rigs are so capable they will blow your mind! Described by some to be clunky and tractor like, you cannot deny their ability to conquer almost any terrain. They come in so many differing shapes and sizes, every style and taste is displayed with pride.

We did manage to get a little video of these portal axle giants in the pit showing their stuff. Very cool to see how easily they go wherever their owners point them.

Check out this very cool Jeep JK, that rides on a Unimog Chassis, talk about a sleeper! It was the only vehicle to our knowledge that actually came out of that mud hole under its own power.

Syncro Vans
Another fairly large group of vehicles in attendance were the VW Syncro guys. Man, these little campers are not just compact and very cool, but also their drivers wheel the living daylights out of them! Equipped with lockers and no fear, some of these rigs (and their drivers) can attack the most hardcore of terrain. We wish we had gotten some more photos and videos of these rigs, but with so much to see and do, we captured what we could… Maybe Rodney will have to come capture photos and video of them in action next year!

Speaking of VW’s, check out this little extremely rare vehicle. It is called the Iltis, or Type 183, which we believe is the replacement for the Type 181, or VW “Thing”…..

Pinzgauer
What in the world is that thing, and where can we get one? Those were our words when we first discovered this Star Wars themed Pinzgauer. Love the style of this rig, and it is pretty damn capable too!

Steyr Puch Haflinger
The Pinzgauer’s little bother, the Haflinger, has become one of our favorite vehicles from this event. These little 11’ long, 5’ wide, fully independent suspension rigs with portals are awesome! Did we mention they have locking front and rear diffs? We didn’t know that at first, but when you lock them up, they’ll go anywhere! It was fun watching guys try to make climbs without the lockers engaged, made for some good laughs and good fun!

Crazy cool rigs
There were so many other cool vehicles on site, including a plethora of Land Rovers (always capable), Steyr Puch G-Class wagons, Volvos and a few we have never seen before, even a Subaru van with swamp donkey tires on it :)… We snapped a few shots.

Our Favorite, #Voldomo


Driven all the way from San Diego! Beautiful Volvo C303

No idea what the next two are, but very cool regardless!

These are always cool to check out!

We’ve seen the above GWagon at KOH once before!

Those Defenders though….

And this Subaru Van!

Those moments
This event is awesome for so many reasons. This is a place where anyone who owns one of these unique vehicles can get together with other owners and learn the limits of their rigs. Sometimes that process is painless; sometimes it hurts a little more. We caught a few of those instances on film, check it out!

Go to NorthWest MogFest 2018!!!
All in all, this has been an incredible experience. Coming from a Jeep/Subaru background, it was really cool to see how these vehicles are celebrated. The people are what really make this event what it is. We experienced so much kindness, acceptance and openness from everyone we spoke with. The on-site breakfast, lunch, and dinner were extremely good every day and quite inexpensive for what you get served! The jambalaya dish in particular was an inexplicably epic meal, you’ll just have to try for yourself. I’d fly half way around the world just to have this annual iconic dish on Saturday night.

The whole voluntary crew and staff do a great job facilitating an awesome group of people. The Waldersee Farm is a beautiful place to come and visit, the rigs are unique and awesome and the people are the salt of the Earth. Gerrish was right, we have been missing out!

Fore more information about future Northwest MogFest events, please check out
http://www.northwestmogfest.com/

MEET THE CONCOURS JUDGES – AXIALFEST 2017

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Hello AXIALFEST 2017 participants! The Concours Class is now in its fourth official year and growing because of YOU! Because last year’s participants stepped up the game, AXIALFEST is responding back with additional classes! Concours just keeps growing!
With the addition of classes we’ve also added some more judges too!

MEET THE CONCOURS JUDGES – AXIALFEST 2017

• Matthew Kett of ScaleBuildersGuild.com
• Anthony Rivas of Rivas Concepts
• Josh Elliott of ExtremeScalePerformanceRC.com
• John Badger of RCCrawler.com
• Ryan Gerrish of DSPRO
• Chris De Graaf of HemistormRC
• Tony Phalen of CompetitionX.com
• Matthew Skeeno of Skeeno’s Skinny Dipping Service
• Rodney Wills, Axial Global Marketing Director & Judging 1:1 car/truck shows since 2004.

The following are your judges bios:

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BIO: MATTHEW KETT OF SCALE BUILDER GUILD
Since 2006, Matthew Kett (aka Imthatguy) has had a passion for radio control, specifically, scale accurate RC trucks. That passion inevitably led to The Scale Builder’s Guild web forum. The Scale Builder’s Guild is a purpose built forum with one goal in mind. Uniting scale radio control enthusiasts worldwide, and providing an environment to share their projects, knowledge and talent. Since that time, the SBG has evolved into the number one destination for scale accurate RC builds and boasts 5,000 forum members, 20,000 Facebook followers and nearly 9,000 Instagrammers!

Matthew actively builds RC models and attends as many competition and expo style events as he can. He likes to build truck bodies from scratch using techniques he’s learned through practice and patience. His favourite brand is Toyota, as evidenced by his extensive RC collection, including 40, 60, 70 and 80-series Land Cruiser’s, Hilux’s, SR5’s and a rare Toyota Trailblazer (notice a pattern?). He’s won numerous awards for his builds and has been featured in many magazines. He enjoys building all kits, but Axial’s have always been his favourite. Attention to detail and accuracy are his number one goals in all his builds.

Matthew is a film editor by day and works in television commercials and online content. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two cats. For more information on the SBG, visit www.scalebuildersguild.com, facebook.com/scalebuildersguild, instagram.com/scalebuildersguild and youtube.com/8imthatguy8

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BIO: ANTHONY RIVAS OF RIVAS CONCEPTS
Since I was kid I have been fascinated by cars, and trucks in general. So naturally I loved R/C! After breaking a few department store cars my dad got me my first Hobby Grade R/C. This was the beginning for me, it would always be a part of my life in some way. It was fun to go fast and jump, but more fun when I had a purpose, like sled pulls, and seeing who could drive a course the fastest.

At 16 my first 1:1 vehicle was a 1983 4WD Toyota SR5 pickup truck, when I was 17 I was introduced to rock crawling and hooked. I spent months in my garage learning to wrench, mostly bolt on and mechanical stuff like axles, clutch, birfields , and dual transfer cases. I wanted to conquer Colorado and Moab trails. Little did I know this 1:1 hobby would one day have a 1/10 scale counterpart.
Fast forward to 2006, I discovered RC Rock Crawling on a 1:1 Forum. This was much cheaper than fixing my 1:1 and it was starting up all over the country. I was working in the Oil and Natural gas fields across the U.S. and you could be certain I had an RC crawler in my work truck. I started traveling to compete in Rock Crawling events and just having fun. One day at a local hobby store I saw a truck body and put it on my back-up Axial AX10 comp crawler, to me this was the day Rivas Concepts was born. From this day forward I would set my comp crawler in line and go drive, this would later be called scale crawling. I liked it because it resembled a real truck. People said I was wasting a perfectly good Comp Rig, but I was having fun. Someone once asked about my crawler with with truck body, I walked up as a friend replied “Oh that’s a Rivas Concept rig. I liked it, so I used it.
I enjoy the resemblance to 1:1 trucks so much I started doing pictures and video. This is what Really got the Rivas Concepts name out there globally. I have even done some RC projects with 1:1 companies like Falken Tire, but truly I do it because I love the imagination and creativity behind it. #Rivasconcepts

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BIO: JOSH ELLIOTT of EXTREME SCALE PERFORMANCE
Back in 2007 while living in Hawaii Josh picked up his first Axial. It was an AX10 Scorpion RTR and he decided to turn it into a Jeep to take to the beach. In order to show his friends and family back home he decided to make a video and put it on YouTube. 10 years later and that channel is now one of the most supported in the RC industry! Josh has been blessed with an impressive lineup of sponsors and a supporting network of over 16,000 YouTube Subscribers, 17,000 Facebook followers & 6,000 Instagram followers! He has taken home some awesome awards such as Axialfest 2016 Best of Show! His YouTube channel is home to several popular series such as Motor Control, Camping with Coleman and ScaleWars! With a focus on using the radio control hobby to inspire creativity, an active, healthy lifestyle, and most importantly a positive mindset, don’t be surprised if he seems like someone you have been friends with forever! He has an impressive lineup of diverse builds with an obvious soft spot for Axial based Jeeps. Aside from running his YouTube channel Extreme Scale Performance full-time he also has a small “Content Creation” company by the name SonderFelt to handle client productions. Josh lives in picturesque Bend Oregon with his Wife & 3 dogs. To learn more about Josh and Extreme Scale Performance visit www.extremescaleperformance.com, www.youtube.com/dogcrick, www.facebook.com/extremescaleperformance, www.instagram.com/esp_rc

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BIO: CHRIS DE GRAAF of HEMISTORMRC
I got into hobby grade RC at the age of 16, and started to get obsessed by it almost ten years later. The HPI Baja for me was what really kicked off my RC life as it is today. Driving Endurance Cups, eventually even producing parts for the HPI Baja made my company HemiStorm get noticed by magazines in the USA such as RC Driver and RC Car Action. In 2010 I quit working as a contractor and decided to dedicate my time fully to grow my company HemiStorm Products.

In 2011 I sold my house in The Netherlands to move to Norway, and I used the profits from the seven years in which I built my house from the ground up to take on some more risky, expensive projects in manufacturing. That’s when I came out with the first aftermarket body for the then brand new Losi 5ive.

In 2012 I noticed there was a demand for sharing tips and tricks through videos, as most large scale RC forums were slowly fading. It was also hard to find honest, non-sugarcoated reviews about products. After being disappointed in supplying YouTube content creators with my own products, seeing how there was no return for my investment, I wanted to see what this whole “YouTube thing” was about. I started doing mostly painting videos, initially with a main focus on large scale RC’s. After a while I diversified the content as much as possible. Axial Racing played a huge part in making this happen. The first generation SCX10, the Exo Terra and the Yeti series have assisted me in bridging the gap between my initial content and the content I produce today.

My main goal is to encourage people to hone their skills, push their boundaries and think outside the box. My channel shows that being fond of one genre in surface RC doesn’t automatically disqualify you from enjoying other aspects of the hobby. Putting a faux drift motor in the back of your Bomber is fine. No rules.

I’ve won paint competitions, been featured in a number of magazines, I’ve won the “Lifestyle Channel of 2015″ award for my YouTube channel on national TV, I’ve been featured on the national evening news and I’ve worked with companies such as Qualcomm and even famous Formula One drivers such as Lucas DiGrassi when shooting commercial videos. I’ve travelled a lot with more to come, and I’m enjoying every new face I see and embrace all the experiences and opportunities I’ve been presented and blessed with.

My YouTube channel currently has over 74000 subscribers, with some key builds being my 5th scale Dodge Challenger and my Axial Yeti XXL which runs two Castle Creations Mamba Monster X setups with 1515 motors and too many features to briefly list.

I’m working as a Brand Manager, live in Halden, Norway in the middle of the forest with my wife, twin girls and two cats.
http://www.youtube.com/hemistormrc
http://www.facebook.com/hemistormproducts
http://www.instagram.com/hemistorm
http://www.hemistorm.com

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Ryan started building crawlers in 2000 while living in California, and co-founded ORCRC (Oregon RC Rock Crawlers) in 2003 after moving back to Portland. He worked at Tammie’s Hobbies in Beaverton during the birth (TLT) and explosion (AX10) of crawling, and helped fuel it’s spread locally and through RCCrawler.com. As the local scene grew he began travelling to larger events, including the first Nationals in Moab, and the first Axial West Coast Championships at Donner Pass. He was recruited to drive for Team Axial by Brad “Bender” Dumont after a few notable victories. He’s been promoting Axial in Portland at the International Auto Show for the last 7 years, and contributing to the Axial Blog periodically. He still attends local get togethers and competitions, although not quite as frequently as he’d like.

Dspro was founded in 2008, and was the first RC company to offer 3D printed accessories for crawlers. Over the last 2 years they’ve been ramping up production of crawler related product as well as offering various small scale manufacturing services, such as laser cutting, CNC routing, and CAD. Ryan hopes to have some exciting new bodies ready for the public by the end of the year, and to expand his website to feature a wider range of hobby-related items.

Ryan currently lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife and 2 cats, and enjoys basketball, working on his Steyr Haflinger and Unimog 404, and long walks on the beach. He has attended every Axialfest since 2007, excluding the one on his dad’s birthday that one year. www.dsproonline.com

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BIO: TONY PHALEN of COMPETITIONX
Tony has been an avid RC enthusiast for over 25 years, building, bashing and racing pretty much anything he can get his hands on. His affection for the hobby started back around the time of the Team Associated RC10T, his first real racing vehicle. A quick trip to the track and a full night of racing netted him a 2nd place podium spot in the Novice class and it was pretty much game-on after that.

His love of racing became an addiction and his collection of cars got a bit out of hand – everything from 1:18 scale micros, motorcycles, 1:5 scale gas-powered monsters and recently scale rigs – if it had wheels, Tony was racing it! His passion for driving led to many manufacturer sponsorships and an exciting new level of racing on the Regional and National level, where he piloted his way to the top step of the podium many times.

During this time, Tony noticed a slight disconnect between beginners and the pros – it seemed like some of them never had the time to assist beginners when they were struggling. In 2001 he created CompetitionX, a website dedicated to sharing his learned knowledge of the industry with the RC community. It started out as a tuning site, a place where beginning drivers from around the world could go to learn how to properly set up their cars, but soon turned into a colossal entity that now shares RC projects, reviews and all other kinds of RC info. Over the years, Tony has also worked with and worked for many industry manufacturers as well as a leading industry magazine.

Last year he created a huge Eat. Sleep. RC. campaign, giving away thousands of dollars worth of RC gear over the year to help spread the word about Radio Control. It was a huge success! December included “25 Days of CompetitionX-mas” and the Christmas Day prize was an all-expenses paid trip to AXIALFEST2017. The winners of this package will be in attendance this year; they’re pretty pumped to be attending their first AXIALFEST event!

Today, Tony has switched gears a bit and enjoys a leisurely afternoon of trekking along trails with friends and family. He lives with his amazing, creative and ultra-supportive wife Danna and their beautiful dog Bailey. She loves RC as much as Tony does, she just shows it in a different way when she’s chewing on the tires (the dog, not the wife).
http://www.competitionx.com
https://www.facebook.com/CompetitionX/

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BIO: MATT SOILEAU aka SKEENO 
In 2000, Skeeno dipped his toes into the RC world when he decided to get an RC boat. That Traxxas Nitro Vee turned into a T-Maxx that turned into an HPI Savage that turned into an OFNA Hyper 8 that turned into an X-Ray M18 that turned into an Associated TC5. Along the way many other RC vehicles were cycled through his collection as he explored all the facets of RC.

In 2007, he attended the first Axial West Coast Championships while driving his Goliath-based crawler for Team PTI. While at the 2007 AWCC, he was first introduced to Axial products when Axial Vice President Matt Kearney showed him the prototype for the original AX10 Scorpion. From then on, he has been hooked on Axial!

Skeeno is going on 10 years straight as an Axial fanboi. He has attended every Axial West Coast Championship and Axialfest since 2007 as well as innumerable local events. In 2007, he even traveled thousands of miles to Missouri and Saint Catharines, Canada to get his scale adventure on.

While Skeeno regularly participates in Scale Adventure events, his biggest claim to fame is his unique knack for capturing the essence of these events. He started off writing printed magazine articles for Xtreme RC Cars Magazine, RC Driver Magazine, and RC Car Action Magazine as was soon given a coveted corner of the internet to post his various blogs on the Axial website. You can peruse his experiences here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts?author=15

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BIO: RODNEY WILLS OF AXIAL RC INC
Rodney Wills may not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he was more than compensated for it by being able to grow up behind the wheel. At eight years old he started driving heavy equipment on his uncle’s farm. Flouting child labor laws his uncle would put him to work; he would get him started and jump off the tractor, and have Rodney cut and plow fields. The uncle found Rodney a willing employee. Now while he did not engage in any tractor races, the seed had been planted (literally); the passion for driving already raced through his veins.

Later on in Alabama Rodney would drive his father’s old pickup truck. As young teen-agers sometimes do, he would sneak the truck out to splash in the mud on the local country back roads. Rodney did not limit himself to four-wheel rides, however. Motorcycles were always apart of family life and Rodney had started riding at age five. Racing motorcycles with the family came at age six on the dirt oval flat track at Talladega. Trail riding was an everyday thing in the backyard woods and local mountains.

Magazines would introduce Rodney to skateboarding in 1977 and then BMX. Normal by today’s standards but then in rural Alabama, Rodney was way ahead of his peers. Just like his hobbies, his life went in the order of Art, Music, and Cars. His passions led him to the California College of Arts and Crafts after two years at the Atlanta College of Arts and Crafts. After achieving a bachelors degree of art in graphic design, Rodney went on to work ten years in the snow, skate and surf industry through his art, working for the famous O’Neill wetsuit company. Next came the music as the art & marketing director for the car audio speaker Image Dynamics. That led to Rodney starting the import car culture lifestyle magazine, TMRm’zine (1996 – 2000). This magazine put the “lifestyle” label on the import market that has now grown to enormous proportions in the automotive industry.

Joined Axial in 2011 and hit the ground looking for adventure one rock at a time!
One of the proudest achievements was putting together the AXIAL SCX10 RUBICON TREK: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts?cat=814

 

 

 

 

Axial Teams with Ryan Gerrish for the Portland Auto Show 2013

For the last several years, Axial has worked with Ryan Gerrish and his team to help expose our wonderful world of scale trail driving to the masses in the upper north west at the Portland International Auto Show. Ryan has been working overtime to develop a brand new course for the 2013 show. We managed to get some behind the scenes spy photos of his work and wanted to share them with you.

This is a long process starting with a fresh canvas, or wood if you will

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Ryan starts with plywood, foam blocks and foam sheets, these sheets get trimmed and shaped into the surface the vehicles are meant to drive on

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Ryan also uses wood branches to give the eventual appearance of scale trees that have fallen to travel over

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As he is building, he is confirming the Axial Jeep can negotiate the terrain

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This years course will be a little different than courses in the past. This course will be more of a scale trail that has a start and stopping point. Courses in the past have reseambled a mountain that demo drivers can try an dconquer. This years course design will help to accomidate a lot more people as there is a set goal to achieve. The course will also feature information about the Jeep vehicle you are driving, and its capabilities

For instance, there will be a section for water fording, as seen here in its early stages of development

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Ryan is extremely creative and the best we know when it comes to making a realistic looking environment for scale realism as illustrated here

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After Ryan has the shapes sorted out, he begins the process of applying the driving surface. This process takes a lot of time and patience to complete

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His artistic vision is awesome, we are really looking forward to see this scale environment when it is completed, we can wait to drive the trail!

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If you live in the greater north west, be sure and visit the Portland International Auto Show and have a go on this awesome scale trail! The Auto show starts January 24th, and goes through the 27th.

Click here for more info on the Portland International Auto Show

To see some of the Portland Auto Show interactive displays from the past, be sure and check out the following links:

Click here for the 2012 event post

Click here for the step by step display build for 2012

Click here for the 2011 event post

Click here for the step by step display build for 2011

The Full Size Connection

Axial is different than any company I have ever worked with before. These guys are the real deal enthusiasts; the parking lot at the Axial offices is regularly decorated with capable off-road trail rigs. This enthusiasm for full scale adventure translates directly into the scale products we have all come to enjoy.

While hanging around the office after hours, a conversation sparked up about full size trail rigs. The VP of Axial, Jeff Johns had recently parted company with his 99 Jeep TJ and was in the market for a new rig. The debate immediately kicked off as to what vehicle he should build next, and the opinions were all over the map. Eventually the discussion led where every good 4×4 discussion leads, right into the age old Jeep vs. Toyota battle. The strongest argument going was the idea of building a full size Honcho, which would be really cool! We could model the bed and cage exactly like our 1/10 Honcho and hit the trail with a full size SCX10.

With this debate in full swing regarding a new trail rig for Jeff, I started looking into the full size vehicles owned by the guys behind the Axial brand, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. One of the reasons this brand is so successful is because they are authentic. Authentic to the point that when they are not on a scale trail run with their Axial rigs, they are on the full size trail with their 1:1 rig enjoying the outdoor life with their families. To illustrate this, I thought I would share a few shots of the rigs owned and enjoyed by the Axial staff and Axial team members…. check it out!!

Axial Employee 1:1 rigs:

Here is the 99 Jeep TJ that Jeff Johns [Axial Vice President] had to let go due to room constraints. This rig was really well prepared, I am sure he is sorry to see it go!

 

Here are some shots of Matt Kearney’s [Axial's VP of Product Design] 1973 Ford Bronco Ranger out on the trail.

 

This is the 1992 80 Series Landcruiser that belongs to Rodney Wills [Axial Global Marketing Director].

Here is our resident Jeep JK expert Randall Davis’ 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited [Axial Logistics / IT]

 

Randall even has a “proper” custom hood ornament!!!

Brad “Bender” Dumont [Axial Marketing Department] recently let his Jeep go as well while preparing for a new addition to his family. We expect to see him back in the game soon, either way we couldn’t leave out his 99 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Andrew Obannon [Axial Sales Assistant] is one of the more hardcore wheelers of the group, he isnt scared to take his 85 Toyota 4Runner through its paces and then some!

 

And then there is your humble scribe, Scott G. [Marketing Special Projects] and my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (or soccer mom station wagon as it get called on the trail)
First a shot of my 93, from back in the day…

and my 98 I am working on bringing back to proper spec.

 

Dont hate on the station wagon!!

The influence and direction of this company not only comes from internal, but also from a huge support network out on the trails. Our Axial team drivers are selected for their knowlege, not only in the scale 4×4 world, but also for their depth of knowlege in the 1:1 field. It is the goal of Axial to bring the most authentic experience to our customers and fans, and we feel our team drivers really assist and compliment this mission and contribute significantly to all of our success. Check out some of these guys in action!

Axial Team driver 1:1 rigs:

The one and only Brian Parker, he is usually out influencing the market with his passion for events and the outdoor lifestyle. So where does he get his motivation from? From spending time out in nature with good friends enjoying his off-road vehicles. His 83 toyota called “Lexus” is his favorite rig, it is said to be “powered by chevy, geared by Toyota and driven by a Jeeper” … Only Parker!

It’s all about getting away from civilization and exploring earth with friends…. Parker loves his Yamaha Grizzly 660.

Ryan Gerrish…. This man has owned so many vehicles that are on our wish list…… here are just a few!

Our man Zach Chatelain, he is always at the top of the leader board in the scale comp scene, and he knows how to get around in the back woods in his 2011 Toyota Tacoma!

Here is Dean Hsiao frequenting the trails that the world famous “King of the Hammers” are held on in Johnson Valley in his beloved 1983 Toyots SR5, ya, he’s not scared either!!

Then we have Patrick Norton, another scale crawling master showing us the ultimate location for him to show off his 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, We wanna go!!

 

Check out Jake Wright and his Toyota Tuber going for it on the rocks!

Our Man Mark Reel is rocking a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Ok Jeff, you have quite the decision ahead of you. I guess the good news is that no matter what vehicle you choose to build, there will never be a shortage of friends to hit the trail with!!

Axial at the Portland International Auto Show

Team Axial driver Ryan Gerrish attended the Int’l Auto Show in Portland, Oregon this past weekend. Ryan and fellow northwest crawler Brett Carlson set-up a small Axial booth at the show to demo some SCX10 TR’s, and allow fellow show attendees to take the wheel of an SCX10. Ryan’s dashing good looks scored him a small spot on the local news. Check the video!!

Keep an eye out for a more in depth blog post covering the auto show and it’s highlights.