Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 1

Axial held it’s first AWCC Qualifier this past weekend in the hills of Escondido, CA at scenic Lake Wohlford. This is the first of five events taking place over the next few months. The top 10 drivers from each of the five events will get automatic invites to the Axial West Coast Championships on June 25th-27th at Cisco Grove, CA.

Rain was threatening to make this first event a soggy one, but the Rock Gods smiled upon us by giving us a beautiful sunny day. Comp ring leader, Brian Parker, was out on the rocks at 6 a.m. sharp setting up courses in the dark.  Brian sets up what I would consider national caliber comp courses. A quick walk-through of the 5 courses told everyone in attendance it was time to get serious if they wanted a shot at a podium spot, regardless of the class you signed up for.  Brian has an eye for setting comp courses like no one I’ve ever seen. Not only are the gates challenging, getting from gate to gate was just as big of a challenge.  If you didn’t go scope out the courses a little to figure out your lines beforehand, you probably weren’t going to do very well. You and your rig had to be at the top of your game to even finish these courses and if you did finish, you either had no time left or had to eat a gate or two to get there.

Here’s a few highlights from the mayhem:

Setting everything up first thing in the morning

Rig tech


Don Hughes patiently waits his turn in the tech line

Sunshine was a welcomed sight after nearly 5 straight days of rain

Dealing with gates like these all day gave new meaning to the term “Do work driver.”



Game on!!


Don Clark and his tuber throwing down


Me on course #3





Kacie Vess and her Sportsman class AX10


Jess Downing working course #4

The Axial superhero showed up about mid day to pass out free swag and keep competitors in check


Nabil Jamali has his rig blessed by Axial Man before starting his next course

Don’t ask, I have no idea


Axial’s own Brandon Coonce working course #2


Me working gate #2 on course #5



Brandon on course #5


The local wildlife was even checking out the comp



More shots of Brandon Coonce, Josh Theide and myself

This section was more technical than difficult and consumed a lot of time if you weren’t careful dropping in


The finish gate on course #3

Josh working course #3


Axial Man trying to point the line out to me



This ledge was impassable by most without taking a gate



2.2 Sportsman Class winners, 1st place Matt Doyle, 2nd place Kacie Vess, 3rd place Bryce McDougall

2.2 Shafty Class winners, 1st place Jake Wright, 2nd place Nabil Jamali, 3rd place Chris Dahl (not pictured)

Overall 2.2 winners, 1st place Jake Wright, 2nd place Jon Privett, 3rd place Don Clark

All in all this event was an absolute blast. Nice weather, good people, awesome location, great support from sponsors, etc., made for a memorable event. If you couldn’t make this first round of the AWCCQ Series, make it a point to attend one of the other 4 because you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a sweet video shot at the first event thanks to Lisa Budvarson.

2010 Axial West Coast Championship Series


It’s that time of year again for the Axial West Coast Championship Series!

Crawl with the best, learn from the best, and have fun with your family! The top 10 Qualifiers will automatically receive an invitation to the AWCC finals at Cisco Grove, CA.

This year, we are making all of our comps more family and spectator friendly. We’ve added more prizes, give-aways, demo rigs, display and sale booths. Not only that, we will be having 4 different classes to compete in including shafty, sportsman and M.O.A.

Our first comp starts Jan. 23rd at Lake Wohlford, Escondido, CA.

Google Map Links for each comp (we’ll update these as we go along):

Farmington, NM

St. George, UT

Long Beach, WA

Lake Amador, CA

Cisco Grove, CA

Here are some series details (courtesy of the very awesome, Brian Parker):


1.) 2.2 Sport Class: no dig

These drivers are just a step below Pro. In order to enter your rig under the 2.2 Sport Class, you must be competing with no dig and your crawler must be a Shafty. This class is for competitors that are new to the sport and also people that want to test their skills and compete with others with no dig.

2.) 2.2 Pro Class: M.O.A and Shafty

This year, we have added a sub-class to the 2.2 Pro Class: the 2.2 Pro Shafty Class. If you are a pro driver and drive a shaft driven crawler, this sub-class was added just for you. You still compete for the 2.2 Pro overall title, but the 3 best Shafty finishers will receive 2.2 Pro Shafty awards. If you do not have a Shafty, then you will compete under the M.O.A class.

3.) Rock Candy Sport Class: No Dig and must be a Shafty.

The highest overall sport woman driver will receive an award.

4.) Rock Candy Pro Class: For the pro women. Shafty or M.O.A. crawler.

The highest over all pro woman driver will receive an award.


1.)    In the 2.2 Pro you can only sign-up for either Shafty or M.O.A.
2.)    For the 2.2 Pro class, there will be 3 winners: Overall winner for Shafty, M.O.A, and overall winner. If you win with a Shafty or M.O.A and are the overall winner, you can win 2 awards.
3.)    These qualifier comps are family and spectator friendly. We encourage our competitors and onlookers to be courteous by throwing away their trash and to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during the event as children are around.
4.)    Food will not be provided to the competitors. We strongly suggest bring a packed lunch.
5.)    Please be on time! Tech rigs start at7:30 a.m. and the drivers’ meeting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Afterwards, the comp starts at 9:15 a.m. We all know that time passes fast when you’re having fun, so please be on time so that all the competitors/drivers are able to get to and finish each course in a timely manner.
6.)    There is a limit of 60 drivers per qualifier event and 80 for the L.C.Q. and AWCC finals
7.)    Entry fee for each qualifier comp is $25 and the fee for the AWCC finals is $50
8.)    You can pre-register at, but can also sign-up the day of the event as well. Due to the 60 driver limit for qualifiers and the 80 driver limit for the finals and LCQ, pre-registration will guarantee you a spot at any of the events while signing up that day won’t always guarantee that you get in.
9.)    The top overall 10 qualifiers from the 2.2 Pro Class will have an automatic invite to the AWCC finals at Cisco Grove, CA. Top 10 sport drivers will receive an invite, and the highest placing Rock Candy Pro finisher and the highest placing Rock Candy sports class receives an invite. If for some reason, there is no Shafty in the top ten, then the top finishing Shafty driver gets an invite.
Please note: For those drivers that earn an invite, the remaining balance of the AWCC entry fee is due. For example, when the Championship registration is opened and you confirm your attendance, you pay the remaining balance of $25. This is due after you earn your invite. If you competed in any of the 5 Qualifiers and did not earn an invite, there is no LCQ entry fee required, but space may be limited due to the fact that the LCQ will be open to drivers that did not compete in a Qualifier. After registration opens up for all other drivers that haven’t attended any of the qualifiers, it will then open up for Drivers who attended a Qualifier for the AWCC Finals.
10.) At every qualifier, there will be an AXIAL Scale Trail run set up for everyone with a scaler. There will be demo’s hosted by local area hobby shops of all the latest and greatest AXIAL products, such as the new “Honcho”. If that’s not enough, there will be finishing prizes for all competitors at the Finals! What this means is, wherever a driver finishes, the driver will receive a prize.


7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. tech rigs

8:30 am – 8:45 am judges meeting.

9:00 a.m.: Drivers’ meeting

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Comp

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Announcement of winners, photos, and awards given.

We are definitely excited for this first comp. make sure to sign-up early at the Recon Crawlers Website to ensure that you get in. See you there!