Axial’s Coverage of the 2011 Nationals

Axial attended the 2011 USRCCA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend. This is the biggest R/C crawling competition of the year. In order to compete at this event you must either win the qualifying series in your area, or sign up for the last chance qualifier (LCQ), and hope you make the cut into the main event. This event is in it’s sixth year, and still building momentum. Here’s a few highlights from this year’s competition.

Thursday was the first day of competition. There were 75+ drivers total signed up for LCQ, and all of them were hoping for a chance to make the main event on Saturday. The competition was about to get very tight.

The driver’s meeting on LCQ morning.

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Shortly after the driver’s meeting, courses were open and the competition was underway.

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Team Axial driver Dean Hsiao in attack mode.

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Team Vanquish and Team Axial driver Brian Parker doing work!

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Looks like Brian drove his XR10 to Vegas from Reno by the looks of those tires.

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There were plenty of XR10 based rigs to watch, with many different set-ups.

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The view from the top of the rocks.

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Me and my sombrero working it.

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A view of the top course, as drivers await their turn.

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Team Axial driver Jake Wright working his custom XR10.

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Axial’s good friend Yoshiaki Kataoka made the trek all the way from Japan with 6 of his closet crawler companions to compete in this year’s event. This is the fourth year Yoshiaki has made the trip to the US for this event.

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Scott Hughes squirreling his way through one of the tougher gates.

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After the main event Saturday, only 5 would make the finals on Sunday out of 101 drivers.

The talented 5 are……..

1st Brian Lorenz -111

2nd Scott Hughes -110

3rd Joel Gatlin -100

4th Nabil Jamali -99

5th Darwin James -97

Jason Hensel conducts the drivers meeting on Sunday morning.

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The event was broadcasted live over the internet so anyone that couldn’t attend this competition could watch from home by logging onto www.rccrawler.com

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Bulu Production’s Brett Carlson gives me the stink eye, as he records the drivers meeting.

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After the driver’s meeting the top 5 took to the finals course in hopes of pulling off the victory for that “2011 National Championship” title. Driver order was picked randomly out of a hat. Once the driver’s name was called, they had 30 seconds to start the course………….no pressure!!

Joel Gatlin was chosen first.

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This off camber gate was tough to negotiate, as soon as you approached it, your rig would start to unload. Most drivers quickly got on the throttle as their rig started to roll. But, the lip after the gate made it tough to get progress with the rear tires because it would instantly flip you off the obstacle as soon as your front tires touched it.

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Next up was Brian Lorenz.

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That same off camber gate bites another competitor.

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Scott Hughes was chosen to go 3rd.

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That nasty off camber gate looking straight on. Scott and I had decided before the top five started that the best way through this gate cleanly, was to back down below it first, then drive up through. Worked like a charm!

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Nabil Jamali’s name was drawn next.

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Darwin James was lucky enough to be the last driver to run.

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And the winners are………..

1st place Brian Lorenz

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2nd place Scott Hughes

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3rd place Nabil Jamali

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That wraps up the 2011 Nationals coverage. Keep an eye out for details on next year’s event. Special thanks to Steven Kautz, Mark Reel and Jeff Johns for helping me take photos.

SCX10 Tagline Mini-Contest – A Trail Rig So Capable….

We all know how capable the SCX10 is, but who better to tell us how capable it is other than you. So far the marketing department has only come up with these sub-par “War Admiral” 2nd rate taglines. (*who’s War Admiral? that was the runner-up to Seabiscuit in the famous match race on November 1st, 1938. See!, nobody remembers 2nd rate/place).

  1. “A trail rig so capable…. your mama can drive it” – we opted not to do this one because we know how some of you can be very sensitive about your moms.
  2. “A trail rig so capable…. bigfoot has nothing on it” – just plain weak.
  3. “A trail rig so capable… *********” – we just wisely opted to automatically censor ourselves because it wasn’t politically correct and it was fairly offensive.
  4. “A trail rig so capable… there’s no need for roadside assistance ” – roadside assistance is relevant for 1:1, but not necessarily for R/C.
  5. “A trail rig so capable… it beats having legs”. Yea, not good.
  6. “A trail rig so capable… you’ll feel incapable compared to it” – this one doesn’t work when you slam yourself.

You’re probably asking why can’t you go with a totally new phrase? Well, we can’t make it that easy. Besides we did try out a couple other taglines such as:

  1. “hot chicks love guys and their trail rigs….. just don’t let your wife know that” – we know that not all of you are married, and we know that an open and honest relationship is what everybody should be striving for.

BE SURE TO READ THE RULES AND GUIDLINES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY!

So here’s the rules because there are always rules:

  1. You must supply: name, address, contact info and your 3 taglines. Failure to provide all the necessary information will result in disqualification.
  2. Only one entry per person, but you are allowed up to 3 taglines.
  3. “In the order it was received”. If we were to receive the same winning entry, we’ll take whoever submitted the winning entry first.
  4. Submissions with more than 3 taglines submitted will be automatically disqualified.
  5. Failure to utilize the initial phrase “A Trail Rig so Capable…” will also be automatically disqualified.
  6. “Keep it Clean”. Qualifying taglines must be tasteful and not obscene or offensive.
  7. All winning submissions become the property of Axial, and may be potentially used in marketing materials.
  8. Yes, this is open to everybody around the world although the submission must be in english.
  9. Axial reserves the right to modify these Contest Rules at any time.

Guidelines:

  1. The funnier or catchier the tagline, the better!
  2. Keep it relevant. Deviating from “a trail rig so capable” will lessen your chances of winning. Such as “A trail rig so capable…. it’s like the MP40 in Call of Duty 5 with double-tap!”.
  3. Keep it current and don’t get too niche such as “A trail rig so capable…. it beats having a sherpa”. Unfortunately not everybody knows what a “sherpa” is. FYI : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherpa

Prizes:

Now onto the best part. The prizes!

  1. 1st place: SCX10 TR (AX90012) – PRICE $550
  2. 2nd place: SCX10 Kit (AX90007) – PRICE $450
  3. 3rd place: *Dingo Body (AX4010) - PRICE $60 *Winner subject to product availability. Product may not be available at the time of the announcement although the winner will receive the first available shipment.

Winners:

The deadline is September 18th (Friday), 2009. Winners will be announced September 21st (Monday), 2009. The winners will be posted here on the Axial blog, and depending on how many entries we receive we may have a people’s choice poll.

Submitting:

Please submit all entries to: THE CONTEST IS OVER. You must include: name, address, and contact info: email address and/or phone number.  Please do not submit more than once.