John Schultz’s Winning Deadbolt

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Fresh off the tarmac from the 2015 No Limit RC Monster Truck World Finals held at Dennis Anderson’s Diggers Dungeon in Poplar North Carolina, John Schultz, Axial Ambassador, dropped off his custom built Deadbolt Monster Truck conversion at Axial HQ for a closer look.  It’s important to note, Solid Axle was the biggest class in attendance, 70 trucks raced and a total of 80 trucks present, many of which featured Axial’s AR60 axles.

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Upon first peek it might be hard to spot the Deadbolt backbone, but upon a second glance it’ll be more obvious, as will the dusting of Wraith and Yeti parts. We’ll be featuring a more in-depth build report on the truck shortly. In the meantime, here’s a quick parts list and detailed photos of the truck. Lets not forget photos, CLICK HERE for more photos.

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Axial Parts List:

AX31109 – Yeti™ Rear 4 Link Set, F&R

AX30782 – Wraith Rear Sway Bar Set (Soft, Medium, Firm)

AX30781 – Wraith Front Sway Bar Set (Soft, Medium, Firm)

AX30708 – AX10 Locked Transmission – Complete Metal Gear Set – Steel (3pcs)

AX30829 – AR60 OCP Machined Low-Profile Differential Cover (Hard Anodized)

AX30830 – AR60 OCP Machined Link Mounts (Hard Anodized) (2pcs)

AX30836 – Aluminum Servo Horn 25T (Hard Anodized)

AX30780 – AR60 OCP Universal Axle Set F&R

AX30789 – AR60 OCP Aluminum Straight Axle Hub Carrier (2pcs)

AX30395 – Heavy Duty Bevel Gear Set – 38T/13T (Rear Axle)

AX30401 – Heavy Duty Bevel Gear Set – 36T/14T (Front Axle, Overdrive)

AX30760 – XR10 Aluminum Steering Knuckle (Black) (2pcs)

AX30762 – XR10 Aluminum C-Hub Carrier (Black) (2pcs)

Other Parts:

Tires – 10114-02 – Pro-Line Racing Destroyer 2.6” Solid Axle Monster Tire F&R

Wheels – Clod Buster Rims and Adapters F&R

HPI – 88055 - Wheelie King Axle Wideners F&R

HPI – 6589 - Wheelie King Red/Soft Springs

HPI – 87600 – Wheelie King Differentials

Body – 3252-00 – Pro-Line Racing Ford F-250 Body

Graphics/Paint – BKT Ride Truck Graphics

ESC/Motor – 3087 – Novak Electronics – Crusher ESC w/4PHD 4X4 SCT BL Motor

Battery – DTXC1964 – Duratrax – 2s 5000mAh 35c LiPo

Servo – Savox – SV1271SG

Axial visits 2012 Easter Jeep Safari – Highlights Video

We finally found some time to edit a highlight video from the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Highlights include trail runs with Rebel Offroad on Hell’s Revenge, Poison Spider Mesa and Metal Masher. Also shot some footage at Area BFE with the R/C’s. We even found a little sand to play in for the Formula Offroad vehicles and the EXO.

Enjoy!!

Axialfest 2012 Recap

The first annual Axialfest was held this past weekend, June 22 – 24th, in Cisco Grove, CA. This event was known in the past as the “Axial West Coast Championships”, aka AWCC. This year’s event was geared towards “scale adventure” more so than a full on “competition”. While there are many classes to run, and trophies to win, this year’s event had a little different format to it, by offering numerous scale classes to compete in. Brian Parker’s new competition format known as “G6″ is slowly taking  the country by storm. Parker and his group of Recon Crawlers set out to make this event all about driving your scale R/C truck on lengthy adventures. When I say lengthy adventures, I mean it. For example the first stage of the G6 challenge on Friday consisted of navigating 500 gates that were sporadically laid out in the woods surrounding Cisco Grove Campground, the base camp of our adventures for the weekend. These 500 gates are numbered and must be run in consecutive order. Sounds simple enough right? Well, it can be, if you can locate all the gates. Brain and his crew can be pretty creative when it comes to setting courses, and camouflaging gates. And keep in mind there are 3 stages to this G6 challenge, so 500 gates is only part of the 3 day adventure. In the end I believe some adventurists in attendance ran in excess of 1200 gates throughout the weekend. Here’s a run down from the event.

Axial base camp.

The mud pit, which would be used throughout the weekend.

 

Registration on Friday morning.

 

The Terra Cross track.

 

Competitors line up according to class for the start.

 

Brian Parker holds the driver’s meeting before releasing competitors out onto the course.

 

On to the action. A cool Crawlmaro replica made with a Wraith.

 

Brett Carlson from Bulu Productions made the trip down from Oregon to shoot a little video, as well as compete with his Wraith.

 

Driving out of a rollover will save time and penalty points if you don’t have a winch.

 

One of the challenges that had to be performed on this stage was a sled pull.

 

Here you can see the mud depth is keep scale for realism.

 

Teamwork is another key factor to making through all 500 gates. Competitors are allowed to help each other over obstacles if need be.

 

The start of day two’s Ultra Race. This was a class that required you to run the set course as fast as you can. If you are looking for a good fun cardio workout, this is the class for you.

 

The first turn was a bottle neck for the more densely populated classes.

 

Axial’s own Brandon Coonce took the holshot in his custom blue paneled Wraith.

 

Next class hits the ground running. This was the adventurist class if I remember right. This class wasn’t about speed, it was more about adventure. But, a quick start to get ahead of the competition is still a good idea until the group gets spread out on course.

 

Turn one mayhem.

 

Next class to depart for the starting area.

 

Turn one was a great vantage point again.

 

Ty Campbell from Tekin’s custom Wraith build hits the mud pit flying.

 

More turn one action.

 

Not very often you see a Gremlin sporting 54″ tires.

 

After all the classes got underway, I set out on foot with my camera to see what challenges lay ahead for our competitors. First driver I came across was my co-worker Brandon. He had a weird monstrosity strapped to the hood of his Wraith. I asked him as he went by what it was, and all I heard was something about a boat? Confused, I followed him up the trail for a bit until he hit a challenge section of the trail run. This challenge required those carrying kayaks or boats on their vehicles to launch their boats at the designated boat ramp, let the vessel float its way downstream to the designated pick-up zone, then recover your boat and load it back onto your rig before you continue on. Actually turned out to be very entertaining to watch, some boats sank in the “rapids” requiring the owner to tip toe their way out into the stream for a recovery. Here is where Brandon’s previously mentioned monstrosity/camp fabbed raft came into play. Constructed of a 2.2 Ripsaw tire, stock tire foam, Proline roof rack, Proline cooler and a little duct tape, this raft floated down the scale river like a champ!! Everyone was laughing as it floated by us.

 

A few other watercraft making their way downstream.

 

After completing a few hundred gates the trail leads the competitors back to base camp for a run through the mud pit.

 

Cupid’s set-up is looking pretty high-tech these days, he is now apparently sporting a compound bow!!

 

Meanwhile back at our campsite our XR10′s are still covered in shaving cream from the previous night’s “Rock Riot” event. It’s a long story………. click the link below the photo.

A little video of Brandon and I hitting the shaving cream pit first. Brandon had the honors of breaking trail, I am second. Listen to Parker laughing as we go through.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=474854405861643

 

Our guard dog watched over the Axial RV while we were away.

 

One of my favorite scale vehicles from the weekend.

 

A few random campsites that were set-up properly for the disco themed weekend.

 

Time for some Terra Cross action. The TC races had a little something for everyone. There were classes for the SCX10, Wraith and EXO. Each class had its own variation of the track to run. This was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. It was the definition of backyard racing!!

First up for the heat races were the SCX10s.

 

Next up, the Wraith class.

 

And the EXO heat races were last.

 

Winner of the SCX10 Terra Cross Race was Matt Soileau

 

Start of the Wraith finals.

 

Taking the first Wraith Terra Cross victory was Axial team driver Ryan Gerrish.

 

Start of the EXO finals

 

Steve Brown of Vanquish Products tries to get his RTR EXO out of Ty Campbell’s way. Ty was by far the fastest guy on the track.

 

After all the dust settled, Ty Campbell took the win in the EXO Terra Cross.

 

Congrats to all the winners, you guys earned it! Here are a few highlights from the awards ceremony.

 

The future of our sport.

 

The Hawaii club sent this autographed banner to the event with signatures from the Hawaii G6 thanking Axial for their support. Thanks guys!!

That wraps up the 2012 Axialfestivies. If you can find a way to attend one of these G6 events you won’t be disappointed, especially if you own a scale R/C truck. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries either, because you are going to need them.

RC Truckfest and ACORA BBQ

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With a personal invitation from Mike Bishop, president of ACORA, I decided to make plans to attend a BBQ at the Azusa Canyon Offroad Park which was being put on by ACORA and a few other willing compadres on March 31st, 2012. Though the course is not open to the full scale rigs yet, due to some political mess that Mike is dealing with, he had it open to RC cars and was hoping to have a classic show up and throw down comp. So with that in mind I loaded up my RC’s, chargers, parts and gate markers and the family too and headed up for the BBQ. When I got there several people were already there including Wayne from CORVA. It turned out to be a really fun event that had a laid back competitive touch. I threw down enough gates to run 3 courses that were fun enough for the variety of rigs we had on hand. I got to meet some great Axial fans at the BBQ and also make some new ones. The weather was windy and chilly at times but nothing the jacket couldn’t handle. We had burgers, dogs and carne tacos for lunch.

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It was great to see every model of Axial rig even built at the BBQ. Honcho, Wraith, AX10.

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It has been a long time since I have seen a super class crawler.

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Part of the course, including the newly built obstacle sponsored by Falken.

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If it could crawl, it could compete.

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Wayne from CORVA getting busy at the start gate of course 2.

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AX10 cousins, RTR and RTC, having a little fun.

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A little tunnel action never hurt nobody… fortunately no one got stuck.

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Mike Bishop of ACORA taking a gate… better luck next time Mike.

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Pulling the corner with dig and a little help from the rock.

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Angeles Natiaonl Forest has some really cool OHV trails. If you get the chance, get out and go enjoy what they have to offer. There are plenty of places to go exploring with RC’s and have some fun.

You can find more info about the park here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Azusa-Canyon-Offroad-Park/114943321929617

Axial Ad’s of past and present

Here we are again on another great Axial day!
Today I was digging through the archives over here at Axial, and dug up some old and new advertisements. So I though I would share a few of my favorites with you!

I’ll start from oldest than progress onward.

I liked this Scorpion ad because of it scale comparison.  It is really cool to see the difference between the real thing and the model.

Both of these SCX10 ad’s caught my attention, due it’s RTR scale look.  Also because you can drive these anywhere!

Let me get you in the mood for this ad (background music).  Now that the theme music is set, you can really be pulled into the sleek, dark look of this ad! It really has redefined written all over.  (Luke come to the Dark Side)

If your still listening to the imperial song…it’s alright, I understand that it can be pretty catchy.  The Wraith is a sweet ride, that comes with all the scale looks and mean graphics.  let alone the graphics for this ad are catchy as well.

My final favorite is the EXO.  Now I saw the EXO video before I saw this ad.  Both of them together just rock!  Seeing the scale looks, with the dirt flying due to it’s sure power really caught my eye!

These are my top picks at the moment, and I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you would like to see the rest of the ad’s follow this link to our flickr page.

Until next time,

Artothebeat, out!

Brandon’s Formula Offroad Build: Part 3: Insight into the AR60 Axle Design

See Part 2 of the build HERE.
See Part 1 of the build HERE.

Wanted to share the latest updates to my Formula Offroad build. When I first built this rig using AX10 axles the Wraith™ had just hit the market. At the time I thought it would be great to have those new AR60 axles found in the Wraith™ underneath my Formula Offroad rig. Well its been long enough, time to get it done!

But first, I will explain a few of the advantages of the AR60 axles for this application.

Axial R&D developed the new AR60 axles for a few reason’s. First, we wanted the Wraith™ to perform well at higher speeds. Speed isn’t all about straight line performance, stability is important as well. The AX10 axles with some wideners would not have cut it. To increase handling ability at speeds we needed to utilize a design with proper scrub radius. So what is Scrub radius and why is it so important for handling? Scrub Radius is determined by the kingpin location on the steering knuckles and hubs. Draw an imaginary line to the ground through the kingpin screws and ideally that imaginary line lands close to the center of the tire to achieve the ideal scrub radius.

Ideal, or zero scrub radius occurs when the kingpin line meets the ground at the center of the tire.

Here is a pic I found to help explain Scrub Radius (aka pivot angle radius):

Now lets take a look at the AR60 axle by drawing a similar diagram.

The Blue line is the imaginary line I mentioned above. The screws this imaginary line travels through are the kingpin screws. The red “X” at the bottom of the tire is the location that the kingpin line meets the ground. You can see this very close to the center of the tire therefore the scrub radius is minimal.

On 1:1 cars you want this scrub radius to be as close to zero as possible. Vehicles with a large scrub radius require powerful steering systems to move the tire when steering. Cars with zero scrub radius can usually be driven without power steering. So this brings us to another important reason to reduce scrub radius. The larger the scrub radius the higher the torque required to steer it, therefore you need a stronger steering servo on your RC car. Keeping the scrub radius to a minimum will let your steering servo work at its full potential and use the steering torque efficiently.

Lets look at my old setup using the AX10 axles and a wide offset wheel to achieve the width I wanted. Keep in mind that this is extreme due to the wheels I was using. Axial’s current products that utilize the AX10 axle do not exhibit this large scrub radius.

Here you can see the distance from the center of the tire where it meets the ground is a good distance away from the red X. This creates a very large scrub radius.

There are few other important things to note when looking at the comparisons above. See how the imaginary line through the kingpin screws is at an incline on the AR60 axle? This is due to the inclined kingpin screws compared to the vertical kingpin screws on the AX10 axles. This inclined kingpin design was originally used on the XR10 competition Rock Crawler. It effectively moves the imaginary line closer to the center of the tire. The extra width of the AR60 axle and the incline kingpin angle both work together to increase handling, stability, and steering efficiency.

When Axial R&D started looking into Kingpin Inclination during the design of the XR10 competition Rock Crawler we found that the 1:1 automotive industry settled on an inclined kingpin angle of 7-9 degrees. Anything more and the contact patch of the tire is decreased during steering. The XR10 and AR60 axles utilize 8 degrees of kingpin inclination.

Another example of kingpin inclination can be seen on a Dana 44 Axle, its always cool to see real world 1:1 technology trickle down into the RC industry.

The second major design focus on the AR60 axles was strength. The Wraith™ was designed to handle more more speed and larger tires than any previous Axial product. The AR60 axle utilizes a 1 piece molded axle housing with thicker axle tubes. By removing the seam of the 2 piece axle housing and increasing the thickness the strength increase is substantial.

The third major design focus of the AR60 axle was adjustability. Some key adjustable features include:

  • The AR60 axle can easily be flipped for a left or right offset pumpkin. The offset pumpkin allows for more clearance under a larger area of the axle and properly aligns the axle output with the transmission output to create a more efficient drivetrain.
  • The lower link/shock mounts can be flipped to adjust height and anti-squat.
  • Remove the diff cover and you can access the ring and pinion. Again this can also be flipped to keep the same rotation when you flip the axle housing to change the offset of the pumpkin.
  • Caster angle can be changed in 18* increments to drastically change driving/handling characteristics.
  • Upper 4 link truss is designed to be modular and act as a true truss to stiffen the axle housing.

Here is a exploded view showing the removal of the ring gear. Again Axial R&D took inspiration from 1:1 axles and the accessibility of the ring & pinion. It never gets old having to tear into an AR60 axle, its just too cool the way it comes apart and the diff cover gives you access to the axle internals.

Flipping the axles is also very easy. For this part of my Formula Offroad build I opted to install them flipped when compared to the Wraith. This was done to keep the transmission in the same orientation. If the AR60 axles did not have the capability to easily be flipped I would have been forced to rethink my whole build. The current transmission position allows me to run a full size 2 or 3S lipo pack under the hood. Once the axles were flipped all I had to do was flip the differentials inside the axle to correct the rotation. This extra adjustment is a great feature for changing the rotation to accommodate electronics or fighting torque twist.

Along with flipping the axles, the lower link/shock mounts can be flipped to further fine tune the suspension. Anti-squat characteristics are determined by the location of the links at the chassis and the axle. Triangulation and link separation is key when setting up a 4 link suspension, the AR60 axles give you that extra adjustability needed with the lower link mounts. Take a look at the image below, the green line running through the center of the axle helps to show the difference when the link mounts are flipped (link mounts shown in blue). If you need to replace a lower link mount its an easy part to change out that does not require the entire AR60 axle housing to be replaced. Axial also sells a machined aluminum lower link mount AX30830.

Here are a few initial build pictures of the AR60 axles underneath my Formula Offroad rig. Because this is a custom build I did have to make some slight adjustments to bolt on the AR60 axles and still utilize the full stroke of the shocks without interfering. I will update this post with some more detailed photos soon.

I also opted to upgrade the driveshafts to the new AX30794 WB8 versions. The new WB8 driveshafts utilize a CV style joint that is rebuild-able.

The wheels are the new Axial 2.2/3.0 Narrow Raceline Renegade for the EXO Terra Buggy. Tires are Pro-Line SC Slingshots.

More build pics coming soon! Also need to get some electronics sorted out. Stay tuned, thanks for looking!

Not sure what Formula Offroad RC’s are all about? Check out the RCCrawler.com Formula Offroad Forum HERE

Want to see a FOFF RC in action? Check out Bender’s video HERE

AWCC 2011 2.2 Comp Rig Photos

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The 2.2 Competition Class at this years Axial West Coast Championships was an exercise in coping with course design that challenged you far beyond “just” driving skill, but also flexed upon your strategic “thinking” game. Think of it as the game of checkers at the local level and you show up at the national level and its a game of chess. You have to get a little creative… draw on some little pieces of paper the chess icons, tape them to your checker-chips and school’em with knowledge of the game!

Why all the “strateg’ery?” While there are a lot of great drivers out there, the only way to progress the game is to take these drivers to the next level by first having them repetitively conform to a set standards and then push them a little beyond the norm with a bit of creativity while staying within boundaries and or strategically straddling boundaries as we witness at this years event! It is the next-level-competition of going from point-A to point-B that challenges the left hemisphere of that hard-drive on your neck, yes – the brain! Processing mechanical physics, terrain, time and rules is a massive info-crunch, especially when a field-ops drill Sargent is notching up the levels of the game beyond the norm. It’s healthy for the overall sport and it is FUN because it is the perfect “test-grenade” that they whole field is going to get tossed.

But who is such a mad man commanding field-ops drill Sargent that hollers at us to “DO WORK DRIVER!”™ while making you think speed-chess-hard all at the same time? And to top it off, while on the competition course there are moments of comedy from such an individual that seems to magically appear as this Super Axial-hero action figure to further distract drivers and innocent bystanders or some other masked Rock Ninja looking like an elder donned in 8o’s original Ninja Turtle kit but in over-streatched youthful costume size and sometimes appears as an over zealous international roaming news media commentator to report on driver’s actions or who knows what costume will pop out on course.. But back to that “mad man commanding field-ops drill Sargent” it is non other than Axial’s own team driver Brian Parker of the Recon Crawlers crawl-centrally located in Sparks Nevada. For you first time readers, please know that this man does not drive the course at any time before or during the events! But, he has the eye and flair of the most creative tactical course designers on the planet! In fact, he is at crouching-level of “Joey Christensen” of The Dirt, “Jimmy Babcock” of the JBRL Series and “Scotty Ernst” of Reedy Race of Champions and Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour – Brian Parker is on their level! Not to discredit the above mentioned as they are the top event organizers within their fields [I know first hand as I have worked with each of them], but Brian Parker has been at the forefront and helm of the best rock crawling events that are only gaining momentum. G-Metal, bolt action, safety strap check and Checkmate! OK, enough podium stroke. Lets get onto what really matters!

We wish to thank ALL THE DRIVERS who came to partake in the AWCC 2011 as it is your enthusiasm and efforts that actually make these event happen! Parker and RECON Crew just standing around in the woods would not make for an event, although it might make for a spectacle. It’s that old saying, “if the tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?” Without the competitors as participant-witness we wouldn’t hear that tree falling! Without the competitors [YOU!] its just dudes making courses out in the middle of the woods, driving XR10′s and SCX10′s for the fun of it; nothing wrong with that either… BUT, Enthusiast coming out and participating makes the event happen! Capturing the images lets everyone know that it in fact actually did happen and is not just hearsay. AND IT WAS FUN!!!

It was awesome to see all the rigs that came out to compete, but we are espcially drawn to those who use the Axial XR10 Chassis with Hardline body in tact!

So see it in print, hear us say, THANK YOU DRIVERS!

From all of us at Axial, we thank you!!!

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There are a lot more images on the Axial Flickr Page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/axialrc/sets/72157627223447011

SEE ALL AWCC BLOG POST:
http://axialracing.com/wordpress/category/awcc/

Jake Wright Attends Arizona Shootout

Newest Axial team drivers Jake Wright and Jess Downing made the trek to Arizona last weekend for their state shootout. This was Jake’s first major comp with his new XR10, and ended up 3rd for the day. Congrats Jake, way to do work!

Here’s what Jake had to say about the event.

“I felt pretty good all weekend, but I wasn’t locked in with the new XR10 yet. I was happy with my performance on 3 of the 4 courses, but I got beaten up on the last one of the day. Only 4 or 5 guys finished Course #2, and not finishing it dropped me to 7th or 8th going into the shootout. I managed to pull off the best score in the final shootout and that moved me up to 3rd place for the day. I feel pretty good about that finish knowing that I’m still a little off my game with the new truck. I think its really going to be game on once I start getting comfortable.”

A few shots of Jake working his new XR10.
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AWCCQ Round #3 in Long Beach, WA

Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier (AWCCQ) – Long Beach, WA

Long Beach, Washington, is famous for its clam digging, pristine coastal/drivable beach line, kite flying competitions and other summertime activities and this year was host to AWCC Qualifier Round #3. In 2010, Rocky Carlson, or Rockpile as he is known on the rccrawler.com boards, stumbled upon this very unique spot at the south end of Long Beach. Nestled against an amazing backdrop and what looks to be like a natural rainforest, especially if you’re from Southern California where vegetation grows because you bought some plants and irrigation from Home Depot, the spot could not have provided a better mix of scenery, accessibility and most importantly, amazing rock. With the compilation from the local clubs of ORCRC, WPRCCA, and WARCRC the event saw over 60 competitors in the highly coveted 2.2 Pro Class and 7 new competitors in the sportsman class ready to get their feet wet in the creative, exciting and just plain fun hobby of RC Rock Crawling.

With Brian Parker behind the wheel of course creativity, we were in for a special treat this qualifier. There were two courses that were your standard 10 gate/6 minute time limit for the pros and 5 gates for the sportsman drivers. The remaining courses, let’s just say, we were in for a special treat.

The look on Parker’s faces says it all.

Course 1 was a mix of rock crawling, rock racing and some true off-road racing. This course was four minutes in time length and two laps long. Each lap was scored just as you would score standard course-all penalties applied and so forth. You really had to manage your time on this course. If, you spent too much time at one gate it jeopardized your chance of finishing your second lap. If you went too fast and hit too many gates and pointed out before you even completed your first lap, your points were 40 for the second lap.  It was difficult to remember that if you finished your first lap, your points were tallied and you were back at zero for your second lap. So, just as standard crawling courses, it’s most important to finish the course.

A glance at Course #1 – Rock Racing

Course 2 was something new as well. You had the first 10 gates as a standard course – points, penalties and timing was all the same. If you completed the course, however, your points were tallied and then you went on to a 10 gate, 3 minute bonus course. Again, making sure you completed the first course was important so you could then take advantage of the bonus course. If you didn’t finish the first course, your bonus course was a 40.

The Crack on Course #3

Rocky’s showing us how it’s done.

Mr. Ryan Gerrish of Tammie’s Hobbies doing work on Course #3

Course 3 was all about time management and really knowing the course and, again, a whole new thought process to course design and creativity. It had your standard 10 gates but between each standard gate were bonus gates. The bonus gates made you decide if you wanted to take the risk and spend more time going through gates and earning the -2 bonus points while not timing out on the course. A perfect score on this course, including bonus, was -40. If you had some bad courses and wanted to make up points, this was the place to do it. What was cool, you could decide to do one bonus or all the bonuses, it was your decision. But, they had to be done in sequence.

A view after Gate #3 on course 4. Only 9 competitors were lucky enough to make it past Gate 3.

Rock Candy President Mindy Howe doing work on course #4. She was one of 9 drivers to clear Gate 3.

Tazz doing work on Course 2.

Scott Hughes and his XR10 with only genuine Axial hop up parts takes 2nd.

With all the creative courses there was slight confusion during the driver’s meeting. However, the judges and all the club members were knowledgeable on each of their courses making each course easy to understand before you started. The diversity of course designs and difference in course strategies really played to the success of the event and the buzz around the beach after the comp. The bench talk after the event is poised to go on and be remembered, especially at the Long Beach comps in the years to come.

To top off the competition, each participant received a commemorative dog tag and chances to win some Axial swag were high since raffle tickets were given to each participant.

Axial also had two XR10’s to handout-one to the winner of the sportsman class and one to the youngest 2.2 pro competitor. Congrats to Chris McMullin who won the sportsman class who then turned around and gave his kit to Denzel Judkins; he’s been looking at getting a XR10 since came out.

Chris McMullin (left), hands his XR10 over to Denzel

Pro 2.2 Top 5. From left – James Skiles (3rd); Scott Hughes (2nd); John Ripplinger (1st); Ryan Gerrish (4th); Scott Roberts (5th)

Gunner Ripplinger was the youngest competitor in the 2.2 Pro class earning himself an XR10. He then turned over his kit to his younger brother Gage Ripplinger who had yet to experience competing in the 2.2 Pro class. Let’s just say he’s ready to compete in style.

Sportsman Top 3. From left – Danny Hanna (3rd); Chris McMullin (1st); Tazz Judkins (2nd)

Amazing clubs coming together, great people, a breathtaking location and a fearless leader named Brian Parker truly made this an event that will be remembered by all who attended. Bookmark Axial’s blog now and check back often so you too can have the opportunity to be a part of the event next year.

Special thank you to Photos by Tristan (Tazz) http://photosbytristan.blogspot.com/