Overland Expo 2012 – Expedition VehiclesBy Axial on Jun 28, 2012
Axial Racing is always working to keep a close eye on the latest and greatest 4 wheel drive trends. As of late, there is a major buzz about the Overland and Expedition vehicle scene. This is actually quite different than the standard direction for Axial vehicles (generally considered hardcore crawlers), though seems to fit in quite well with what our customers prefer to do with their SCX10’s. With the RECON G6 Challenge events really starting to get some traction and many more “like” events popping up every weekend; this just may be the next direction for scale rigs. More and more consumers are taking to the hiking trail, and not just for a 10 minute session, but instead for all day excursions. This style of travel could be characterized by or described as your average full size four wheel drive event such as a Jeep Jamboree. Though generally speaking those events may take all day, but actually not cover a tremendous amount of ground. In our case, the Axial SCX10 enthusiasts are covering some serious distance, as if they are on an expedition.
Axial has been following this expedition scene for some time now, as many of you may remember the “Go Overland, Do Expedition” ad that Axial ran in magazines. Axial has also developed a media partnership with the world renowned “Overland Journal” magazine that really caters to that scene. If you have been out on the trail for hours, or have been out exploring without a trail for hours, you too are on your own scale expedition.
We decided to head out to Flagstaff, Arizona from May 18-May 20 2012 to participate in the Overland Expo event. This is the premier event in the USA dedicated to vehicle dependent travel and exploration. If you are into the expedition lifestyle, this is the place to be. The expedition community as a whole, is also very into RC, what better hobby to take on the road than your scale RC vehicle.
We contacted TJM and told them we would be heading to Arizona for the event, and they asked if we wanted to take their Overland Toyota Tacoma. How can we pass up driving this heavily equipped Toyota for the weekend? We couldn’t, and we did!
We set up a booth for Axial vehicles to be displayed and showed off throughout the weekend.
Some of our partners were also on hand at the event displaying their goodies!
Check out Icon Vehicle Dynamics
We were quite pleased to see a few Axial based rigs and rigs with Axial components around the show, many told us they had them in their full size vehicles and kept them charged up while they were on the road!
Even this guy’s RC car had an RC Car
One of the coolest aspects of this show is the education you can get throughout the event. Almost non-stop there are different areas of discipline being discussed and debated. Experts from each respective field are on hand to lend their experiences to those wanting to learn.
The recovery school was one of the coolest things to see. These guys had some incredible equipment and techniques
The Camel Trophy crew really stole the show. They brought ex-Camel Trophy vehicles as well as a tremendous amount of knowledge of how to make a road where there isn’t one.
Here are a few of the Camel Trophy Rigs…
The camel trophy crew got to work showing people how to do some amazing things while in the middle of nowhere. For instance, they taught you how to make a bridge out of trees
Of course they had to test it!!
They also discussed very advanced self-extraction techniques using a winch without an anchor. They made an anchor from several smaller tree limbs that when used alone would not be sufficient
The last one is tensioned with a single piece of wood.
After doing several G6 events, I can see where some of this knowledge would really come in handy on the trail. Due to the amount of traffic at the Axial booth, it was hard to slip away and impossible to take any of the classes, but it is on the list of something we would like to do in the future.
If you are like us, chances are you want to see some inspiration for future builds, check out some of these awesome expedition rigs
EXO Terra Buggy
King of the Hammers
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