Pro-Line World Championships of Rock Crawling

By Axial Staff on Sep 09, 2009

For the last 3 years the United States Radio Controlled Crawler Association, or USRCCA, has held their Nationals in Moab, Utah at Potato Salad Hill. With the rapid growth in RC rock crawling over the last few years these national level events actually started attracting people from around the world. There were 6 Japanese competitors at the 2008 Nationals. USRCCA owners Jason Hensel and John Hubbard recognized there was enough interest to hold an even bigger event then nationals. The idea for the first ever “Worlds” was floating around in Jason and John’s minds for a while. But, they needed to get all their ducks in a row before letting it be known to the public. They also knew they had plenty of terrain here in the US to host an event of this magnitude, as well as the support from online vendors and major R/C companies that offer crawler specific products. They just had to enlist the help of a few hardcore volunteers to pull it off. Fast forward to the first ever “Worlds of Rock Crawling”. Held at beautiful Donner Ski Ranch in northern California this event was going to have some of the longest/toughest courses ever set for a comp, and the courses didn’t disappoint…………………they were brutal!! Here’s a few of the highlights from the 2.2 class.

NorCal’s own Brian Crofts working his 2.2 comp crawler
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This gate had about a 25 foot drop off on one side…………………….hold your line driver
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Daniel Flemming’s Berg
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Austin Dunn’s 2.2
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Jeff Gill’s 2.2 comp crawler
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What a view
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My SWX
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Team Axial Driver Dean Hsiao’s AX10
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RCShortcourse.com was on hand providing live coverage from the event for RCCrawler.com
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Mike Thompson’s 2.2
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Yoshiaki Kataoka’s custom Kyosho crawler
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More scenery
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Brandon’s SWX
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Matt Kearney’s SWX
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Here’s how the top 3 in the 2.2 class ended up……….
1st Austin Dunn
2nd Jake Hallenbeck
3rd Jay Robinette

Congrats to everyone that competed in this inaugural World Class event. Keep an eye out for details on next year’s comp.


3 Comments:

  1. Default_avatar Michael Posted on 2009-09-10 12:54:41

    Daniel F. was not running an SWX chassis
    he switched and was running a crawler design works chassis

  2. Default_avatar badger Posted on 2009-09-11 21:01:29

    Great write up and pics Brad!

    Can someone buy that kid a new pair of shorts? And is he wearing his dad’s shoes? Greg needs to sit down with Brandon and tell him that he is no longer a starving student and quit dressing like a hobo at Axial sponsored events.

  3. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-09-14 08:30:00

    HaHa!! Thanks John. I’ll check with Greg about getting Brandon squared away.

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