2009 Annual RCX Show – Coverage 330+ Pics!

By Axial Staff on Apr 20, 2009

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Crawl Try Me Mountain!
Sponsored by Axial Racing and RCP Tracks.

RC rock crawling is back at RCX! RCP Tracks is building a brand new display that stretches over 40 foot long and includes some amazing competition and scale rock crawling features. A new addition to this years rock crawling course is YOU the public get to drive on the course.  Axial Racing will be providing all the vehicles to give you the opportunity to test drive some of the best RC rock crawling trucks in the market on the all new RCX “Crawl Try Me” track.

The annual 2009 Radio Control Expo will be held at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA April 18th-19th.

2009 RCX Show Coverage
Words: staff Photos: staff
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Over several months of planning, it all came down to 2 days that consisted of 330+ images and several hours of HD video footage (not available yet, but we hope that we put it to use very soon). Until then, enjoy the pics.

The Saturday morning line at RCX

The Saturday morning line at RCX

Better than watching RC crawling is to actually "try it"

Better than watching RC crawling is to actually "try it"

One of the major attractions of the Axial RCX booth was the extremely well done and highly detailed “try me” track. This track was designed and fabricated by none other than John Billig of RCP Tracks.

Paul and the not so big Vanessa

Pauls “puppy dog” like eyes only gets this big when somebody has their eye’s on his pizza.  His left-hand woman Vanessa reassured him of his pizza’s safety.  Everything worked out, and nobody was harmed although we can’t say the same for that ill-fated pizza.

Brandon C's SCX10 on the "try me" course

Brandon C's SCX10 on the "try me" course

Ashley Sarto in the Axial 1:1 Rock Crawler

Ashley Sarto in the Axial 1:1 Rock Crawler

Some of you might recognize Ashley Sarto (www.myspace.com/ashleysarto) because she’s actually the 2009 Hankook tire spokesmodel.  She’s also been featured in Import Tuner, DSport, Super Street, and several other very popular magazines.  Be sure to check her out!

Jake Hallenbecks Axial rigs. His 1:1 and RC rig.

Jake Hallenbecks Axial rigs. His 1:1 and RC rig.

Jake Hallenbek’s rig, was also one of the main attractions of the Axial Booth. You can read more about this in our other blog posts “Jake Hallenbeck’s Full-Sized Axial Rock Crawler” or the “King of the Hammers” blog posts.

RCP Tracks

RCP Tracks

This was just one of the many tracks at RCX this year – This one gave me motion sickness, but besides that, it was really fun to watch. It kind of reminded me of my experience with that (FPS) First Person Shooter “Descent” and “Doom.” I kept wanting to watch or play, but damn the nausea. For the record, I have no problem with either Call of Duty 4 or 5.

Slot car track

Slot car track

Rescue was needed because this boat started to take on water.

Rescue was needed because this boat started to take on water.

While watching this boat getting plucked out from the water because it was taking on water, RC CarActions Brandon Wilcox almost couldn’t resist the temptation to follow the guy into the water to cool down.

Tank battalion out in front of RCX

Tank battalion out front of RCX. Definitely one of my favorite exhibits each year

RCX had a ton of product for sale

RCX had a ton of product for sale

Hobbytown, Corona, CA had a TON of product on-hand for sale.  If you’re still looking for something, be sure  to check them out at 351 Magnolia Ave #101, Corona, CA 92879 (951-272-4020).  Be sure to tell them that you saw them on Axial’s website.  Also for a Hobbytown in your area, be sure to check out HobbyTown.com

Xtreme RC

Xtreme RC Magazine

Here we have Derek B. (right-side) who was doing his seated push-ups to maintain his toned upper body.  Be sure to pick-up a copy of Xtreme RC or RC heli (I lost 8lbs reading it).

Proline Booth

Pro-line definitely does Rock Crawlers

Kal-gard was in attendance with their line of lubricants

Kal-Gard was in attendance with their line of lubricants

I think Kal-Gard has found some new found love from the RC market because it looks as though their full range of lubricants has some extremely useful applications in the RC market (stay tuned for more info in an upcoming blog).

This love shouldn’t be a surprise or mistaken as a quick fling.  They’ve become the lubricant of choice for MX, ATV, and a fast growing company for the entire off-road community.  Kal-Gard has 20+ years of heritage with motorcycles and the aerospace industry, and has become a technology leader within these markets.  I’m sure they’ll do the same with RC.  It’s only a matter time.

Travis "T-bone" S. and Ashley Sarto

Travis "T-bone" S. and Ashley Sarto

Any of you living in SoCal and you’re involved with off-roading in the IE should definitely check out Dirt Alliances events.  They have several events a year that range from their Dirt Tour to the M4SX “side X side” racing series…. oh, and not to mention all those hot chica’s that come out to the event.

Dirt Alliance's HD video "From the Dirt". Find it at dirtalliance.com and No Fear stores

Dirt Alliance's HD video "From the Dirt".

Find it at “No Fear” stores (www.nofear.com)

RC Drifting

RC Drifting

I have a friend who’s written a book on drifting and is a hardcore drifting enthusiast who’s contributed countless editorial on drifting, but the both of us had a hard time with RC drifting. Much like the 1:1 stuff, it definitely takes some amazing talent and skill to do what these guys do.  I think I’ll just stick to watching.

Squadron of planes

Squadron of planes

Further down, they had several of Lockheed Martins “Area 51″ planes, the SR-71  Blackbird and F-117.  I was surprised to see an RC version of the F-117 Nighthawk because it requires a lot of avionics to keep the real plane in the sky.

The planes and helicopters were located in the 2nd building

The planes and helicopters were located in the 2nd building

The scale (it was huge) and level of detail in this Sikorsky biplane was IMPRESSIVE!!! I’m taking a guess that this is a Sikorsky S-35 from the 1920′s??

the Aftermath

the Aftermath

Ashley’s lunch consisted of a vanilla ice cream cone and some crinkle cut fries.

All in all, an amazing show! Visit Axialracing.com for more updates from other shows.


5 Comments:

  1. Default_avatar vanessa Posted on 2009-04-13 12:55:19

    hello, nice site!

  2. Default_avatar Charlie Posted on 2009-04-15 12:47:31

    That looks like a ton of fun. I wanna come on down for that.

  3. Default_avatar Bob Posted on 2009-04-20 17:57:38

    I would like to know how many time Ashley was hit on at RCX…. Poor girl.

    She is fun to look at, but more product pics would have been preferred.

  4. Default_avatar Frankie Posted on 2009-04-21 15:05:47

    Ashley’s ice cream sequence is better than any product you will ever find in a hobby show… Great coverage!!!

  5. Default_avatar Tyler Posted on 2009-05-03 07:47:17

    Haha that little boy in the last picture is looking at Ashley. Nice coverage Axial and nice pick for eye candy for Axial also. :)

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