July 14th, 2016 marks the start of the 11th annual Axialfest campout and festival of all things “Scale RC”. The 4-day event gathers scale enthusiasts from across the globe to showcase their Axial vehicle and enter various events in a 440-acre Northern California campground, Cisco Grove.
According to the official AxialFest 2016 FaceBook page, over 1,000 fans are going this year. Events include:
- Concourse: Show & Shine
- Adventurist: R/C Trail Hiking
- Altra Ultra 5K Enduro: R/C Trail Running
- Rock Racing: R/C Rock Racing
So what made this growing sub-culture in RC have a cult-like following? What makes over 1,000 people flock to a campground and celebrate a specific brand?
It’s a chance for like-minded people to get together and share a very specific hobby with one another. It’s not really about competing for a title or trophy, it’s about camaraderie and a passion for a very creative niche of the hobby: Scale Vehicles.
Axial Racing manufacturers scale vehicles better than anyone on the planet. Axial makes everything from a beginner’s Ready-to-Run 1/10th scale SCX10 Trail Honcho to Builder Kits that allow you to customize the choices of body color and electronics.
So what else makes Axial Racing so unique? On May 24th 2016, Axial invited 50 customers out to Casey Currie’s shop in Corona, CA to celebrate the SCX10. What the customers didn’t know was that Axial had something up their sleeve…they unveiled the brand new SCX10 II 2000 Jeep Cherokee. Complete with 1:1 vehicle and the new 1/10th scale version to inspect. The select 50 customers got to talk with Axial and give their feedback on the new product and just share a good evening.
In the end it’s just bunch of plastic, aluminum and rubber, but Axial made it a little different. They brought the people element into the hobby and started a trend. Are you going to AxialFest 2016? Share your thoughts on Axial below.