What’s up gang, Evol here with a little scale event coverage for ya. Every year Goat Hil offroad park and KCRC (my local club) host a series of event in the hills Independence Missouri for what has become one of the mid-wests hottest crawling spots. Goat Hill is nestled on a hillside of a farm just outside of town and hidden from prying eyes as it is completely shrouded by trees. This also means it’s completely shaded which comes in handy on 92 degree days like this Fathers Day weekend. Last year we dodged a bullet and had mild 80 degree temperatures and had one of the biggest turn outs to date. This year I fear the temperatures kept a lot of people in the air conditioning. That’s OK though we still had quite a few entrants and less drivers meant less trail congestion.
Goat Hill while not G6 course large is still big enough to accommodate 15 minute to 1 hour laps depending on how many side trails you venture down. And the objective of the Adventure Challenge is not how fast you can complete a lap but how close you can come to a pre-selected time. From the time the trail opens until this time is closes you’re allowed to run as many laps as you want. This format has proven very popular because it allows a steady flow of drivers in and out of camp and allows you to frequently return to your base to hydrate or wrench on your rig in the event that you break it. It also makes it a very family friendly event which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much.
The trail as it has matured the last 4-5 years is starting to become more defined than it ever has. Instead of being directed through gates and marker flags it now is a clearly worn trail with rock borders to let you know where the boundaries are. This is not something you see at other crawling spots because it means the trail has received constant attention and tending from from event organizer Jerry Justice. It also adds greatly to the scale appeal of the whole thing and that is one of the things that makes Goat hill so special.
The competition had a very friendly atmosphere with many competitors towing each other back to camp in the event of a break down. Friendly conversation and mutual admiration of the trail rigs was to be seen everywhere. It’s very clear that Kansas City has a huge scale following.
With the excessive heat Jerry ran an accelerated time table to try and get everyone off of the trail before the hottest part of the day. This meant no mid day break unfortunately which is my favorite part of the day because it gives you a chance to have everyone in the pits at the same time and get a good look at what everyone was running. Oh well, maybe next year the weather will cooperate with us better. The high temps didn’t seem to dampen anyone spirits though and I think everyone had a great time. The smaller amount of competitors meant almost everyone walked away with some sort of prize. This Goat Hill Adventure Challenge was one of our better sponsored events to date, and because of that I’d like to take a moment to thank the sponsors now.
St Joe Honda ponied up a nice amount of Proline Racing goodies with several sets of 1.9 and 2.2 tires as well as some scale accessories. Dinky RC handed out some nice scale accessories and rcMart sent over some great Yeah Racing products. Special thanks to Freqeskinz for making the trophies as well as giving out body wrap kits to several of the contestants. Hobby Haven of Overland Park was on hand to hand out some prizes to the winners and Jasper Hobbies handed out some of their awesome hobby work trays. And finally special thanks to DMG and Howler Customs for their contributions. This was a fantastic event and we thank everyone for their help weather is was physical labor helping prep the coarse or just donating to the club to help pay for supplies. A huge thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this event happen.
At the end of the day the top 3 in 1.9 and 2.2 walked away with the loot and the bragging rights until next year. For 1.9 in the top spot we had Austin G, 2nd place went to Jon J and Jaden S brings up third. For 2.2 Scott R took home top honors followed by Rick M and Justin S. Great job guys!
Anyway, that’s all I have for now guys. This was a great event and I highly encourage any of you who have not attended a Goat Hill event to try and come out next time as they are always a lot of fun. If you want more info drop out to the Goat Hill facebook page and give them a like to stay up to date on upcoming events.
Keep you eyes peeled as KCRC’s next event is the highly touted Crawl-A-Palooza in Disney Oklahoma Oct 7-9th 2016. This is the 10 year anniversary and one of RC Crawling longest standing competitions. You can check out more details about this event here.
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