Archive for September, 2013

T-minus 4 days and counting.

September 24th2013

Watch for Rocks -- 2013 Widia Rausch Creek QualifierSpidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

The countdown has begun; Ultra4 Nationals in t-minus 5 days and counting.

September 23rd2013

Nothing But Speed -- 2013 Ultra4s at SuperliftSpidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Flying — 2013 American Rocksports Challenge

September 20th2013

Flying -- 2013 American Rocksports ChallengeSpidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Congress is in session; the National’s are back on.

September 19th2013

Congress is in Session -- 2012 W.E.Rock Round 1Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Yeah, remember that post a few days ago, where we said the National’s were cancelled? Well, they were, keyword here is were. They’re back on, same time but different venue. Ultra4 drivers from around the country were having none of that no National’s discussion, and spoke up load and clear. “The National’s need to happen this year”, they rejoiced, “regardless of location”. So, here we are, getting ready to head to Congress, AZ next weekend (September 28th) for the Ultra4 National’s.

This updated spot is a bit familiar to us. We’ve hit a few W.E.Rock rock crawls in Congress, as evidence from the photo we shot here of rock master Jason Feuilly, and can say, as far as the rocks go, it’s the real deal. After speaking briefly with Dave Cole, Ultra4 owner and grand master, sounds like we’ll have somewhere around 20 miles of rock racing terrain to work with (unconfirmed, don’t quote us on this one). Couple this with over 40 already confirmed top Ultra4 drivers, and we’re going to have ourselves a National’s.

We’ll, we have some planning to do ourselves, but rest assured we’ll be (back) in Congress for this years Ultra4 National’s. Event details can be found on @ . Looking forward to seeing everyone out there!


The Nationals are cancelled, here’s an old school rock photo to cheer us up.

September 13th2013

Cone-Watching----2011-WERock-Round-3Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Take a deep breath… the Ultra4 Nationals are cancelled. Like everyone else, we received word yesterday from an open letter Dave Cole posted to all. In typical Cole style, the letter is honest and transparent, and all said and done it is what it is. Read for yourself if you haven’t yet seen, .

We’re already half way thru this month, but make no mistake things are busy still on the off-road racing circuit; why not use this post to recap what’s happening in September. This weekend marks the first ever King of Portugal, and our very own Levi Shirley <insert plug>and his Spider 9 powered Ultra4</insert plug> will be representing the US in this soon to be epic battle. Be sure to follow the action on the King of Portugal Facebook page.

As it happens, there were two other off-road races the same weekend as the previously scheduled Nationals. September 27th-28th marks the final TORC short course installment at Primm, NV. Rock legend, and last year’s Pro Light champion Brad Lovell is currently sitting in 3rd for the Pro Light class, and as they say anything can happen in the final weekend of racing. Be sure to keep an eye on the Traxxas TORC Series Facebook page for updates.

Last, but certainly not least, W.E.Rock’s Grand Nationals takes place September 28th-29th. Yes, there’s a Facebook page for that too, W.E.Rock Nationals , and we have no doubt this race is going to bring good times all the way around. Always fun having East and West coast teams battling it out, and watching the action go down in our own state of Colorado is always a good thing.

So.…with all of that did we get your mind of the Nationals being cancelled? Probably not, but it is the weekend and it’s time to carry on. The photo in today’s post (used simply to cheer us up) is of Jesse Haines, and is one of our older favorites which shows off the technical side of competitive rock crawling. Alright, that’s it for now, enjoy the weekend everyone!