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Scott GoForth earned the overall win. Photo: Courtesy of Ultra4 Racing

Story and Photos by Valerie Douglas (unless otherwise noted)

Welcome to the 10th running of Nitto King Of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries! By no means have we had amazing weather this week, unless you consider 75 mph winds with occasional rain, sleet and snow amazing weather, but regardless by the thousands people have flocked to Means Dry Lake Bed in Johnson Valley, CA, to watch amazing people with amazing vehicles defy gravity. Last night was no different with the Vision X SRRS vs. Ultra4 Shootout presented by King Shocks.

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Over the past summer, after receiving suggestions from OHV users, the Forest Service in Lake Tahoe began a dialogue with local agencies, interest groups and individuals about the quality of OHV experiences and how to maintain our OHV trails within the Tahoe Basin. Improving OHV signing, parking for trailers and involving the OHV community in the planning, management and maintenance of trails were top priorities identified as a result of the dialogue.

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Cleveland
– Lincoln Electric recently hosted some of the most prominent metal fabricators in the racing industry during the annual Advanced Motorsports Welding Seminar at its Cleveland world headquarters. Welding experts shared the latest advancements in materials and welding procedures in motorsports during the conference on Dec. 1-2.

BFGoodrich-Logo-2-19-13GREENVILLE, S.C. – BFGoodrich Tires returns to the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas to demonstrate its off-road racing leadership and heritage through its partnership with SCORE International Racing and unique interactive activities.

BFGoodrich Tires will host the one-of-a-kind Pit Crew Challenge outside its booth at the SEMA Score Baja Experience in the Silver Lot outside of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, running from Tuesday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 5. Each two-member team will compete against the clock, and other teams, by conducting a controlled pit stop and testing their skills in changing BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR2 race tires and simulating a fuel stop on a SCORE Baja 1000 Class 10 buggy. The event will feature appearances by several BFGoodrich Performance Team members who are made up of professional racers, tuners and enthusiasts throughout the week.

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Nitto Tire racers Loren Healy (center), Jason Scherer (right) and Erik Miller (left) swept the Ultra4 Season Championship podium.

Cypress, Calif. (October 21, 2015) – Nitto Tire, a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, swept the podium at the Ultra4 National Championships on October 17, 2015 at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada. Team Nitto drivers Loren Healey, Jason Scherer, and Eric Miller dominated the field of 60 cars in the 4400 Unlimited class race and Derek West and Wayland Campbell secured their second and third place finishes in the series.

ORBA-Logo-10-8-15The United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) have agreed to a formal arrangement that will allow the groups to coordinate policy as they strive to work together to protect access to lands, roads and trails for off-road enthusiasts. The groups have often collaborated in the past at the national level on projects of common interest. The new arrangement will enable the two national organizations to cooperate more closely to create a stronger approach to advocating for increased access to motorized recreation on public and private land.

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Reno, Nev.
– For the second consecutive year, the top ULTRA4 racers in the country will wow thousands of northern Nevada fans when the 4 Wheel Parts Nitto National Championship Presented by MetalCloak comes to the Wild West Motorsports Park on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17.

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The Baertrax & Tribe 4×4 Dirt Riot National Rampage comes to Bridgeport Texas Northwest OHV Park this weekend for the biggest event of the 14 Dirt Riot races this year.  “Drivers have had to qualify to race in this end-of-year spectacular event,” explained Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events.  “Our 5 series, composed of 3 races each, have already finished and each series has a winner.  This weekend, all the racers from each series come head-to-head and race for the National Title.  In addition to a cash purse, the highest placing finisher in the 4400 Pro 4×4 race, who is not already qualified, will get an entry spot into the 2016 Griffin King of the Hammers.”

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The W.E. Rock Grand Nationals will be at brand new location for both East and West competitors, Katemcy Rocks (K2) Off Road Park in Mason, Texas.  This new location has no home field advantage for either of the Pro Classes.  The rose-colored granite formations have a lot of crystal content, so traction should be excellent for the very technical courses with lots of bonuses designed by Josh England.  The competition will be on Saturday and Sunday at the 5-star site Katemcy Rocks (K2) Off Road Park located just 6 miles west of Mason, TX.  Cabins, electrical hook ups and a shower house are available onsite, or it is a short drive to town for motels and restaurants.

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Off-Road.com is one of a handful of outlets to get a sneak peek at Falken’s all-new Wildpeak AT/3W all-terrain tire. We installed a set of the tires on KMC Wheels’ new Machete wheel and will post a review of them on the site shortly.

In the past few years, Falken has made a dedicated push into the off-road segment. If you’ve been in Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari, or you’ve taken the modern rock-crawling pilgrimage to Johnson Valley OHV in Southern California for King of the Hammers, you’ve likely seen the Falken crew charging around trails in a Jeep JK Wrangler or other company rig, sporting its Wildpeak All-Terrain tire. Or maybe you’ve seen some of Falken’s sponsored drivers in competition, like Tony Pellegrino of Gen Right Off-Road who finished in second place at KOH in 2014.