JOHNSON VALLEY, CA: Hammerking Productions is pleased to announce that the dates have been secured for the 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers presented by Optima Batteries. The 11th annual KOH week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Monday, February 3rd, 2017 and will continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The actual 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 10th, 2017. All races from 2016 are expected to return for 2017 including: The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Polaris KOH UTV Race, Klim King of The Motos, and Vision X Shootout.
MESA, ARIZONA: Bower Power Hour has found that in the off-road industry large corporate companies can be just as responsive as the smaller companies, but maybe with a twist. In other industries, large corporations have many restrictive processes that makes the time line for product development much longer than a smaller business. In the off-road industry large companies, like Dana Spicer, are able to follow the path from R&D to QA and final production in the same amount of time that a smaller company, like Total Chaos Fab, can. This helps to keep the business side of the off-road industry diverse and growing.
Marcus Hook, PA – Erik Miller, from Cumberland, MD, won his second King of the Hammers (KOH) race on Friday, February 5th, in Johnson Valley, CA, using Sunoco Race Fuels. Miller entered his first-ever Ultra 4 race at the 2010 King of the Hammers finishing fifth. He went on to win the 2012 KOH event, one of the toughest one-day off-road races anywhere combining all out desert racing with rock crawling sections difficult enough to challenge the best competitors’ physical and mechanical skills. The next few years proved to test his mettle with heartbreaking parts failures, barely missing the win in 2014. Miller’s never give up attitude paid off this year allowing him to overtake Jason Scherer, the fastest qualifier and the 2009 KOH winner.
Cypress, Calif. – Nitto Tire U.S.A. is excited to announce that Team Nitto driver Bailey Campbell has become the first female diver to ever complete the King of the Hammers race, and she did so with a Top 5 finish on February 5th, 2016 in Johnson Valley, California.
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MESA, ARIZONA: As the weather starts to warm up here in Arizona, spring is on everyone’s mind and with it the promises of a new wheeling season. This week Bower Power Hour gets an inside look at two, up-coming, spring wheeling weekends. From the TDS Desert Safari to the Desert Bloom Rally, this spring is full of awesome events all across the country.
Well it’s been a while since we have sent out a team newsletter. There is good reason. We bit off a lot in 2015 between launching a Pro 2 program, building a Bronco to race in the desert, and prepping/crewing a Pro-Light. I needed more time so the newsletters stopped and I put what media time I had into the realm of social media.
This year’s King of the Hammers (KOH) would see almost double the entries, 60 side-by-sides, lining up to try to take “The Hammer” and a brand-new 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS, which was offered to the Pro Class winner as part of Polaris RZR being the official side-by-side of the race. Three Polaris Factory Racers would line up their Polaris RZRs for the toughest off-road race in the world and when the dust settled, all three would finish in the top five.
Nitto Tire U.S.A. is proud to announce that Team Nitto driver Erik Miller has won the 2016 King of the Hammers race. Miller took home the win alongside Nitto teammates Jason Scherer, Shannon Campbell, and Bailey Campbell at Friday’s race where the team’s Nitto Trail Grappler tires provided them with the reliability and durability they needed to achieve victory.
The King of the Hammers is celebrating its 10th year in 2016, and the event is bigger than ever. The event has grown to become, as some put it, the “Burning Man of Off-Road” because of the uniqueness, and difficulty, of the competition, which has help spawn explosion of rock crawling across the country. Even if those attending the event never plan to race, there are more crawlers roaming around the event than one could imagine – most of which could have won the race five years ago.