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King Shocks has been a big part of the rock-crawling desert race King of The Hammers, which is known as being one of the most treacherous and difficult off-road races in the United States. Through the vast stretches of epic desert to the rugged and intense battles of the rock trails, this race truly puts even the best off-road racers to the test. King Shocks was there every second up until race hour to ensure top performance for all of its drivers.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
– Friday February 7th marked the 8th green flag of the now Internationally known Griffin King of the Hammers.  JT Taylor is the only racer on the lakebed that can boast seeing all 8 green flags, and has driven the same car at 7 of the 8 events, with a 12th place finish in 2013.  “I am really surprised how time flies, to say that the first race we did was 8 years ago is crazy,” JT said in astonishment.  “We just went out and had fun the first time, and I am still doing the same.  My car is the original ‘Ol Blue with some modifications changing to King Shocks and BFGoodrich Tires along the way.  We recently added Azunia Tequila, but all my other sponsors have been with me since the beginning and for that I am humbly thankful.”

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Year after year, the King of the Hammers (KOH) off-road desert-racing hybrid event has proven to be most challenging for both man and machine to conquer. The Men (and women) are bold competitors who choose to take on the punishing endurance race hoping to claim victory in one of the sports highest honors. The machines are known as Ultra 4 vehicles that race at high speeds through the rough open desert and skillfully climb over difficult trails full of rock obstacles and boulder-strewn canyons.

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GARDEN GROVE, CA:
Raceline Wheels is always a major part of the Griffin King of the Hammers, and 2014 was no exception. Among the major events of the week Raceline Wheels co-sponsored the newest challenge: King Shocks Shootout at Backdoor, hosted the best-ever volunteer dinner on Thursday night, saw over half of the field of racers start on Raceline Wheels and had fun clocking 101 mph in the Raceline BFGoodrich Teraflex Jeep as it rolled 10,000 miles.

Kawasaki-Motor-Corp-Logo-1-3-14IRVINE, Calif. (February 12, 2014) – It’s one thing to enter what has been called “the toughest one-day off-road race in the world,” it’s another entirely to finish on the podium in that competition. Lined up against a field of heavily modified Side-by-Sides, Kawasaki’s Casey Currie relied on the power of his Teryx4™ stock 750-class engine to finish third in the 2014 King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV Pro Class race this past week in Johnson Valley, Calif., beating many 1000cc ‘race-ready’ machines.

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JOHNSON VALLEY, CA
– Driver Tony Pellegrino and his co-driver Bryan Lyttle piloted the GenRight / Falken #4485 Ultra4 race car back on the podium again! At the eighth running of the grueling Griffin King of the Hammers (aka: KOH), presented by Nitto tire off-road race in a remote section of the Southern California’s high desert.

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Written By Brad Lovell

Mile for mile King of the Hammers has got to be the toughest endurance race in the world. I know because my brother and I just did it twice in 2 days. My bruises are still fresh and the truck is huddled in the trailer hoping for resurrection. The team worked to near exhaustion for redemption from a disastrous 2013. Here’s how things went down.

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– Casey Currie returned for the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers this past weekend, expectations for a win may not have been met, but the odds of finishing the race were on Curries side. The week long event took place in Johnson Valley, CA where over 40,000 off-road/rock crawling enthusiasts flocked to watch 158 entries take their chance at the 150 mile brutal course.

Loren Healy earned his second King of the Hammers victory today. Photo: Josh Burns

Loren Healy earned his second King of the Hammers victory today. Photo: Josh Burns

As the 2014 King of the Hammers drew to its conclusion, it was clear that the brutal off-road race had the making of a heavyweight title fight. After a long day of racing, only a handful of competitors were still on their feet in the ring, with previous KOH Champions Erik Miller, Randy Slawson and Loren Healy battling for the win along with title contenders Derek West, Tom Wayes and Tony Pellegrino.

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Johnson Valley, CA
– Tuesday marked the first days of qualifying for the multiple races being held at the 2014 Griffin King Of The Hammers. Casey Currie qualified the Currie Racing UTV, Modified Rock Crawler and Ultra 4 on the 1.2-mile course. The course featured a high-speed start along with numerous sections of rock variations. A total of 19 UTV’s qualified for Wednesdays race, with a time of 6:14.8 that set Currie at a 14th starting position. 34 UTV’s are registered for KOH UTV race.