Lucas Murphy will be the 15th Ultra4 car off the line at the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers February 11, 2011, after qualifying for the 2011 King of the Hammers at the Rausch Creek Qualifier in May. He raced and won the Southern Missouri Off Road Ranch International Endurance Race, placed 4th overall in the International Endurance Series (IEC) and won the RCRocs Rock Race Series in 2010.

Murphy, in his home built New England trail rig, will drive 3,200 miles to compete and will take on the King of the Hammers for the second year in a row. “I think starting 15th is pretty awesome.  It doesn’t really matter at the end, but it is nice not to have all the traffic out in front of you,” said Murphy.  The Murphy’s Law Motorsports team has been focused on going faster, not necessarily changing or rebuilding last years competitive rig.  “We have been focused on motor performance on the dyno and tuning in the Fox Shox suspension.  We feel those are the two things that will help us go faster.”

After his first crack at it last year, Rock Zombie 4×4 club member Travis Carpenter of the 4405 “land-use” team will again race the King of the Hammers off-road race and generate funds for the Blue Ribbon Coalition and off-road land use in the process. The race, which will take place on February 11th, is promoted by HammerKing Productions (www.kingofthehammers.com) and is considered one of the toughest off-road competitions in the United States, blending off-road desert racing and hard-core rock crawling. The 120-mile course is split into two laps, with many racers struggling to finish the race.

The 4405 “Land-use” team is asking people to make a “Pledge per mile made” by Travis Carpenter to the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Individuals and companies are invited to make a pledge (see the link below). The amount of the final donations will depend on how far Travis is able to travel in the event. A flat rate may also be pledged. In 2010, the 4405 “land-use” team raised nearly $20,000 during the race-a-thon, which included major donations from the Tin Benders 4×4 club and 4Wheel Parts. As noted in the press release about the pledge event, “With the Blue Ribbon Coalition working nation wide to preserve access to motorized use on public lands, this race-a-thon comes at a key time when funds are sorely needed.”