MESA, ARIZONA: Like most of the off-road community, Bower Power Hour is celebrating the 10th annual King of the Hammers at Johnson Valley this week. Charlene did some pre-interviews with some key folks to the event. But, like Charlene does, she didn’t ask the normal questions, such as ‘what is the course like’, instead she dug deep into the history, and the thoughts of the past and the future. Want to know what makes Dave Cole tick and understand some of his views?
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.
Cypress, Calif. – Nitto Tire U.S.A., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, is returning as the title sponsor of the 2016 King of the Hammers (KOH) off-road race in Johnson Valley, California. Nitto will be fielding one of the most competitive teams of drivers in the event, with four of its drivers having previously won the prestigious race, and will also be giving fans an exciting behind the scenes look at the race with its new “Journey to the Hammers” video series.
Clackamas, OR — Warn Industries is proud to announce their 2016 King of the Hammers Contingency Program for competitors in the Ultra4 King of the Hammers races February 3rd – February 5th. A total of $2450 will be offered to drivers in Friday’s Nitto King of the Hammers race, Thursday’s Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race and Wednesday’s Polaris RZR KOH UTV race. Additional details are listed below.
Compton, California – Multiple Transamerican Auto Parts business divisions including off-road retailer 4 Wheel Parts, are returning as official event partners and sponsors for the 10th annual Ultra4 Nitto King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, California. Transamerican Manufacturing Group (TMG) will sponsor numerous activities and events, including the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, under the auspices of its numerous off-road and performance aftermarket companies that include Pro Comp, Rubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear and Smittybilt. The weeklong “Ultimate Desert Race” featuring multiple classes from motorcycles to the high horse powered Unlimited Class 4400 Ultra4 cars runs from January 30 – February 6, and includes 4 Wheel Parts’ sponsorship of the Ultra4 qualifying sessions for the 4400 main race and the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge on February 4.
Compton, California – Pro Comp has announced the launch of its Tire Racing Program to offer special pricing to participating drivers on select Xtreme MT2 tires for a variety of off-road racing categories. Pro Comp’s Kevin Adler will helm the new program which caters to many popular off-road racing divisions including Ultra4 Legends, Modified, Stock, and various desert racing classes.
Lake Elsinore, CA – The Teryx Girls had an adventurous 2015 and are ready to make 2016 even more exciting as Sara Price and Erica Sacks are committed to the Ultimate Desert Race the 2016 King of the Hammers. This all-new challenge will test the girls physically and mentally as they race through Johnson Valley, California speeding through open desert and slowly tackling the technical rock crawling sections of the course. The King of the Hammers is a true test of (wo)man and machine as last year only three of the 51 entrants finished the race in 2015.
Jessi Combs and Savvy Off Road are joining forces to tackle the 2016 King of the Hammers (KOH) Every Man Challenge (EMC) race event held in Johnson Valley California, and they launched their campaign and 2016 Savvy Jeep at the 2015 Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show today.
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.
JOHNSON VALLEY, CA – August 19th, 2015 – Hammerking Productions in conjunction with HeavyMetalConcepts released the trailer for the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by 4 Wheel Parts movie titled, “The Kingdom” today. This year’s movie will highlight the intense final showdown between 2011’s King, Erik Miller and 2012’s King, Randy Slawson for the chance to re-claim the throne in 2015.