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While we’d take nothing away from the event itself, you could argue that most of the excitement of King of the Hammers takes place in the days leading up to the main race when thousands of people descend on Johnson Valley to prep and wheel prior to one of the toughest off-road races in the world.  This guy is putting his Toyota Tacoma through its paces, much to the crowds delight.

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King of the Hammers provides all sorts of incredible action and crazy carnage over the course of about a week. Between pre-running the course and the actual race itself, there are plenty of opportunities to tear up a machine. Dusty Epps wasted no time taking to the obstacles at Johnson Valley, as he jumped down an obstacle called Backdoor and ended up nearly backflipping his RZR. It’s safe to say he takes the phrase “Go big or go home” to heart.

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The 11th annual Nitto King of the Hammers week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 and continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. What is considered the toughest one-day off road race in the world, King of the Hammers (KOH) is also the largest off-road racing event in North America in terms of both competitors and spectators, and the first event of the ULTRA4 Racing season. It combines desert racing and rock crawling, and has expanded from one race to a series of five races held throughout the week and takes place each February in Johnson Valley, CA.  

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ULTRA4 Racing and King of The Hammers (KOH) will premiere on NBC Sports today, August 25th, in a six-episode series titled “Journey to The Hammers” airing on Thursday nights. The series showcases ULTRA4 Racing: the drivers, the teams and the lifestyle, in a way that has never before been seen on television.

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The 2009 King Of The Hammers Champion, Jason Scherer is returning back for his 8th year to take on the 2015 Nitto King Of The Hammers. This year Scherer will be running his #76 Ultra4 with a new look to the top competing race vehicle. Scherer and FOX have joined forces for the massive event and you wont miss the #76 as he will be rocking the FOX heritage 40 year anniversary livery.

DANVILLE, CA – Industry leading suspension manufacturer, Rubicon Express has announced it will be sponsoring professional off road racer, Jason Scherer.  The new partnership brings together a company that pioneered modern high performance suspension systems for Jeeps with a championship winning driver and race team. Both Rubicon Express and Jason Scherer are based in Northern California with strong roots wheeling on the famous Rubicon Trail. As their newest ambassador, Scherer’s Ultra4 single seat race car will be wrapped with the very recognizable Rubicon Express black and silver logo which will be debuted at next weeks 2013 King of the Hammers and continue its appearances at the three Ultra4 Western Series races.

Rubicon Express brand manager, Adam Trowbridge said, “We are very excited to have Jason Scherer representing Rubicon Express. His professionalism, sportsmanship, and reputation as an exceptional racer are a great match with our company and what we stand for. We are looking forward to kicking off the 2013 race season with Jason at the King of the Hammers.”

PHOENIX, AZ – JANUARY 29, 2013:  Jeremy Hammer, owner of Fly-N-Hi Total Performance Center in Phoenix, will race the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers on February 8th.  Well, that is after he qualifies successfully through the Last Chance Qualifier process taking the 3rd green flag on Tuesday February 5th.  “We spent most of 2012 building a new car that will debut at the Last Chance Qualifier,” said Jeremy Hammer owner and driver.  “We took our old proven car that has run the last 4 King of the Hammers, kept the good parts and added better parts to build another masterpiece.”

The Fly-N-Hi team will kick off the excitement this Wednesday January 30th with their 4th annual fundraiser at The Blind Pig in Scottsdale, AZ. “We are asking for $10 donation at the door per person for some great Mexican food and soda. There will be an auction for some great items and you can see the newly built car,” said Jeremy.  “This is grass roots racing, we hold this event to raise money to get our team of drivers and pit crew out to the ‘toughest single day race on the planet’…169 miles of some of the most treacherous terrain in the country.”  There will be cocktails and other food items for purchase, located at 3370 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

El Cajon, Calif. – FOX athletes have ruled King of the Hammers, an extreme competition called “the toughest single day event in the world.” Competitors race across the desert at high speed and conquer several of the toughest rock crawling trails in the United States, all in the same day. FOX athletes have consistently been the fastest due to FOX’s precise tuning and superior damping performance. FOX tuning gurus will arrive on Monday, February 4th to begin assisting in vehicle set-up. They observe the racecars performance and review technical feedback from the driver. They then consult with the driver to implement any adjustments needed to maximize performance. FOX’s direct involvement with competitors provides vital information that goes right back into developing new engineering solutions that dominate the competition.

To request a FREE tuning and setup session please email our race support department at orrace@ridefox.com .  After requesting a session, see the FOX techs on the Johnson Valley lakebed starting on Monday, February 4th.  Stop by the FOX compound in Hammer Town or drop us a call or text on our At Track Direct-to-Tech hotline, 619-933-3074.

Spend some time making the most of your vehicles performance and then take advantage of FOX’s lucrative contingency program. FOX pays $5000 to the Ultra4, King of the Hammers and $1000 to the winner of the Everyman Challenge. Just make sure to get your FOX decal at the FOX compound in Hammer Town to be eligible.

King Off Road Racing Shocks is proud to continue their support as the Official Shock of Ultra4 Racing and the King of the Hammers for the 3rd year in a row. Taking place in Johnson Valley, California on February 1st – 9th, the 7th annual King Of The Hammers event will mark King Shocks’ 5th year offering free support to the racers participating.

“The King of the Hammers has become an international phenomenon and prestigious cornerstone event in off road motorsports,” declared Ultra4 Racing founder, Dave Cole. “Competitors from around the world are challenged to race at high speeds through the rough open desert and maneuver their vehicles over difficult obstacles, walls of rocks and boulder strewn canyons. King of the Hammers, Ultra4 Racing and King Shocks are practically made for each other forming for a perfect partnership.”

TWIN PEAKS, CA – March 21, 2012 – Hammerking Productions released the trailer for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers movie titled, “Rise of the East” today. The title for this year’s film is a reference to the 2012 King, Erik Miller. Miller is the first winner of the race to reside east of the Mississippi in Cumberland, MD.

The movie will document the week-long off-road racing event held every February in Johnson Valley, CA. 2012 marked the 6th year for the King of the Hammers race which featured more than 200 teams and 30,000 spectators competing in over 5 days of racing. The movie’s release date is expected this summer following a red carpet premiere.

Check out the trailer below: