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:

Santee, CA – FOX—the industry-leading ride dynamics company— equipped rock racer, Erik Miller, wins his first King of the Hammers, becoming one of three FOX drivers to win the race since its inception five years ago. FOX now has four of the five titles to its credit with Shannon Campbell’s two wins in 2008 and 2011, and Jason Scherer bringing home the win in 2009.

Erik Miller crossed the finish line after 6 hours of controlled chaos besting second place by nearly thirteen minutes. Miller previously finished fifth in 2010, fourteenth in 2011. The win-defining choice that attributed to his 2012 victory was his decision to purchase a set of FOX Bypass shocks and Coil-overs from his local dealer.

The 2012 edition of King of the Hammers (KOH) was the largest yet, drawing 134 competitors and thousands of spectators from across the globe to Johnson Valley, CA. As the event grows, so does the caliber of the competition and level of suspension technology to gain that competitive edge. KOH is a unique race in that it combines two disciplines of racing from both ends of the offroad spectrum, and everything in between, to pit man and machine against the most extreme, natural terrain the Mojave Desert has to dish out.

To finish strong—let alone win—teams must design their vehicles for optimum performance in the methodical and meticulous rock climb sections for the long, wide-open sections where they reach break-neck speeds of up to 120mph. This is where an intimate understanding of the wide range of terrain dynamics is crucial to getting a perfectly tuned suspension system for the driver’s vehicle is a distinct advantage. With every vehicle having its own distinct characteristics, there is no one-suspension-fits-all solution.


Mitch Guthrie – 1st Overall at 2012 UTV King of The Hammers

Mitch Guthrie, #555 took the overall win at 2012 UTV King of the Hammers in his Polaris RZR XP.  Guthrie ran a flawless race, keeping a fast pace that gained momentum with each race mile.  Todd Stephenson in the #1944 Artic Cat Wildcat took 2nd, making it an impressive first run for the Artic Cat Wildcat.

Hammer Town, the city constructed on the Means Dry Lake Bed, is bustling with four-wheel activity leading up to the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers. Thousands of off-roaders will venture to the Johnson Valley OHV area to partake in the festivities, and many have already enjoyed the action over the past few days leading up to the main event.

The unique race has grown every year, and for 2012 new events have been added to the lineup to further cement KOH as the must-attend hard-core rock-desert race. The Smittybilt Everyman Challenge kicked off on Sunday, offering off-roaders the chance to test the Hammers course in more restrictive vehicles. John Currie took the overall victory on the 85-mile course in a TJ, while Larry McRae won the modified class in a heavily modified Poison Spyder JK.

Capitalizing on a 10-year relationship with Lincoln Electric, Robby Gordon Motorsports has embraced the new addition to the Lincoln family and welcomed Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems onto Planet Robby. Gordon, who has acquired the Torchmate Racing built TTB car for the upcoming Griffin King of the Hammers event, will begin testing the rebadged Speed Energy #77 car this week and he has tasked rock crawling champion and former Pirate4x4.com owner, Lance Clifford, to navigate. “Although I have not yet met Lance, he has come highly recommended and is a welcome addition to our team. We put a lot of value in having the right people to help us succeed,” said Gordon. Clifford, who has worked during KOH the last 4 years providing live web based coverage, is looking forward to racing. “I was just planning on enjoying the event with my family, but when the best off-road driver in the world calls you up and asks you to navigate you don’t think twice about accepting.”

The new relationship will put Torchmate CNC cutting systems to work in both Robby Gordon Motorsports North Carolina and Southern California facilities, and will see Torchmate as an associate sponsor of Gordon’s new venture into Ultra4 racing as well as his current SCORE Trophy Truck and Dakar off-road programs. “We’re excited to work with Robby Gordon and it’s a perfect fit with Torchmate philosophy on racing and business,” said Bill Kunz, general manager of Torchmate. “The same Torchmate machines the general public can purchase will be put to good use at the hands of Robby Gordon Motorsports,” Kunz added.

In every genre of competition there is a prestigious cornerstone event that sets the standards. The appeal for thrill seekers is to conquer the momentous chore, bask in the glory, and enjoy the legacy. In its short history, King of the Hammers (KOH) has forged an international sensation that is declared the toughest off road race on the planet, combining brutal rock crawling with high-speed desert racing.

Lucas Oil Products recognizes the significance that this event holds in off road motorsports and is proud to support King of the Hammers as the “Official Oil of Ultra 4 Racing.” In addition, Lucas Oil will be sponsoring an Off Road Short Course Demo featuring a handful of stars from the Lucas Oil Off Road Series, aerial helicopter support, and a dedicated street in Hammertown labeled “Lucas Oil Lane” located near Vendor Row. Also noted, Lucas Oil’s support starts with the racers themselves. 2011′s 9th place finisher #4478 Les Figueroa, driver of the Lucas Oil/ Figspeed.com machine, will be taking on the competition to better last year’s top 10 finish.

New for 2012, a standalone hybrid cross country enduro event has been added the KOH Event Schedule, taking place on Thursday, January 9th 2012. Titled “King of the Motos,” this treacherous & technical invitational race is designed to rival the world renowned Erzberg. Lucas Oil’s Pro EnduroCross rider Colton Haaker, will be riding a 2012 Kawasaki KX™ 450F, going for the winner-takes-all $10,000 purse in an event where few would even dare to enter.