Toyota Tacoma KOH
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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Nice Save
Most of the time, when a Jeep driver feels the vehicle going over, there is rarely enough time to shift gears and save the crash.  This guy narrowly avoided a rollover thanks to his incredibly fast reflexes.

Jeep Nose Wheelie
No, you’re not watching a monster truck freestyle exhibition. This is just a guy getting a little too nose heavy while descending an obstacle. That’s probably the longest Jeep nose wheelie we’ve ever seen – nice save!

Vertical Jeep
Looking for a test to separate the men from the boys?  How about trying to stop and restart on a vertical incline? This rock crawling pro makes it look easy.

Majave Jeep Adventure
The desert is beautiful, but it can be a brutal and rugged place. It’s not somewhere that most people plan on spending much time.  If you’re a Jeep enthusiast, however, the desert is exactly the type of place you want to go and get lost for a few days.  See what we mean in this awesome video of a Mojave Desert Jeep Adventure.

Shortest Offroad Race
We’re not real really sure what you call this particular format but “trench racing” seems to fit the bill, and it’s probably the world’s shortest off-road race to boot. It’s interesting to note the different strategies of the drivers in this video. Some enter fast only to bounce off the opposite wall, while others crawl off the ledge and maintain a steady speed up the other side. Regardless, our hat’s off to whoever came up with this unique and very spectator friendly sport, also known as the world’s shortest off-road race. Check it out.

Monster Truck Tryouts
Of course they don’t just let anyone hop in a blown, lifted monster truck that puts out 1500 horsepower and let them drive it around a stadium packed with people. No, just like in other sports, monster truck drivers have to prove themselves and work their way up to the big leagues. This guy may have some more work to do before hitting the monster truck ranks. Apparently his friend doesn’t have much confidence in him either. Check it out.

PLan B Feature
Rock crawling is not for the faint of heart.  It takes lots of skill and a fair amount of courage to risk landing your Jeep on its lid. You have to know the limits of yourself and your equipment, and this guy definitely knows what his Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is capable of, as he makes quick work of the “Plan B” obstacle at Sand Hollow State Park.

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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.

Bobby Tanner posted the quickest time up the ledge at Backdoor to win the Vision X SRRS vs. ULTRA4 East/West Shootout Presented by Sway-A-Way. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Bobby Tanner posted the quickest time up the ledge at Backdoor to win the Vision X SRRS vs. ULTRA4 East/West Shootout Presented by Sway-A-Way. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Fifty rock racers and all-around off-road maniacs decided to test their mettle (and their rig’s metal) at the 2015 Vision X SRRS vs. ULTRA4 East/West Shootout Presented by Sway-A-Way. The event, referred to as the Shootout at Backdoor last year, was again held in the canyon that is home to challenging ledge at Backdoor. The competition is simple: get your rig through the canyon and up and over the ledge in the shortest amount of time possible.