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.

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PRAIRIE CITY SVRA, CA:
Thousands of fans weathered the triple digit heat last weekend at the MetalCloak Stampede to watch one of the most exciting ULTRA4 races to date. The main event saw two former and the current King of The Hammers each take a turn at leading throughout the 45 minute race. That is until the final lap, when Tom Wayes worked his way from a rear start to claim the checkered flag, and his first ULTRA4 win.

Wayes had the fastest qualifying lap on Friday morning, however after suffering mechanical issues, he was unable to race in Friday afternoon’s prelim races. The top 3 drivers from prelims moved directly to the main event on Saturday afternoon.  Nitto Tire driver Loren Healy won the fastest prelim heat which put him on the pole for the main event with Shannon Campbell starting beside him.

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Blackfoot, Idaho
– Due to the long winter and inability to access the property, the event site at King Knob, West Virginia has not been able to be prepared properly.  The rocks have not yet been put in place and with the forecast of rain, the concern is that even with the rock placement happening this week, they would be inaccessible for event day.

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John Currie ran away from most of the competition to earn his third consecutive Everyman Challenge win. Photo: Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto.com

John Currie earned his third Everyman Challenge consecutive win today in Johnson Valley, but in spite of the fact that he ran away from most of the field, it didn’t come easy. Brad Lovell challenged Currie for most of the race, although Currie said that he wasn’t aware of Lovell’s presence.

Johnson-Valley-Hammers-3-1-13JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:  Hammerking Productions, the founders of The Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, are pleased to announce that the week-long off road festival held annually in Johnson Valley, CA will be able to continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. After six years of negotiations between the United States Marine Corps, the federal government and the Off Highway Vehicle(OHV) Community, a deal has been reached to preserve the majority of the land in Johnson Valley for OHV use.

Congressman Paul Cook spearheaded the deal which allows nearly 100,000 acres of land to remain open to the public and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Marines will have access to approximately 55,000 acres of shared use land for 60 days a year to meet their training objectives, but will not retain ownership of the land the remaining 305 days a year.  The proposed legislation is expected to pass  the House later this week and the Senate next week before the holiday recess.

Ultra4-National-Championship-Off-Road-9-19-13CONGRESS, AZ: The 2013 ULTRA4 Nitto Tire National Championship race is back on at Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch in Congress, Arizona.

The race was originally cancelled in Las Vegas due to a permitting issue that caused two off road racing organizations, including ULTRA4, to cancel races the weekend of September 27th.  At the request of ULTRA4 drivers and their sponsors,  a suitable location was found for the same weekend at Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch in Congress, Arizona.