You’ve heard me prattle on about why the King Of The Hammers just might be the all-time best off-road racing experience for spectators. Well if you missed it this year, I’m happy to report that the race has officially been scheduled for next year already.
Southern California’s annual “King Of The Hammers” off-road race is one of the gnarliest and most exciting motorsports events you can experience all year. It’s speed. It’s adventure. It’s camaraderie. And scenes like this are exactly what I’m talking about.
The 2016 Nitto Tire King Of The Hammers is raging in Johnson Valley, California right this second and will be going strong through February 6th. If you’re interested in things that go fast, make noise, crash a lot and get driven by the same guys who build ‘em, you’re going to want to see this.
Off-road racing really gets dangerous when you’re out of the car, but that turtle’d truck isn’t about to flip itself! If you can make it to Johnson Valley in February, The King Of The Hammers is more “200 mile obstacle course” than traditional race. [Image: Andrew P. Collins]
I say King Of The Hammers is the best action sport you’re not watching. Maybe because you don’t feel like trucking out to the Mojave Desert and living with a pack of wild racers for a few day. You should do that, but, now you can enjoy this spectacle from the comfort of your couch in this new movie The Kingdom.
Nitto Tire is making its own little reality show following wildman off-road racer Shannon Campbell while he builds cars, goofs around with his family, and does stuff like turn his shop parking lot into an impromptu go-cart course. Check out the first episode right here.
Shannon Campbell's got a well-earned reputation as an unstoppable off-road racer. Ride along with him as he somersaults, then barrel rolls his 600+ horsepower "car" at race pace... then powers-on and keeps on charging ahead soon as his wheels hit the dirt again.
You won't recognize Jordan Townsend from a Wheaties box, but he's competing at some of the highest level off-road races in America. He's traveling the country, racing, and better: he's winning. All that with a family and a day job. What's your excuse?
Johnson Valley, California hosts some of the wildest and most accessible off-road racing events in America. That's fun to watch, but when the sun goes down things get downright batshit out there. See a new side of the desert in this gallery of eye candy.
The axle-busting rock-crushing 14-hour off-road endurance event known as the 2015 King Of The Hammers kicks off at 8:00AM PST and will be raging across Johnson Valley, California until 10 PM tonight. Watch the whole thing right here for free!
2014 King Of The Hammers race winner Loren Healy keeps it simple; "I love going fast, there's nothing else like it!" He's only the second person ever to win that ball-busting race twice, and from the looks of these moves he might be up for a third title!
Anyone with eyes can appreciate the glory of tires spitting sand in slow motion. And with insane trucks woven between cuts of epic landscapes over an evocative soundtrack, this trailer is downright inspiring.
Some of the top off-road racers in UTVs want to tell you why their wacky mini-buggies are awesome, and they might convince you to pay attention to their class next time you're following a desert race.
The 2014 King Of The Hammers race had 159 entrants, and 126 DNFs. When you watch this video, you'll see why— it's a whole new level of hell on equipment. The action starts about a minute in.
The King of the Hammers is a combination of rock crawling and high-speed desert running, possibly the toughest automotive race int he United States. And this is what happens when things go wrong.
Man, what I'd give to be blasting around in a buggy instead of braving snowpocalpsed New York to get to the airport today. At least I can get the next best thing— live coverage straight from the King Of The Hammers buggy race going down right now!
Typically in motorsports winning a race is the best way to guarantee a memorable finish to a race. We have to hand it to off road racer Mike Klensin for coming up with a different path to the same result—even if that wasn't what he intended.