As I write this on Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019, a round of qualifying laps for the King Of The Hammers (which the sponsors really want you to refer to as the 2019 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima) has just concluded. But you will be able to stream action from the race course in Johnson Valley, Calif. all week!

And here’s main event coverage for Friday:

Motorbikes, UTVs, nighttime rock bouncing... it’s a pretty full schedule out there for the next few days. You can find the whole “Hammerweek” calendar on Ultra4’s website, and I’ll paste it at the end of this blog post for your convenience.


Regular fans probably already know this, but for everyone else, the main attraction we’re talking about here is Ultra4 racing. I used to describe Ultra4 cars to people as “Jeeps on steroids.” At this point they’ve evolved even further, but the basic concept is the same: huge engines, huge tires and four-wheel drive. The King Of The Hammers race itself is a combination of highly technical rock crawling and hauling ass over big swaths of open desert.

Now, today’s qualifying event isn’t as riveting as the main race itself, at least for people who aren’t dedicated fans of the sport, but I’m sharing this particular broadcast because it’s a great way to get familiar with the vehicles, drivers and techniques involved in this kind of racing. Ultra4 is extremely spectator friendly and easy to get excited about once you know what’s going on, and the commentators here seem to be doing a good job of explaining what’s happening.


If you miss anything or are tuning in late, you can always just scrub back on the YouTube stream and watch it whenever you want.

If you’d like to get a taste of what Ultra4 is all about from the comfort of your computer, why not pop this live stream on while you’re procrastinating whatever you’re supposed to be doing? Then you can be good and ready for the big show, which starts early Friday morning. That’s 8 a.m. Pacific time, Feb. 8 2019 to be exact.


Here’s the weeks whole schedule copied straight from the Ultra4 website. Sorry if you missed the first couple days, but the big action is still coming up.

Friday February 1, 2019

Saturday February 2, 2019

Sunday February 3, 2019

Monday February 4, 2019

Tuesday February 5, 2019 

Wednesday February 6, 2019

Thursday February 7, 2019

Friday February 8, 2019

Saturday February 9, 2019