For quite some time now, the Ultra4 King of the Hammers has been a bucket list must attend item of mine. A week ago I was able to attend the 2015 King of the Hammers event. Taking place in the Johnson Valley OHV area in the California desert, this off-road race is deemed the toughest one-day off-road race in the world. The King of the Hammers did not disappoint, I had an amazing time! I don’t think I have ever seen more off-road machines in one place. There were motorcycles, sand rails, 4×4’s, you name it…people had their rigs out in force while attending the 2015 King of the Hammers event.
To feel the rumble of the unlimited Ultra4 cars is heart-pounding; the speed at which they are able to climb the rock features is crazy. Though the 2015 King of the Hammers had no grandstands, thousands of people attended, all routing on their favorite drivers. If you have ever considered attending this event, think no longer- GO! You will not be let down, and if you don’t have access to an off-road toy, don’t let that keep you home; you can still get out to the course…I saw average cars all over the place making it out to the key fan areas.
The winner Slawson “King of the Hammers”
Randy Slawson, in his Bomber Fab 4448 car, was one of the only cars that I saw not use a winch while going up the “Back Door” obstacles. Most of the fans around me (including myself), we’re disappointed when the drivers pulled up and immediately started winching. This was not Mr. Slawson’s style; he showed up and took it on like a man! It took a few tries, but in the end, he got up while prevailing over the entire field, taking the Unlimited Class overall win. I can’t wait to get back next year; the King of the Hammers is a must-see if you like racing of any kind. For more on the King of the Hammers visit Ultra4Racing.com
Here is a video I made of my brother on the Suzuki DRZ-110 at the property where we were staying. Video is filmed 100% using GoPro cameras in several different mounting positions.
All photos were taken using GoPro cameras I am working on posting some of the videos I took during my trip. Most of them are from mounts on a Kawasaki Teryx that we used to get around the desert or race venue. Here is a post I did on GoPro extension poles or check out my YouTube channel for other GoPro reviews and tips.