King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, California is the toughest single day off road race in the United states. That statement right there tells you this is not just a race it’s an endurance test of both race car and driver. The 2016 Ultra4 King of the Hammers had only 31 race cars finish out of 104 cars that started the race. Race winner Eric Miller’s total time was 7:30:55, that is a long time to be in a race car let alone an off-road 100+ MPH rock crawling machine. Eric Miller has now won this grueling test twice now also winning back in 2012. The King of the Hammers is a week long event filling the Johnson Valley OHV lake bed with thousands of fans making the trek out to both watch this amazing race and to enjoy the desert.
I now make this event a must every year if you are at all a race fan, off-road enthusiast I suggest going at least once in your life. Aside from the racing seeing all the different peoples vehicles is a treat in itself. You will see everything from motorcycles, four-wheelers, dune buggies of all sorts, rock crawling rigs that are absolutely amazing and probably the most popular is UTV’s or side by sides. I am a huge fan of the off-road community everyone is so nice, if you see a rig that interests you walking up to talk to the owner is so easy. It’s a very giving community owners always willing to answer questions about their rigs or just about whatever. Every year we meet some great people at the races.
King of the Hammers Facts
Location: Boone Rd. Landers,CA 92285 United States
Camping: You can camp anywhere out on the lake bed but be prepared for a dusty week at the Hammers. In fact just seeing all the different peoples camp setups is unique to say the least.
Services: There are basically no services of any kind out on the lake bed so bring all that you will need.