Hammertown is the place to be this week as the King of the Hammers (KOH) rolls into Johnson Valley, California. While Hammertown may not appear on your Google maps, during this week it comes alive with thousands of racers and spectators converging in the Mojave Desert for an amazing spectacle of off-road entertainment. From UTV races to the KOH prepped buggies, this event has grown exponentially since its start 5 years ago into a truly amazing week of racing, vendors show, seminars and more. Click here for a full schedule of events.
For those that aren’t familiar with the King of the Hammers racing it is a mix of high speed desert racing and rockcrawling that is nothing short of incredible. The event has a mix of UTV races and last chance qualifiers (LCQ) at the beginning of the week, leading up to Friday when the top 100 qualifiers race to be crowned King of the Hammers. BDS Suspension is sponsoring Larry Gipson Racing out of Seattle, WA in their Tacoma-bodied buggy. Starting in 18th position, both Larry Gipson and Bart Dixon will be sharing the duties behind the wheel of the buggy as they take on the 100+ mile course at ridiculous speeds over the desert and up challenging trails in the shortest time possible. Make sure to check back for a recap of the action and results from the event. There are some new rules this year to help ensure the safety of spectators as well as racers. Check out this link for more info. The event runs Sunday Feb. 6th – Saturday Feb. 12th with the main event on Friday. Here’s a promo video for the 2010 KOH, with this year’s event growing even bigger!
Here’s a video of Larry Gipson at last year’s King of the Hammers LCQ