The 10th annual King of the Hammers desert race for UTVs was held in the early part of 2016 in Johnson Valley, California, amidst the week-long desert racing event. Thousands of spectators and racers came from surrounding states to watch and compete in multiple races at KOH. The event holds much more than the UTV race. Monstrous rock-crawling trucks, jeeps and dirt bikes are out to play and compete on some of the most technical mountains in California. There are boulders the size of small houses, wide-open dry lakebeds, and sand dunes to traverse. This year’s course consisted of over 100 miles of differing terrain to battle through, and 60 UTVs signed up to compete in the race.
Last year’s winner of the UTV class was Mitch Guthrie, who settled into fifth place this year. The winner for 2016 was Blake Van De Loo in his Jagged X Polaris RZR XP 1000, followed by Branden Sims and Chad Hughes. Only 21 machines managed to finish the race this year, which was a much larger number than last year’s KOH. The competition gets more fierce each year with new advancements in parts technology. A lot of companies that were found in vendor row are located in California.
Hammertown, the base for King of the Hammers, is reasonably close to Los Angeles. Hammertown held a very large vendor row, with companies like High Lifter, S&B Filters, Arctic Cat, Polaris and more to check out. If you aren’t spectating the races or out riding the trails around hammer town, you can pull up a seat to watch the races on the giant screen above the main stage where they provide live feed of the different machines competing. The annual King of the Hammers event will happen next in 2017, so pay attention to www.dirtwheelsmag.com and www.ultra4racing.com for updates on the next event.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear.
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