King of the Hammers, presented by Polaris RZR, is considered to be one of the most difficult off-road racing events in the world. The terrain changes constantly—from flat highspeed lake beds to crawling up and down hills filled with giant boulders and rock faces that require the use of a winch and a navigator willing to climb in and out of the UTV to traverse. It doesn’t just take a well-built machine to race KOH; preparation and planning are key. Only five of over 50 UTVs completed this year’s race, and Mitch Guthrie once again took home the top podium spot in his Polaris RZR 1000.
This event is spectacular. The vendor and pit areas buzz with the sounds of machines being prepped for upcoming races, people crowding around the giant Polaris RZR/HCR stage where you can follow along with the race on a giant viewing screen, and spectators leaving the area to go find an intense section of the course to watch UTVs battle the terrain. Viewing the race from the sidelines might be the closest you want to get to entering the race yourself. The course is brutal. It is littered with giant boulders, steep hills, wide-open lakebed sections and over 100 miles of abuse. King of the Hammers takes place once a year in Johnson Valley, California. Check out www.ultra4racing.com for more information and entry forms.