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. ❏
The over 100-mile race claimed many UTV victims. Machines would bottleneck
themselves in the roughest sections, causing other racers to have to take more difficult routes around them. They, too, would then break down, creating sections that
other racers had to wait for over an hour to clear out.
The course has steep hills covered in boulders that were often bigger than the
machines. Flat, high-speed lakebeds and desert runs were littered in between deep
sand and tracked-out terrain. Only five racers ended up completing King of the
Hammers this year.
Finding your way to different sections of the race to see the action is no simple task.
You could get to a great spot to watch machines race down the rough stuff, but
oftentimes you wait between 10 minutes to an hour just to watch two machines go
by. Asking long-time KOH spectators where the best spots to go is your best bet.
While the Polaris RZR XP 1000 is a
popular choice, widening it for this race
was not always the best decision. Most
of the racers that had their UTVs set up
like this one didn’t finish the race. Axles
were one of the first parts to go.
Dean Bullock and Kyle Munford piloted
their nearly stock Arctic Cat Wildcat
Sport 700 to second place. Most of the
UTVs were highly modified, and for a
stock UTV to beat over 50 competitors
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