Thirty-nine UTV enthusiasts came from all over the country and Canada to take on the gnarliest terrain of the Southern California desert’s Johnson Valley OHV area, host to the sixth King of the Hammers (KOH) truck race.
This was the fourth year for UTVs, and the desert-racing and rock-crawling course
tested man and machine for more than 77 miles of nastiness. It was so tough that
only 16 of the 39 finished, but everyone vowed to return for the 2013 Hammers.
Once again, Pit Bull Tires sponsored the Thursday UTV race. Two machines left
the starting line every 30 seconds and raced through the spectator area before
heading into terrain so gnarly the U.S. Marines want to take over the land to train
for operations in Afghanistan.