By Janice Eck
Photos by Janice Eck
(Victor Valley)– Off-Road enthusiasts from all over the country make a journey every February to the High Desert’s very own Johnson Valley where vendors, racers, spectators, and avid off-road fans come together to enjoy the rocky sights, the rumbling sounds, and the pungent exhaust fumes of King of the Hammers.
Hammertown kicked off the weeklong fierce wheeling/racing event on January 30 and will continue thru February 7. The makeshift community covering Mean’s Dry Lake is the central meeting place of the event where people are welcome to come and check out all the finest that vendors have to offer and walk around the pits to see what racers have which new toys. With two jumbotrons keeping a live feed on the races for those who can’t get into the canyons, this year’s Hammertown will indeed be the biggest and best it has ever been. A $20 per spectator donation is requested, but not mandatory. If you want to just come out and watch the races, enjoy, but do keep in mind proceeds go toward helping to keep the Hammers open to the public along with compensating for event costs.
Every day is a new day at King of the Hammers. On February 1, bikes were kings during KLiM King of the Motos. It was a West of the Mississippi versus East battle on February 2 to see if UTLRA4 racers’ nimbleness could beat the jumping tenacity of the Rock Bouncers at the Backdoor Shootout. On February 3 and 4, buggies go through time trials and qualifying rounds to see where they stand for Friday’s race. February 4 was also the day for UTV’s to have a go at the Hammers during the Polaris RZR KOH UTV Race. On February 5, Stocks, Mods, Specs and Legends have their chance to see what their rigs could handle during the Every Man Challenge. “The Big Race” is on February 6 where the biggest and baddest rigs strut their stuff for the ultimate rock racing event.
If you want to see what King of the Hammers is all about, visit http://ultra4racing.com/ . If you want to see firsthand what goes on at King of the Hammers, set your GPS to Boone Road in Landers, CA 92285 or “King of the Hammers.”