King of the Hammers (KOH) kicked off 2021 as the first major off-road race show of the year! This popular 10-day 4×4 experience is held annually during the first week of February. Means Day Lake in Johnson Valley, CA is host to hundreds of race teams and thousands of spectators ready for dirt adventures. The first official non-spectator race began in 2008 with 50 drivers running 30-second intervals through the desert on a 60 mile race. KOH race week began as one race, Nitto King of the Hammers, and evolved to a series of races held throughout the week.
Vehicles participating in King of the Hammers are known as Ultra4 vehicles. These specially built rigs are capable of speeds over 100 miles per hour for the desert racecourses. Challengers begin side-by-side and must complete the 165-mile course in less than 14 hours. Each team must pass through seven checkpoints.
The races are broadcasted live at www.ultra4racing.com showcasing the blend between desert racing and rock crawling. Tens of thousands of spectators watch more than 400 teams race dirt bikes, UTVS and other varieties of four-wheel drive rigs. Visitors are generally allowed to explore the surrounding race area during the evening when it is not being used for an official race.
Vendor midway, popularly known as Hammertown, has the Jumbotron TV which live streams racing action and interactive elements. Also on display are thousands of products in a first-class open-air showroom in one of the coolest race environments imaginable.
Attendees, vendors, manufacturers, and racers gather to talk about the day’s highlights at different pop-up neighborhoods around Hammertown. KOH creates a community enjoyed by all attendees, no matter if they are staying in a tent, camper, trailer, RV, truck camper or rooftop tent.
VIAIR – Leader in Off Road
VIAIR is a leader in the off-road market offering a complete line up of Onboard Air kits tailored for various applications. These operations include powering air tools, tire inflation, air lockers, train horns and more! Here are the top highlights of the King of the Hammers 2021 show, featuring a handful of VIAIR-equipped vehicles!
Hellwig Suspension Products is a high-quality suspension manufacturer that helps vehicles handle loads and control sway.They brought along their VIAIR equipped 4WD 2016 Nissan Titan XD featuring a 5.0L Cummins Diesel, “Rule Breaker.” This recon adventure vehicle has a camper mounted to the bed to make overlanding a simple task.
Another VIAIR equipped sponsor, LGE CTS Motorsports, attended King of the Hammers with their 2020 Ford Super Duty, “Baja Forged.” VIAIR’s Gen. 2 Dual 485C Onboard Air System installed on the truck quickly inflated tires while out on the trails. LGE CTS motorsports is a family owned and operated business best known for specializing in truck accessories, suspensions and custom fabrications since 1982.
King of the Hammers requested LGE CTS to return this year and host the first ever King of the Hammers Adventure Festivus. This event brings top overland influencers to Hammertown and ends with a trail ride out on Sunday lead by Savvy Off-road. VIAIR gave away our NEW 20002 Continuous Duty Onboard Air System during the end of the week raffle! This pre-packaged compressed air solution provides 200 PSI rated at 100% duty cycle to easily air up off-road tires and power a variety of pneumatic applications! Learn more about our NEW Continuous duty OBA in our previous blog post here.
A New King is Crowned
Randy Slawson took the coveted crown and title as winner of King of the Hammers 2021 for the 3rd time! After completing the 212-mile course with a total drive time of 7 hours and 17 minutes, he crossed the finish line and harrowingly beat his rival racer by just 9 minutes!
If you missed the 2021 King of the Hammers show this year, you can watch the broadcast on Ultra4 Racing’s YouTube channel here. Whether you’re a racer, a crewmember, or an Ultra4 fan, you don’t want to miss this exhilarating coverage!
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