King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, California, is the most intense, badass off-road race in the world. When you put NASCAR-grade engines in custom-built off-road buggies and send them across the desert at over a hundred miles an hour, but also expect them to climb up mountains through soft sand and boulder fields, you get the most intense and grueling race a driver could imagine. To top it all off, drivers and co-drivers are responsible for all the parts of their vehicles on-course. If a part they need breaks off, they have to go retrieve it. If their buggy breaks down and needs a part, they have to hike to the nearest pit to get the part they need, hike back to their rig with it, and install it with the tools they have on board. KOH has evolved a lot from the race Jeff Knoll and Dave Cole sketched out on a napkin in 2007. Growing rapidly every year, King of the Hammers attracts more than 60,000 spectators and upwards of a million online and on television. The two final events of King of the Hammers week in Johnson Valley were the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge and the King of the Hammers race. We had a lot of staff out shooting photos in and around Hammertown all week, so here’s a mega gallery of all the photos we want you to see so you don’t miss any of the KOH action.
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