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Stock and Modified Vehicles Take to the Course for KOH Every Man Challenge

Posted in News on February 7, 2019
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Photographers: Stuart A. Bourdon

The King of the Hammers Every Man Challenge class was created to allow stock and modified vehicles to affordably race the Hammers. Costs to build custom Ultra4 cars in the 4400 class have skyrocketed. Those teams typically have near-unlimited budgets with high-dollar performance parts, including engines with unlimited horsepower. Every Man Challenge vehicles run on a special modified course before the main KOH race. It is, however, just as tough for these vehicles to finish the event as the unlimited budget teams.

Top honors in the 2019 running of the Every Man Challenge class would go to Casey Gilbert. Racing in the 4800 Legends class, Gilbert ran two fast laps in in a total time of 5 hours, 8 minutes, and 3 seconds. Requirements for the Legends class include solid axle, single shock per wheel, and 37-inch DOT-approved tires. Brad Lovell was second in Legends. Jimmy Jack won the modified class. In that class, competitors are required to run a partial factory frame and 37-inch DOT-approved tires are also required.

The Every Man Challenge is a perfect event for Jeep to show off the capabilities of the new Gladiator. Jeep wanted to keep the vehicle as stock as possible. The only modifications done to the vehicle include a shock package, front and rear axles, and a safety cage. A winch was added just in case. The Gladiator was entered in the 4600 stock class. Veteran desert racer Robby Gordon and Hammers legend Erik Miller were tapped to drive the new Jeep.

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