King of the Hammers Confession: It’s Still a Bucket List Item
While I can watch videos of the incredible off-road event, it's not the same as being there.
According to the internet, top bucket list items include going on a safari, riding in a hot air balloon, seeing the Northern Lights, attending the Super Bowl, swimming with dolphins, traveling the world, bungee jumping, and going to a nude beach. If you're a truck guy or girl, your bucket list might look a little different and include various races or events. I've crossed off a bunch of crazy on- and off-road experiences from my bucket list—as I hope you have too—but I have to confess that I've yet to x-out the King of the Hammers race.
Every year I bombard colleagues who attend the wild event with the same battery of questions: "What is Hammertown like? Is it as crazy as it seems? Is it getting too crazy? How much of the racing can you see? What was your favorite race vehicle? What cool trucks did you see? How was the weather? Did you talk to anyone? What bands played? Would you do it again?" No matter how many questions I ask, I fear I won't be satisfied until I experience it for real.
For now, video footage somewhat quenches my thirst because the aerial shots show aspects of the King of the Hammers (KOH) race and the Hammertown city that you couldn't otherwise experience, even if you were there. This YouTube segment from Monster Energy (embedded above) gives a good overview of the event and what races happen each day for those of us who have never attended—and arguably for the regulars as well—through the eyes of notable personalities including BJ Baldwin, Cameron Steele, Casey Currie, and Shannon Campbell. There's action from Hammertown and from the race course.
After watching, I felt no urge to throw a fit like a three-year-old because no one would tell me anything about the secret world of KOH. It didn't fully satisfy, though; experiencing King of the Hammers remains on the bucket list.
Here's some King of the Hammers 2020 coverage for those of us who haven't crossed it off the bucket list yet: