What do you call a desert race that combines hard core rock crawling and high speed blasts across open desert? One that taxes not only a driver’s ability, but the ultimate mechanical limits of the uber-heavy duty trucks they race? Such a race really does exist, and it’s called “King of the Hammers”. Run annually in the southern California desert, the race is a week long spectacle that draws serious off-road racers and fans alike. Not just a race, the event includes dinners, seminars, vendor displays and even a golf tournament. The highlight is, of course, the King of the Hammers race, held on the second-to-last day of the event. Video below.
This year’s event was won by Shannon Campell, the 2008 King of the Hammers champion. The above video, courtesy of Pirate 4×4, is a teaser for a full length video due out this summer. Another trailer will be released in April, so check out HeavyMetalConcepts if you want to see more.