The Griffin King of the Hammers race is considered, by many, as the toughest one day off road race in the country and in 2014 it stood up to that expectation. Like a flash flood, nearly 40,000 fans filled Johnson Valley in Southern California and with them came Hammer Town. As race teams began pre-running and qualifying, the brutal course started twisting, snapping and tearing vehicles apart. By race day many teams had already put in long hours repairing and reinforcing their vehicles to better their chances of finishing. After the green flag flew, one by one, teams started falling out of the race and once the dust had settled only a fraction of those who started had finished.
Among the competition was the Discount Tire Off Road Evolution Race Team. This year the team competed in 3 different races including the 2014 King of the Hammers UTV race for the first time. With their hands full the team certainly had their work cut out for them. One race at a time, they battled the competition and they battled against the course. During each race they had wins and loses against the course but in the end, despite their best efforts, they were unable to get a finish.
All wasn’t lost as a lot was learned and team spirit is high for this year’s race season. The team is already hard at work preparing for their next battle at the next Ultra 4 West races and better results are on the horizon.
Photos from the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers:
When racing it is always good to remember a golden rule. Never drive faster than your guardian angle can fly.