What is one event that can bring people to the side of a mountain in the middle of nowhere at night? The Holley EFI Shootout Presented by King Shocks and Action Sports Canopies, formerly known as the Backdoor Shootout.
This event started when rockcrawling enthusiasts would gather at the massive vertical climb known as “Backdoor.” The event had one goal in mind – get to the top the fastest. At the start of this event, the ten-foot-tall ledge stood in competitor’s way from claiming bragging rights for being the quickest driver.
The Holley EFI Shootout was held adjacent to Chocolate Thunder this year, on a rock climb called “Not Her Problem.” The Holley EFI Shootout has outgrown where the event started at Backdoor, but have been able to provide a larger area for the spectators without abandoning its roots for the competitors.
Ultra 4 vehicles, rock bouncers from the Southern Rock Racing Series, and home-built rockcrawlers battle it out to be the fastest up a series of steep and loose rock ledges. The new location provides plenty of parking and viewing for the thousands of spectators on-site and live coverage for those watching from home.
The rock bouncers have dominated the event and continued it this year at the Holley EFI Shootout, with 31-year-old Stephen Rogers scaling the hill in a mere 38 seconds in his Jimmy Smith-built buggy dubbed Unloyal. To put this accomplishment in perspective, over half of the 29-vehicle field didn’t make it to the top of the course at all.
If you missed the action, be sure to catch the reply of the entire event in the video above. What do you think it is about this event that keeps bringing spectators back? Tell us in the comments below!
Photo provided courtesy of Ultra 4 Racing