Unlimited Class Trucks To Compete At 2019 King of the Hammers

As an off-road enthusiast, you have probably heard of Ultra4 King of the Hammers. Although it’s a relatively new desert race compared to races like the Baja 1000, it has quickly become known for being incredibly gnarly. It’s a combination of low-speed rockcrawling and high-speed off-roading. The combination of these two has created entirely new classes of vehicles which have all been four-wheel-drive. The unlimited class Baja trucks we all know have never been a part of this race, as almost all of them are two-wheel-drive.

For 2019, however, an invitation-only, traditional open-desert style race will take place with 30 elite racers battling it out. The invited teams will battle for $125,000 prize purse, making it one of the richest off-road races ever.

Justin Lofton, Robby Gordon, Troy Herbst, and several other racers are expected to make their way to Johnson Valley in February. They will participate in the all-new Unlimited Desert Truck Race at the 2019 King of the Hammers.

“When some of the top names in desert racing said they’d like to come to California and take part in KOH Week, of course, we wanted to find a way to not only include them, but also showcase their trucks and their talent,” said KOH founder Dave Cole.

Thus far, the list of competitors for this race includes Ron MacCachren, Tavo Vildosola, Robby Gordon, Andy McMillin, Bryce Menzies, BJ Baldwin, Troy Herbst, Justin Lofton, and Cameron Steele. Of course, as time goes on, there will be more competitors signing up. The winner of the Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy will take home $100,000; 2nd place earns $15,000; and 3rd place gets $10,000.

With this addition of radical, Baja trucks taking parts in the event, the 2019 King of the Hammers race is sure to be the biggest one yet. And it marks the return of unlimited off-road racing to the birthplace of the sport: Southern California.

About the author

Bryce Cleveland

Bryce has been in the automotive industry for most of his life. He’s done everything from fixing cars, flipping cars, writing about cars, and everything in-between. He has owned a total of 18 vehicles, most of which he owned before the age of 20. He currently drives his 2015 Ford Fiesta ST every single day and has plans to buy his third Jeep XJ Cherokee very soon.
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