For auto enthusiasts, there’s hauling ass, and then there’s putting the proverbial “hammer down.”
When all-around off-road badass Casey Currie came out with an all-new Monster Energy video montage, and appropriately titled it “Hammerdown to Havasu,“ we thought we knew what we were getting… all the way up until Casey drove off a sketchy mountaintop road. At which point we went from amused to enthralled, and for damn good reason.
Packing all of the performance punch his 850-horsepower, four-wheel-drive Trophy Jeep can muster, the stunt enthusiast took to the desert streets and surrounding areas outside of Lake Havasu in order to kick up some sand and leave a path of destruction in his wake. Blasting through abandoned ghost towns and down picturesque Route 66, across bridges and around beaches, to demolishing dilapidated jalopies in junkyards, and trouncing trailers, Casey crushes and cruises by it all, as he puts the hammer down on his way to a boat filled with Monster Energy bikini babes. Is this video completely over the top and filled with destructive behavior? Yes, yes it is. Would we expect anything less form Casey Currie or the Monster Energy team? Absolutely not.
Shenanigans aside, it’s pretty cool to see how Casey has evolved over the years as an auto enthusiast and driver. Surrounded by motorsports mania since a tender age (the name Currie Enterprises ring a bell?), Casey has been behind the wheel of race trucks since the age of 16. From dominating the MDR series, to taking 2nd place in Pro Truck in the Baja 1000, and 3rd in the Class 1 Car in the Baja 500, his climb to the top has been both steep and swift.
From there it was on to SuperMoto, where he ranked 5th Overall in the AMA Lites Class, and 1st in team points during his rookie year. By the age of 22, Casey had become the youngest team owner in short course history, landing his team podium finishes, a championship win in 2010, and setting a new record by finishing the Baja 500 Trophy Truck Class in a straight-axle Jeep.
Nowadays, Casey Currie completes virtually all of his builds in-house, with custom Jeep builds for non-race events like Trail of Missions, Rubicon, Bantam Historic Jeep Festival, Jeep Beach, SEMA Battle of the Builders, and Off Road Expo also being core parts of his focus.
We chatted with Casey to discuss the video itself, as well as his preference for products that we also utilize here at Off Road Xtreme, including ARP bolts and FK Rod Ends, as well his family’s business, Currie Enterprises.
In order to guarantee that Casey’s Jeep can withstand the sort of torture pictured in this video, all of its engine bolts, wheel hubs, and extended suspension connection points are tied together with high-tensile ARP components. Meanwhile, Casey tells us that FK Rods remains his go-to for things like uniball spherical bearings and high misalignment bushings based purely upon their proven durability and unsurpassed longevity.
As for Currie Enterprises, the laundry list of parts adorning this 850 horsepower monster include, but are not limited to, front and rear reinforced differentials, sway bars, axles, and more. When asked about his decision to outfit his builds with these components, Casey was quick to respond, “I’ve been working with these guys for years [ARP, FK, and Currie Enterprises] and these companies absolutely offer all the highest-quality stuff.“
Casey’s antics out on the trails and byways are amazing, and we hope he comes back with more. Who knows – maybe one day we’ll BJ Baldwin and Casey to do a head-to-head, Recoil vs. Hammerdown? Tell us what you want to see happen in that face-off in the comments below.