I will not be headed back to Cali this year for King of the Hammers 2021, race fans.
Fresh off a trip to my couch to watch the opening rounds of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series, I will tune into the “Burning Man of Off-Road Racing” at my in-home desk (don’t tell HR). Thank goodness for dual screens.
Let’s take a look at what King of the Hammers has in store this year.
Flooding Trickling into the lakebed
Each year, thousands of hardcore spectators and more than 400 competitors flood Johnson Valley, Calif., to create the city affectionately known as “Hammertown.”
King of the Hammers includes racing throughout the week, with the Mack Daddy of them all, the Nitto King of the Hammers, taking place Friday, Feb. 6.
The event was conceived by a pair of racers in search of bragging rights and a case of beer. Get all the details here. It combines desert racing and rockcrawling throughout 200 miles of grueling trails. It’s no wonder that nearly 80,000 people normally flood this otherwise deserted valley to witness all the havoc.
But 2021 will be different due to the coronavirus. The Ultra 4 organization has worked closely with San Bernardino County, the Bureau of Land Management and other government agencies to ensure safe practices for this year’s racers and spectators. Eighty percent of attendees will be tested for the coronavirus prior to arriving at the event, while the remainder will be tested onsite. Along with a negative test, face coverings will be required inside Hammertown.
Team AMSOIL in full force
#TeamAMSOIL will be in full force at the lakebed during race week.
- Off-road emcee Tiffany Stone will cover all the behind-the-scenes action throughout race week.
- Out on the course, Bryce Menzies will compete in the T1 Truck race.
- Brad Lovell and crew will take the course in his trusty Ranger to compete in the Every Man Challenge (EMC). He will also start the week alongside Menzies in the T1 Truck race.
AMSOIL will once again provide lubricants for all BFGoodrich pit locations throughout the race course. BFGoodrich offers complimentary pit support to racers competing exclusively on BFGoodrich tires.
All visitors to Johnson Valley are also encouraged to dispose of their motor oil and gear oil properly at the BFGoodrich garage located just outside Hammertown. The Garage is open to anyone attending the event to work on their vehicles. It also allows space for teams and enthusiasts to work on their vehicles with tools they may not have at their disposal.
Be sure to tune in to our stories as we bring you all the behind-the-scenes action from the lakebed.
Be sure to tune in to the livestream here.