The massive off-road motorsports event brings tens of thousands of spectators to Johnson Valley in the Southern California, known for its treacherous and challenging boulder-filled trails.
JOHNSON VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) February 06, 2023
The 2023 Progressive King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries has kicked off in California’s Mojave Desert. From its humble beginnings as a wager between a small group of friends in 2007, it has grown into the largest off-road motorsports event in the world.
Progressive King of the Hammers (KOH) is bigger and longer than ever with 946 teams entered from across the US and multiple countries racing for a prize purse of $840,000. The massive off-road motorsports event also brings tens of thousands of spectators to Johnson Valley in the Southern California, known for its treacherous and challenging boulder-filled trails known collectively as “The Hammers.” Described using names such as Jackhammer, Wrecking Ball, and Sledgehammer, these obstacle-filled sections of the Hammers racecourse create unparalleled, intense action and fierce competition as teams battle to get through them in one piece and cross the finish line. This punishing terrain and the challenge of the course has made them known across the sport of off-road as the toughest series of one-day races on the planet.
Although King of the Hammers began as a one-day race for single-purpose rock-crawling rigs, the event continues to defy gravity - growing exponentially. Separate races for some of the fastest and most capable UTVs, desert-racing trucks, buggies and motorcycles have been created and are now featured throughout the week. The races are known to attract the top talent yet the organizers and fans continue to celebrate all drivers, co-drivers and teams who are determined to tackle the famed course and challenge.
The two-day 2023 SRT King of the Motos event once again launched the action-packed 2023 Progressive King of the Hammers. Kicking off with fan-favorite land rush starts, this hard enduro pits some of the best motorcycle riders against the west’s toughest terrain. Following the motorcycles is the Toyo Desert Challenge featuring limited and unlimited classes of desert racing trucks.
The Nitto Race of the Kings caps the colossal off-road motorsports festival on Saturday, February 11th, and features the most potent Unlimited 4400 Class Ultra4 cars driven by some of the most talented drivers in the sport. Many of the Unlimited 4400 Ultra4 cars are custom-built by their drivers and co-drivers and include single-seat and two-seat designs with front or rear engines, and solid-axle or independent suspensions. Drivers attack the treacherous racecourse in a titanic battle that often sees high attrition rates and the most epic racing action, defying perception of what vehicles can do.
At the center of the race is Hammertown, the temporary city in the desert erected on Means Dry Lake. It’s the beating heart of the 2023 Progressive King of the Hammers which includes race pits and over 150 vendors for parts, gear, and meals. Last year, 80,000 people attended and camped in the remote bivouac. There are Jumbotrons to view the extensive live race broadcasts, and Hammertown offers a festival-like atmosphere all day long, live music at night and many interactive experiences. The 2023 King of the Hammers is a celebration of racing and off-road culture, and Hammertown has become the place to be for off-road enthusiasts who come to enjoy the races and recreate in their own vehicles in Johnson Valley’s stunning wide-open spaces.
Live coverage and tracking of the 2023 Progressive King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries can be viewed at http://www.kingofthehammers.com/live, or subscribe to the King of the Hammers YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/@kingofthehammers_official.
For the full schedule and to see who’s racing, check out http://www.kingofthehammers.com.