As time passes, so does events. But there is one event, I have grown fond of in the last 4 years. Now on my 4th attendance and still blown away of all the cool stuff to watch, follow and be in awe of. It is the “King Of The Hammers” the ultimate desert race that I drive 3 hours out to and be part of. A special place of off road playground for miles and miles.
Day one I went with a few old high school friends who I haven’t seen in a minute. Since I recently picked up another 2nd gen Toyota 4Runner, that I have been dying to get out and get dirty with. It was only fitting to exercise her new build up on this abundant land, so we made the trek and we got there early enough to catch some cool rigs being staged at Hammertown, first going through the pit areas, and to my amazement, the variety of vendors more so this year from the previous past. One of the coolest vendor sections was a Company called Amada that specializes in precision laser cutting Metal Equipment. This company brought out 2 huge machines that made battery trays and all types of other cool shit. Totally badass, since they were giving away free battery trays and mini trucks for kids, but unfortunately I was only able to cop a bottle opener. We then headed out to Chocolate Thunder, to see some both civilian and pro rigs climb and conquer the climbs, and followed suit to Backdoor for the same entertainment. But it was and always is the waterfall section of Backdoor that makes you or breaks you, to sum it up only 3 Ultras, and civilian 2 First Gen Toyota rigs, and one Jeep that made it over. There was a second gen 4Runner that tried and tried, but couldn’t pull through and in the end he gave up, but stayed to help out another civilian jeep that flipped over.
Overall I had a great time as usual, the camaraderie between everyone was on point. I can’t wait to comeback this friday and give you more. So stay tuned.. -Rommel Estrada #koh2018