The King of the Hammers off-road competition, billed as the ultimate desert race, began here in Johnson Valley and has spread its mystique across the country and over the oceans.
Competition. It’s a bad word to the unmotivated or unsuccessful, who say it begets low self-esteem. Maybe it does for some. But competition among self-motivated experts begets innovation. And then as FDR said, “…cooperation…begins where competition leaves off.” KOH is competition and cooperation.
Racing any vehicle for last 100 years…the cooperation of any team of designers, fabricators and racers, in competition with other teams of designers, fabricators and racers…is a well-documented pathway to incredible innovation. The past 8 years in Johnson Valley has led to the development of the Ultra4 desert racer-plus-rockcrawler. This creative process continues, standardized only by safety, sand and rocks.
A race among a few friends has become a unique cradle of competition and cooperation. Thrilled spectators all over the world are part of it, but the trickle-down benefits for Joe Blow and family off-roading next weekend is also phenomenal. OHV aftermarket vendors at Hammertown have raised the bar for cooperation, in aid of racers and Mr and Ms Joe Blow alike. Up close and personal conversation with race teams while soaking in all the details of their cars makes KOH unique as a spectator experience. Among other things.