Rigid Industries Torture Team member Loren Healy reigned supreme and won the 2014 King of The Hammers race on Feb. 7. Regarded as the ultimate off-road race, the eighth annual King of The Hammers attracted 158 entries and over 40,00 spectators to Hammertown (usually known just as a remote portion of the Mojave Desert in Johnson Valley, California).
King of The Hammer’s reputation as one of the most difficult off-road races in the world is well deserved as it combines a rock-crawling race with a desert race over 194 grueling miles. Drivers take on obstacles and trails known as the Wrecking Ball, Clawhammer, Devil’s Slide, and Jackhammer. Of the 158 drivers who started the race this year, only 32 officially crossed the finish line.
It appeared Loren would be racing for second when Tom Wayes finished nearly 20 minutes ahead of the competition. However, after time penalties were accounted for short coursing and missing obstacles during the race, Loren would be crowned King yet again, having won his first KOH championship in 2010.
Loren, with co-driver Casey Trujillo and their dedicated pit crew, battled hard all day from a ninth starting spot and passed Derek West in the final mile to win another KOH crown with a time of 8:03:25.
“I thought we had given it away,” said Loren. “Our axle shaft blew out, and the car was in limp mode all day. Then, we put a hole in the radiator.”
“That was the worst race I’ve ever finished,” added Loren.”…Until I won the King of the Hammers again.”
Rigid Torture Team member Casey Currie and his Currie Racing team took on the brutal King of the Hammers course as well.
Casey finished third in the UTV race while his uncle, John Currie, won the Every Man Challenge in the same vehicle he would use in the Ultra4 race where he finished in 14th place.
“We couldn’t be happier with our finish. It was a long day out there, and the course was rough,” said Casey. “Finishing in the top 15 out 158 speaks volumes of our team and the vehicle.”
Casey was also the only competitor who qualified in all the vehicle classes held at the Hammers.
Other Rigid Industries Racers competing in the KOH included Roger Lovell, who took 12th place, Ben Napier, who finished in 16th place, Jeremy Purick, and Ben Napier.
Additional information provided by DirtSportNation.com, Race-Dezert.com, Ultra4Racing.com, and Casey Currie.