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2012 Griffin King of the Hammers: Desert Racing and Rock Crawling!

 
See the start of the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers Race at Johnson Valley, CA. Ultra4 is off-road racing's ultimate challenge: high-speed desert plus brutal rock crawling—desert racing at its best!
 
 
In this HD video from the 'Back Door', drivers demonstrate the importance of picking the right "line" in the rocks...See the consequences of an incorrect line and how that racks up time delays. Shannon Campbell's 2011 Ultra4 Championship is no surprise—watch Shannon make short work of this deceptive and challenging trail!

     February 10th, Johnson Valley, CA—Fast paced desert racing mixed with severe rock crawling—the Ultra4 trademark. This year's 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers Race attracted the best drivers in the sport plus newcomers like Robby Gordon, whose Baja history is legend.

     While Gordon tested his mettle, notable Ultra4 drivers Erik Miller, Rick Mooneyham and Shannon Campbell landed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes in this grueling competition. In Ultra4 racing, "winning" means completing the course in the best time possible! 

     Our coverage was widespread, and 4WD Mechanix Magazine captured HD video at both the race start and the treacherous 'Back Door' canyon. We congratulate each the Ultra4 racers—this is off-road racing's greatest challenge to date!

     Note: Many of the Ultra4 racers believe that the 2011 Stampede Ultra4 Race, a qualifier for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers Race, was easily as challenging as Johnson Valley. For extensive, close-up coverage of the 2010 and 2011 Stampede Ultra4 Races, see the HD videos here at 4WD Mechanix Magazine!