2013 King Of The Hammers- Feb 1-9th- Johnson Valley OHV

2013 King Of The Hammers- Feb 1-9th- Johnson Valley OHV Hot

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King Of The HammersThe King Of The Hammers race is the ultimate man-against-machine race here in the U.S. Our friend Jon Crowley over at UTVGuide.net is running the race this year, and we should get the scoop on what it is like in the near future. If you can catch the race on one of these days, do it! All the info is below, so check it out!

Hammertown, is the central meeting place during  King of The Hammers week.  IT is located on Mean’s Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, CA. The address for most GPS Units is: Boone Rd Landers, CA 92285.

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Please review the Spectator Rules especially if this will be your first time visiting and wheeling at King of The Hammers.

First time at King of the Hammers? First time visitors to the lake bed should take a look at this thread on visiting King of the Hammers.

Here is another good resource for first time visitors.

Not sure what to pack? Check here for some suggestions.

Spectating: We are asking for a $20 donation per spectator.  Hammertown promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2013. All racing action will begin and end in Hammertown. There will be two live jumbotrons. Vendors open during the day and one food vendor open 24 hours a day. There are port a potties in Hammertown. To fully appreciate everything that King of The Hammers has to offer, spectators should purchase a $20 writst band for access to hammer town. This cost is a donation, and if spectators simply wish to come out and watch the race, they are not required to pay. However, this money goes towards keeping Johnson Valley open to the public and the cost of putting on the event.

Johnson Valley OHV area is open to everyone. The race course and within 150 feet of the race course is closed to the public on race days. The spectator areas are set up to give spectators a chance to see the race at a safe distance from the action. Many of these spectator areas are the same as in prior years where people have enjoyed watching the race. The donation goes towards the cost of BLM, medical personnel, security, electricity and port a johns, and 10% of those costs go towards keeping Johnson Valley open.

OHV Vehicles: All trail rigs, bikes, quads, UTVs need some form of permit. Street legal vehicles need proper plates and registration. California OHVs need a green sticker. Out of state motorized transportation will need to get an out of state green sticker. These will be for sale at the information booth in Hammertown.
PLEASE NOTE: New for 2013, all individuals in UTVs/Side by Sides are required to wear helmets per California law.
Water and Dump Service: There will be a vendor on site in Hammertown where teams can go to schedule and pay for water and dump services throughout the week. We will not be offering pre-paid services like we did last year. Individuals will be able to deal directly with the Water/Dump provider on site.


Where does my spectator fee go?
$60000 – blm permit (based upon estimated number of spectators)
$25000 – port a potties
$18000 – medical personnel (based on number of spectators)
$17000 – jumbotron for spectators who don’t have vehicles to go to canyons
$17000 – security
$8000 – dust control caused by number of vehicles in Johnson Valley
$7000 fencing for spectator safety
10% of spectator sales go towards keeping Johnson Valley open

Camping: Camping is free.  It is dry camping, but there will be water trucks and dump trucks roaming the area that will service your vehicles for a fee. Most of Mean’s Dry Lake Bed will be filled by Hammer Town. The race teams, vendors, and Hammerking HQ will all be on Mean’s Dry Lake. Johnson Valley is an open OHV area, so other than Hammer Town, Campers are able to camp essentially wherever they would like to as long as it’s not within 150′ of the race course. vehicles, camping, etc.

RV Rental: Corona Motor Home Rentals is the preferred RV rental of choice.

Hotel Accomomadations: The closest hotel location to King of The Hammers is Yucca Valley. The official hotel for King of the Hammers is the Best Western in Yucca Valley.



  • Friday February 1st, 2013

o    9:00 AM Registration Opens – Means Dry Lake Bed

o    9:00 AM Pre-Running Opens

  • Saturday February 2nd, 2013

o    Continue Registration and Pre-Running

o    5:00 PM Tech Inspections for KOM close

o    5:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for King of the Motos @ Griffin Lounge in Vendor Row

o    7:00 PM Welcome Meeting – Non Mandatory @ Hammer Lounge in Vendor Row

  • Sunday February 3rd, 2013

o    7:00 AM Drivers Line Up – King of the Motos

o    8:00 AM Start of King of the Motos

o    4:00 PM Finish of King of the Motos

o    4:00 PM King of the Motos Awards Ceremony followed by Superbowl Party

  • Monday February 4th, 2013

o    Pre Running Day

o    6:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for participants in 4WPW Qualifying Days @ Griffin Lounge

  • Tuesday February 5th, 2013

o    8:00 AM Start of Qualifying on 4 Wheel Parts Qualifying course

o    5:00 PM Close of Day 1 of Qualifying

o    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Miller Welders Ladies Night

o    7:00 PM UTV Driver’s Pit Bull Tires “Dinner for the Dogs”– Griffin Lounge

  • Wednesday February 6th, 2013

o    9:00 AM Start of Day 2 of Qualifying

o    9:00 AM Start of Tech/Contingency for UTV and EMC classes

o    9:00 AM Miller Welders Day 2 Women’s Welder Class

o    5:00 PM Close of Qualifying

o    7:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for EMC and UTV

o    6:00 PM Yukon Driver Meet & Greet – Yukon Blvd & Griffin Expressway

o    8:00 PM King Shocks Party – Griffin Lounge

  • Thursday February 7th, 2013

o    8:00 AM Start of Smittybilt Every Man Challenge Race

o    9:00 AM Open Tech and Contingency for Griffin King of The Hammers

o    9:00 AM Start of HCR King of The Hammers UTV Race

o    5:00 PM Close of EMC & UTV Race

o    5:00 PM Close of Tech and Contingency

o    5:00 PM GenRight Save The Hammers & International Driver VIP Party  - GenRight Booth

o    6:00 PM Raceline Volunteer Dinner & Raffle

o   7:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting for Griffin King of the Hammers @ Griffin Lounge

o    8:00 PM Volunteer Staffing meeting @ Hammer Lounge

  • Friday February 8th, 2013

o    6:00 AM Driver Line Up 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers

o    8:00 AM Start of the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers

o    10:00 PM Close of the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers

  • Saturday February 9th, 2013

o    9:30 AM Awards Ceremony

o    12:00 PM Axial RECON Ultra4 G6 – 4 Wheel Parts Qualifying Course

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