"Endurance" by Rebel Off Road // 2014 King of the Hammers Race with Holy Moly Racing - YouTube
No one, ever, said King of the Hammers was an easy day. KOH, the world's toughest one day off road event of any kind, is the only event that mixes technical rock crawling with flat out top speed thrills. Passing, crashing, and even demolition derby tactics are the only ways the champions earn the title "King of the Hammers".
Rebel once again has partnered with Holy Moly Racing to field the #420 Ultra 4 buggy. An eye catching black and orange race car with enough horsepower to push your house and enough suspension to fly through the toughest "whoop" section the desert can throw at it. With monster Maxxis 40" tires and thousands of lumens worth of Rigid Industries lighting - the Holy Moly Racer is the perfect vehicle for Rebel Off Road and Holy Moly Racing to give KOH a go.
This year, like previous races, was tougher and wilder than any other. Between the time the green flag dropped early in the morning till sunset that night, over 80% of all entrants (152) were going to be categorized as DNF (or Did Not Finish). Whether time elapsed past race curfew or the cars simply yard sale'd themselves and broke down, this endurance race took its toll on teams from all over the world. Put it this way, by noon, half the entrants were broken down and done.
Our Holy Moly Racer, despite our best efforts, did have issues of it's own. Early in the race our fully hydraulic ram steering literally sheered off it's mounts. This left the car paralyzed and unable to turn left or right. With luck - co-driver Bond Gilmer (President of Rebel Off Road) was able to find the bolts and brackets laying in the middle of the race course and do a field repair. The car limped back to the main pit at the start/finish line and the crew got to repairs straight away.
The rest of the day was spent passing, waiting for a bottle neck to clear, and navigating to the next checkpoint.
The duo of Bond and George Kane, Holy Moly Racing Driver, remained determined to make it to the finish line. That's one unique feature of King of the Hammers. Of course a checkered flag is the ultimate goal, but simply finishing the race is actually - in many circles - just as impressive as winning. With an 80% attrition rate, finishing the race with the car still running is a feat in itself.
As the sun began to set we began to realize just how much time our steering issue cost us. With the curfew approaching we decided not to punish the car any further and to simply make it to the finish. As Bond and George crossed the line completing lap 2 of 3, we pulled the car into the pits and shut it down.
What a journey. King of the Hammers eluded us again - but we'll be back!
Thank you to all our sponsors - without your support we simply would have ended up on the side of the track waiting for a tow:
REBEL OFF ROAD
HOLY MOLY RACING
21ST CENTURY PROGRAMMING
PCI RACE RADIOS