The King of the Hammers Race Day finally arrived, early morning saw the wind gusting to 30 mph; temperatures around 30 degrees. One hundred twenty-nine drivers took the green flag to begin the race; 28 drivers completed it. One hundred sixty-five miles in the hardest off-road rock race in the world. Trails with names like Chocolate Thunder, Backdoor, Resolution, Wrecking Ball, Boulderdash, Claw Hammer, Outer Limits, Aftershock, and Elvis. The first driver to complete the race was Randy Slawson in the Bomber chassis in just over seven hours. Another 20 drivers finished in the next seven hours with the last seven coming in after that. Most racers who finished were in their cars for more than 12 hours.
My Rich is generally referred to as Big Rich in the off-road community; his job was to own Chocolate Thunder. He and his crew ran that trail to ensure there was no bottleneck on that trail. The boys owned it.
The reason he is called Big is because his son is called Lil’ Rich. Lil’ lives in Alaska now, but came down this week to work the race. The trail he owned was Backdoor. He and the San Diego Jeep club made all the recoveries on that trail. Lots of compliments flowed their way for the job well done.
Today was the day we had all been working for all week, it ended up being a huge, expansive show. An incredible event all around, we all had a blast. Kudos to the Ultra4 crew Shannon, Chris B. and Dave. Big kudos to their volunteer staff, too numerous to count, but particularly Shawn B., Shon W. and Roxy (at least from my perspective). I loved working with Lujan all week long and am thankful I got to be a part of it.
Particular thanks to “our” drivers – those of you that regularly compete in Dirt Riot with us, we thank you for the efforts that were put forth in being here and competing. There are so many that I want to thank personally and list here, but I’m so afraid of leaving someone out. Love you guys, thanks for making us proud.