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wayoflife
02-16-2012, 04:27 AM
It's not everyday that you get to see a street legal JK participate in the Ultra4 Class King of the Hammers Race and, all I can say is that we were so glad to have the opportunity to be apart of the Off Road Evolution Team. Thanks to their awesome off the shelf EVO Lever system, the EVO 1 JK was deemed to be "too fast" for the Everyman Challenge and really, that was fine by them. While they were ultimately timed out and unable to finish the race, it wasn't as a result of any failures on their JK.

Anyway, here are some pics highlighting our week out at the King of the Hammers. I hope you enjoy :cool:

A shot of Moby and Moochie's JK on the outskirts of Hammertown a week before the big race and well before it grew 10x what you see here...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272441

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272451

Pulling into Pit 2A to scope it out...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272461

Meeting up with the rest of the EVO Team and going over the game plan...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272467

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272499

Before heading back to camp, we ran into Landers to tank up and, on the way back, made a stop over at Giant Rock...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272477

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272473

Beautiful sunset to end a great day...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272495

The crack of dawn on race day for the Everyman Challenge...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272503

Racers lining up for the Everyman Challenge...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272511

Our friend Tom broke down at Mile 21, just in front of Martel and so we went out to help recover him...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272515

Shot of the Jumbo-Tron being tested out...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272517

Standing room only at the drivers meeting in the Hammer Lounge...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272523

Qualifing run day and, another beautiful morning out in Johnson Valley...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272529

Buggies lining up to give it their best up Chocolate Thunder...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272535

Heading into the rocks!!
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272543

Getting kind of tippsy...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272545

A lot of well built rigs went up and over right at the gatekeeper...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272690

Here's one getting winched back on its feet...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272621

EVO 1 pulling up to the starting line...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272533

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272615

Systems 'CHECK' - Mel and Jim ready to ROCK!!
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272547

And their OFF!!!
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272639

Unlike the other buggies who tried tearing things up with their V8's, Mel just used his tiny 3.8L V6 to crawl his way up the gatekeeper...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272654

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272657

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272663

It's all gravy from here...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272672

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272678

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272549

Dropping back down after crossing the finish line at 10 minutes 18 seconds...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272687

Here's a video highlighting their run...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgZWLFaiW5g

Setting up at the Off Road Evolution display...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272708

Buggies lining the streets of Hammertown for tech inspection day...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272710

Oh no - an electrical problem on EVO 1...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272732

Checking the Ultra4 Trailer to see where Mel and Jim placed...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272702

Not bad considering who they're racing against...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272704

Crowd gathering in the center of Hammertown to watch highlights from the Qualifying run on the Jumbo-Tron...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272712

Crack of dawn on race day...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272740

Thanks to the great guys from Mopar, EVO 1 is fixed and ready to go...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272736

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272758

Official EVO 1 helmet...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272760

Shot of the 3 Mels...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272724

Oh yeah, Mel and Jim are definitely ready for this...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272764

Video of the EVO 1 start - What you don't see is how half a dozen buggies got all bogged down on the hill about 10 minutes before they got to it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smk47xUlI6k

Setup at Pit 2A and ready to take care of EVO 1...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272782

Rolling into Pit 2A for a quick once over, air line fix on the front locker and a splash of gas...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272772

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272778

Nearing the end of Lap 1, a call came in on the radio saying that EVO 1 broke a steering arm. Unfortuantely, the spare was back at the main pit so, we pulled the one off of Moby...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272828

Even before they pulled in, the EVO pit crew was ready to make the needed repairs...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272790

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272794

Within a record breaking 15 minutes, the EVO pit crew was able to pull apart and replace the entire driver side steering knuckle and, EVO 1 was on its way again...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272800

On Lap 2A and just a couple miles away from Pit 2, EVO hit a large rock at high speeds and suffered a pinch induced sidewall rupture. Fortuantely, we were near by and ready to take care of them...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272806

Jim and Mel looking good and determined to finish this race...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272810

Rolling into Remote Pit 2 at 8:30 PM after a beating on Spooner and Outer Limits, word came in that EVO 1 would not be allowed to head on up Fissure Mountain - they were officially being timed out...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272818

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272822

It was a real disappointment that EVO 1 wasn't allowed to finish but, we all still had a great time and, there's always next year. Here's to you Mel Wade and Jim McGean!!
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=272824

To see all of the pics from our week at the King of the Hammers, simply click on the link below:

King of the Hammers 2012 Photo Gallery (http://project-jk.com/wpg2?g2_itemId=272427)

piginajeep
02-16-2012, 04:44 AM
Good pics!

MTG
02-16-2012, 06:17 AM
Looks like you guys had a blast!

wildandwillin
02-16-2012, 11:59 AM
It was a great time good seeing all my SoCal jeep buddies again:thumb:

Franck
02-16-2012, 01:29 PM
it's very nice to see those pics, just too bad Evo1 couldn't finish but as you said : there's always a next year :)

by the way : wasn't it KoH 2012 ?

wayoflife
02-16-2012, 03:10 PM
it's very nice to see those pics, just too bad Evo1 couldn't finish but as you said : there's always a next year :)

by the way : wasn't it KoH 2012 ?

:cheesy: man, it sure is hard not to stop writing 2011 :doh:

Hightower
02-16-2012, 05:19 PM
Great pics. This year was a huge improvement over last year next year the sky is the limit.:beer::beer::beer::rock:

Robar
02-17-2012, 01:04 AM
Great story and super pics as usual. :clap2:

Rockaddiction
02-17-2012, 06:22 PM
Looks like a great and very hectic time! I hope everyone had an awesome trip, it sure looks like it. Congrats to the Evo team just for being able to participate in KOH. Just the fact that the JK competed and made it out in one piece is a huge accomplishment and definately shows alot for the Evo products, Dynatrac axles, and all other components on the rig. Those Nitto's look killer on there!

Trail Bud
02-19-2012, 12:36 AM
nice pics.

BONDSY
02-19-2012, 04:06 AM
Great pics as usual, wish I could of been there to see those races.

TeamFaust
02-24-2012, 05:12 PM
Great Pics, looks like a fun time ...thanks for sharring!
Brings back memories of Baja racing days. Get 'em next year!