Lori Carey Photography

Sunday, February 2, 2014

King of the Hammers

I'll be heading out to spend a week photographing the toughest off-road race, King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, tomorrow morning for title sponsor Nitto Tire and the automotive enthusiast publication DrivingLine. King of the Hammers combines high speed desert racing with technical rock-crawling in a 165 mile long course. It's in the middle of the desert...no electricity, no internet, no running water. Preparing for a week of shooting out there with the expectation of creating daily digital content for DrivingLine is a story in itself and after I return I'll share some of the logistics in a post.

If you want to get an idea of just how hard core this race is check out this video:

To learn about the history of this race check out my latest story on DrivingLine. It's a bit different than my usual story...this time the photos are not mine and I got to play investigative journalist! When I was asked to write about the history I didn't want to write the same old wikipedia blurb that everyone else writes so I started digging around for the real story. Hope you like it!

Race photos will be posted to a special King of the Hammers 2014 event gallery that will allow people to select and collect their favorites. It will be my first time trying the event function so I hope it works as expected. As long as I have internet I'll be uploading from the race, but there's no guarantee. The rest will be posted when I return.

Right now it's in the 40s and windy out there, possible rain forecasted for Thursday and Friday. Should be an interesting and challenging week!

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