With the 2019 King of the Hammers just a few weeks away, teams are busy prepping vehicles and (the smart ones) are spending as much time as possible in the rocks of Johnson Valley pre-running. We’ve made several trips to Johnson Valley already this year and on our most recent outing, we managed to catch up to the father and son duo of Mitch Guthrie Sr. and Mitch Guthrie Jr. Between the two of them, the pair hold 7 KOH titles; six for Mitch Sr. while Mitch Jr. earned his first win last year, making him the reigning champion coming into the 2019 event. Considering UTVs have only participated in KOH for ten years, that’s an impressive feat. Both Guthrie’s will have a target on their back come February and we were able to spend several days in the rocks with them while they were breaking in their new Polaris RZR Turbo S machines.
This will be the first year for either of the Guthrie’s to contest the event in a long travel vehicle. Long travel suspension is not typically synonymous with rock crawling but the Polaris RZR Turbo S platform, with it’s 168 horsepower and 72-inch wide stance is sure to be a threat at this years event. Check out the video below from our trip with the Guthrie’s as they take on some of the most iconic and ruthless trails in all of Johnson Valley.