RD’s Adventures – 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers – Part I

Since I first attended King of the Hammers in 2009 I have always wanted to compete in the event and test my skills. There has been a lot of history and stories built out of this event since it started in 2008. I have been fortunate through recent years to really work on improving my navigation and spotting skills and have become friends with several of the other competitors, including some of those OG13 (Original Racer) guys. Now I am finally getting my opportunity with George Kane, to be the co-driver in his race car. I don’t know what sparked George’s interest in getting a race car, or the details that laid the foundation for it to be built for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers event on Feb 3-10, but at some point Johnny suggested to George that I would be an excellent choice for the Co-Dog seat in his custom built Poison Spyder Venom 2 racing chassis. As I talked to George about the opportunity and expressed my confidence in what was taking place, we were quickly developing a great line of communication and were excited about working together as a team. So the team, Holy Moly Racing, was formed with a core of 3 people, George Kane, Randall Davis and John Rocha. George and I made some quick plans to take his Class 1 desert car out to get our in-car communications established and spend some quality driver/co-driver time together out at Johnson Valley OHV. We had been wheeling together at other events in the past, but it was always just for leisure and not for competition. Johnny started getting busy and focused on the fabrication he was going to be facing soon, and getting his crew at Road Race Motorsports ready for what was coming down the project pipeline. And so it was on!!!… Holy Moly Racing was going to bring it full force. I was set on making the most of this opportunity and I took on a few duties to help-out in the ways that I knew I could.
Stay tuned for my next blog post, RD’s Adventures – 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers Part II, as I write about the build and preparation of the race cars, and what really went on during the build.
Here are a some pictures I’ve taken from past events: