Erik Miller is one of those guys that exemplifies the off road life style. His first vehicle was a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4, which he got from his dad at age 16. Once into College, Erik had to balance all of his different interests like all college students, trying to discover his path. His focus back at that time was primarily placed on the aggressive and competitive sport of Ice Hockey. Anyone who knows about Ice Hockey will tell you that it takes a tremendous amount of dedication to master the craft. Erik was also very interested in off-roading, and found himself behind the wheel of a new Jeep, a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon TJ. In 2004 he accompanied his grandfather to a Jeep Jamboree event in Paragon Adventure park which is what really hooked him on the rock crawling side of off-roading. After that he built up the TJ into a stock/modified competitive crawler and began competing in 2005. His passion for this developed quickly, and like any very competitive individual, Erik excelled in his ventures.
He was hitting the local events and having fun as a hobbyist through 2009 when his first big break came along. He competed at the qualifier for KOH at Rausch Creek off-road park. This was his first taste of the high speed aspect of rock racing and knew this is what he wanted to do. His finishing position at this event was enough to qualify him to run in the 2010 KOH event. After researching the KOH event further, he decided if he was going to be competitive with the likes of Shannon Campbell and Jason Scherer, it was time to build up a proper rock buggy. With his business booming, the team at Miller Motorsports secured a Twisted Creations pro-mod rock buggy named Twisty. Twisty became the center of attention for the team with heavy focus put on development, seat time and testing. These efforts paid off very well for the team earning them a 5th place finish at the 2010 King of the Hammers event. After a slew of victories and an IEC championship in 2010, the team once again contested King of the Hammers in 2011. The Team secured a 14th position finish in 2011 after some steering woes during the event. In 2012 the team was back and more prepared than ever. There are very few times in life when everything seems to click, the 2012 King of the Hammers event was one of those times. The Miller Motorsports team had finally reached the ultimate goal and was crowned the King, winning the extremely competitive 2012 King of the Hammers event.
After the success in the 2012 season, Erik decided it was time to build a new Rock Buggy. They have been working very hard to prepare this buggy for 2013 King of the Hammers. The week at KOH will be a very busy one for Erik, as he will compete in 3 races throughout the week. On Thursday, he will revisit his first vehicle, the 1998 Jeep grand Cherokee, fully built up to compete in the stock class. On Friday he will put his new buggy through its paces in effort to defend his throne. On Saturday he will mix it up a little and compete in the Axial RECON Ultra4 G6 R/C event with a Heavy Metal Concepts built 1/10 scale Axial Wraith.
Erik is very passionate about rock racing, and not afraid to get after the skinny pedal. It is very hard to illustrate this through text, so we rounded up a few photos courtesy of Heavy Metal Concepts to show you Erik in action!
Check out this Heavy Metal Concepts video of Erik and the team getting after it!
To check out the latest Rock Buggy build for the 2013 King of the Hammers “Two Twisted”, click here.
To learn more about Erik Miller and his motorsports efforts please visit his website here.
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