ARB Air Locker Sweeps 2017 King of the Hammers Week

ARB Air Locker Sweeps 2017 King of the Hammers Week


ARB Air Lockers sweep the 2017 King of the Hammers week, with ARB Air Locker equipped vehicles winning all three Smittybilt Every Man Challenge classes (Legends, Modified and Stock) and the Nitto Tires King of the Hammers Crown. These races are a unique mix of high-speed desert sections and extreme rock crawling, which pushes the limits of the vehicle, endurance, and driving skill. The winner of each class relied on ARB Air Lockers to provide on-demand traction and true four-wheel drive.

Last week’s off-road racing started with the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge (EMC), a race created in 2012 as an entry level option for budget-minded racers looking to race during the King of the Hammers. The EMC race consists of three classes –  Stock, Modified and Legends. Differences in rules regarding chassis, drivetrain, suspension and tires create a wide variety in the entries, including some that are daily driven vehicles.

This year’s Legends class winner, Brad & Roger Lovell, have been competing in rock sports for over 10 years and running ARB Air Lockers throughout their successes. This year was no different; as they relied on the ARB Air Locker Ford 9” Competition Edition model in the rear axle. These brothers are no strangers to speed, as Brad races in the TORC short course series and numerous desert races. Brad and Roger Lovell would navigate their #232 racecar to 1st place in the 4800 Legends class. This was the fastest overall time in the 2017 Every Man Challenge, second year in a row and third time that the Lovell’s have taken the overall EMC win.

While the Lovell’s have been a staple of the 4×4 racing world, Modified class winner Marty Mann is new on the scene. Racing on the dirt is not new to him though, as he brought an extensive motocross racing history to the lakebed. Marty entered the EMC Modified class with a 500 horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder 1980 Toyota Pickup that proved to be winning combination. Marty started the race 91 cars back from the pole position and would race his Toyota, equipped with the ARB Air Locker- Ford 9” Competition Edition model, to the finish line as the Modified class winner and 3rd pace overall finisher in the 2017 Every Man Challenge.

The Stock class would see a familiar driver finally get his win. Ben Varozza has entered the EMC Stock class every year since 2012, but has come up just short of the podium. This year would be different with Ben starting on the pole in his ARB Air Locker equipped 4.6 liter stroked 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ and he was able to defend his position throughout the entire race to claim the Stock class win and finish 21st overall.


Shannon Campbell, a name very familiar with rock sports and longtime ARB Air Locker sponsored driver, entered the 2017 King of the Hammers race chasing an elusive third King of the Hammers crown after winning in 2008 and 2011. For the 2017 campaign, the #5AZ buggy was equipped with a prototype 40-spline Ford 9” Competition Edition ARB Air Locker in the rear axle and a production competition 35-spline unit in the front axle. This year he would have to fight his son Wayland Campbell for the title, doing so by only 28 seconds. After several lead changes and hitting a rock wall, Shannon lost his front driver’s side tire and most of the wheel in the last mile of the race. Shannon continued to push hard, down to 3 tires, to the finish line to become the first 3-time King of the Hammers champion.

Watch Shannon Campbell’s 2017 King of the Hammers highlight video below.


  • Shannon Campbell – 1st Place – 4400 ULTRA4 Unlimited Class
  • Brad Lovell – 1st Place 4800 Legends Class
  • Marty Mann – 1st Place 4500 Modified Class
  • Ben Varozza – 1st Place 4600 Stock Class



ARB King of the Hammers Contingency

Once again ARB 4×4 Accessories is happy to be offering a King of the Hammers contingency payout for the 2016 King of the Hammers race.

Contingency payout will be awarded to the qualifying winner of the following classes:

  • 4400 Ultra4 – $3000
  • 4500 Modified – $500
  • 4600 Stock – $500
  • 4800 Legends – $500

To qualify, you must be running at least one, ARB Air Locker and two ARB 4×4 Accessories logos (no smaller than 7″ in width) or two ARB Air Locker logos.

Please completely fill out the online application form (see link below). Decal packs will be available for those who filled out the online form at the ARB booth in Hammertown from February 1st – 4th.

Winners are responsible to contact ARB 4×4 Accessories at [email][/email] for payment.

Are you in need of an ARB Air Locker for the 2016 Ultra4 season? Please submit your team’s sponsorship media packet to the ARB KOH Sponsorship Committee (click to email) to apply for a product sponsorship. Please include the air locker application needed as well as additional ARB product requests.

Along with the contingency program, ARB will once again be on location offering full technical support to all racers competing with ARB product. Look for the ARB 4×4 Accessories race support trailer next to the driver’s meeting tent in Hammertown from Sunday January 31st through Thursday February 4th.

Thank you for running ARB product and good luck in this year’s King of the Hammers Race.

ARB 4×4 Accessories

Note: Please complete and submit the below form before January 22nd. Your decal pack will be available at the ARB booth in Hammertown from February 1st-4th.

Link – ARB 2016 King of the Hammers Contingency Application

2014 King of the Hammers Announcement

With the 2014 King of the Hammers race week fast approaching, ARB USA is excited to announce an even greater level of support for the world’s most challenging off-road racing event.

First, we are pleased to announce that ARB will be supporting three of the top drivers in the race, all former Kings, and all three will be running ARB’s new RD99CE Ford 9″ Competition Edition Air Locker.


This year’s ARB USA sponsored drivers are:

  • Shannon Campbell, 2008 and 2011 King of the Hammers winner
  • Jason Scherer, 2009 King of the Hammers winner
  • Erik Miller, 2012 King of the Hammers winner

Not Shannon, Jason or Erik? No worries, we will be offering full technical support during the entire week to all racers running ARB products. Look for the ARB race trailer on Warn Way between PAC Springs and Advance Adapters near the “Big Tent”. Make sure you stop by for free decals featuring the new ARB Air Locker logo.

And now for the really exciting stuff… For the first time ever, ARB 4×4 Accessories will be offering a King of the Hammers contingency payout. The King of the Hammers winner will receive $3,000 and the Every Man Challenge modified & stock class winner will receive $500. If you have any questions regarding the 2014 King of the Hammers contingency, please email us at

To qualify, you must be running at least one, ARB Air locker, and two ARB 4×4 Accessories logos (no smaller than 7″ in width) plus the new ARB Air Locker logo. We will a have a large supply of ARB and Air Locker decals on hand at our trailer.  While you are there, make sure to sign our special Air Locker banner.

Race winners responsible for contacting ARB at

We look forward to another exciting race this year and hope you’ll stop by to visit us in Hammertown.


ARB USA Race Support