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We had a GREAT time at this year's King Of The Hammers. Thanks to our smart driving, co-piloting, patience in preparing the rig and our use of reliable Marlin Crawler products, we finished yet another King Of The Hammers becoming the ONLY team in the world to have completed all SIX events! A H-U-G-E accomplishment! Great job to everyone and we can't wait for next year!

Here is our driver John (desertoy) & co-pilot Mike Hendricks (F-Toy designer & owner of http://hendrixmotorsports.com) getting the buggy warmed up early Friday morning.





Brendan (freds40) and Hobie are all smiles this early in the morning :greengrin:



There were rigs lined up everywhere in main camp. Nearly 140 rigs entered the race this year making it the largest KOH ever!





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Here is Marlin with looooong time friends & customers Jim Henle and Dave Bovich





Here is another great friend Hal Deshamp (right) and his co-pilot





Here is Mike and In The Pink racing. They have our Race Transmission in their rig, still going strong!

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One last shot of our co-pilot Mike before jumping in



Staged and ready!!



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No sooner did our buggy warm up, and it started running on 3 cylinders. So Marlin started tracing wires everywhere and making sure everything was plugged in tight.
He quickly discovered that cylinder #2 was dead. First Marlin tested for spark, it was good.



Then I climbed up and started listening to the #2 injector with a
long extension. It wasn't working!



I plugged a different injector wire into the #2 injector, still not working! So it wasn't the wiring and it wasn't working, so out came
injector #2!



You can see the dead injector in my right hand here. Fortunately, a super cool customer Mr. Paul Morgan walked up and said he has a 2RZ-FE back at camp that we can rob injectors
from! Thank you Paul! We couldn't have done this without you! We slapped in all four of Paul's injectors and she fired right up and started purring.



John and co-pilot Mike remained calm the entire time.



The 2RZ injectors were smaller than the 5S-FE injectors John had fitted to the engine for the Turbo conversion, but they were able to increase the fuel mixture on the fly
with the SDS digital controller. But we were able to bring it back to life and get the boys on their way!




Here is a video from this moment before the race:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/00ks8Wvxcns?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/00ks8Wvxcns?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0</a>
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While we were fixing our injector issue, this is what the starting line looked like.



After we brought cylinder #2 back to life, here is a video start to this year's KING OF THE HAMMERS!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/8cDhqwQpqAA?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/8cDhqwQpqAA?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0</a>

I was pleased to see steel rails and a very large distance between the spectators and the race track. They definitely had a high priority on safety!



After all the rigs had left, back in the main camp live footage began beaming in from various canyons on the race track.



This was the place to be if you were hanging out in camp! Pull up a chair and enjoy the show!!



Here are various pics from main camp / vendor / food areas



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It was inevitable for an event as large as this to have a major traffic jam somewhere, which occurred at Chocolate Thunder canyon, so we took off to join in on all the fun!

Here is the make shift parking lot! WOW!



Here are various pics that I thought were cool

The first Rock Crawler Xterria I've ever seen in person



This taco has some wide bends to it



Check out the Thing! :D




Wow, nice FJ40!



Interesting... It's a 2nd gen 4Runner with a converted pickup bed and Tundra front clip?

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...and here are the rigs lined up waiting to tackle Chocolate Thunder




Many spectators enjoying the show! It's really fun to be out here for a large event like this!



Turbo and Marlin



Marlin and his daughter CrawlerChick



More and more rigs were flying down the hill and entering the traffic jam

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Marlin having a fun time! :D



They had a couple winches set out with anchor points already in place waiting to help stuck rigs



Some gunned it while other's finessed it.



Check out the first gen Hilux!!




This blue rig had a flat front right tire and then lost all rear drive power. His day was over.


Rigs fighting for position near the top
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Later in the afternoon we heard reports that our buggy had to change out a flat tire. This is the first flat tire we've ever had at KOH!
So we hopped in Rick "The General"'s 4Runner truggy and headed out to meet John. 



Here we are at Pit 2A.



Here is In The Pink Racing coming through the pits! This is a leaf spring Formula Toy with our race transmission!

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We were able to help out our good friends Eric "Mustard Dog" and John "The Flash" in their 4 Wheel Parts buggy.






Look'n good guys!



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Then we drove around and searched for our buggy.... and found it snaking its way up Chocolate Mountain! John and Mike make an excellent team together and were doing great!











Here is the video footage from this exact moment:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WMXqsPD-C88?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WMXqsPD-C88?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0</a>


Here is a shot back towards main camp. It was dusty.... made worse due to a lack of rain this season.



Here we are at the entrance to Lower Big Johnson waiting for our buggy to roll by. It was getting dark quick!

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...and here we are back at Pit 2A checking things out for John and Mike.



John reported that the ARB air compressor had stopped working and that they had no rear locker for the past 3 or 4 canyons! So we jumped in and connected their Power Tank
directly to the rear diff turning the ARB into a spool locker.

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And here are the guys after the finish!! There were a ton of camera and people huddling all around John, Mike, and our Marlin Crawler KOH rig!



Here is a nice shot of the two families who sacrifice a good part of their year to make this a reality! Thank you to everyone!! Being the only team to finish all 6 events, all everyone's hard work has paid off huge dividends!  



Here is our driver and co-pilot with Dave Cole, the man responsible for the King Of The Hammers!



CrawlerChick with Mike



A shot of our interior

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The guys finally getting a moment to relax...



...and then back out with fans



Being interviewed on live internet TV!





And last but not least, here is HT our team mechanic (right) and myself (left) being interviewed. "Great job guys!" 




Can't wait to do it again! Look for us at next year's King Of The Hammers! :wave: :thumbs: :turtle: :turtle: :turtle:


Here is the video footage of desertoy launching the buggy in the air and the interviews after the event:
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 :thumbs: great job on finishing all 6!! hopefully you can make it 7 next year  :crossed:

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woohoo. good job Marlin crew  :beerchug:
"Never make your passion your occupation. it will loose it's luster and become work. that's why i never wanted to become a gynecologist!"

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congrats!!
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Of the 136 rigs that started the event, only 49 finished before the 9:30pm cutoff time! Nearly 2 out of every 3 rigs failed to finish :o

The starting order was chosen based on a two day time trial event. We were one of 6 teams who decided not to qualify, instead choosing to be randomly positioned. As a result, our starting position was picked to be #107. The race started at 8am with 2 rigs taking off every 30 seconds. We were supposed to launch with In The Pink racing at 8:26:30am, but due to the injector failure, we didn't start until 9:21am.
Officially, we finished in 30th place! :party: AWESOME JOB GUYS!!! :woohoo:

If we discredit our 54min late start, then we had a potential finishing time good for 21st position :clap2: :booya: How cool is that?!!!!!! :thumbs: :turtle: :driving: :burnout:

Here are the official results of the 49 rigs who finished the event:

1 Erik Miller 4421 Cumberland MD 6:03:51
2 Rick Mooneyham 554 Lake Havasu City AZ 6:16:48
3 Shannon Campbell 5 Gilbert AZ 6:33:40
4 Derek West 4420 Springfield MO 7:20:24
5 Loren Healy 4428 Farmington NM 7:22:05
6 Brad Lovell 232 Colorado Springs CO 7:26:23
7 Brian Shirley 18 Dodge City KS 7:31:53
8 Rusty Bray 4498 Richmond KY 7:31:54
9 Mike Klensin 4431 Tucson AZ 7:40:58
10 Casey Currie 2 Anaheim CA 8:16:04
11 Ben Dinkins 4403 Annopolis MO 8:24:49
12 Jon Cagliero 27 Paso Robles CA 8:27:17
13 Brandon Watson 4488 Carbondale CO 8:32:54
14 Jeff Russell 4427 Shadow Hills CA 8:39:10
15 Ivan VanOrtwick 4466 Whittier CA 8:41:08
16 Ben Napier 4461 Sydney AUS 8:42:00
17 John Webb 4468 Concord CA 8:50:28
18 Levi Shirley 81 Dodge City KS 9:03:20
19 Jason Scherer 76 Danville CA 9:05:36
20 Alan Woodson 86 Charlottesville VA 9:20:43
==== 21 John James 28 Fresno CA 9:23:58 (potential finish minus our 54min late start)
21 Jason Blanton 966 Kirkland WA 9:27:33
22 Jeremy Dickenson 4419 Cedar Park TX 9:34:49
23 Harold Fijman 777 San Ramon CA 9:38:50
24 Alex Hardaway 4481 Santa Rosa CA 9:40:59
25 Nick Finch 2228 Dean Park NSW 2761 Australia 9:46:51
26 Lucas Murphy 816 Easton MA 9:47:20
27 Ritchie Keller 202 Elkland MO 9:47:24
28 Cottin Rodd 4407 Cortez CO 9:47:48
29 Scott Ward 4438 Lake Havasu City AZ 9:57:40
30 John James 28 Fresno CA 10:17:58 (our Official & Final placement! :clap: :turtle:)
31 Jason Shipman 4414 Farmington MO 10:22:00
32 Hunter Sparrow 72 Arvada CO 10:23:20
33 Mat Noualy 328 Mt Albert ONT, CA 10:32:45
34 Chris Garrison 4494 Rancho Cordova CA 10:45:50
35 Dave Bovich 50 Shasta Lake CA 10:51:37
36 Les Figueroa 4478 Henderson NV 10:59:24
37 Fabio Manno 100 Rome Italy 11:21:07
38 Doug Evans 4457 Hayfork CA 11:24:58
39 Larry Anderson 742 Dixon CA 11:52:39
40 Matt Peterson 212 Colorado Springs CO 11:54:41
41 Robb Kaufman 22 RockyView County CAN 12:05:47
42 Paul Garner 4409 Queen Creek AZ 12:21:57
43 Bart Dixon 26 San Diego CA 12:57:47
44 Curtis Warner 4410 Armstrong BC 12:59:05
45 Brandon Heyes 4558 Rancho Cucamonga CA 13:02:45
46 Jesse Haines 4499 Sparks NV 13:05:48
47 Warren Thomas 257 Morro Bay CA 13:19:25
48 Tom Wayes 321 San Jose CA 13:33:45
49 Stan Haynes 4408 Ft. Wayne IN 13:38:55
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Great report Michael!!!!

It was awesome hearing all the cheers from Marlin Crawler fans out on the course. Thanks everyone for your support. From Marlin Crawler's financial and parts support, to the guy that loaned us a set of injectors at the start line (Paul Morgan), we wouldn't have finished the race this year if it wasn't for the combined effort of many.

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Great report Michael!!!!
Great driving John!!!! :thumbs:

Here come some videos!! I am also going to slip these videos into the report above.

Marlin Crawler 2012 KOH (1 of 4): Staging before the event (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00ks8Wvxcns)

Here we are staged & rolling along towards the starting line. We had to break from the starting order to figure out and fix the dead cylinder issue.

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Marlin Crawler 2012 KOH (2 of 4): Our start of the event (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cDhqwQpqAA)

Here is our start to the 2012 King Of The Hammers!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/8cDhqwQpqAA?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/8cDhqwQpqAA?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0</a>
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Marlin Crawler 2012 KOH (3 of 4): Climbing up Chocolate Thunder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMXqsPD-C88)

Here we are on our 2nd lap heading up Chocolate Thunder

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WMXqsPD-C88?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WMXqsPD-C88?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US&amp;amp;rel=0</a>
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Marlin Crawler 2012 KOH (4 of 4): Flying through the air finish & post race interviews (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93F47EqelAU)

Here is our buggy flying through the air in slow motion at the finish of the 2012 King Of The Hammers event & a couple interviews. Sorry we missed Mike Hendricks' part of the interview!

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1987 6-speed Supercharged 4A-GZE MR2
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Love the videos! Thank you for taking the time to post them!!
1988 Blue Std Cab: SAS, Longs, HP/ARB/5.29 Front, ARB/5.29 Rear, Marlin Dual Ultimate w/ 23 Spline MC07XD-R10, Marlin 30 Spline Front & Rear Output Shafts, Dave's Triple shifter, FROR crossmember, Bilstein 12" f+r, RUF w/ 63s, 7in bob, 40x13.5x17 MTR's on Racelines Monster Beadlocks 17x9.5

build: http://board.marlincrawler.com/index.php?topic=80954.510

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Love the videos! Thank you for taking the time to post them!!
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