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Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2010 Stampede Ultra4 Race: Part 3, Rock Crawling Video

by Moses Ludel

2010 Stampede Ultra4 Race— Qualifier for “King of the Hammers”, Pt. 3!

Tough professional rock crawling at its best!

Part 3: The Rock Crawling!

The most versatile race vehicles in the world are the Ultra4 cars! Designed for both desert racing and rock crawling, these high horsepower, four-wheel drive, long travel suspension hybrids represent the ultimate 4WD race car.

Horsepower in the 500-600 range is just the beginning. Exotic, high performance gear drives, axles and suspension systems separate winners from other competitors. Whether independent front and rear suspension or beam axles at each end, the Ultra4 vehicles articulate widely and hurdle the worst terrain.

In the premier Stampede Race, the 22 miles of desert speeds and galloping were offset by one of the most severe rock crawling sections imaginable. Intended to legitimately qualify racers for the 2011 ‘King of the Hammers’ Race at Johnson Valley, California, the 66-mile course (three 22-mile laps) has been described by many drivers as the toughest race they have ever run. The rock crawling area, in particular, proved more than a facsimile of King of the Hammers!

View this video of the rock crawling section. See if you agree with the drivers. When only 18 racers, in a field of 55, cross the finish line, there must be something in the way. The Stampede Race rock pile easily matches the “KOH” terrain!

—Moses Ludel

Note: The video is an .flv file, which opens automatically with Adobe Flash Player™ and other .flv supported programs. A free, secure download of Adobe Flash Player™ is available at the Adobe website. For convenience, you can click this link to access Adobe Flash Player™:


You can view this video in either the viewer frame above or in full-screen, lower resolution format…—Moses Ludel

2010 Stampede Race Photo Proof Sheet: Race Photos Available!

Race action at the Stampede Race!

Racers, fans and sponsors…Interested in purchasing select images of the Stampede Race? You can preview a proof sheet. The PDF file will download for viewing at low resolution.

Note: These are low resolution “proofs” only! Original images and any ordered prints are ultra-sharp and in vivid color. The .jpg files will produce professional enlargements from 8″ x 10″ to 20″ x 24″ size if desired. B & W ‘press photos’ are also available from these images. Website sizing is available as well.

Click here for a proof sheet PDF download!

Review the proof photos. “Zoom-in” on images to identify photos. Single out the images you like and ask for higher resolution samples before ordering the digital copies or prints.

If you are interested in photos, simply send a ‘Q & A’ inquiry through any of the website ‘Q & A’ submission links. We will respond with details and cost quotes for digital .jpg files or gloss prints to your size request.

Any purchased photo will be finely edited for the final image. Again, the proof sheet is a only a “raw” and low resolution image, directly from the camera and not “touched up.”

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