Archive for JT Taylor

JT Taylor 01 220x146 JT Taylor Recognized as Only Racer to Take All 8 Green Flags for King of the HammersCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO     FEBRUARY 12, 2014   Friday February 7thmarked the 8th green flag of the now Internationally known Griffin King of the Hammers.  JT Taylor is the only racer on the lakebed that can boast seeing all 8 green flags, and has driven the same car at 7 of the 8 events, with a 12thplace finish in 2013.  “I am really surprised how time flies, to say that the first race we did was 8 years ago is crazy,” JT said in astonishment.  “We just went out and had fun the first time, and I am still doing the same.  My car is the original ‘Ol Blue with some modifications changing to King Shocks and BFGoodrich Tires along the way.  We recently added Azunia Tequila, but all my other sponsors have been with me since the beginning and for that I am humbly thankful.” Read More→

JT Taylor #13 Torchmate Car adds BFGoodrich Tires and Azunia Tequila to Masthead

JT Taylor Torchmate 161x220 JT Taylor Only Racer to Take All 8 Green Flags for King of the HammersCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO     JANUARY 29, 2014   February 7th will mark the 8thgreen flag that JT Taylor has taken at Johnson Valley for what started as a small group of guys competing for a 6pack of beer in 2007, to a full blown week event with over 300 racers in the now Internationally known race: 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires.  JT Taylor has notably driven the same car at 7 of the 8 events, with a 12th place finish in 2013.  In 2011, he drove the Torchmate TTB car. Read More→

JT Taylor KOH 2013 220x146 JT Taylor Takes 12th Checkered Flag at 2013 King of the HammersCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO     FEBRUARY 11, 2013   With months of prep behind them, OG13 JT Taylor, co-driver Doug Nagy and crew headed out with the Torchmate #13 racer to the sand and rocks of Lucerne Valley, CA.  Pre-running the racecourse on Sunday and Monday, and then qualifying on Tuesday went well. JT took it easy on the car during qualifying putting them in the 85th starting position out of 127 starters. By the end of the day on Friday, they had earned a 12th place finishing position of only 19 finishers within the time limit, where only 27 actually finished the race. Read More→

2013 Torchmate Racing Team Announced

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Torchmate logo.1 220x75 2013 Torchmate Racing Team AnnouncedExpanding on the popular Torchmate Racing program Lincoln Electric Cutting Systems has added a few new faces to its robust line-up of racers. Joining long time team members like JT Taylor and 2012 TORC Pro Light Champion Brad Lovell, will be some of the best names in the business. 2013 Team Torchmate Roster: Brad Lovell

  • Casey Currie
  • Joe Sylvester
  • JT Taylor
  • Robby Gordon
  • Scott Sroufe
  • Ruffstuff Specialties
  • Wide Open Designs
  • Gwen Garwood Read More→

JT Taylor Short Course 220x146 JT Taylor Ultra4 Car Takes Green Flag at Crandon International Off Road Raceway COLORADO SPRINGS, CO    JUNE 13, 2012  –  JT Taylor is headed to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway to take the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car and put it in the Big House for the inaugural Ultra4 event.  “There is no way I was going to miss an opportunity to race this weekend,” said JT Taylor.  “After going to Crandon for the last two years pitting for Brad Lovell and learning the history, I know that this is yet another opportunity to show the capabilities of our Rock Buggies.” Read More→

JT Taylor NORRA 1000 2012 low 220x146 JT Taylor Finishes NORRA Mexican 1000 in Ultra4 Car Winning the Evolution 4x4 ClassCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO    MAY 29, 2012  –  JT Taylor completed another first in off-road racing.  He took the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car south of the border and finished the four day 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race.  “This is the funest race on the planet, and I’ve been around the planet,” joked JT Taylor.  “On a more serious note, it is an honor to be able to be welcomed by the entire NORRA staff and all the legendary drivers into their group after racing this week.” Read More→

JT Taylor 220x146 JT Taylor Races NORRA Mexican 1000 in Ultra4 CarCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO    APRIL 22, 2012  –  JT Taylor will be taking the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car south of the border to compete in the four day 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race.  This will be the first effort for an Ultra4 car to compete in this style of race.  “This will be my third time participating in this race and taking my car makes it even more special this year,” said JT Taylor. “The roots of Baja racing are part of this race but this effort will be the OG of desert racing.” Read More→

JT Taylor KOH 2012 220x146 JT Taylor Starts 6th Consecutive King of the HammersCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO    FEBRUARY 15, 2012  –  JT Taylor set forth on his 6th King of the Hammers adventure last week in the same car that he has driven for 5 of those years.  After a high speed tumble during pre-running, the team thrashed to get the car back on all four in time for qualifying.  JT started Fridays race in 68th and finished his race 18.5 miles from the finish line with a blown transfer case.  “When we were 40 miles from the finish line I thought I would get to finish this race, but I got shot in the foot again,” said JT Taylor after recovering the rig. “But the time spent on the lakebed with friends, who I only get to see a couple times a year, makes it worth the trip nonetheless.” Read More→

KOH Torchmate racing prepares for the 2012 King of the Hammers with a full schedule of activities

Over the next week off-road enthusiasts from around the globe will converge on the tiny desert hamlet of Johnson Valley California. The sparsely populated community swells to over 20,000 when the annual pilgrimage of off roaders descends on Means dry lakebed for the King of the Hammers event. More than just a race, the weeklong event offers a multitude of entertainment options for those who like to test the merit of their machines, and driving ability over some of the harshest terrain known to man.  The event epicenter springs from the dust to form a virtual city known as Hammertown. Read More→

Derek West, JT Taylor, Cottin Rodd, Nick Nelson and Others

Radflo Derek West LOW 220x146 Radflo Prepares Top Racers for 2012 King of the Hammers

FOUNTAIN VALLEY JANUARY 18, 2012 – Radflo Suspension will be soaking up the toughest terrain in America when put to the ultimate challenge at the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers. There will be multiple Ultra4 cars in the event that will be racing on Radflo Suspension including Cottin Rodd,Nick Nelson, JT Taylor and Derek West among many others. “We will be on the lakebed supporting all the teams using Radflo Products and will be assisting with race car set up the week before the race,” explained Glenn Classen, President of Radflo Suspension Technology. Read More→

Torchmate Teammates JT Taylor Wins and Jesse Haines Finishes 5th 

JT Taylor 150x99 Torchmate Racing JT Taylor Wins Ultra4 Torchmate StampedeRENO, NV    SEPTEMBER 13, 2011  JT Taylor, Team Manager for Torchmate Racing, took the win at the Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV on Saturday September 10th. The 130 mile Northern Nevada race boasted as the hardest Ultra4 race yet by promoter Dave Cole, even tougher than the King of the Hammers, makes the win even stronger. “This is a huge deal for Torchmate and this win is a long time coming for me.  We knew we couldn’t let off and had to run a fast and consistent pace because there were 45 quality racers chasing me down… so, this is a big frickin deal,” said JT Taylor at the awards ceremony Saturday night as the crowd of racers cheered. Read More→

Taylor Dominates at 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Torchmate Car at Stampede 150x112 Taylor Dominates at 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno StampedeSeptember 11, 2011 –Reno, NV:   Despite rumors of the hardest Ultra4 course in history, all fifty starting positions for the 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede were filled months before the green flag dropped.  Now in its second year, the Ultra4 Stampede covered 128 miles of loose hill climbs, technical rock canyons, and wide open deserts at the Reno Tahoe Motorplex about 20 minutes outside of downtown Reno, NV.  The racing was intense early on as Shannon Campbell, Jason Scherer, and JT Taylor battled for the lead in their V8 powered, 4-wheel drive Ultra4 cars.  Mechanical issues hampered Campbell and Scherer, leaving JT Taylor to take the win in his innovative Torchmate-built twin traction beam race car.  Read More→