Driver: Darin Doucette
From the age of 9 Darin has been entrenched in off road motorsports. In his 5 years of racing AMA D37 (1997- 2001), he took numerous first place wins and was able to obtain an Expert Ranking, resulting in an 11th place ranking in the National Hare and Hound Series. He has the knack for wheeling and the need for speed, both of which make a great combination for the Every Man Challenge. Darin is not a stranger to King of the Hammers terrain as many of the National Hare and Hound races took place in Johnson Valley. Darin has been off-roading Jeeps since 2010. Though he is relatively new to Jeeping, he has a great sense for reading the rocks and navigating the trails. His rig actually started out being built as a daily driver but once he was shown how well it would do in the rocks he quickly developed an admiration for wheeling the advanced trails.
Co-Driver: Randall Davis
Randall has excelled through participation in various racing events for several years. Randall won the SCMINIGP 2.5 Points Series Championship in his first year (2005). As a first-time spotter, Randall coached Corey Heynen to victory in the 2006 CORR Superbuggy Class at Chula Vista. He began Jeeping in 2007 and quickly started building his skills in rock crawling. Additionally, in 2009 Randall was able to guide Cody Waggoner to a first place finish in the Unlimited Class at CalROCS Donnor Ski Ranch event. Randall volunteers as a trail guide annually for Jeep Jamboree USA events, as well as other similar events, including his own RD’s Adventures. In 2012 he was the co-driver for Holy Moly Racing’s entry in the first KOH EMC Modified Class race, co-driving the Poison Spyder Venom 2 chassis.
Crew Chief: Rob Bukacek
Rob has had a passion for going fast and furious since he learned how to ride, and shortly after, jump his first bicycle. At age 10, a neighbor, mentor and local Yamaha mechanic taught him to ride dirt bikes. So began his love for motorsports. Rob began wrenching on cars at age 15 when he happened upon a job restoring 60’s era Volkswagen Bugs in Huntington Beach. With no formal training other than a knack for taking things apart and an ability to put them together again, he repaired his own vehicles when they broke down or modified them when they needed an upgrade. In 2007, Rob’s dad passed away leaving behind his main possession, a 1989 Jeep Wrangler. Rob, with the help of his good friend, Randall Davis, learned how rock crawl on the local trails in Big Bear and Lucerne Valley. In no time, Rob set out to modify his father’s Jeep to wheel his favorite trails with his best of friends. Rob’s love for the off road community is just as evident in his work as a financial advisor where he designs complex financial strategies for businesses serving the off-road, automotive and outdoor recreation community.
Team Mom: Kimmie Davis
As the first born of an outdoor-loving father, Kimmie learned to camp, hike, and fish at an early age. Her love of nature and amazing scenery began with family trips to places like Bishop and Big Bear, California. Early in their relationship, Randall brought her to new destinations – Johnson Valley, Cougar Buttes, Ocotillo Wells – all of which quickly became new favorites, and she was reacquainted with her love for the outdoors. Ever since she learned to drive on trail, Randall has had to fight for the keys, and they make a great team leading Jeep runs in the local mountains and deserts. Each year at events like Forest Fest, Jeep Jamboree, RD’s Adventures: For Those Left Behind, King of the Hammers, and several others, Kimmie finds her niche in the planning and coordination. As wife, chef, logistics planner, accountant, or any other role that needs attention, she makes it happen. With some experience behind a camera, she volunteered as a member of the Poison Spyder media crew for the King of the Hammers in 2014 and 2015.
Lead Fabricator: Kenny Lauter
Kenny began his 4 wheeling hobby together with his brother. As they wheeled their humble, stock 1990s Nissan Pathfinders through the relativley easy trails of Big Bear and Calico Hills, Kenny quiclky suggested to his brother that their stock IFS suspension was clearly inadequate to tackle the harder trails and that they ultimately needed to straight axle swap their rigs. This was the project that lead Kenny to an interest in offroad fabrication. Then, one fateful day, his brother brought home a mig welder from his work to the garage shop. Kenny picked up a welding torch for the first time and since then hasn’t been able to put it down. He fell in love with welding and working with metal. Over the last 9 years he has taught himself the trade and now makes a modest living fabricating for friends and friends of friends.