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Superstar Spotlight: Ken Block

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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What can we say about Ken Block that hasn’t already been said in motorsport circles?

The Head Hoonigan in Charge has done more to revolutionize entertainment in motorsport than maybe any driver, ever. Whether pushing the boundaries of existing motorsports or revolutionizing entirely new ones, Block can be counted on not only to put on a show anywhere he goes, but also to contend for victories in anything he does.

From humble beginnings, the co-founder of Droors Clothing (later DC Shoes) built up a clothing empire that defined action sports for a generation. It was during DC’s heyday that the longtime action sports athlete made his first move into rallying, and at the end of his very first season, he picked up the Rally America Rookie of the Year award.

Block would take his first rally win at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in 2006, and his first X Games medal in the sport later that year. The next year, he’d make his FIA World Rally Championship debut at Rally Mexico, and the year after that, he’d drop “Ken Block Gymkhana Practice,” the video that started a legendary multimedia franchise.

In 2010, Block bid Subaru farewell in favor of Ford Performance, a brand he’s been with ever since. Through stints in both Red Bull Global Rallycross and FIA World Rallycross, plus on and off returns to WRC competition that have even included point-scoring finishes, Block became a bona-fide worldwide rallying star with top performances over the past decade. Even though a championship eluded him, his three runner-up points finishes in Rally America and a fourth in Red Bull GRC have cemented his status as a top competitor whenever he runs for a title.

2018 has been yet another exciting year for Block. After teaming up with Steve Arpin and Loenbro Motorsports to run the new Americas Rallycross series, Block scored two podiums in his first two races under the new partnership. He restored a former Group A Ford Escort Cosworth to run in the American Rally Association, and took an overall podium in his first event in the car at Oregon Trail Rally. He even returned to the WRC for the first time in four years, joining M-Sport for the Spanish round.

But today, Block begins to drop the biggest project of his career: The Gymkhana Files, an eight-part documentary series on Amazon Prime detailing the process of creating the upcoming Gymkhana Ten.

For the next four weeks, the series will take fans behind the scenes of Block and Hoonigan Media Machine’s efforts to create the most legendary entry of all-time in the Gymkhana video series. The new clip will feature five different vehicles, including the brand new Hoonitruck, filming in five unique locations, and the documentary will shed light on the production of Gymkhana videos past and present while also highlighting the massive efforts made by the entire Hoonigan team along the way.

And if that wasn’t enough Block, or Gymkhana, for you, never fear: you can also watch him take on Johan Kristofferson, Petter Solberg, and Daigo Saito in the Gymkhana Grid Finals in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 1, just under a week before Gymkhana Ten’s scheduled release date.

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