The motorsports globe is grieving the loss of noted Rally, Rallycross, as well as Gymkhana vehicle driver Ken Block, who passed away Jan. 2, in a snowmobile accident near his house in Timberland, Utah. The area Constable reported that Block’s snowmobile reversed on a high slope. Block was proclaimed dead at the scene.
Tributes gathered from around the auto racing world. Solution One’s seven-time champ Sir Lewis Hamilton said, “I am devastated to become aware of Ken Block’s passing away. Years ago we had an outstanding time heli-skiing and also snowboarding in Canada. We held a lot respect for each other. He will absolutely be missed.”
Block’s former rally colleague Travis Pastrana claimed, “Ken was a close friend, a rival, a coach, a boss, a service partner, and a fellow family man who was more proud of showing me pictures of his children go-karting than he was of himself doing a world’s first in among the many ‘coolest cars and trucks known to man’ that he frequently drove the wheels off. Ken lived life to the max. Cut too short thus a lot of the greats before him. Rest in peace, pal, you will never be failed to remember.”
Block lived a remarkable life. In 1994 while he was in his mid-20s, Block co-founded DC Shoes with 2 partners. The heavy-duty sporting footwear became preferred amongst skateboarders and also snowboarders, and the business was offered to Quiksilver for $87 million in 2004.
After DC, Block looked to motorsports and also right away developed a credibility as a standout vehicle driver. He began competing in Rally America’s 2005 period in a Subaru WRX STi, finishing fourth total in the season as well as declaring Novice of the Year honors. The following year, he developed Subaru Rally Team United States together with X Gamings freestyle motocross tale Travis Pastrana, Vermont SportsCar, as well as Subaru of America.
The combination was enchanting. Though Block never ever won a Rally America champion, he was frequently 2nd in the standings, keeping stress on his colleague and also four-time champion Pastrana. Their rivalry helped keep both drivers up front.
” We were never away from Travis, as well as when I struck midway through the rally, Travis showed up his speed a lot more and also maintained us at bay,” Block explained. “We had a good time battling it out and also the cars were best.”
Block additionally competed in Rallycross in the X Gamings, American Rallycross, as well as European Rallycross, often ending up on the platform. Starting in 2010, he likewise raced in FIA World Rally competition with Ford and the Monster Globe Rally Team, where he became the first American motorist to advocate the Globe Rally champion. Block completed in World Rally with the 2014 season. In 2014 he also competed in a single FIA ERX Supercar Champion race, which he won.
The Monster World Rally Group later came to be Hoonigan Racing Department, a part of Hoonigan Industries. Block developed Hoonigan in 2010 to “make cars enjoyable.” The company markets motorsports clothing, accessories, and also performance components.
In addition to all that, Block contended in the One Lap of America, Gumball 3000 and the Baja 100 in a Prize Truck. He held the record for the globe’s fastest Snowcat, developed from a Ford Raptor pickup truck. His similarity appears in a number of prominent racing video games.
Block altered the means we regard motorsports
Yet for all of his competition and also organization success, Block was best-known for his collection of viral Gymkhana video clips, in which he would drive a selection of cars performing precision drifting and feats in Subaru and Ford automobiles. The videos gathered numerous millions of sights and also made Block a Net feeling. The videos resulted in a look on Top Gear and also an unforgettable 171-foot Subaru get on Feat Junkies.
” I had not been as well anxious concerning it, since if I get as well nervous, it would draw,” Block quipped after his jump.
At the time of his death, Block was dealing with brand-new tasks with Audi along with his child, Lia. He is survived by his wife Lucy as well as their 3 children.
Inevitably, Block did far more than win rallies as well as make video clips. He basically transformed motorsports culturearound the world as well as brought together the principles of skate boarding and also snowboarding with motorsports. Block didn’t require to win champions, because his fans could see that he was world-class in his abilities and that he was having the moment of his pleasant life doing it.
Block when said, “In life, from the easiest thing to the most significant point, I wish to boast of what it is and also stake my case: That’s mine which’s how I do it.”
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Last Updated: 4 January 2023