Ken Block, the rally racer best known as the co-founder of Hoonigan Industries and the star of the wildly popular Gymkhana stunt driving video series, died in a snowmobile accident on Monday, January 2, according to a statement posted by Hoonigan on Instagram. Ken Block was 55 years old.
Block’s career extended far beyond the world of rallying and racing — along with Damon Way, Block co-founded the clothing company DC Shoes in 1994. He participated in skateboarding, motocross and snowboarding competitions.
Ken Block rose to global fame with the Gymkhana series of stunt driving videos. The first video, published in 2008, seems to be almost normal driving compared to what happened afterwards. The videos became increasingly extreme, with Block (and later a whole cavalcade of stuntmen) drifting, jumping and sliding, demonstrating a master class in driving.
Early videos featured Block’s rally and rallycross cars, but more recent episodes featured Hoonigan’s custom-built cars specifically for Gymkhana. In the last part, Gymkhana 11, Block conquers Las-Vegas on Audi‘s electric rally car.
Block is survived by his wife, Lucy, and three children; his daughter Lia recently starred in her own Hoonigan video series, and Lucy and Lia, along with Ken, competed in the American Rally Association Championship.
In memory of Ken Block, let’s recall the Top-5 most popular videos with his participation:
DC SHOES: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO
DC SHOES: Ken Block’s Gymkhana THREE, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; l’Autodrome, France
Ken Block Drifts London – EXTENDED Director’s Cut | Top Gear | BBC
[HOONIGAN] KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA SEVEN: WILD IN THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELES
[HOONIGAN] Gymkhana 2020: Travis Pastrana Takeover; Ultimate Hometown Shred in an 862hp Subaru STI