Ken Block, Perpetually. – Speedhunters

It’s with heavy hearts that we have now realized of Ken Block’s passing.

A reputation synonymous with absolute automotive enjoyment, Block created a legacy which is able to undoubtedly stick with it past the remainder of our collective lifetimes. His contribution to automotive tradition all over the world is immeasurable.

Like most, my first introduction to Ken Block was a brief four-minute video, merely titled Ken Block Gymkhana Practice, which might change into the primary in a sequence of movies which might utterly change the panorama for automotive media.


It’s onerous to assume that video was printed just a bit over 14 years in the past, because it seems like Ken loved 10 lifetimes value of experiences since, which he had the foresight and kindness to share with the remainder of us. How many people he impressed, we are going to by no means know.

He was a pillar of our world, an absolute fixed in a world of change. For all of the tendencies which have come and gone since 2008, there was all the time Ken Block.


For all of his genre-defining antics behind the steering wheels of varied vehicles, his persona exterior of his driving was nearly in full distinction to this. I can not recall a single one who had personally met him, that had a nasty factor to say about Ken Block.

His ardour and enthusiasm for every part he did was unquestionable.


Outdoors of the Gymkhana and Climbkhana movies, he competed on nationwide and worldwide phases in championships comparable to WRC, World RX, GRC, Rally America and extra.

The variety of tributes and messages being posted all all over the world as we speak are telling. The person was liked by so many, and one of many uncommon motoring icons that transcended our automotive world, together with his tragic dying being lined by a number of and notable world media retailers.


Our relationship with Ken Block, was each skilled and private. It wasn’t simply Larry Chen‘s sensible behind the scenes protection of the Gymkhana movies, Brad Lord overlaying him attacking the 2012 WRC New Zealand spherical, and even that includes as one of many cowl stars on the 2015 version of the Want for Pace online game.

Want for Pace Automobile Artwork Director, Bryn Alban, remembers “The very first thing we did with Ken was to construct a Mustang GT with a wrap impressed by his Gymkhana 6 Fiesta on the time. We added it to Want for Pace Rivals. It blew my thoughts that I used to be capable of do one thing like that as a Want for Pace car artist again in 2013. Topped off by briefly assembly Ken on the Gymkhana 6 launch occasion on the high of The Palms resort in Las Vegas… It was nuts!

I used to be then honoured to be answerable for including the Hoonicorn to Want for Pace in 2015 and liked ensuring that each one the main points on its Model 1 iteration had been correct. I even recreated the wrap for that automotive myself simply because I wished it to be proper and genuine. It’s simply unimaginable to see how far reaching Ken was and the way many individuals he labored with and impressed through the years.

Former Speedhunters alumni, Linhbergh, recalled how Block trailered his Gymkhana Two Subaru STI over two and half hours to the Salton Sea and agreed to put on his wedding ceremony swimsuit in 108°F (42°C) temperatures for a characteristic shoot.

An ideal demonstration of the person’s love for what he did, and the way beneficiant he was together with his time.


Present contributor, Mario Christou, added that “I owe a few of my earliest and fondest on-line gaming recollections to Ken Block. As a younger lad having simply watched Gymkhana Follow for the primary time, I keep in mind doing my best possible Ken impression in a WRX STI in on-line lobbies with my buddies.

12 years later I don’t have the time to spend nights on my Xbox. The occasional Hoonigan Burnyard YouTube video places simply as huge a smile on my face now as digital donuts and drifts did as a child although. Thanks Ken to your legacy; for being such a giant a part of my very own automotive tradition for many of my life.


Cian Donnellan might need solely had the one alternative to {photograph} Ken Block at Rally Legend in 2019, however fondly remembers that the “man went more durable, quicker and was extra dedicated than anybody else. Legend.


When the shock of Ken’s passing recedes, we are going to all be left to attempt to fill the void which he has left behind. Though there are such a lot of fantastic recollections and moments of Ken to recollect, it’s going to take a very long time to return to phrases together with his loss.

Our deepest and most honest sympathies and condolences are with Ken’s household, his buddies, colleagues, all at Hoonigan and to everybody affected by his dying.


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