Ken Block, Without end. – Speedhunters

It’s with heavy hearts that we’ve got realized as we speak of the passing of Ken Block.

A reputation synonymous with absolute automotive enjoyment, Block created a legacy which is able to undoubtedly keep on past the remainder of our collective lifetimes. His contribution to automobile tradition around the globe is immeasurable.

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


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

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


For all of his style defining antics behind the steering wheels of varied automobiles, his character exterior of his driving was virtually in full distinction to this. I can’t recall a single particular person whom 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.


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

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


Our relationship with Ken Block, was each skilled and private. It wasn’t simply Larry Chen‘s good behind the scenes protection of the Gymkhana movies, Brad Lord protecting 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, recollects “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 automobile artist again in 2013. Topped off by briefly assembly Ken on the Gymkhana 6 launch social gathering on the high of The Palms resort in Las Vegas… It was nuts!

I used to be then honoured to be liable for including the Hoonicorn to Want for Pace in 2015 and beloved ensuring that each one the main points on it’s Model 1 iteration had been correct. I even recreated the wrap for that automobile myself simply because I needed 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 over time.

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 marriage ceremony go well with in 108-degrees Fahrenheit temperatures for a function 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 reminiscences to Ken Block. As a younger lad having simply watched Gymkhana 1 for the primary time, I keep in mind doing my best possible Ken impression in a WRX STI in on-line lobbies with my pals.

12 years later I don’t have the time to spend nights on my XBOX. The occasional Hoonigan burn-yard YouTube video places simply as huge a smile on my face now as digital donuts and drifts did as a child although. Thanks Ken in your legacy; for being such an enormous a part of my very own automobile 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, sooner and was extra dedicated than anybody else. Legend.


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

Our deepest & most honest sympathies and condolences are with Ken’s household, his pals, colleagues, all at Hoonigan and to everybody affected by his loss of life.


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