05 January 2023
Kenneth Paul Block (November 21, 1967 – January 2, 2023) was an American professional rally driver with the Hoonigan Racing Division, formerly known as the Monster World Rally Team.
Born in California, Ken Block was a rally driver who had a unique start in the automotive world and has ‘Drifted’ his way into the hearts of petrolheads worldwide.
The 55-year-old significantly impacted the world of motorsport through YouTube via his Hoonigan exploits and competition.
His Hoonigan channel has attracted more than 1 billion views.
Although Ken was not especially successful with rallying, his real break came when he began filming his ‘gymkhana stunt driving’. An immensely excellent stunt driver, Block was the ultimate ‘Drift Driver’.
At the beginning of 2008, Ken Block was a relatively unknown rally race driver, but all that would change in the months following the release of his first video featuring Gymkhana practice. Block’s Gymkhana videos show him in heavily modified rally-spec all-wheel-drive cars, exhibiting numerous tyre-burning stunts in front of the camera.
Of all the motor cars, Ken drifted into the hearts and minds of every petrolhead, his most famous is the 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2. The vehicle, commonly referred to as the Hoonicorn, was the star of Gymkhana 7.
Ken Block, the world of motorsport will sorely miss you. It has lost a true legend.