Ken Block Bibliography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: KEN BLOCK
Date of birth: November 21, 1967
Residence: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Car: #43 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

BUSINESSMAN
After creating three successful skateboarding and snowboard entities: Eightball Clothing, Droors Clothing and Blunt Magazine, Ken Block co-founded DC Shoes in 1994 with partner Damon Way.

Damon convinced his pro skateboarding brother Danny Way and fellow skateboarder Colin McKay to defect from their shoe sponsors and put their names on the first two DC shoe models. Lacking a shoe design and designer, Ken jumped into the role.

Ken and Damon grew the business from a small operation, making and marketing performance skateboarding footwear, to one of the leading companies in the industry that is distributed throughout the world. DC was acquired by Quiksilver in May, 2004, making it part of a nearly $2 billion action sports family. Block now serves as Chief Brand Officer where he oversees the DC brand.

Notable achievements:
– Winner: 40 Under 40 Awards, Sports Business Journal 2005
– One of the most influential people (#17) in Sports Business Journal 2004
– Ad Age’s Marketing 50 in 2004
– One of the Fast 50 in Fast Company Magazine, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RALLY CAR RACER
In 2005, Block’s first year of rallying, he was aptly named Rally America’s Rookie of the Year. He was then signed by the Subaru Rally Team USA in 2006.

Notable Achievements
– Silver Medal @ X Games 13 (2007)
– Bronze Medal @ X Games 12 (2006)
– 2005 Rally America Rookie of The Year
– 18 podiums and 7 Overall Rally Wins
– He successfully jumped his rally car 171 feet for the Discovery Channel’s popular “Stunt Junkies” show in 2006

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL
He’s been a skateboarder since he was 7, a motocross rider and racer since age 12, and a snowboarder since age 20. He even moved to Colorado to be a snowboard bum. Ken still loves to snowboard and has a home in Utah that features it’s own private snowboard park called the DC Mountain Lab.

Ken looks up to athletes that work hard and put their whole heart into what they do. These athletes include: Danny Way, Ricky Carmichael, Michael Jordan, and Petter Solberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GYMKHANA
Gymkhana events are time/speed events in an automobile. There can be obstacles such as cones, tires, and barrels. The driver is expected to maneuver through the predetermined “track” performing many different driving techniques. What separates gymkhana from your traditional autocross event is that in gymkhana drivers are required to perform reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced skills. Also drifting is encouraged where helpful/necessary. You can consider any event a Gymkhana which has a starting point, a finish line and some sort of “obstacle” to get through, around, or by, and is timed.

– source

MUST WATCH VIDEO

 

 

 

 

Check the first Gymkhana practice vid HERE
Check the TWO build video HERE
Check the rally car/snowboard shoot HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
– http://www.fastcompany.com/fast50_04/winners/dcshoes.html
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymkhana_(motorsport)
– http://www.kenblockracing.com/
– http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/DC-Shoes-Inc-Company-History.html

 

 

 

Kenneth "Ken" Block (born November 21, 1967) is a professional rally driver with the Hoonigan Racing Division, formerly known as the Monster World Rally Team. Block is also one of the co-founders of DC Shoes. Block has also competed in many action sports events including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. Since selling his ownership of DC Shoes, Block has shifted his business focus to Hoonigan Industries, an apparel brand for auto enthusiasts. He is currently the co-owner and Head Hoonigan In Charge (HHIC) at the company.

Rallying

2005

In 2005, Block began his National rallying career with the Vermont SportsCar team. Vermont SportsCar prepared a 2005 Subaru WRX STi for Block to compete. His first event of the rallying season was Sno*Drift, where he ended up finishing seventh overall and fifth in the Group N class. During the 2005 season, Block had five top five finishes and placed third overall in the Group A class and fourth overall in the Rally America National Championship. At the end of his first rallying year, Ken Block had won the Rally America Rookie of the Year award.

2006

In 2006, Block along with his DC rally teammate Travis Pastrana signed a new sponsorship deal with Subaru. Through this deal with Subaru, the teammates became known as "Subaru Rally Team USA." With the new rally season, Block also got a brand new Vermont SportsCar prepped 2006 Subaru WRX STi. He competed in the first ever X Games rally event at X Games XII. In the competition, Block ended up finishing third to take the bronze. He went on to compete in the 2006 Rally America National Championship, where he finished second overall.

2007

In 2007, Block competed in the X Games XIII rally event, where he placed second overall and won a silver medal. In the 2007 Rally America National Championship, Block finished third overall. During this season, Block also entered in a few rounds of the World Rally Championship; Rally Mexico and Rally New Zealand. In Rally New Zealand, Block recorded two top-five stage times in the Group N class. At the end of 2007, Block had achieved 19 podiums and 8 overall victories in rally events.

2008

In 2008, Block was provided with a brand new rally prepped 2008 Subaru WRX STi to compete. Block decided to compete in the Rallye Baie-des Chaleurs of the Canadian Rally Championship to gain some experience with his new 2008 rally car and prepare for the World Rally Championships later in the year. Block gained his first Canadian rally win at the event. This was only the second event for the new car. Block and his co-driver were unable to get any championship points at the event due to not having a Canadian competition license. Block competed in the Rally New York USA competition and finished in first place. In the X Games XIV rally competition, Block finished tied for third place with Dave Mirra. This occurrence was due to both competitors having issues with their car. Block, who made it to the semi-finals of the event, had a radiator problem after landing the car awkwardly on a jump. With both bronze place competitors in damaged cars unable to compete, the medals were awarded to both of them.

Block competed in the 2008 Rally America National championship, which concluded on October 17, 2008. In the event, he finished second overall with a strong victory in the last event. In the Lake Superior Performance Rally stage, Block finished over one minute ahead of his next closest competitor and secured the second overall position. Next up for Block this rally season is three World Rally Championship events.

2009

Block appeared in a segment of motoring show Top Gear. Block filmed the hit YouTube video "Gymkhana 2", making the most viral video of 2009, as well as selling more DC shoes with this "informercial".

2010

For 2010, Block finished his partnership with Subaru and joined Ford. Also, sponsors BFGoodrich and Motul were replaced by Pirelli and Castrol.

On January 6, 2010 the Block drove selected rounds of the World Rally Championship for Monster World Rally Team, in which he campaigned a Ford Focus RS WRC 08 run by M-Sport, who also prepare the official Ford WRC cars. Also, he ran his sixth season of the Rally America Championship in an open class Ford Fiesta, as well as his fifth X Games. Block was the first ever American driver to campaign for the World Rally Championship. On February 27, Block won the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (Rally America) for the 5th consecutive time. This broke the record held by John Buffum. Block is currently being trained by former Ford factory driver Markko Märtin. At the Rally Spain, he won his first 2 points in World Rally Championship.

2011

On March 23, Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino were taken to hospital, having rolled their Ford Fiesta RS WRC during the shakedown stage of the 2011 Rally de Portugal in Faro, Portugal. A representative of the Monster World Rally team later stated that both men were fine.

2013

On his first race of 2013 season, Block scored well, entering top-ten in the Mexican rally, thus receiving his first six points for the championship and score a best-ever 7th overall finish.

2014

Castrol returned as Block's sponsor. He participated in the WRC located in Catalunya, Spain. He was in 10th place until the last stage where he suffered a tire puncture and lost a significant amount of time. He finished in 12th.

2015

Block continued to compete in the Global RallyCross Championship. He also put more time into managing the Hoonigan company. He announced that he would not put any time into the World Rally Championship, a first since 2009.

2016

On March 13, Block performed donuts at the Cenotaph War Memorial in London in a Ford Mustang, whilst driving for the show Top Gear, which resulted in a large amount of media attention across the UK.

Block will be competing full-time in the World RallyCross Championship for the 2016 season.

Racing record

Complete Rally America results

(key)

YearCar123456789DCPoints
2005Subaru Impreza WRX STiSNO
5
ORE
7
SUS
3
PIK
4
MAI
3
OJI
Ret
COL
4
LSP
3
4th65
2006Subaru Impreza WRX STiSNO
3
ACR
1
ORE
3
SUS
Ret
MAI
11
OJI
Ret
COL
Ret
LSP
1
WIL
3
2nd90
2007Subaru Impreza WRX STiSNO
6
ACR
1
ORE
2
OLY
4
SUS
Ret
NEW
3
OJI
2
COL
1
LSP
Ret
3rd109
2008Subaru Impreza WRX STiSNO
5
ACR
1
OLY
1
ORE
Ret
SUS
Ret
NEW
Ret
OJI
Ret
COL
5
LSP
1
2nd86
2009Subaru Impreza WRX STiSNO
Ret
ACR
1
OLY
Ret
ORE
Ret
SUS
1
NEW
2
OJI
Ret
COL
Ret
LSP
3
4th80
2010Ford FiestaSNO
Ret
ACR
1
OLY
Ret
ORE
Ret
SUS
Ret
NEW
Ret
13th27
2012Ford Fiesta STSNO
ACR
1
ORE
SUS
NEW
OLY
1
4th44
2013Ford Fiesta STSNO
6
ACR
Ret
ORE
2
SUS
1
NEW
1
OJI
1
LSP
Ret
2nd93
2014Ford Fiesta STSNO
ACR
1
ORE
SUS
MTW
NEW
OJI
LSP
12th22

*Season still in progress

Complete WRC results

YearEntrantCar12345678910111213141516WDCPoints
2007Ken BlockSubaru Impreza WRX STIMON
SWE
NOR
MEX
28
POR
ARG
ITA
GRE
FIN
GER
NC0
Rally FaNZNZL
56
ESP
FRA
JPN
IRE
GBR
2008Subaru Rally Team USASubaru Impreza WRX STIMON
SWE
MEX
ARG
JOR
ITA
GRE
TUR
FIN
GER
NZL
30
ESP
FRA
JPN
GBR
NC0
2010Monster World Rally TeamFord Focus RS WRC 08SWEMEX
18
JORTUR
24
NZLPOR
Ret
BULFINGER
Ret
JPNFRA
12
ESP
9
GBR
21
19th2
2011Monster World Rally TeamFord Fiesta RS WRCSWE
14
MEX
12
POR
DNS
JORITAARG
18
GREFINGER
17
AUS
19
FRA
8
ESP
Ret
GBR
9
22nd6
2012Monster World Rally TeamFord Fiesta RS WRCMONSWEMEX
9
PORARGGRENZL
9
FIN
Ret
GERGBRFRAITAESP28th4
2013Hoonigan Racing DivisionFord Fiesta RS WRCMONSWEMEX
7
PORARGGREITAFINGERAUSFRAESPGBR20th6
2014M-Sport World Rally TeamFord Fiesta RS WRCMONSWEMEXPORARGITAPOLFINGERAUSFRAESP
12
GBRNC0

PWRC results

YearEntrantCar12345678PWRCPoints
2008Subaru Rally Team USASubaru Impreza WRX STISWEARGGRETURFINNZL
13
JPNGBRNC0

Complete Global RallyCross Championship results

Supercar

YearEntrantCar123456789101112GRCPoints
2011Monster World Rally TeamFord FiestaIRW1IRW2SEA1SEA2PIK1PIK2LA1
11
LA2
13
23rd10
2012Monster World Rally Team Ford RacingFord FiestaCHA
15
TEX
8
LA
2
LOU
5
LV
7
LVC
10
5th58
2013Hoonigan Racing DivisionFord Fiesta STBRA
9
MUN1
2
MUN2
DSQ
LOU
5
BRI
2
IRW
6
ATL
8
CHA
7
LV
1
3rd115
2014Hoonigan Racing DivisionFord Fiesta STBAR
10
AUS
11
DC
7
NY
3
CHA
1
DAY
2
LA1
3
LA2
2
SEA
9
LV
1
2nd376
2015Hoonigan Racing DivisionFord Fiesta STFTA
1
DAY1
8
DAY2
2
MCAS
1
DET1
1
DET2
7
DC
3
LA1
11
LA2
9
BAR1
11
BAR1
10
LV
10
7th345

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results

Supercar

YearEntrantCar123456789101112WRXPoints
2014Hoonigan Racing DivisionFord Fiesta ST RX43POR
GBR
NOR
3
FIN
SWE
BEL
CAN
FRA
4
GER
ITA
TUR
DNP
ARG
16th32
2016Hoonigan Racing DivisionFord Focus RSPOR
18
HOC
BEL
GBR
NOR
SWE
CAN
FRA
BAR
LAT
GER
ARG
18th*0*

* Season in progress.

Other motorsport activities

In 2005, Block along with his DC Shoes associates participated in the Gumball 3000 Rally. For the event they sent out three modified 2004 Subaru WRX STi's sponsored by DC Shoes.

In 2006, Block competed in the One Lap of America competition along with Brian Scotto. They were teamed up in a 2006 Subaru WRX STi and finished forty-fifth overall.

In 2006, for the Discovery Channel show Stunt Junkies, Block jumped his Subaru WRX STi rally car 171 feet (52 m) and a max height of 25 feet (7.6 m). The whole episode was dedicated to Block attempting this stunt.

In 2007, Block joined the DC Shoes Snowboarding team at New Zealand's Snow Park. Block did massive jumps and assisted in snowboarding tricks while driving his rally car on the mountain alongside the snowboarders. A crash after landing a large jump cracked one of the vertebrae in his spine, he was flown to the hospital. The session made the cover of the December 2007 issue of Snowboarder Magazine and closed out the MTN.LAB 1.5 DVD.

In 2009, for the BBC show Top Gear, Block took James May out for Gymkhana-style driving at Block's stunt course at Inyokern Airport, an operational California airport, also starring Ricky Carmichael. In 2010 Block took the feature car from the previous episode (a Reliant Robin) for a lap of the Top Gear test track. He rolled the car and was unable to complete a lap but was unhurt.

On October 15, 2009, it was reported that Block was close to a deal to join the World Rally Championship in a new Ford team. Long time co-driver Alex Gelsomino was also reportedly involved in the deal. Former Subaru WRC driver Chris Atkinson has been reported to be lined up as Block's team-mate in the all-new Monster Energy Drink Ford World Rally Team.

On January 6, 2010, the announcement is made as Block joins up with Ford and begins his WRC career driving both a Ford Fiesta and Focus RS WRC.

On August 24, 2010, Block released the first of a three part Gymkhana 3 video release featuring his new Ford Fiesta.

On September 14, 2010, Block's third Gymkhana video, featuring a Ford Fiesta, was released on YouTube. The video got more than seven million views in its first week. This vehicle is now on display on the Petersen Automotive Museum.

On August 16, 2011, the fourth Gymkhana video, The Hollywood Megamercial was released on YouTube, featuring Block driving around the Universal Studios backlot.

On July 1, 2012, Block took the Silver Medal for Rallycross at X Games XVIII behind Sébastien Loeb.

On July 9, 2012, Block released his fifth Gymkhana video on YouTube, featuring Block driving his Ford Fiesta in San Francisco and Travis Pastrana on a dirtbike. After 24 hours, the video was viewed 5.1 million times, making it the top-viewed video of the previous week.

Block also holds the world record for the world's fastest snowcat, a modified Subaru STI called a Trax STI.

Block appears in the 2015 Need for Speed video game as the style icon.

Involvement in Colin McRae: Dirt 2 , Dirt 3, and Dirt: Showdown

Block is featured as a driver in Codemasters Colin McRae: Dirt 2, along with his Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza. In Dirt 3 he is seen as a driver and Gymkhana teacher, his Monster World Rally Team vehicles are available in the game, including the Ford Fiesta GYM 3, and the Ken Block Ford Focus WRC. Ken's Ford Fiesta and his Hoonigan/Monster livery appear extensively in Dirt: Showdown another Codemasters racing game with a more arcade feeling and demolition derby style Knockout and 8-Ball crossover racing events. His trademark gymkhana style of driving dominates the Head-to-Head and Trick Rush race modes as well as the Freestyle section.

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