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Rally Icon and Gymkhana Creator Ken Block Dead at 55

Ken Block was a motorsport legend.

By Evan Williams Wheels.ca

Jan 3, 2023 2 min. read

Article was updated a month ago

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Rally driver and adventure sports icon Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident on Monday, his team at Hoonigan Racing announced. He was 55.

“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband,” Hoonigan Racing said in a statement. “He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve.”

Block was riding his snowmobile down a steep slope, said the Wasatch County (Utah) Sherriff's Office. The snowmobile upended and landed on Block, who was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Block was riding with a group, but was alone at the time of the crash, according to the statement.

Kenneth Paul Block was best known here for his time as a rally driver and for his Gymkhana extreme video series. He was the co-founder of DC Shoes, a brand that grew into one of the biggest skateboarding apparel companies in the world.

After selling his ownership in DC Shoes, Ken Block moved to rally. He started his pro rally career with Vermont Sportscar in 2005, driving a 2005 Subaru WRX STI. In his debut season, Block had five Rally America top-five finishes and placed fourth overall. He went on to capture 16 Rally America wins.

Two years later, Block made his debut in the FIA World Rally Championship. He would go on to start at 25 WRC events.

The Gymkhana video series has seen hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. The series, which takes inspiration from ski and surf films like those of Warren Miller, launched in 2008.

Originally a way for Block to hone his rally skills, the series grew into the premier display of stunt driving on YouTube with its annual installments.

Ken Block is survived by his wife, Lucy, and three children.

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