One of the most graceful and exciting drivers of our generation has died, rally legend Ken Block has died after a snowmobile accident.
To say this one hits hard is an understatement, Ken Block, that crazy rally driver and all out adrenaline enthusiast dies after a snowmobile accident. I know many people in the sim racing community are big fans of Ken, his driving and ambition to push the boundaries. Everywhere you look in sim racing titles, there is a Ken Block car or livery. He has been such a big part in the motorsport world, and how so many admired him and his driving skill. Ken, we shall never forget you.
The World RX family is saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Block. His loss leaves a huge hole in our sport, but his legacy as a visionary and inspiration to millions around the world will live long. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Lucy and children. RIP Ken 💔 pic.twitter.com/DwgU7X14Ec
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. Block was also one of the co-founders of DC Shoes.
He also competed in many action sports events including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. After selling his ownership of DC Shoes, Block shifted his business focus to Hoonigan Industries, an apparel brand for auto enthusiasts. He was the co-owner and “Head Hoonigan In Charge” (HHIC) at the company before his death.
A legendary driver that entertained and pushed the limits
Ken Block’s rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year that season in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has also won 25+ national level rallies around the globe, scored points in the WRC, and accumulated five X Games medals…including winning silver on three wheels at X Games in LA in 2012 (behind 9-time WRC champ Sebastien Loeb).
In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport of rally within the United States. His keen branding and marketing acumen, combined with his talents and skills behind the wheel, has also allowed Block to achieve global fame as a rally driver through his wildly successful Gymkhana series of videos. A franchise which has garnered over 600 million views on Youtube alone. Adding Climbkhana and Terrakhana to the franchises of videos in recent years, Block’s media properties continue to bring in new fans.