It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ken Block, the renowned rally and rallycross driver, creator of Gymkhana videos, and founder of Hoonigan and DC Shoes. Block died at the age of 55 in a tragic snowmobile accident in Utah.
Block was a true pioneer in the world of motorsports, known for his thrilling and dynamic driving style that captivated audiences around the globe. He made his mark in the world of rallying, competing in both Rally America and Global Rallycross and earning numerous victories and accolades along the way. His cars, which included Subarus and Fords adorned with the Monster and DC logos, became instantly recognizable and beloved by fans.
Block became well-known for more than just his successful racing career. His Gymkhana videos, which feature his impressive driving abilities in a variety of exciting and creative situations, have gained widespread recognition. These videos have been watched by millions of fans globally and have earned Block a reputation as a household name and a fan favorite.
Block’s talent and charisma also earned him a spot on the popular BBC show Top Gear, where he demonstrated his skills to host James May on an abandoned airfield. It was this appearance that truly propelled him to stardom, and he has been a beloved figure in the automotive world ever since with him being featured on the show multiple times since.
Hoonigan, the company founded by Block, confirmed his death in a post on Instagram, expressing their deepest regrets and asking for privacy for the family during this time of grief.
“It’s with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time while they grieve,” the post read.
The American Rally Association also issued a statement, saying they were “gutted” to hear the news of Block’s passing and acknowledging his valuable contributions to the world of rallying.
“We are gutted to hear the news of the passing of rally icon Ken Block. He was a massive influence on everything he touched, including the global world of rallying. His stewardship within the ARA these past few years was invaluable and he will be forever missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Block family and everyone at Hoonigan,” the statement read.
Block’s untimely death is a great loss to the automotive community and to the world of motorsports. He will be remembered as a true icon, a visionary, and a pioneer, and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fans. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time. It is a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. Block’s legacy will live on through his impressive body of work and the memories he has left with those who knew him and were inspired by him.