Farewell, Drift Master
Ken Block dies in snowmobile accident

Pro rally driver and drift master Ken Block, best known for his exhilarating Gymkhana video series, was killed in a snowmobile accident on 2nd January at the age of 55. As confirmed in a statement from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Block was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope in the Mill Hollow area in Wasatch County, Utah. Unfortunately, his snowmobile upended and landed on top of him while he was riding away from his group, and he was declared deceased when first responders arrived at the scene of the accident.

Block began his rally career in 2005 and immediately gained attention with his skills, grabbing the Rookie of the Year title in the Rally America Championship. He formed the Monster World Rally Team in 2010 and partnered with Ford to race in the World Rally Championship, and renamed the team to the now globally-renowned Hoonigan Racing Division in 2012, aligning it with his motorsport-lifestyle brand Hoonigan. Before being a pro rally racer, Block co-founded DC Shoes in 1994 and competed in various action sports including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. His first Gymkhana video debuted in 2008, and he had done nothing but up the ante with each new iteration ever since.

Block is survived by his wife, Lucy, and three children. “Ken was a visionary, a pioneer, and an icon, ” as stated on the Hoonigan website. “He will be incredibly missed.”