Ken Block Dies: Before his untimely death on January 2, 2023, American professional rally driver Kenneth Paul Block (born on November 21, 1967) competed for the Hoonigan Racing Division, formerly the Monster World Rally Team. Aside from starting his own company, Block also helped found the footwear label DC Shoes.
In addition to his success in the skating and snowboarding worlds, he also raced motorcycles. When Block sold his share of DC Shoes, he put his energy into starting Hoonigan Industries, a clothing line aimed at motorheads. Before his demise, he served as the company’s “Head Hoonigan In Charge” (HHIC) and co-owner.
After 11 years of working together, Hoonigan Racing Division and Ford Performance announced their split in January 2021. Block stated in April that he would be rejoining Subaru. For “joint projects in the sphere of electric mobility,” Block and Audi have partnered as of September.
YouTube Star And Rally Driver Ken Block Dies In Snowmobile Accident!
Rally racer and online phenomenon Ken Block, 55, passed away in a snowmobile accident, according to his team, Hoonigan Racing. In a statement uploaded on Instagram on Monday, Hoonigan said, “It is with our deepest regrets that we can report that Ken Block lost away in a snowmobile accident today.”
“Ken was a true original, a trailblazer, and a legend. I am a father and a husband, first and foremost. Our hearts break at the thought of life without him. Wasatch County, Utah, is where the incident took place.
According to the local Sheriff’s Office, Block was traveling on a steep incline when his snowmobile flipped over and landed on top of him. They released a statement saying he was traveling with a group but was by himself at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the site from injuries sustained in the accident.
Block began racing in 2005 and was immediately recognized as a rising star by being voted Rally America Championship Rookie of the Year. He participated in the World Rally Championship and won multiple X Games medals in the rallycross competition.
The American also created the Gymkhana video series, which he drives on risky tracks and obstacle courses, and co-founded the sportswear firm DC Shoes. Millions of people have seen the series on YouTube.
The 4th and final episode of my 16-year-old daughter Lia buying, tearing down, rebuilding and now driving her ‘85 Audi Ur Quattro will be live at 8am PST tomorrow on my YouTube channel. Will her Audi finally do a donut?? Or will itbreak in the attempt? Tune in to find out! pic.twitter.com/p5SLV0vPUE
— Ken Block (@kblock43) January 2, 2023
In 2016, he co-starred with actor and hosted Matt LeBlanc in a segment of the BBC’s revived Top Gear, in which they drove about London. However, the presentation was marred by controversy because it was found that Block and LeBlanc had done donuts, wheelspins, and burnouts all along Whitehall near memorials like the Cenotaph.
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