Legacy of Ken Block: Rally Racer

We regret to inform you of the demise of rally racing veteran Ken Block. On January 13, 2023, the 50-year-old co-founder of DC Shoes and professional rally driver passed away.

It was reported that Ken had been in a snowmobile mishap close to his Woodland, Utah, ranch. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Block was riding in the Mill Hollow region when his snowmobile overturned on a sharp incline and fell on top of him.

But he will leave a mark on rally racing with his aggressive driving style and superb car handling. Block rapidly established himself in the rally racing world when he started his professional racing career in 2005. He participated in several rally racing competitions all around the world, where he earned numerous podium finishes and championships. He participated in a number of rally series throughout his career, such as the World Rally Championship, Rally America, and Global RallyCross Championship.

Block was well-known for his popular Gymkhana videos that featured his driving prowess and his specially designed rally vehicles in addition to his success on the racetrack. The YouTube films, which have received hundreds of millions of views, helped popularize rally racing and established Block as a household figure among auto aficionados. His 2008-starting Gymkhana film series, which featured his Ford Fiestas and later Mustangs, has become legendary in the world of motorsports and has encouraged countless other drivers to give it a shot.

Beyond his accomplishments on the track, Block had a significant influence on rally racing. He was well-known for having a warm disposition and for being able to relate to fans both on and off the racetrack. He was a genuine representative of the activity, and rally racing sparked his infectious enthusiasm. Additionally, he served as a mentor to many rookie drivers, always willing to impart his wisdom and expertise to those just breaking into the industry.

His passing leaves the rally racing community and his global following at a great loss. He will go down in history as one of the greatest rally drivers, and his legacy will endure thanks to his prosperous career and the countless people he touched with his love of the sport.

DC Shoes has disclosed that it would establish a scholarship in honor of Ken Block to assist budding rally drivers in his memory. Young drivers will receive financial support from the scholarship, ensuring Block’s legacy is carried on for a long time to come.

During this difficult time, our hearts go out to his family, friends, and supporters. As a genuine rally racing icon, Ken Block will always be remembered, and his contributions to the sport will always be treasured. All those who knew him and had the pleasure of seeing him race will miss him terribly.