Ken Block

Gymkhana 4

You can’t deny that Gymkhana has transcended into something far greater than it’s original concept. But despite all the Hollywood glitter, the driving still takes center stage.

Video courtesy of DC Shoes.

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Block X Atkinson

As long as DC keeps putting out these dope rally videos, I’m going to keep posting them.

Ken Block and Chris Atkinson at the wheel of a RWD Ford Escort. Looks like a blast to me. Just reading the YouTube comments and scanning some other stuff around the internet, there seems to be a lot of hate going around. Let me say this again for the second time this month; Subaru couldn’t provide Block with the chance to compete in the WRC because they are no longer competing. It was fun while it lasted but Block ultimately wanted to go to the next level, that’s where Ford came in. The Subaru owners club can be at times very stubborn, it’s no wonder Top Gear compares us to cavemen. All I’ll say is get over it and stop being jealous that Ken Block has a cooler job than you. At least EQH seems to agree with me. I look forward to his progress in professional rallying.

New Beginnings

A lot of people are upset about Ken Block’s move to Ford. Although I’m not the biggest Ford fan, I can totally see why he did it. Subaru was great for a time and they really helped Block achieve world-wide fame but they were only in a position to allow his career  reach a certain level. By signing with Ford, Block will be able to compete in the World Rally Championship and ultimately take his career to the next level. This is a disappointing outcome for Subaru fans but a great one for Ken Block fans. I think he’ll do really well with Ford.

Yawn: Gymkhana 2.1

Haven’t we seen this already? Don’t get me wrong, Ken Block is the man, but between the DC videos, Top Gear, and now this clip from Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, I’m kind of over it. I’m sure all the fans out there are going to hate on me because this video is nutting on every car blog in the English-speaking world, but it wasn’t even that funny.

Format 67

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I came across this video on Vimeo about a week ago and then saw it today on Speedhunters. Format 67 was inspired by the Ken Block Gymkhana videos and decided to do a version featuring a Nissan Silvia. I don’t really think this driver compares to Ken Block. It’s easy for an experienced driver to drift a RWD Silvia, but I think it’s something different to precisely control and slide an AWD STi. Regardless of the driving, the video is beautifully shot. The editing and post-production work are also on a very advanced level. I really like the look of this video with the high contrast and stark desaturated hues. It makes me wish that much more that Top Gear would start broadcasting in HD.

Unbelievable

Ken Block is back again with Part 2 of his crazy Subaru Gymkhana project. I think I preferred the driving in the first one, but you can’t ignore this either. I’ve never seen someone slide an AWD Subaru like he does, pretty impressive stuff. All the DC Shoes plugs and a cameo by Rob Dyrdek are pretty cheesy, but the production quality and driving are top notch.