Tuesday evening, I had the fantastic opportunity to take a spin with DC Shoes founder Ken Block in the passenger seat of his souped-up Subaru Impreza rally car as he performed his newest sport, Gymkhana. A mix of rally racing, drifting, stunt driving and art, Block is pioneering Gymkhana, a sport he all but invented as a way to practice rally racing while home in SoCal—and have a lot of fun in his down time. He’s also the only man currently participating in the “sport.”
In a video, his driving is amazing to watch. But from inside the car, his skills are absolutely stunning. And a little stomach-churning. I wrote about my experience riding shotgun with Block in this week’s Action Sports Report, on espnthemag.com, which you can check out here.
To check out a video of Block performing his motogymnastics, check out Gymkhana Practice, his first video, which dropped onto youtube.com in October. (It’s since received more than 20 million hits.) His follow-up video, titled Gymkhana TWO, hits youtube on Monday, June 1. I got a sneak preview Tuesday night. I won’t spoil the surprise, but I will say it’s well worth a four-minute stroll to youtube to check out next week.
BEFORE THE RIDE, BLOCK PROMISES NOT TO BREAK ME …
NOW THAT’S A GAL WHO WAS JUST TAKEN FOR ONE HECK OF A FUN RIDE …
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