Written by Daniel Andzhurov – January 09, 2023
Reviewed by Kfir Kedem
55-year-old American rally racer Ken Block lost his life in a snowmobile accident in the state of Utah. The news was made official by representatives of his HOONIGAN Racing Division team.
“It is with our deepest condolences that we can confirm that Ken Block has passed away following a snowmobile accident. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. But above all he was a father and a husband. We will miss him tremendously," reads the message shared on social networks.
Later, the Wasatch County Police in the US, which took over the investigation of the incident, also issued an official statement:
“On January 2, 2023, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Wasatch County Emergency Call Centre received a call of a snowmobile accident in the vicinity of Mill Hollow. A rescue team along with law enforcement officials from the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office responded to the call. The pilot, Kenneth Block, a 55-year-old man from Park City, Utah, was driving a snowmobile down a steep slope. The vehicle overturned and pinned Block. He died on the spot due to severe injuries."
Ken Block, who co-founded DC Shoes, began his rally career in 2005 in the US National Rally Championship. Within two years, he managed to record several starts in the World Rally Championship. In 2010 he signed a contract with Ford and created the Monster World Rally Team. Later, he was actively involved in rallycross competitions around the world within the Global Rallycross Championship and the World Rally Championship.
However, Ken Block will remain in the hearts of fans mostly with his witty videos from the Gymkhana series, in which he and his team demonstrated extremely complex stunts that took the breath away of people with petrol in their blood. Block recently signed a contract with Audi and created the first Gymkhana video featuring an electric car. Blok leaves behind a wife and three children.
Auto Trendy’s take:
We, at Auto Trendy, are heartfully sorry to read the kind of news this is. Nevertheless, we are sharing it with you as a sign of respect and condolence for the legend we will never forget. He, who strived to take the most out of cars and show us what is possible.