It's a sad day in the car community has rally driver and founder of Hoonigan Ken Block has passed away in a snowmobile accident.
Ken Block, famed professional rally driver and the driving force behind the Hoonigan brand, has passed away at the age of 55 in a snowmobile accident on Monday.
Ken Block, famed professional rally driver and the driving force behind the Hoonigan brand, has passed away at the age of 55 in a snowmobile accident on Monday. Block was a transcendent action sports star who competed in skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross events during his storied career. He was also famous for his Gymkhana series of extreme auto sports videos, and he co-founded the DC Shoes brand.
Hoonigan posted the following statement to the brand Instagram account: "It's with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today. Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed. Please respect the family's privacy at this time while they grieve. " His most recent video on his YouTube channel is the final part in a series where Block builds a drift car with his 16-year-old daughter, Lia.
TMZ reported Block had posted images of him snowmobiling in Utah to his personal Instagram page earlier on Monday. The Wasatch County Sheriff's Office posted to social media that Block was "riding a snowmobile on a steep slope when the snowmobile upended, landing on top of him. He was pronounced deceased at the scene." The Sheriff's Office also shared that Block was alone at the time, but had been riding with a group.
Last last year, Audi announced that it would be working with Block on his next Gymkhana project, and the partnership would include building a completely custom EV for Block to pilot in his latest stunt-filled video. Block has previously worked with Subaru, Ford, and Audi on various rally and stunt projects over the decades, starting with an STI rally car in 2005. Block went on to build a wide assortment of fun and exciting project builds, including a Ford Raptor pickup with Trax, a Porsche 911 Hoonipigasus, and the Ford Mustang-based Hoonicorn V1 and V2.