Posts Tagged ‘Ken Block’

I love how Travis is still around rocking his Subie even though many have shunned his circle track duties as of late. If you’re a true Travis Pastrana fan, you know that he hasn’t forgotten his Subie roots.

In this video that was just uploaded, Travis calls out Ken Block on his marketing campaign etc. It’s all good though and no one should take this all to seriously. After all, DC does cut Travis a paycheck from time to time. It’s like a friend calling you out during a game of ping pong… or fooseball… or maybe something a little more competitive.

Anyways, enjoy this video, I know I did (The car, not the women…. err, ladies… err… Grandmas?)


Our old friend, Ken Block is hosting the Gymkhana Grid event this weekend and they made this funny little video. There will be several Subarus in attendance including Crawford Performance,Stephan Verdier, and Thomas Smith from Subaru of Las Vegas.

Check it out!

Want to get your hands on something unique? Well, the “Spy Gnome” Has been autographed by Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Ken Block, and Tommi Makinen.

You can view the auction HERE

It’s for a good cause and I hope you all have a chance to take a look at it and even bid! As stated on the auction:

100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, founded by Paul Newman and Kyle & Pattie Petty, as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard and Lynda Petty, Tony Stewart, The NASCAR Foundation and several more.

Good cause and we are glad that all the drivers signed it!

Ken Block has moved on to a new manufacturer as his ride, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t leave a lasting impression in history. Many Subaru enthusiasts have looked at Ken Block as the man that brought Subaru into the mainstream. The good people at Autoblog tipped us off with this article about the Gymkhana 2 video named as one of the top 10 viral videos of all time.

When it comes to Ken Block and DC Shoes’ Gymkhana videos, we’d argue that the trilogy is dominated by the very first flick. It spawned countless tributes – thanks in part to the fact that the automotive internet community had never seen anything quite so amazing. The lonesome airfield, an epic Crawford-preppedSubaru WRX STI and an, um… Segway had never before come together to create such a piece of cinematic glory. Unfortunately, according to Advertising Age, all of that isn’t enough to make the first video one of the all-time most successful viral marketing campaigns. That honor goes to Gymkhana 2.

With a grand total of 32.9 million views and counting, Block’s second take on selling shoes by sliding sideways took the number 10 slot on the magazine’s list of viral wonders. Other winners include the infamous Old Spice Twitter responses, a Doritos ad and the Xbox project Natal. Of course, the all-time champion of hawking wares via the internet is still Blendtec. That company has managed to draw in 134.3 million YouTube views since it started chopping up random objects in 2006.

If you guys have missed these videos here they are to fill your faces. Thanks to Autoblog!

Source: Autoblog

The guys at Zenkai Motorsports / Subaru of Las Vegas posted up this pretty sweet video about their Gymkhana Grid experience!

Well, for some of you that went to XGames or watched XGames on TV, had a sample (a huge one) of what Rally Cross is all about. It’s huge in Europe and other parts of the globe but it seems that the US has had only bits of it. I’m glad that Rally America has seen that an arena style venue is where its at especially the “instant gratification” US population. Enough jibber-jabber from me, read on!

America’s first Rallycross to make history

Top racers set to attend August’s New Jersey race

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN (August 11, 2010) – In a game-changer for American motorsport, RallyCar is set to bring the excitement of door-to-door rallycross racing to the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) on August 28-29th, 2010.

The event is the first in a series of three rallycross events to take place at NJMP this year, and will be broadcast on ESPN2. The events will provide an exciting preview of a full, national season set for 2011. The sport debuted in America to huge raves at the 2010 X Games in Los Angeles, where it was carried live on ESPN.

Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. The sport promises intense crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. Five drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.

Each car must also take a “Joker” lap at some point during their heat. A Joker Lap is a small detour – often over a jump – that adds a level of unpredictability to the heat’s outcome by changing a driver’s strategy in an instant.

Rallycross at NJMP will be the ultimate display of driving talent with a slew of high profile personalities scheduled to attend:

• Subaru Rally Team’s Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra are scheduled to arrive with newly built rallycross cars. Both are perennial X Games megastars having just competed at X Games 16.

• Newly crowned X Games 16 gold medal winner Tanner Foust is also starting his first Rallycross event in New Jersey. Foust has been gaining valuable seat time as the first American to compete in the European Rallycross Series and looks to use his experience against his U.S. rivals.

• Monster World Rally Team’s Ken Block is expected to arrive in his 2010 Ford Fiesta. Block built a name for himself as the co-founder of DC Shoes before entering rally racing. He popularized himself even further with a series of “Gymkhana” videos that has garnered over 22 million views!

• Pro drifters Rhys Millen and Stephan Verdier both had a rally competition background before moving into the judged sport of drifting and both will no doubt be favorites in competition against the clock.

• Another pro drifter, Sam Hübinette, will again team up with teammate Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard. Both competed at X Games 16 and each earned a bronze medal in their respective races.

Although a new racing format in America, the sport draws capacity crowds and a diverse and loyal fan base in Europe. Fans get close to the action with trackside viewing of aggressive door-to-door action and the sliding and jumping that makes rally car events unique among motorsport.

There will be two classes of cars in this initial year of Rallycross competition. The faster, all-wheel-drive cars will resemble those used in current, Open class rally competition. The other category will be two-wheel-drive and include various body styles from manufacturers such as Dodge and Honda boasting 450+ horsepower, highly modified engines and rally-style suspension.

More information, including competition format, can be found at

Rallycross tickets are on sale at

About RallyCar, Inc.

RallyCar, Inc. (formerly known as Rally America) is based in Golden Valley, Minn., and sanctions the premier performance rally series in the United States, the Rally America National Championship Series. Additionally, through a partnership with ESPN, qualifying RallyCar drivers are invited to compete in ESPN’s Summer X Games, the annual leading action-sports event that’s broadcast live on ESPN. New for 2010, RallyCar is sanctioning the three Rallycross events at NJMP (August 27-29, October 1-3, and November 5). A new 2011 Rallycross Championship will see a full series of events in the eastern and western regions of the United States. For more information, visit

RallyCar is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., BFGoodrich Tires, the Team O’Neil Rally School, Able Planet, Hawk Performance Brakes,,, Exedy Racing Clutches, RECARO, Mazda and the Danza del Sol Winery.

About New Jersey Motorsports Park

Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park is nestled snugly in a beautifully forested region surrounded by scenic rivers and nearby Delaware Bay. Directly adjacent to Millville Municipal Airport, NJMP is conveniently located close to Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, New York and Baltimore, offering diverse and dynamic motorsports attractions.

The 2010 spectator schedule includes return visits by the AMA Superbike Championship, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX, SCCA Pro Racing with the return of the Trans-Am series, and the Ferrari Challenge, plus RallyCar’s three inaugural Rallycross events.

Not exactly Subaru related but hell, we all love Rally Video games! So here it is, the 3rd installment of the popular Rally Video game, Dirt3! It has our old friend, Ken Block featured on it. Should be a great game and we’re looking forward to it!

Long time past teammates, Travis Pastrana and Ken Block, have been battling each other all season and the rivalry is getting hotter.

Check out the link to see what we’re talking about! CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Found some more info on the Ken Block’s Gymkhana Grid Series at 0-60 Magazine’s website. Seems like a typical Gymkhana event but I guess with more “Pizazz”

Reminds me of the Gymkhana USA Series we had a couple of years ago in Southern California.

In the article, Ken Block expresses that he believes that if Travis Pastrana did show up, that he would most likely beat him. Will Subaru react and join this series? We hope so! The way that Ken Block has described the event, it’s a mix of Drifting with the Showboating factor and an AutoX with the times. So, we’ll see how it goes! Whatever Subarus will be there, will be right behind them! Read more on the interview HERE.

Source: 0-60 Magazine

I know I know… before I get hate from Subaru fans about their beloved Ken Block going to Ford, you have to admit, he did help the Subaru brand become more mainstream and dare I say it? Cool. Most people thought Subarus were cars to go camping with and people know it from Paul Hogan of the crocodile dundee fame, but when those Gymkhana viral videos came out, people went nuts! So what’s the deal with this new Gymkhana Grid series? Apparently, it’s going to be a massive auto x that thousands of people will come and see.

You can visit their website for more information: HERE

Should be interesting how this will pan out and hopefully the Subaru fanatics (including myself) will make it out there to say hi to an old friend.