Mourning in the world of motorsport: Ken Block, American rally driver and stuntman considered a true legend, has died at the age of 55. Block lost his life in a snowmobile accident in the mountains of Wasatch County, Utah, and the news of his disappearance shocked thousands of rally enthusiasts who had continued to follow him even after his farewell to competitions.
According to the local sheriff, Block was walking down a steep slope when the snowmobile overturned and fell on him, crushing him. The distress call came around 2 in the afternoon on 2 January. When search and rescue teams and sheriff’s and Utah State Park men arrived at the scene in the Mill Hollow area, they could do nothing but ascertain the death.
“Mr. Block was driving in a group, but was alone at the time of the accident. The local doctor will determine the exact cause of death-concluded the sheriff-We are extremely saddened to confirm the news of Kenneth’s loss, and we are close to his family and friends of him ”.
The career of the rally star
Over the course of his long career, Block has competed in such close-knit competitions as the Rally America National Championship and Red Bull Global Rallycross. His debut took place in 2005 in the Rally America National Championship, where he competed aboard a Subaru Impreza WRC winning the title of “rookie of the year”.
The following year, he moved to Subaru Rally Team USA, finished second in the American rally championship and debuted with a bronze medal at the X Games, in the rally category. Between 2007 and 2008 he also ventured into the World Rally Championship, and in 2010 he decided to create his own team, the Monster World Rally Team, with which he competed in the World Rally Championship aboard a Ford Focus RS WRC. The following year, aboard a Fiesta, he gets another silver at the X Games, in 2013 he gets the seventh place at the Mexico Rally. The following year he announces his retirement from the scene, while allowing himself one last race in 2015 in the World RallyCross Championship.
After his farewell to racing, Block continued his career as an entrepreneur, founding a brand of shoes and clothing and collaborating with various car manufacturers on various projects, as well as launching a YouTube series entitled “Gymkhana”, followed by millions of people and became a cult: “Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And above all, a father and a husband. We will miss him incredibly ”, was the condolence message shared on social media by the team of Hoonigan Industries, the brand founded by Block.
Block leaves behind his wife Lucy and three children, including Lia, who like him is passionate about rallying and considered his de facto driving “heir”. Her latest Instagram post is dedicated to her, a photo in which the 16-year-old poses next to a 1985 Audi Quattro she bought, disassembled and then rebuilt, posted to announce the release of a new episode on her YouTube channel .