DC Shoes, Hoonigan founder, Ken Block killed in a snowmobile accident.
It has been confirmed that Kenneth Paul Block, 55, passed away due to injuries following a snowmobile accident in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah on January 2nd, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office. Police said in a statement published on Facebook that Block was riding on a steep slope outside Woodland, Utah when his snowmobile “upended, landing on top of him,” around 2:00 p.m. Police said Block was riding on a steep slope when the snowmobile overturned and landed on him. A group of people was riding with Block, but he was riding alone when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene after the incident.
Ken is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their three daughters.
In the early years of Ken’s life, he spent much of his time living in the fast lane. As he attended community college, he and his friend Damon Way started a number of startups, including Eightball Clothing, Blunt Magazine, Type A Snowboards, and Droors Clothing. Droors Clothing became DC Shoes in 1993 DC Shoes. To East Coast kids, DC Shoes was everything in the early 2000s. DC Shoes defined skating, sneaker, and hip-hop. In 2004 DC Shoes was acquired by Quicksilver.
Inspired by his friend, Travis Pastrana, Ken decided to try rally racing. At an age when most are retiring from the sport, 40-year-old Ken Block finished his first year in the top 10 of his class. Partnering with winning co-driver Alex Gelsomino, the duo competed in five different rally series and acquired 5 gold medals at the X-Games in RallyCross.
With his Gymkhana video series, Ken Block brought rally and drift to the masses by bringing the automotive culture to the masses. Racing under the Hoonigan Racing Division, previously known as Monster World Rally Team, he changed the automotive culture. While Gymkhana was originally conceived as a marketing tool for DC Shoes, what it did was scramble car culture, encouraging a mix of interest while introducing young drivers to rare models, legendary roads, and locations. Gymkhana will go on with Travis Pastrana currently at the helm. Travis released his statement on Instagram, “Ken was a lot of things to a lot of people.. but first and foremost he was an amazing family man. In all the times I’ve seen him on top of the podium, I’ve never seen Ken as genuinely happy and proud as he was this year, rallying alongside his wife and oldest daughter. Ken was the heart of Rally in the United States. The impact he had and will continue to have in our sport is larger than life. To me, Ken was a friend, a rival, a mentor, a boss, a business partner, and a fellow family man who was more proud of showing me pictures of his kids go-karting than he was of himself doing a worlds first in one of the many “coolest cars known to man” that he regularly drove the wheels off. Ken lived his life to the fullest. Cut too short like so many of the greats before him. Rest in Peace buddy. You will never be forgotten”
Hoonigan stated that “ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon, and most importantly, a father and husband/ He will be incredibly missed.