Ken Block, plain and simple, is a legend and an icon in the action sports world, but nothing Ken Block has ever done is plain and simple. Block, known for both his rally racing prowess and his furious gymkhana driving skills, is also one of the founders of DC Shoes, a game-changer in the world of skateboarding footwear. Today, Block still manages to find the balance between his responsibilities as DC Chief Brand Officer and his rally car driving career, both of which he continues to excel in.
Block's rallying career began in 2005, where he won the Rally America Rookie of the Year award. He achieved global recognition for his performances in the X Games, WRC, and other top rally championships, and also for his promotional endeavors, which included a 171-foot rally car jump on an episode of TV series Stunt Junkies, dedicated purely to Ken's feat. But ask anyone, young or old, where they've seen the Ken Block name and chances are they've seen the Gymkhana videos.
Ken's series of Gymkhana videos featured on YouTube are considered some of the most viral to date, totaling nearly 100 million views between the collection. The Gymkhana videos are a display of his driving expertise, exhibiting pinpoint accuracy and creativity, as well as his inherent marketing ideals he puts on every project he touches.Block won his 6th Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, and followed it up with a 9th place finish in his first international race of 2012 at World Rally Championship Mexico. He will race the Global RallyCross Championship series and Summer X Games 18 in Los Angeles, both airing on ESPN, as well as select WRC and rally events across the globe.
For 2012, SPY is introducing a brand new sunglass developed under Ken's direction. Inspired by Ken's swagger and balls-out driving style, the all new SPY + Ken Block Helm is a vintage-inspired sunglass with aggressive lines sure to be seen on rally podiums around the world.