Hoonigan Co-Founder, Rally and Stunt Driver Ken Block Dies 55 in Snowmobile Accident

The automotive world has just lost one of its most remarkable motorsports figures. Kenneth Paul Block, known better as Ken Block, has died in an accident involving a snowmobile on Monday, in Wasatch County, Utah.

 

The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page posted their report of the accident, where the 911 center received a call for an accident in the Mill Hollow area. “Search and Rescue, along with law enforcement from Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Utah State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service responded,” the post reads.

 

According to the post, Ken’s snowmobile “upended” while on a steep slope, landing on him. The rally driver was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries. As of now, the State Medical Examiner’s office is working on the official cause of death. The FIA has also retired #43, Block’s iconic number, to honor the driver.

 

Ken Block was a prominent figure in the automotive world, with the highly viral Gymkhana series of videos, where he performed astonishing stunts and feats in various purpose-built cars. Block’s vehicle of choice varied from Ford Fiestas to Impreza hatchbacks, as well as a first-gen Mustang and recently, an electric Audi S1 concept car. He also had a remarkable career in rallying, having participated in many races and the WRC.

 

Ken also had ventures in sportswear, founding DC Shoes with a friend and Hoonigan Industries as a co-founder. Prior to his career in motorsports, Ken had participated in a multitude of sports competitions, namely skateboarding. Hoonigan itself is one of the most recognizable brands in the car community, being focused on gearheads. These two brands would go on to be part of his incredible journey in motorsports and Gymkhana.

 

Prior to the accident, Block posted several stories on his Instagram account, showing the vehicles that he had planned to take around the snow. At the time of the accident, he was riding alone, though he had traveled with a group. He is survived by wife Lucy and his three children, with his daughter recently wrapping up the build of her Audi Quattro. We wish his family and friends the deepest condolences. Rest easy, Kenneth.

 

(Image sourced from Hoonigan)

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