Ken Block Goes Out on Top with Gymkhana 10

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Ever since Ken Block hit our YouTube screens with Gymkhana 1 with his trademark all wheel smoke drive in a Subaru Impreza (with a modest 530bhp) we’ve had an annual dose of Ken Block tearing up tarmac throughout the world.  His Gymkhana series has inspired spin offs and spoofs to the point that the internet had had enough Block for a lifetime.  Or so it thought.

Now in it’s 10th iteration, Gymkhana returns and with no less than 5 cars including an Escort Cosworth – “The Cossie” – in this episode which takes place in five locations, after which Ken is allegedly hanging up his boots.  Running almost 20 minutes, it’s best viewed on a big screen to give Ken a fitting send off.

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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NickR85 17:59 | Mon 17 Dec, 2018 | Report
Always enjoyed these :cool:
gpaevo 21:19 | Mon 17 Dec, 2018 | Report
Same aul shite. First couple where good but then for me it just got boring.
dub 21:42 | Mon 17 Dec, 2018 | Report
The antilag on the Escort has me like https://media3.giphy.com/media/my6blRvj9mAMg/giphy.gif
chris_b 21:55 | Mon 17 Dec, 2018 | Report
| Same aul *****. First couple where good but then for me it just got boring.
I don't disagree in the slightest however, I am genuinely intrigued as to what you believe would be better ???
Cooper 22:23 | Mon 17 Dec, 2018 | Report
| Seen this a few weeks back on prime but it’s just been released on YouTube I think this could be the final ever instalment as we know it There have been some crackers over the years I guess m_KBvP0_8Tc
You know what. If it’s the last one for KB. He’s going out on top. There is no doubt that’s amazing machinery he has there and access to great locations to plaster in rubber.
Andy888 22:33 | Mon 17 Dec, 2018 | Report
Some proper driving would be good instead of drifting and constantly bouncing off the limiter. Hard to even listen to it for more than a couple of minutes imo.
TheDaniel 09:50 | Tue 18 Dec, 2018 | Report
Haven't got round to watching it yet, will stick it on later. Always look forward to these! Recently heard from a guy who went to Goodwood that Ken was a bit arrogant and standoffish and he didn't really try to connect with the crowd much. Mad Mike and a few other drifters got into it and made the effort, but apparently Ken has no time for people. I have actually heard that from a few folks now from different events over the years. I have to say I'm pretty gutted I was always a big fan. I guess they say never meet your heroes for a reason. Could be a great guy and just having an off day, but that's the reports I've heard. Hell knows. Still gonna enjoy the video!
FM155 11:16 | Tue 18 Dec, 2018 | Report
| I don't disagree in the slightest however, I am genuinely intrigued as to what you believe would be better ???
Ford getting their heads out of their rear ends and putting their money into real motorsport, not a multi-millionaire playing around. He can drive alright but there is no point to it other than slow mo shots with ever more bizzare antics. You'd see more genuine action in an autotest any saturday during the season. Have to admit there is some great precision driving in this video but I think the genre is played out now. The original Gymkhana was mind blowing at the time but it got old very quickly.
chris_b 12:08 | Tue 18 Dec, 2018 | Report
| Haven't got round to watching it yet, will stick it on later. Always look forward to these! Recently heard from a guy who went to Goodwood that Ken was a bit arrogant and standoffish and he didn't really try to connect with the crowd much. Mad Mike and a few other drifters got into it and made the effort, but apparently Ken has no time for people. I have actually heard that from a few folks now from different events over the years. I have to say I'm pretty gutted I was always a big fan. I guess they say never meet your heroes for a reason. Could be a great guy and just having an off day, but that's the reports I've heard. Hell knows. Still gonna enjoy the video!
Fear not young Daniel, Ken is a nice guy. I’ve worked with him several times now and prob the best example of this was a few years ago in Barbados. All the ‘talent’ so Hamilton etc where staying in a private resort which had been completely booked by the government to ensure privacy but Ken wouldn’t stay there. Instead he insisted on staying with his entire team and us in the Hilton resort and spent the week hanging out with all of us at the pool just shooting the breeze and with his family who were also there. I’ve also seen him on many occasions take time out to speak with fans. He may just have been having a bad day like we all do but on the whole, he’s a nice guy.
chris_b 12:18 | Tue 18 Dec, 2018 | Report
| Ford getting their heads out of their rear ends and putting their money into real motorsport, not a multi-millionaire playing around. He can drive alright but there is no point to it other than slow mo shots with ever more bizzare antics. You'd see more genuine action in an autotest any saturday during the season. Have to admit there is some great precision driving in this video but I think the genre is played out now. The original Gymkhana was mind blowing at the time but it got old very quickly.
This is exactly what I am particularly interested in tbh. As most of you know I make my livelihood out of this stuff (at least I try too!) and the reality is there is only so much anyone can do in a car. Gymkhana and these videos really came about as a ‘cool’ marketing exercise which grew legs very very quickly indeed. The harsh reality is that Ford and others associated would reap much better financial rewards from Ken and his content than any rally or mainstream motorsports involvment and this was proven time and time again hence imo Ken was almost pressured into keeping them going. It all boils down to us all being a very tiny minority of the overall population and as such we judge things very differently. Autotesting is a great example. As a sport to watch it’s generally like watching paint dry unless you are directly involved with it. The Gymkhana concept took autotesting and decided to make it dramatic and exciting to watch and now every year for the last number of years holds their competition which has been a massive success. Personally I believe that some of our best auto testers could wipe the floor with many of the entrants but because there would be no drama, tyre smoke and general mayhem it wouldn’t be as exciting !


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