It was 2009 when I had a friend show me the viral sensation of Ken Block jettisoning a Subaru Impreza WRX STI though the industrial playground at the Port of Los Angeles. What immediately caught my attention had to be the fact that a rally sport car was performing these insane drifts on a seemingly improvised course. I didn’t know what “Gymkhana” was, but I was hooked on it.
For those of you who don’t know, Gymkhana is a motorsport in which vehicles are required to maneuver through cones, barrels and basically any other obstacles the track designer deems necessary. It tests the driver’s ability to navigate these obstacles, utilizing drifting, figure 8’s and 360 degree spins. These courses are timed, and require the driver to be incredibly focused in order to minimize mistakes on the track.
Although these are the traditional rules of Gymkhana, I’m still more intrigued by Ken Block’s approach to the sport. Generally, events take place on tracks that take no longer than a minute and a half to complete. Ken’s approach is to take an entire city, and make it into his playground for a captivating exhibition for however long he (or the State of California) pleases. I guess being a co-founder of DC Shoe Co. has its perks. Check out the video below for his latest adventure aptly titled, “Gymkhana Seven: Wild in the Streets”
As you can see, this is drifting and Gymkhana on a level that can rarely be rivaled, nor duplicated. No word yet from the Head Hoonigan In Charge, when the next installment of Gymkhana will be released or even filmed. Until then, you can catch him posting snapshots on his Facebook page, as he prepares for the Clarkson, Hammond and May Live show in South Africa. Still wondering what a "Hoonigan" is? Check this out.