"I'm NOT a stunt driver, I'm a rally driver who does some fun stuff on the side!"
Last week I questioned whether Ken Block's Gymkhana thing had run its course and maybe it was time to try something new. And it provoked a lot of discussion, not least among those who thought I was having a go at him. Who must have missed the bit where I said "he's clearly hugely talented at the wheel, a very smart businessman and, by all accounts, a very nice chap to boot with a genuine passion for rallying."
Parente's chat with Block reveals much
Don't take my word for it though - you can hear it from the man himself in this really, really interesting interview put up on Friday on the YouTube Drive channel. It's just a straightforward chat twixt Block and ... excitable ... Drive presenter Leo Parente. But all the better for it. No flashy edits, no footage, just a few stills and Block demonstrating both how smart he is and how deeply his passion for rallying runs with thoroughly disarming honesty and humility.
You almost get the impression that he too could happily watch in-car videos of WRC stars at the limit on 'real' rally stages all day long. But he knows that's not going to score tens of millions of YouTube hits.
I do stand by my original point though and I think he needs to channel that talent and creativity into doing something more than Gymkhana Six, Seven, Eight and Nine. I'd just love to see what that might be! Our friends over at Axis Of Oversteer have suggested maybe a change of footwear would be a good start. Could be something in that...
This is bulls**t. Ken block is one of the best rally drivers in US, second by travis pastrana. He won two years in a row for rallying. Plus he runs one of the most successful clothing business of the 90's. Like he said in his interview he can't do everything. And Kimi is fukin awesome. He wasn't world champion 2008 in F1 for a reason. And is successful in f1 to this present day. Rant over!!!
Shade26 Jul 2012
I met Ken at Wales Rally GB last year.
I asked him a few questions about the Gymkhana vids, WRC and all the other stuff he's done (Impreza on skis etc.) and he just came across as the happiest guy ever. Just seemed really greatful that he gets to do all this fun stuff, and he has a genuine love for cars and doing what he does. Sort of the same as in the interview. His enthusiasm is infectious.