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DETROIT -- Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block’s journey to action sports icon and global rally driver has taken a non-traditional path. Block co-founded DC Shoes, a company that has heavily leveraged action sports in its marketing platform. Along the way, Block was bitten by the desire to compete and it has led to a burgeoning rally career.
What started out with rally racing in Rally America and X Games, has expanded to a global rally program with Ford Motor Company in Rally America, X Games and now in the FIA World Rally Championship. Despite his success in these high profile series, the calling card for Block may well be his Gymkhana videos on YouTube, which have garnered a cult-like following from his growing worldwide legion of fans.
This is has been a busy year for Block as he has been trotting the globe juggling the two rally programs, planning for Gymkhana THREE, and getting ready for X Games 16 in August. This week, he was in Detroit for the 2010 Ford Dealer Intro Show and he took a few minutes to answer questions from Ford Employees for @Ford.
Click here to watch Bob Ken Block respond to some of your questions and read below to see how he responded to the rest of the questions submitted!
Q. DO YOU COME UP WITH THE STUNTS YOU DO IN THE GYMKHANA VIDEOS, AND HOW MANY TAKES DO YOU DO TO COMPLETE A VIDEO?
A. The answer is easy, yes. I come up with all the tricks or maneuvers, whatever you want to call them in the video. Most of them are simply stuff I have always wanted to do with the car if given the chance. Lucky for me I get to do that for a living nowadays. As for each trick, it can take three to 10 tries depending on the difficulty of the trick. No matter what, every time we do something it is different surface or a different temperature of the day so it takes me a little bit to figure what the car is doing and then to be able to focus in on doing the trick the best that I can. Sometimes it may only take three tries, but sometimes it may take 10.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST IN COMPETING IN ROAD RACING OR ARE YOU GOING TO STICK TO RALLY?
A. I don’t really have much interest in road racing. I totally respect what those guys do for their sport. It is very meticulous and it is very fun, but I really like the sort of ‘on edge driving’ of rally and the fact of how aggressive we get to drive with the rally car. So for me it is just a bit more fun getting to slide and jump a car than just being precise around a circuit.
Q. SINCE IT IS A REALITVELY NEW PLATFORM, HOW DOES THE FIESTA COMPARE TO THE SUBARU OR OTHER RALLY CARS YOU HAVE DRIVEN IN THE PAST?
A. The setup of the car is very very good. My Fiesta is a version of a rally cross car out of Sweden, so it has taken us a little bit of time to convert if from the rally cross spec to the rally car. This year, I am also running in the WRC with the Focus RS and the Focus RS is a better rally car at this time. However, considering how early we are in the process, the Fiesta has done very well so far.