Growing up, some of us aspired to be firemen, astronauts, actors, musicians, porn stars. Maybe not so much the last one, but thereâ€™s a lot of people out there, so who knows.
But if Iâ€™d known back in my wee childhood that gymkhanas and motorkhanas and drifting existed, I reckon Iâ€™d have told the old man to stick the fire truck back under the tree and get me a helmet and some gloves.
Ken Block is one of the founders of skateboarding mecca brand DC Shoes, and over the past few years heâ€™s become fairly interested in rally driving. Turns out heâ€™s not bad at it. Above is a video of Block attacking a gymkhama course â€“ a set of tasks set out on a vacant lot, such as pulling donuts in a very small box while entering and exiting said box at a high speed, et cetera. Memorising the tasks in the right order is of course half the challenge, but make no mistake; executing them is where the real magic is.
With a rally-spec Subaru WRX STI putting down 395kW at his disposal, Block makes light work of the job. Find five minutes, and hit play.