Ken Block, Colin Mcrae, Oliver Solberg discussed on The Autosport Podcast


Rally driver and hoonigan founder Ken block passed away yesterday following a snowmobile accident in Utah. He was 55 years old, and most famous for his YouTube series of daring stunt videos, which had been watched over 650 million times. His hoonigan racing division described him as a visionary, a pioneer. And an icon, and most importantly, a father and a husband who will be terribly missed. Today we'll look back at a life lived at full speed. We'll hear from his friends, Petter, and Oliver Solberg will explain how he entered the world of motor sport and look at the legacy, he leaves behind. Let's get up to speed with our rally man, Tom Howard, hey Tom. Welcome back to the podcast under. I'm not great circumstances today, but important that we pay tribute to a great figure in motor sport today. It's a sad day today, actually. I sort of feel a little bit like when I felt when I heard Colin McRae died in 2007, it's that sort of feeling of like, you think these guys are invincible, but they're not, you know, and it's just, yeah, it's only right that we should pay tribute to Kenny may not have been sort of the most successful being a world champion or sporting results, but his legacy and what he did for rallying. It was huge. You know, probably outweighs winning world titles in some respect. Whenever we follow a hero, a figure in motor sport as well. When somebody either passes away oranges themselves doing the sport that we love to watch them for versus something else and it's the same with Michael Schumacher's accident or Colin McCrae with his helicopter and now we find today we're talking about Ken block and other sad circumstance to talk about a great sports person who we love. Doing something he loved, but not actually the sport because motor sport is dangerous. Now many famous athletes reach the end of their career, then they transition to being entrepreneur, a business owner, et cetera. But can the other way, founder of multiple brands in the skate and snowboard world. He grew up loving the mountains and spending time on snowboards and getting into skate culture as well and a famously founded D.C. shoes. But he had a lifelong love of motor sport would be on motocross bikes and dirt bikes from his early teenage years. But later in life, in his mid 30s, just he happened to take a couple of days less than a rally school as something that he thought would be fun to do. In 2004, and in that moment, the rally bug bit him. He began his quest to be the best he could be. Competing in 2005 in rally America, winning rookie of the year, he'd have stints in WRC global rally across he would win medals at the X Games where he would finally get to race against his longtime hero. Colin McRae. Yeah, remember back in the day as well. WRC wasn't carried in terms of media coverage in America, the way it is now. So Ken would spend his younger years hunting down VHS tapes and sit and watch them for hours of his hero Colin McRae on those rally stages. It has partnerships with monster Ford, Subaru and most recently Audi, with his electric huna Tron. Well, Tom, it is a cliche that you hear all the time when tributes have been pouring in as they say, but you know, today they really have from all corners of motor sport, people either new Ken or touched by his ability to take motor sport, particularly with younger audiences were as well into places that it hadn't been before. Who are some of the people that have been paying their respects today? It's been quite incredible actually just to see just how far and how widely received he was as a driver of firstly, I think we should probably touch on the rally community because I've perhaps been the hardest hit by this news. Obviously, many of the sports top level drivers have been posting their tributes on social media today. I would like to start with Sebastiano actually. Now 8 time world champion, so one of the best that's ever been. And he said, Ken was a visionary, so passionate and inspiring. You know, like no other to combine motor sport at a big show. And I think that really says that sums up Ken block pretty well. And a supreme ultimate showman. Yeah, someone who had an impressive car control and was able to sort of compete at the highest level. And for someone like Sebastian ogier to say that says it all 8 time world champion, his contemporary Sebastian Loeb has actually competing on the Dakar at the moment, but he still managed to put a tweet out that just said RIP legend. And if you've got lobe calling you a legend, that is quite something to aspire to because Loeb is perhaps the ultimate rally driver with 9 world titles, but yeah, there was a countless tributes across the board. I'd like to actually read one from Gus greensmith actually, the former M sport driver, it's actually quite a nice little process. He says, the impact this man has left on motor on the motor sport world will resonate for generations to come. A visionary and a pioneer of all things hooning. There was only one Ken block. I think that's a pretty nice sentiment from Gus greens with what Ken has done for shining a light on the rally world, perhaps unlike anything we'll see again. He knows the sort of combined this ultimate showmanship and with his stunt videos that also inspired a generation of rally drivers. And he came to rallying later in life as well when he was 34 years old of course this year has been last year 2022 has been the story of Callie Robin pere, the youngest world champion, someone who grew up in rally cars. But Ken didn't. I mean, he grew up with outdoor sports with skating and snowboarding and dirt cross bikes as I mentioned. And he credits that as he started to drive rally cars. He said he was getting a little bit older. The idea of a cage around him appealed.

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