Somehow I know that I am going to be thrashed upon by some of my female colleagues for sharing this one, but OMG!
Just when you think that action sports figure turned extreme driving icon Ken Block couldn’t possible do anything new with his fire breathing Ford Fiesta, he drops yet another Monster on you. See how I did that? This time, Gymkhana is Castrol Footkhana. Foot, as in footie or footy, or football. Whatever it is you people who like soccer call it. This time, Block gets into a bit of a match with Brazilian FIFA World Cup star Neymar Jr. & his gang of soccer freestylers.
Bringing gearheads and soccer fans together!
If rallysport is the purest form of motorsport, then rallycross has to be the purest form of racing. It certainly is the most exciting, for fans and drivers alike. The sport isn’t new, having been active across the Atlantic for decades, where competitors battle it out of race tracks that are a combination of dirt and pavement. With the launch of the Global RallyCross Championship a couple of years ago though, the excitement was pushed to a whole new level.
Ok, so maybe making a movie isn’t quite as expensive as campaigning a top flight race or rally car, but the costs can easily eclipse those incurred by grass roots racers who’ve been known to fund their team by returning empties. Just ask Matt Johnston, who is making what might just be the first ever feature length movie about the U.S. National Rally Championship.
So far, Johnston has sunk ten grand of his own money into the project and anticipates that he will need close to $50,000 to complete the film. If these numbers aren’t high enough, remember that Johnston has done almost everything by himself and already owns much of the super expensive gear needed to shoot wickedly high quality video.
Block may have taken his sixth win at the woods that Christopher Robin played in, but reigning Rally America Champion Mark Higgins wasn’t going to let him win easily. Being second on the road however, Higgins had to content with the dust that was left hanging in the air as the Ford driver attacked the stages. Even with the addition of a “dust minute”, the Subaru America team still had a tough time seeing the road through the haze.
Check out Higgins in action after the break.
Monster World Rally Team press release
JUNE 13, 2011, New York, New York Ã¢â‚¬â€œ With an already busy mid-season schedule, Monster World Rally TeamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ken Block has just added one more thing to his summertime to-do list: test in a Formula One car. The announcement was made with BlockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tire sponsor, Pirelli, prior to the start of the seventh stop of the 2011 Formula One calendar, the Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal. Slated to take place on August 5th in Monza, Italy, Block will find himself behind the wheel of PirelliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s F1 test car as he works his way through a series of tires that Pirelli manufacturers for Formula One.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m stoked about having this opportunity presented to me by Pirelli,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Block. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Getting to go and test in a Formula One car isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t something I ever imagined IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have the chance to do, so when they contacted me with the offer to come over to Italy and drive their test car I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even hesitate to say yes!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Since attending Camp4, my appreciation for Ken Block’s car control skills has shot through the roof. Even though many drivers have never done a burnt out (and probably shouldn’t) it is something that pretty much anyone in any car can do in the right conditions. What Block does with a car is far beyond your average burnout! Doing a burnout and navigating a precision course with all 4 wheels constantly spinning requires accuracy, patience and skill. This guy is the Baryshnikov of the motorsport world!
In Gym3, Block uses an old world high bank super speedway to create a gigantic half pipe. Instead of riding a skateboard, he’s riding the beastly Focus you see above. In the video after the break, we get to see some of the other camera angles that the producers chose not to show in the original. Very cool stuff!