Ken Block’s life and career celebrated in Utah

500 guests attended a ceremony at the Woodward skate and snowboard center on Wednesday

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Ken Block’s life and career was celebrated at an event in Park City, Utah on Wednesday.

Block lost his life in a snowmobiling accident last week.

Following a family funeral, Block’s closest friends and competitors gathered to share stories of his life with 500 invited guests. Fittingly, the event was held at the Woodward skate and snowboard center in Park City, with the family encouraging guests to bring their kit and enjoy the park.

Former team-mate, close friend and rival from last year’s American Rally Association series Travis Pastrana talked of Ken’s pioneering approach and a determination to develop the sport they loved.


“He was the guy who brought rallying to X Games” said Pastrana. “He did so much to build the sport for everybody.

“I raced against Ken for a lot of years and a long time, but I’ll tell you one thing: I never saw him happier than he was when we were competing last year. To see Ken at the track last year was amazing.

“It wasn’t to do with the competition or how he things were going, it was because of his family. He had his wife and his kids with him. Finally, he could share this thing he had and race as a family.”

A selection of Block’s cars were displayed outside the event, including the Hoonigan-developed 1400bhp Ford Mustang, his Mk2 Escort and Ford Escort ‘Cossie.’


Words:David Evans