Ken Block's infamous Gymkhana videos are a hit around the world, with Gymkhana THREE Part 2 getting more than 32.3 million views on YouTube since its release last September.
As an encore, Block will take his Ford Fiesta and the Gymkhana party around the world with the inaugural Gymkhana World Tour. It will stop in Austria, Australia and the United States, which is only a small portion of the world, but at least it's a start!
The dates coincide with key competitions for Block in both the World Rally Championship (WRC) and X Games 17. "I'm really excited about my Gymkhana World Tour this summer. And I'm delighted Ford is continuing to support my love of Gymkhana," said Block. "It's something I really enjoy doing and the fans love it as well, so to have Ford on board is amazing."
Designed to bring the Gymkhana experience to a live audience, each GWT stop will be unique, not only in its location but also in the content and layout of the Gymkhana course, which Block will personally design.
On of each stop on the tour, Monster World Rally Team will create mini Gymkhana videos to showcase the event. The first GWT event will be on July 10 in Vienna, Austria. Ford of Europe is planning a two-day celebration (July 9-10) of Block's auto antics with special displays and a Gymkhana festival.
Thirty winners of a Ford of Europe Gymkhana promotion will get a chance to ride along with Block in the Gymkhana Fiesta.
Ford of Europe is also offering 43 limited-edition Monster Fiestas to consumers as part of the event.
Gymkhana World Tour Stop 2 will be in the United States on July 23 - the weekend prior to X Games 17.
The event will be held at Dodger Stadium in an elevated area overlooking downtown Los Angeles. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public.
The event will kick off a big week for Ford, Block and the Monster World Rally Team, culminating in Fiesta's quest for a three-peat at X Games and the unveiling of a major promotion which will involve Ford Racing's action motorsports program.
The final stop in Australia will be held the week prior to the Rally Australia at Calder Park in Melbourne on September 2-3.
While in Australia, Block will visit Ford plants in Victoria and get an opportunity to drive one of the incredible Ford Falcon V8 Supercars, as well as meet fellow Monster athlete, surfer Tyler Wright, who will get a chance to ride along with Block at the GWT event.
"What started out as an opportunity for Ken to go out and apply his skills in Gymkhana has evolved into a worldwide phenomena that has garnered over 70 million views on YouTube and has now become a world tour," said Jamie Allison, from Ford Motorsports.
For more details and updates on Gymkhana World Tour follow Ken Block and Ford Racing on Facebook or go to MonsterWorldRallyTeam.com