More than 25,000 people attended the first stop on Ken Block’s Gymkhana World Tour in Vienna, Austria this weekend. The three-stop tour brings Gymkhana driving, made famous by Block’s hugely popular online videos, up close and personal to a live audience.
“Ever since we filmed the first Gymkhana video, I have wanted to bring this type of action to a place where people can watch it live, and Gymkhana World Tour does exactly that,” said Block. “I’m super-stoked on the staggering turnout we had in Austria. It was just amazing to have such an enormous crowd to witness the hooning so close, and to see everyone enjoy it so much.”
In addition to Block’s smoke-filled, up-close, gymkhana antics, the Hoonigan was joined by the Masters of Dirt freestyle motocross crew, including Blake “Bilko” Williams and Adam Jones. The FMX riders not only put on a show of their own, but joined Block for a little synchronized insanity.
“It was awesome to work with Bilko, Adam and the Masters of Dirt team at the event,” said Block. “Those guys went huge during their sets and the crowd was bugging when we were running the course at the same time. The crowd also went wild for the surprise Segway donuts, which we did completely unrehearsed at the end of the show.”
While the main event took place Sunday night, the actual event spread over the entire weekend, offering media and VIPs rides with Block in his Gymkhana Ford Fiesta. “I am always happy to be able to give people the experience of actually getting in the car with me, since nothing beats actually getting in the car,” said Block. “The only bummer is that we can’t give everyone a ride.”
The Vienna stop of the Gymkhana World tour was presented by Monster Energy, Ford, DC and SPY Optic. The next stop will be in Los Angeles, on Saturday, July 23rd, followed by the final stop in Melbourne, Australia, on August 27th.
Block’s next competitive event will be Summer X Games 17, taking place in Los Angeles, California, July 30/31.