Ken Block can drive. We know it, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know it. How on earth anybody would get in the car with him and not know what’s coming makes no sense, but maybe news doesn’t travel quite as fast to South Africa, where Ken was in town for a Gymkhana Grid event in Johannesburg. Block, the man behind the wheel in all of the internet-breaking Gymkhana videos, strapped in behind the wheel of his trusty Ford Fiesta RX43 and took a few lucky fans for the ride of their lives.
We aren’t sure if these fans won some kind of promotion or if they were just randomly selected from the crowd, but a couple of them looked like they felt more like they lost a bet by the time the ride was over. Of course there is always that one guy in every crowd who just doesn’t know how to have a good time, but the rest of the ride-along victi, I mean participants looked like they were having a blast, including a couple of young ladies wearing conveniently-revealing tops!
To be honest, Ken took it really easy on this bunch, as there are no jumps or perfectly-timed-or-you-die near misses with other vehicles, although the Fiesta is a pretty gnarly little ride that Ken is very familiar with, meaning he has almost telepathic control over the car at all times, and can make it do exactly what he wants it to. For Ken, this is just another day at the office, but for those strapped into the passenger seat, you can tell it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget.
Go ahead and hit the play button and watch Ken put the Focus to work scaring the crap out of his passengers while pulling some incredibly precise donuts and power slides, all the while making it look perfectly effortless, like he’s out for a Sunday drive.