Over 33 million people have tuned in to watch Ken Block's latest Gymkhana training video on YouTube. Starting this weekend, viewers will be able to watch live and in person as Block, a WRC driver, races around cones and tight turns in abandoned parking lots in the debut of Ken Block's Gymkhana World Tour. The first stop of the three-part tour takes place Sunday at a shopping center in Vienna, Austria.
"Seeing gymkhana on the Internet is one thing, but to experience it in-person is wild," said Block. "It'll also be the debut of my new top-secret car, so that's a cool bonus for everyone that makes it out."
The next stop of the global tour is scheduled for July 23 at a parking lot at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium. At the L.A. stop, Nate Adams will be putting on a freestyle motocross demo along with pros Adam Jones and Blake "Bilko" Williams. The final stop takes place in a park in Melbourne, Australia, on Sept. 3.
"I'm stoked about bringing the Gymkhana World Tour to Los Angeles," said Block. "I filmed the first two Gymkhana videos in California, so it feels right to be doing one of the three stops there. Plus, the Cali fans have always been amazingly supportive of my tire-destroying ways, so I know they're going to love it."
The event is sponsored by DC Shoes, the skate company Block co-founded and now serves as the Chief Brand Officer for.
"Through the DC x Ken Block Gymkhana franchise of videos Ken has brought gymkhana-style driving to the forefront of action sports and to an entirely new audience," said Anton Nistl, DC's president. "We're excited to be involved in this event that allows consumers to witness the action and excitement of gymkhana driving by Ken."