Paying homage to the great chase scene in the movie Bullit and others like it, DC Shoes’ Ken Block unveiled the fifth installment of his popular Gymkhana viral video series with the City of San Francisco as the backdrop. Uneven terrains, twisted roads, and windy streets, The City by the Bay is as challenging as they come for drivers. But for Block and his Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.), a highly modified Ford Fiesta, it was a playground like no other. In no time, Block ripped through The Bay Bridge, San Francisco’s Financial District, Russian Hill, Potrero Hill, Twin Peaks, even two of the city’s famous cable cars. Along the way, friend Travis Pastrana and Thrasher Magazine’s Jake Phelps joined in the festivities to show their support. After all, Ken Block shouldn’t get to have all the fun. In addition to the outrageous skill sets, Block also showcased the new DC Teamworks Collection. Designed in conjunction with him and others on his Gymkhana team, the collection features the DC Ken Block Pro Spec 3.0 Shoe, the DC Ken Block Gatsby 2 Shoe, the Block Spartan Teamworks High Shoe, the KB Cracked Tee, KB Cracked Up Zip Hoodie, the KB Cracked Hat, all appointed with none other than Block’s Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle liveries. See the excitement in the video after the jump.
DC AND KEN BLOCK PRESENT GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO
Featuring Ken Block, his H.F.H.V., and the streets of San Francisco
July 9th, 2012 – Huntington Beach, California Today DC and Ken Block released Gymkhana FIVE, the 5th installment of the award winning, record-breaking viral video franchise, via the DC Shoes YouTube channel. Filmed on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, Gymkhana FIVE builds on the ultimate playground concept of Gymkhana THREE, with a focus on fast-paced, raw action and Block’s driving skills, all while utilizing the topography of a real-life urban playground.
Chosen for its unique physical terrain and its ability to be easily recognized on a global level, San Francisco served as the perfect location for Gymkhana FIVE. The city by the bay known for its iconic bridges, steep windy streets, and distinct neighborhoods-as well as a famous chase scene in the movie Bullit-provided an ideal gymkhana playground that increased the difficulty level of not just the tricks, but driving lines as well. And, for the first time ever, all of Block’s driving was done on real streets.
“San Francisco was absolutely amazing for Gymkhana,” said Block. “It’s such a unique location for this kind of driving and allowed me to do some things that I never thought I’d ever be able to incorporate into one of my Gymkhana videos-like jumping a table top or doing a jump drift! I’m stoked with how this project turned out and I’m truly a lucky bastard to have been able to do the things I was able to do on the streets of San Francisco. To all of the residents andpeople who allowed us to make this happen, thank you!”
Never short of surprises, Gymkhana FIVE presents a whole slew of new tricks and locations. The city with over 7.5 million residents appears like its own racecourse, as Block rips through with not a person in sight. Locations like the Financial District and The Bay Bridge were able to be shut down specifically for Block to put rubber to pavement. Block also tackled extreme angles and terrain through such iconic locations as Russian Hill, Potrero Hill, Twin Peaks and the San Francisco Bay itself, thanks to a barge. From donuts to drifting, Gymkhana FIVE: Ultimate Urban Playground; San Francisco undoubtedly features some of the most difficult and intense driving that has ever been recorded.
As with any video in the Gymkhana franchise, the cameos add an additional element of surprise and excitement. Motocross legend, Travis Pastrana makes an unforgettable appearance in the video with Block. This trick was the first time Travis had been on a motorcycle since his injury at X Games nearly a year before. The San Francisco trolley, the barge and the Port of S.F. each serve as significant characters of their own in GYM5 as well.
“It’s hard to imagine we’d top the last one, but Gymkhana FIVE is the best in the series by far! Fans loved the raw nature of Gym3 and were awed by the unprecedented location access in Gym4,” said DC VP of Marketing, Jeff Taylor. “Gymkhana FIVE is more than just the best of both though. Ken’s driving is on a whole new level and the streets of San Francisco provided the perfect natural terrain to showcase it. There’s never been anything like this and people are going to be blown away when they see it!”
While the locations may be new, Block’s trusty Hybrid Function Hoon Vehicle(H.F.H.V.)
Is back for this video. The car featured in Gymkhana FIVE is the same car that was used in GYM4. Whether its tearing up Universal Studios orjumping intersections in the hills of San Francisco, the H.F.H.V was designed by Block and the Monster World Rally Team to compete in three distinct disciplines: gymkhana, RallyCross and stage rally. The car features a 2.0 Lturbocharged motor that generates 600hp, 665 lb-ft of torque and can go from zero to 60 mph in only 1.8 seconds. Block’s dedication to the specific design of his H.F.H.V. has paid off with success as he used it to win the 100 AcreWood Rally in Missouri earlier this year, as well as recently driving it to a silver medal at Summer X Games just a week ago. Also returning for this video are director Ben Conrad and his amazing production team at LOGAN. Conrad and his team utilized their Hollywood experience to transform San Francisco into the ultimate playground movie set.
Also featured in this video is Block’s DC Teamworks Collection. GYM5 debuts the DC Ken Block Pro Spec 3.0 Shoe, the DC Ken Block Gatsby 2 shoe and the Block Spartan Teamworks High Shoe. GYM5 also features Block’s signature collection for DC including the KB Cracked Tee, KB Cracked Up Zip Hoodie, and the KB Cracked Hat. Originally created in 2005, the Teamworks Collection and design inspiration stems from Block’s racecar liveries.