Photography by Jacob Leveton
Everything Ken Block touches turns to gold and more recently platnium. As the owner of DC Shoes, Ken Block has been redefining what is cool in the automotive world and that list of trends now includes Gymkhana. His first event in the newly created Gymkhana Grid series was industry only, for a peek a what will be the next the big thing. Now it's OK if you don't know much about the sport because PAS is here to cover it all and keep our readers up to speed.
Similar to Autocross, gymkhana courses are extremely complex and just memorizing the course is clutch to clipping off some fast lap times.
According to the Wikipedia definition "Gymkhana events are time and/or speed events in an automobile. These can feature obstacles such as cones, tires, and barrels. The driver must maneuver through a predetermined "track" performing many different driving techniques. What separates gymkhana from traditional autocross events is that the gymkhana requires drivers to perform reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced skills. Drifting is also encouraged where helpful or necessary. Essentially, a gymkhana is any event featuring a starting point, a finish line and some sort of "obstacle" to get through, around, or by, all within a time limit."
We couldn't have said it better but we'll let the pictures do the talking!