Video: The obligatory “Ken Block’s gymkhana run” clip

posted at 6:00 pm on November 25, 2008 by Allahpundit

Dude, it’s just not that good. Until the moron on the Segway shows up, whereupon it turns awesome.

Can a moron spinning out into donuts provide four and a half solid minutes of entertaintment? Yes.

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Dude, I think its awesome!
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BTW, you blew up the blog like Ed did this morning.

abinitioadinfinitum on November 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Must be great if you devote your whole right column to it.

Kasper Hauser on November 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Looks like where mythbusters films all the time.

To the guy on the segway, I say (of course): I’d hit it.

Get it? Get it?

lorien1973 on November 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM

There are ricers right now wetting their pants wishing they can do that!

grapeknutz on November 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM

I wouldn’t call the driver a moron. He seemed quite capable. However, I would like to point out that he wasted lots of gas by not going in a straight line.

keep the change on November 25, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Pretty good although if you want to see really dangerous stunts go to your local Walmart on Friday. When it opens.

Damned scary stuff.

That moron on the Segway? In front of a Wal-mart? He’d be a wet spot.

SteveMG on November 25, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Dude, try the Capital Beltway during Rush Hour.

Kasper Hauser on November 25, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Gosh, if I knew someone was filming my commute this morning, I would have stopped and said hi.

furytrader on November 25, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Nice bootlegger’s turn. Remember, it’s one hand pulling on the emergency brake, one hand on the wheel, and the other holding your beer.

boingo_tx on November 25, 2008 at 6:17 PM

I dunno…

It’d be a lot better if the driver was listening to an Italian language lesson on the CD player while he was doing this.

… it just would.

Scribbler on November 25, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Uuuummmmm . . . . . Is this a guy thing or something?

aero on November 25, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Where do I sign to drive… and I don’t mean the Segway

CynicalOptimist on November 25, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Fake.

TexasDan on November 25, 2008 at 6:24 PM

To the guy on the segway, I say (of course): I’d hit it.

Get it? Get it?

lorien1973 on November 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM

The guy or the segway?

TexasDan on November 25, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Amateur.

That’s not even close to a typical morning getting to work on the Garden State Parkway during Benny season.

UncleOlaf on November 25, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Cool.

tru2tx on November 25, 2008 at 6:44 PM

“the fast and the furious: tokyo drift” without the hot girls and neon.

the segway was a nice touch, though…

homesickamerican on November 25, 2008 at 6:44 PM

The Segway? Are those things still around?

keep the change on November 25, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Sorry, but Ken Block is no Moron. He’s a multiple time national champ and also founder of DC shoes.

jbtripp on November 25, 2008 at 6:47 PM

WREX!

Reaps on November 25, 2008 at 6:52 PM

The Segway? Are those things still around?

keep the change on November 25, 2008 at 6:47 PM

I’ve seen the cops use them in Chicago.

Mulligan on November 25, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Horsepower Porn.

Sanjoboy on November 25, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Awe man! I thought the Segway was gonna do donuts!

- The Cat

P.S. Don’t try this stuff with a front wheel drive. . . I peeled my back tires off the rims; twice.

MirCat on November 25, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Time for a change of tires I reckin’.

Geronimo on November 25, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Now may I have my tires back, please?

whitetop on November 25, 2008 at 7:10 PM

No lie – Bout 3 years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting in the passenger seat of a WRX while Travis Pastrana was behind the wheel racing around and doing donuts in an empty parking lot. Obviously, it wasn’t as intense as this demonstration, but it was very very very very cool.

sbvft contributor on November 25, 2008 at 7:15 PM

I dunno…

It’d be a lot better if the driver was listening to an Italian language lesson on the CD player while he was doing this.

… it just would.

Scribbler on November 25, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Yeah, and the Stig would also leave some rubber on the tires.

ErikTheRed on November 25, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Now that was sweet,and a nice smokin,tire
shredding halo around the segway!

And just like raw American Chevy Musclecars,
with hi-performace 396,427,454,502,572 ci.rat
engines,smoke’em if you got them,your tire’s
frying that is! Haha.

canopfor on November 25, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Awww, that’s nothin’. I did some cooler donuts in my school’s grass one summer when I was 16.
Want my autograph?

jgapinoy on November 25, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Sorry, but Ken Block is no Moron. He’s a multiple time national champ and also founder of DC shoes.

…and DC Comics? It’s the same logo, isn’t it?

jgapinoy on November 25, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Big deal. I did that on the way to Starbucks this morning – only the guy on a Segway was an old lady with a walker.

So, Allah, you chose this over the BigDog robot video I sent you today? As the Soup Nazi told George: “You’re pushing your luck, little man.”

Well, I guess I’ll just have to post my own link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Mr_Magoo on November 25, 2008 at 7:33 PM

That was neat-o!

thebronze on November 25, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Segway! Wow I can barely remember the world before the Segway! It really did change the world…

ronsfi on November 25, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Hope this guy has purchased carbon credits. Oh, the humanity!

warriorlawyer on November 25, 2008 at 7:55 PM

he wasted lots of gas by not going in a straight line.

keep the change on November 25, 2008 at 6:08 PM

And not to mention that his carbon footprint is as large as Al Gore’s.

shick on November 25, 2008 at 7:59 PM

That was great! I had the pleasure of watching Michael Schumacher practice and race his F1 Ferrari in the rain at Indy several years back. Not so much tire smoke but lotsa slipping and sliding.

Zorro on November 25, 2008 at 7:59 PM

I thougth I was going to get a GYMKATA clip…damn.

tomas on November 25, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Al Gore is not pleased.

jharada on November 25, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Ken’s day was going great until he realized that Mr Block was there waiting him.

Now Mister, you take this putty knife, scrape that rubber off that asphalt and put it back on those tires.

Speakup on November 25, 2008 at 8:36 PM

The luxury of an all wheel drive car. Honestly I love the WRX STI, but I really like the GTI type R V dub.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-suG2pxmCT8

Mofugger on November 25, 2008 at 8:38 PM

It’s a hybrid: burns rubber & evil arab oil. I wonder if he gets a tax credit…

Ital79 on November 25, 2008 at 8:40 PM

I’ve seen the cops use them in Chicago.

Mulligan on November 25, 2008 at 6:53 PM

They use them in the airport in Columbus, too.

Glynn on November 25, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Should see the TS drivers put the Presidential Limo through it’s paces out in Beltsville. J turns more the order of the day than donuts, but still requires some awesome drivers. The new “Beast” will really be something.

illinidriller on November 25, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Looked just like my wife parking at Ross.

Limerick on November 25, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Good driving.

DL13 on November 25, 2008 at 9:32 PM

That. Was. Awesome.

Mojave Mark on November 25, 2008 at 9:36 PM

No matter how hard I try, I can’t get excited about a 4-banger rolling at 8 grand just to make the tires smoke. My boy digs this stuff though…kids these days. I’ll take old Detroit muscle any day with a Pro-touring package and a big, nasty V8.

Wyznowski on November 25, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Wasn’t Gymkata a movie with killer gymnists with Kurt Thomas, the non-gay gymnist, not that there is anything wrong with that.

federale86 on November 25, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Ed, please make a bit of WRC style action a regular thing … sure it burns up the planet but boy it makes for a lovely change of pace at HA. I’d like to have my Dubyarx Kenbocked but but figure the licence (and driver)wouldn’t survive the first week.

Mattmax on November 25, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Block’s a Rally America driver, and finished second in the series behind Travis Pastrana. Outside of the back of the car eating the barrier in that big circle, very nice pinpoint control.

It’s obvious the suspension’s been tricked out to handle the car roll. Well done. His driving notes are spot on.


http://www.rally-america.com/

Exit request, let’s see Sebastian Loeb pull even crazier stunts when he’s not doing a test ride with F1.

pt on November 26, 2008 at 12:22 AM

What? No AH-64 Apache gunship?!?!?!?!

Shy Guy on November 26, 2008 at 12:30 AM

Gymkhana is defined as an obstacle course, usually for equestrian events. But it also applies to auto events as well.

pt on November 26, 2008 at 12:30 AM

OK hot stuff. Now do it in an electric car.

Sapwolf on November 26, 2008 at 12:34 AM

Now that’s Drifting

Kini on November 26, 2008 at 12:51 AM

Pretty awesome.

Jaibones on November 26, 2008 at 1:04 AM

Uuuummmmm . . . . . Is this a guy thing or something?

aero on November 25, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Totally. The same set of man rules that makes this cool too.

cryptojunkie on November 26, 2008 at 1:13 AM

The thing that got me, was, there must be some way to change the diff. ratio on the fly. I don’t know how he was able to blow the donuts in the box with the front end staying still.

It was pretty cool, but I agree with other sentiment’s left here, the old muscle is the best muscle. Nothing beats an original Hemi’ Mopar.

Steven on November 26, 2008 at 1:28 AM

Some kind of car control there! Not necessarily the fastest way through a slalom, but the handbake turns were awesome.

desertdweller on November 26, 2008 at 4:12 AM

Wow.

An entire thread without The Messiah being mentioned.

There, I did it.

My kitty says:

I fail to see how the Tokyo Drift helps Michelle’s kids…

Et tu Brute on November 26, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Big deal. I did that on the way to Starbucks this morning – only the guy on a Segway was an old lady with a walker.

So, Allah, you chose this over the BigDog robot video I sent you today? As the Soup Nazi told George: “You’re pushing your luck, little man.”

Well, I guess I’ll just have to post my own link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Mr_Magoo on November 25, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Beta version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJZVZFRFJc

gzelmiami on November 26, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Outstanding driving skills. First class.

LimeyGeek on November 26, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Uuuummmmm . . . . . Is this a guy thing or something?

aero on November 25, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Yes. Yes it is.

Also, why does your name link point to a dead website?

Looks like where mythbusters films all the time.

lorien1973 on November 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM

The abandoned Alameda naval base outside San Diego? Yep. same place.

wearyman on November 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Alameda is near San Francisco, not San Diego

Bevan on November 26, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Cool!

doufree on November 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

What’s so special about that? I drive rental cars like that all the time. LDW is your friend.

mr.blacksheep on November 26, 2008 at 1:07 PM

So they spent <$25K to trick out this car and they DIDN’T remove the door-chime?

WTF?

omnipotent on November 26, 2008 at 4:02 PM