We here at RideLust had a fairly epic 2010: I got track time with the last of the Dodge Viper Coupes, the Shelby GT500 and the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan and Coupe. Mike raced One Lap Of America, 24 Hours of Lemons and got to star in a BMW video alongside people like Buzz Aldrin. Mike and I drove the new Chevy Volt from NYC to Detroit, and we both got to drive a boatload of new cars throughout the year. As cool as all that was, it pales in comparison to the year that Ken Block had.
Taking your fifth consecutive win in a Rally of the Americas race is a pretty cool way to kick off your year, even if the rest of the season included mechanical DNFs in four out of six races. Competing in the WRC (especially as an American driver) is epic enough, but racking up three sixth-fastest stage times in your second WRC race is nearly superhuman. Much of Block’s 2010 WRC season can best be described as “a learning experience”, and mechanical issues kept him from three top ten finishes. No one ever said that WRC was an easy sport to master.
I love some of the highlights referred to in Block’s retrospective, like the “Goodwood Festival of Speed Award For Hooning” and “Lost Hitler As A Fan”. Even some of his fails made me smile, like “Hired Cool Kids To Write Lyrics About Cars” (remember the utterly forgettable Gymkhana 3, Part 1?) and “Lost A Few Subaru Fanbois”.
Here’s wishing Block all the best in 2011. The WRC schedule should keep him plenty busy, so I doubt we’ll see him run Rally of the Americas this year. I’m good with anything he does, as long as it doesn’t involve filming music videos with the Cool Kids.