Ken Block-Founded Gymkhana Grid Is Making A Return This Year

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The popular motorsport gymkhana event was put on hold in 2019.

Fans of the defunct Gymkhana Grid will be pleased to know the format will be making a comeback, with Hoonigan announcing the return of the popular competition this year.

In a 12-hour-long livestream on April 3 (4/3 Day in honor of the late Ken Block), the team said Gymkhana Grid will be coming back to the United States. Hoonigan Industries co-founder Brian Scotto hasn't revealed much about the forthcoming event but said the Gymkhana Grid Race Series will commence in the fall of this year.

If you're wondering what Gymkhana Grid is, the motorsport company describes it as a racing series where participants race on a mirrored course against the clock. The course is tight and technical but also encourages lurid slides.

Hoonigan already has a waitlist for when tickets become available and says people need to act fast, whether they want to participate or just soak up the atmosphere as a spectator.


First held in 2010, Gymkhana Grid has become a hugely popular event within the gearhead community. The event was put on hold in 2019 and hasn't reappeared since. Several of the Hoonigan team members, including Brian Scotto and Gary King, plan to participate and are reportedly already building cars. These builds will be documented on a revived Hoonigan YouTube series.

"If you want to race, you have until fall to get your car built," we are informed. "Sign up to get more info about [classes], what [kind of car] you should build, and check out our project cars."

The first-ever Gymkhana Grid saw ex-Top Gear USA Tanner Foust and Daijiro Yoshihara claim honors in the all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive classes, respectively, with Foust behind the wheel of a Fiesta and Yoshihara driving a Nissan Silvia (S13).


Foust went on to win again in 2013 (the event wasn't held in 2012) when Gymkhana Grid formed part of the X Games in Los Angeles. Since then, the motorsport sensation has traveled across the world, with countries such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Spain all playing host to the event.

Over the years, several drivers - piloting cars such as the Subaru Impreza and Mazda MX-5 Miata - have competed and won the event in their respective classes. The return of Gymkhana Grid will delight Hoonigan and autocross fans alike and should prove to be even more spectacular than past events.

To pay tribute to Ken Block, who passed away tragically in January, the Hoonigan team has started a petition to make April 4 a national holiday to honor the motorsport legend. So far, the petition has garnered more than 8,100 signatures.


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