I remember watching the first one of these videos back in 2008 when they released the original Gymkhana video. It was amazing to watch someone drive with that amount of skill and precision, all whilst making it seem simple. Also, the photography in the video’s is incredible, especially when it’s slowed right down.
Since then the Ken Block Gymkhana videos have become a huge hit with people all over the world with every video becoming more popular than the previous; although I suspect that has a lot to do with the rise of Social Networking over the past few years as more people share them around.
DC Shoes (~via Wikipedia) was founded in 2004 by Ken Block and Damon Way and originally called Droors Clothing, but since sale of Droors Clothing (which is now defunct), DC no longer has ties to Droors and is simply DC Shoes. DC sponsors snowboarders, BMX riders, skateboarders, and more. The current skate team includes professionals Steve Berra, Chris Cole, Rob Dyrdek, Colin McKay, Josh Kalis, Nyjah Huston, Mikey Taylor, Mike Mo, Matt Miller, Wes Kremer, and Danny Way, and amateurs Evan Smith, Davis Torgerson, Marquise Henry, and Felipe Gustavo.
About Gymkhana Five:
“Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.”
If you can, watch the video’s in full 1080p to see them at their best.
DC Shoes: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five
I have also collated the previous four Gymkhana videos below, so if you missed them You can watch them.
DC Shoes: Ken Block Gymkhana Two The Infomercial
DC Shoes: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Three, Part 2; Ultimate Playground; L’autodrome, France
DC Shoes: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Four; The Hollywood Megamercial