Genesis. The original. The first ‘Gymkhana Practice’ film introduced DC Shoes founder Ken Block to a wider audience for the first time.
The American rally competitor’s blast through an anonymous airfield in his 2006 Subaru Impreza has since notched up nearly 16 million views.
Watch Gymkhana Practice here.
With Gymkhana Practice proving to be a huge viral sensation, Gymkhana 2 upped the ante – massively.
Production values stepped up hugely, as did the number of DC Shoes product placements. The airfield was swapped for a harbour, while the Subaru was swapped for a purpose-built Impreza WRX STI hatchback.
Many fluorescent lights were harmed in the making of this production.
Watch Gymkhana 2 here.
With Block now firmly in the public eye, Ford snapped up the driver. Out was the Subaru, and in was a monstrous Olsbergs MSE-built Fiesta putting out 650bhp.
There was another location change, too. Gymkhana 3 was the first film in the series to be shot outside the USA, with the closed Autodrome de Montlhéry playing host to Block and his many horsepowers.
Watch Gymkhana 3 here.
Back in the US, Block wreaked havoc throughout Universal Studios in California in what was dubbed the ‘Hollywood Megamercial’.
How many famous film sights can you spot during this one?
Watch Gymkhana 4 here.
What would Bullitt look like if the green Mustang was swapped for a green Fiesta, and Steve McQueen Stepped aside for an icon of 21st century pop culture? Well, something like this.
San Francisco gave Block the perfect playground for his rallycross-spec Fiesta, with the cities steep streets and famous trams helping transform the place into one giant Hot Wheels set.
There was also a cameo from action sports legend Travis Pastrana, in case there wasn’t enough.
Nearly 100 million have seen Gymkhana 5 to date, making it the most-watched Gymkhana video so far.
Watch Gymkhana 5 here.
In short, the sixth instalment of the series went back to basics.
Instead of Hollywood movie sets or (seemingly) abandoned cities, Gymkhana Six went back to a set out obstacle course, just like the original films – albeit with the Hollywood-like production values enjoyed by the more recent videos.
Watch Gymkhana 6 here.
Arguably the biggest Gymkhana film to date – Block returned to Los Angeles, but this time instead of a rallycross Fiesta, Block was driving the Hoonicorn, a purpose-built, 830bhp, four-wheel-drive 1967 Mustang.
The Hoonicorn was Block’s first custom build outside of his professional motorsport activities, and it’s still our favourite.
Watch Gymkhana 7 here.
The Fiesta returned for Gymkhana 8, this time the most recent M-Sport-built RX43. Four-wheel-drive, more than 600 bhp, and a 0-60 time of less than two seconds, it really isn’t your average commuter car.
Gymkhana 8 showed the pocket rocket humiliating supercar royalty, including the Bugatti Veyron, while it tore through Dubai in the ‘Ultimate Exotic Playground’.
Watch Gymkhana 8 here.
After the glitz and glamour of the Dubai-based Gymkhana 8, Gymkhana 9 took in the sights of Buffalo, New York.
This time the car was Block’s World Rallycross car, the Ford Focus RS RX. As the Hoonicorn of Gymkhana 7 showed, Block has no trouble with a longer-wheelbase car, and the Focus danced beautifully. Plus, let’s not forget that shot of the wheel over the edge…
Watch Gymkhana 9 here.
With big things promised for Gymkhana 10, the series took something of a break in 2017, but Mr. Block remained busy producing films for his sponsors.
Terrakhana, produced with Pennzoil, had Block combine the Gymkhana discipline with his love of rallying to produce his first gymkhana-esque video on dirt.
The film was shot in the stunning Swing Arm City desert plateau playground in Utah, not far from Block’s home.
Watch Terrakhana here.
2017 was the year of the spin-off for the Gymkhana series. Climbkhana was the second such video.
Returning for the film was the Hoonicorn, this time with a pair of turbos bolted onto the ethanol-fuelled V8 pushing the horsepower figure to over 1000bhp.
Obviously the mental car is quick, but Block wasn’t going for a time on the famed hillclimb. Instead he was very sideways, and no doubt having the time of his life.
Watch Climbkhana here.
Block and his Hoonigan Racing division are keeping their cards close to their chest when it comes to Gymkhana 10. What we do know is the car will feature multiple locations, and multiple vehicles.
Confirmed is the Hoonicorn, Block’s Escort RS Cosworth rally car, the Focus RS RX rallycross car, the M-Sport Fiesta RS World Rally car (pictured), and the recently-unveiled Hoonitruck.
The Ford GT LM-powered pickup was built just for the film and will be one of five vehicles in the video.
The production of the groundbreaking tenth film is being profiled in a documentary series being produced for Amazon Prime that launched this month.
Gymkhana 10 will be shown in the final episode of Gymkhana Files, ahead of a wider launch on YouTube in December.
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