KEN BLOCK WINS 100 ACRE WOOD RALLY FOR AN INSANE 5TH TIME!

Ken Block Wins Record 5th Victory At 100 Acre Wood Rally

The title of this blog post already said all you need to know so I don’t really need to say anymore except that this proves you could give Ken Block any car and he will win the 100 Acre Wood Rally!

Ken Block Wins Record 5th Victory At 100 Acre Wood Rally

This is only the 2nd outing for the Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta and they have already secured a victory which goes to show just how competitive the car is.

Ken Block Wins Record 5th Victory At 100 Acre Wood Rally

Congratulations to Ken Block, Alex Gelsomino and the entire Monster World Rally Team!

DC X KEN BLOCK X HUCK GEE PRO-SPEC 2.0

DC Shoes X Ken Block X Huck Gee Pro-Spec 2.0

This weekend, during the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Salem, Missouri, Ken Block is breaking in his new pair of Pro-Spec 2.0s.

This striking colorway was designed by urban artist Huck Gee.

DC Shoes X Ken Block X Huck Gee Pro-Spec 2.0

As you can see the colorway is based on Ken’s Fiesta’s livery and looks pretty fucking awesome.

DC Shoes X Ken Block X Huck Gee Pro-Spec 2.0

Damn they look so fresh! I’m sure I can drive faster if I’m wearing them!!!

Can anyone say DC is NOT killing it this year?

DC 2010 SKATE TOUR PHILIPPINES

DC Shoes X SBTG Asia Tour - Manila, Philippines

Part of the launch of the DC brand in the Philippines next month involves a skate tour.

DC will be flying over some of it’s shining stars for skate demos in both Cebu and Manila.

Greg Myers, Hirotoshi Kawabuchi, Kota Ikeda, Bjorn Johnston and Kieran Reilly will be joined by filmer/photographer Eldrich Legaspi and Shin Inoue (Transworld Japan) for demos at the following locations:

1. Thursday, March 4thVisioneri Skate Plaza, Cebu @ 1pm
2. Tuesday, March 9thBonifacio High Street, Manila @ 4.30pm

We will be visiting all of DC’s concept stores and the skaters will be signing posters and meeting fans/media aswell so make sure you get there to catch all the action!

I will do my best to document everything and report about it to you!

KEN BLOCK SHOOTING FOR 5TH VICTORY AT 100 ACRE WOOD THIS WEEKEND

Ken Block Looks For Record 5th Victory At 100 Acres Wood Rally

Winning once at any top-level motorsports event is no easy feat but winning four times in a row?

Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino obviously have a special bond with the infamous 100 Acre Wood Rally as they have won there for the past 4 years in a row.

Ken Block Looks For Record 5th Victory At 100 Acres Wood Rally

This weekend in Salem, Missouri, the pair will be aiming for a record breaking 5th victory on the course that was named after the storybook home of Winnie the Pooh.

If Ken and Alex win this weekend it will be expected since they have won there four times before but if they don’t I’ll blame it on the car!!!

Ken Block Looks For Record 5th Victory At 100 Acres Wood Rally

Here’s the video of Ken Block shaking down his Ford Fiesta (sorry, no matter how many times I say it I’m still not used to it) at 100 Acre Wood:

Damn I have to admit the Fiesta sounds fierce!

Information courtesy of the Monster World Rally Team

DC X SBTG ASIA TOUR – RENEE RENEE

DC Shoes X SBTG Asia Tour - Manila, Phillipines

Just a quick update – musician/poet/painter/jet-setting playboy Renee Renee will be performing at the DC X SBTG party aswell so make sure you catch this crazy cat in person! You can see why he wears shades all the time because if he didn’t he’d blind himself with his own clothes! Ah ha ha … Renee Renee is awesome.

Don’t know who Renee Renee is? Watch these:

DC X SBTG ASIA TOUR – MANILA, PHILLIPINES

DC Shoes X SBTG Asia Tour - Manila, Phillipines

It’s official so I can finally announce it … DC Shoes have invited me to participate in the official Phillipines launch of the DC brand next week.

DC opened 3 concept stores in the Phillipines last year and they’re celebrating this achievement by throwing the mother of all parties in Manila on the March 10th.

The event will also be used to promote Mark’s awesome collaboration with DC Shoes – the Circus of Mutants collection and I am honored to have been invited to perform at the party.

I will be spending a week in the Phillipines with the DC crew and covering the proceedings leading up to the main event – there will be a skate tour, a fashion show plus visits to all 3 DC concept stores (in Cebu & Manila) so I will do my best to show you guys exactly what we get up to!

The Manila leg of the SBTG Asia Tour will take place at Manor Superclub and is open to the public so if you’re planning to attend make sure you get there early!

Once again, I am extremely honored to have been invited to be part of such a big milestone for DC and I am also super happy for Mark aka SBTG and the Royalefam family.

More info/coverage to come so stay tuned!

SECRET KART SESSION

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

Last week, during the relative lull of the Chinese New Year holiday, I made a trip with Tommax Tommy and FC3S Darren to the UUM Kart Track for a “secret” training session.

Since discovering this beautiful track I’ve tried to come here as often as possible and even though our Kart Days are super fun, sometimes I prefer a “quiet” session so I can really concentrate on my driving.

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

When we arrived at the track late in the afternoon we found these fun karts laid out neatly on the track as they were expecting a party of 50 people to arrive at any minute.

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

I normally don’t pay much attention to fun karts but Tommy was checking them out in earnest and pointed something interesting out to me.

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

In case you didn’t know, fun karts are powered by lawnmower engines … notice anything interesting about this one?

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

Damn! Subaru engine! Maybe I should spend more time driving fun karts instead of 125cc race karts … Hahaha

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

On the left is Wan, the savvy businessman who runs the UUM-Promax Racing Team as well as operates the track. He runs a tight ship and has trained all his staff to be super-friendly and helpful. Part of the joy that we experience every time that we go to the track is provided by the service that they give us.

Wan used to race motorbikes when he was younger so racing is in his blood and you can tell how much passion he has for motorsports every time you talk to him.

Wan is also Harith’s father.

Chinese New Year Secret Kart Session

I took the opportunity to record some lap times for reference, so I can keep track of my improvements (if any) and see how I am doing in comparism to others. I tried different lines, different acceleration/braking combos to find what works best for me.

Tommy did the timing for me using this awesome iPhone stopwatch app I got for free on the AppStore.

Racing is a constant process of trial and error, as well as relentless testing. What a lot of people don’t realize is that racing might seem all fun, exciting and packed with adrenalin (which is true) – but then there is also the slow, methodical process by which you must take the same corner over and over again to find the perfect line. There is no substitute for practice, practice and more practice.

LAP TIMES (1/2 track)
Date: 18/02/10 • Weather: Fine • Track Temperature: Unknown

01 – 47.99 seconds
02 – 47.20 seconds
03 – 46.21 seconds
04 – 45.90 seconds
05 – 46.51 seconds
06 – 46.83 seconds
07 – 47.01 seconds
08 – 46.77 seconds
09 – 46.48  seconds

DC X SIXPACK FRANCE DESIGNED BY PMKFA

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

When I was first sent the pictures of these two pairs of kicks last year I was like, “Holy shit!”

And those were only the teaser pics.

Now that the DC X Sixpack France sneakers designed by French graphic artist PMKFA are just about to be released, you (and I) can see just how amazing these 2 pairs of shoes are.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

The Admiral is one of DC’s flagship luxury models and this sleek hi-top shoe was the perfect canvas for PMKFA to work his magic on.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

The Sector 7 is another awesome model from the Life Collection. I can’t decide which one is slicker.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

The design of the shoe comes from PMKFA’s vision of “street entrepreneurship”

Design cues come from 90s hip-hop and the shoe represents life as a “chess game” – “the goal of making your next move your best.”

“The type for the collaborative slogan, “Six Feet Ahead” is based on how letters would look like if they were made in plastic and exposed to extreme heat. Bending and twisting the once straight lines gives them a more organic feel, not dissimilar to roots,” as PMKFA explains.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

This is the 3rd time that DC has collaborated with French graphic design collective Sixpack, and this collection looks to be their strongest so far.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

The DC X Sixpack Collection designed by PMKFA consists of 2 pairs of sneakers, a matching T and New Era fitted cap.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

The details on the shoes are some of the most intricate I have ever seen and I am sure anyone who is lucky enough to get their hands on a pair will agree with me. DC is really killing it this year, with crazy release after crazy release. Like the tagline for this collection, DC really is staying “six feet ahead” of everyone else.

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

Damn look at that New Era! Is that not the sickest fitted you’ve seen in a long time?

DC X Sixpack designed by PMKFA

The DC X Sixpack France collection designed by PMKFA is available at selected DC retailers now.

P.S. To support the launch of the collection, DC is running a month-long installation at Size? at Carnaby Street in London. PMKFA himself will be curating the event so if you are in London on the 26th of February – the 25th of March make sure you drop by Size? to check out the exhibition!