Day: May 15, 2020

Ken Block rides shotgun to teach his daughter, 13, to do doughnuts

Now this is adorable. It’s a video in which Ken Block, the head Hoonigan and Gymkhana master himself, tackles the time-tested rite of fatherhood that is teaching your child how to operate a stick. Only in this case, it’s to do doughnuts, which is normally something a teen does well away from their parents’ supervision well after they’ve mastered the art of operating a clutch. Also, there’s no yelling or anyone getting impatient.

It’s set at the Utah Motorsports Campus, which has partly re-opened for business, with Block and his 13-year-old daughter, Lia, in his 1978 MkII Ford Escort RS. Block says he taught her how to drive stick just three days before in a Ford Focus RS. That makes drifting in the Gymkhana car a challenge, since as he explains, “you’ve gotta drive it with a

FCA Drive for Design Ram truck contest winners chosen

Last month, Fiat Chrysler held a 24-hour sketch battle open to anyone in the world willing to design the “wickedest and most outrageous” version of a Ram truck. That flash contest was a sideshow to the main event, FCA’s annual Drive for Design competition open to high schoolers in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who were this year asked to design a Ram pickup for the future. The automaker’s design team judged the entries, led by Ram Truck and Mopar Exterior Design boss Mark Trostle, with outside input from Detroit sculptor Josh Welton.

The contest closed on May 1, and the winners have been decided: Job Skandera, a 12th grader from Santa Clara, California took first place with his Ram Magma; Vincent Piaskowski, an 11th grader from Birmingham, Michigan (home of Autoblog’s headquarters) earned second place with