Ten things you didn’t know about Ken Block’s ‘Gymkhana’ series
Legendary Drift King Ken Block and The Hoonigans co-founder Brian Scotto sit down to discuss 10 things fans may not know about the Gymkhana series ahead of the 10th installment’s launch on December 7th.
‘The Hoonicorn’ was originally supposed to be…a Ford Maverick?
Scotto: “The original concept really changed. We wanted it to be something ridiculous.”
Ken: “My thought was we’re used to seeing what I do in a rear-wheel drive modern vehicle, so what about doing it in something you wouldn’t expect to see? When I was a kid, my family had a Maverick, so I just thought it was kind of an obscure Ford vehicle – they got rid of the name a long time ago – [but] thankfully for us, I came to my senses and settled on a Mustang, specifically the ’65 Mustang notchback.”
What Gymkhana was ‘The Hoonicorn’ supposed to be for?
Ken: “I would say Gymkhana 6. The design and the build of it took so long, even Gymkhana 7 actually got filmed later than we originally wanted it.”
Scotto: “And because of that, the concept for Gymkhana 6 was sort of rushed. But it came at a perfect time, because that was the same year – or right after the year – that Gymkhana was in X-Games. So there was all this emphasis around Gymkhana grid and the course, so the idea of doing the ultimate Gymkhana grid course came out.”
Gymkhana 6 was originally supposed to be a one-take deal
Scotto: “Something else that we’ve never talked about was something we never filmed. We wanted to do a one-take for all of you whiny, complaining commenters” [Editor’s note: calm down Reddit, he’s joking] “and the people who said they would like us to do a one-take. It was a perfect ability to do a one-take. As you’ve learned if you’ve watched ‘Gymkhana Files,’ we shoot things in multiple locations on different days, and then it all gets edited together. That’s the magic of Gymkhana.”
Ken: “It’s the magic of movies.”
Scotto: “It’s the magic of everything on film! But with Gymkhana 6, because we’d built our own course, we had the ability to do a one-take. But it rained, and we ran out of time and we weren’t able to shoot it. Which is a bummer, because we were going to do a drone one-take of the whole thing, and we never got to do it.”
Intrigued yet? Well good, because there’s still seven things and 12 minutes of this video left to go through.