Video: Extended Cut Of Ken Block’s London Invasion

A little more than 10 years ago, Ken Block decided to turn his DC Shoes money into a racing career, entering his first rally in 2005 driving a Subaru WRX STi in his pre-hooning days. Meanwhile across the pond, Top Gear was still largely a local flavor, with three British bumpkins releasing some of their most popular material, such as the Car Winter Olympics.

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It was only earlier this that these two worldwide phenomenons finally collided, albeit with Matt Leblanc filling the shoes of Top Gear’s famous trio. Ken drove his Hoonicorn (before its twin-turbo surgery) through a tour of London, and Top Gear has released a 10-minute “Extended Director’s Cut” of the head Hoonigan’s speedy vacation.

Even sans all-wheel drive and that big horsepower boost from the twin-turbo setup, the combination of Ken’s hooning skills with Top Gear’s unlimited budget and top-notch production values is a match that could only be bested by the discovery of a lost Formula One racing movie starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. It’s a meeting of titans, and obviously fans didn’t get enough the first time around.

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There’s nothing all that unexpected from the extended cut, just more of the same glorious Hoonigan action, albeit with a few extra minutes of footage and some fresh angles thrown in. However, though he’s never won a major racing championship, Ken’s ability to put on a tire-shredding, high-octane show has carried him even farther than his shoe empire.

Sure, Top Gear isn’t what it used to be, but if you’re looking for a Gymkhana video with fewer gimmicks and better production, you won’t be disappointed.

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Chris Demorro

Christopher DeMorro is a freelance writer and journalist from Connecticut with two passions in life; writing and anything with an engine.
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