Ken Block Turns San Francisco Into His Urban Rally Course And Captures It All In Stunning Fashion

Ken Block, owner of DC Shoes and action sports mogul is well known for his incredible skill in a rally car. He's also been known to make some incredible videos, such as his original Gymkhana piece. For this installment, Gymkhana 5, Ken decided that he wanted to take over San Francisco: and that is just what he did. He also made sure that it was captured to perfection: I can't imagine that any less than one hundred cameras were used in the making of this piece.

Just think of all of the GoPros that must have been used alone for the bullet-time segments and all of the cameras destroyed in filming (we see a couple fall off of the the car in the film). Let's also not forget about the permit acquisition to get permission to do this; that in itself must have been a job that took months to complete. I can't imagine what it would take to close down the Bay Bridge to film something like this, let alone all of the city streets and residential areas. I can't imagine too many residents would be thrilled to have a dirt bike, helicopter, and 650hp rally car revving up outside their window at 5am.

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George Socka's picture

Ok. Why?

Mike Kelley's picture

 For fun?

if you have to ask "why", then i sincerely apologize that you don't understand the awesomeness of this video. 

* Finish him *

Casey's picture

You must get no joy out of life

Is there in anyway you could ever do that in your whole 10 lives? Never that's why!

Like jazz, if you have to ask you'll never understand. :D

The ending is epic!

that was nothing short of SICK. 

Love the smoky ending.

City of San Fran: "so, why should we let you use our city to film this?"

Mr. Block: "you'll get 2 million views on youtube per day"

City of San Fran: "deal."

The city was also paid $1 million. That probably helped. 

Christopher Hoffmann's picture

That was AWESOME!!! (to quote the movie "the incredibles")

The question is: how did they manage to clear out the city like that? o.O

I'm amazed too.  The video credits Pierre Nobile as Producer and Scott Logan for locations. Would love to hear of their experience producing this

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Not a trace of
maturity here, keep moving…

That's true in a sense, but if you don't prefer that Block and others alike doing it like this in open traffic ... it's ok ;)

Most of them didn't look like gopro. Also, who else thought the couple segments where they used Time Slice technology were the coolest?

Man, I was just in San Francisco last week...and here I was taking cabs and buses everywhere.

Chris Lamarucciola's picture

This is what happens when people have to much $$$$. But I do love Ken Block, and he is amazing at what he does. 

Anyone know how they did the shot at 3:49-3:51? I've always wondered. 

Keith Hammond's picture

Google up Time Slice photography, amazing

3:37 GoPro flew off the back of the car after the jump.

christian lacasse's picture

As a manufacturer, you know you made it when people are saying "GoPros" or the like to describe a camera. 

On another note: like photographers do, isn't it awesome to get up early to enjoy empty streets and nice light?! :)

I was wondering when I'd get to see the finished product? I was watching them film the part going through the fake cable cars on my way to work. Pretty sick man!!

so freaking rad

Most awesome video...I am a dirt bike enthusiast and racing fan all around and this is some friggin unreal driving skills along with great video

That was some amazing driving.
I'd love to have seen the outtakes where he got it wrong ;)
My fave part was the sideways air around the 90degree corner.

Though I do recognise a lot of the locations from playing Project Gotham Racing on the 360 :) Nice he could do it for real.

Absolutely the best clip of the video. :)

Amazing! Especially jumping a car sideways into a turn. 

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