Roosevelt. Kennedy. Bush. Certain names resonate throughout history, returning in waves as each new generation matures. They are families with a certain weight, impact, heritage; families whose surname alone can arouse respect, admiration or even fear in those who hear it. Now another family seeks to enter these vaunted dynastic halls: the House of Block.
What started with a shoe company and one child who loved the Group B rally has become a media empire and supplier of apparently all the clothes except shoes, but he also gave birth to a racing team which competes in the American Rally Association Championship. This team will execute three blocks in the ARA competition this season: sire, dam and fifteen year old girl.
Ken Block seems to have left Subaru once again, moving from a Vermont SportsCar builds STI full of grease Hyundai i20 N to 2019 World Rally Championship specification. He will use it to directly compete against his wife Lucy Block for the first time, as they entered the same class for the upcoming season. His Fiesta isn’t expected to be competitive with Ken’s Hyundai, but stranger things have happened.
However, Lucy doesn’t run the Block family’s only Fiesta. Lia Block, fresh out of the 4,000 horsepower Corvette race in the Hoonicorn, will use his learner’s permit in a front-wheel-drive Fiesta. A rally co-driver counts as a “licensed adult” for driving instruction purposes, right? Can she count that as hours driven towards her license?
The 2022 ARA season kicked off with last weekend’s Rally in the 100 Acre Woods, during which Ken took second place both in its class and overall. Lucy, in her first year of Open Four-Wheel-Drive, finished seventh in class. Despite the two-wheel drive ranking, Lia actually ranked between both – fifth in his class. Be careful, Ken. She comes for you.