It was way back in 2008 that the Internet first got wind of a driver named Ken Block and his rather natty skills at being an absolute and utter motoring hooligan. Give this man an airfield, and he’d leave you with the smoking carcasses of many, many tyres.
Because it was in 2008 that the bedrooms and offices of the world watched this Californian madman in ‘Gymkhana Practice’, the first in a series of videos that would establish Block and his rally-spec motors as icons of tyre-shredding excess.
He returns to your screens in the first episode of TG TV series 25: as Officer Block, his job is to chase down Matt, Chris and Rory using only his herculean levels of bravery, and a wild, heavily customised Can-Am ATV.
Need a reminder of Ken’s skills? Here is TopGear.com’s complete guide to his fine Gymkhana series.