Tickford unveiled the Adelaide tribute livery for Block Supercars..

Tickford unveiled the Adelaide tribute livery for Block Supercars.
Tickford unveiled the Adelaide tribute livery for Block Supercars.

Tickford Racing and Monster Energy will pay tribute to the late Ken Block at the Supercars season finale in Adelaide, with Cam Waters running a special tribute livery.

Block, who was well-known for his rally driving career—which included 26 starts in the World Rally Championship and an incredible 100 wins in European Rallycross—passed died earlier this year.

But it was his Gymkhana series of stunt driving videos that garnered the most publicity, with the American’s videos reaching over 600 million views.

His cars were often decked in Monster Energy logos and the brand will remember Block at this weekend’s Adelaide 500, with Waters swapping out his traditional all-black livery for one inspired by Block’s.

In addition, Waters will trade his number six for Block’s favoured number, 43.

“Ken Block is an absolute legend of motorsport,” said Waters. “To have the 43i foundation, which was created in honour of him, approve our car to run the inspired tribute livery, and for me to be able to race under his #43 is just epic.

I’ll be there to the fullest to support Ken’s celebration, hoping to join him on the stage as often as possible, just like he did during his illustrious career.

“Having the ability to send the season and Ken out with one on my very own at R’Adelaide’ would be top draw. Ken was known for delivering some epic burnouts.”

Adelaide is an appropriate venue for the remembrance, as Block attended the event in 2013 to wow fans with a demonstration in a Ford Fiesta.

Jono Channing, Monster Energy’s marketing director, added: “Monster’s heartland is motorsport and Ken Block was undeniably known for his epic stunts across a range of cars and years.

“His passion was front and centre with everything he did and he was an unbelievable athlete who’s time ended too quickly.

“We look forward to Cam Waters’ car #6 changing it up and delivering something special under the number 43, at a track where Ken has lit it up.”

The Adelaide 500 will see the curtain fall on the 2023 Supercars season with Chevrolet Camaro drivers Brodie Kostecki and Shane van Gisbergen going head-to-head for the title.

For the former, this would be a breakthrough success. The latter is searching for a fourth crown, and a third in succession, before heading to the United States to begin a fresh career in NASCAR.

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