Race, Rock ‘n Rally Gala Details:

  • Ken Block, Patrick Dempsey and Jeff Beck honored
  • Block honored with the Petersen Automotive Inspiration Award
  • Auction held to raise money for educational programs
  • Items auctioned included a wheel from Block’s “Gymkhana 4” video

The “Race, Rock ‘n Rally” gala held on October 24 at the Petersen Automotive Museum honored three world famous “car guys” for their automotive passion and contributions to the industry. Receiving accolades was actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey, Grammy winning guitarist, hot rod collector and builder, Jeff Beck, and World Rally Championship driver and internet sensation, Ken Block.

Block, who recently announced a release date for the sixth installment of his wildly popular Gymkhana videos, was honored with the Petersen Automotive Inspiration Award for inspiring a younger audience of enthusiasts.

“I’ve always been chasing a dream—never did I realize that I would be honored with this sort of thing down the line. I’ve been able to reach a younger generation of kids—able to bring a style of driving that is different to the US and represent it in a positive way. It’s been beyond my expectations,” said Block.

The three honorees joined a long list of celebrity car enthusiasts who have been honored at the annual fundraising gala, including chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney, John Lasseter, and comedian Adam Carolla, who were honored at last year’s “Comedy and Cars Gala.”

A few items were auctioned off to raise money for the museum’s educational programs, including a wheel from Block’s “Gymkhana 4” video, two Fender guitars, each signed by Jeff Beck and a race suit worn by Patrick Dempsey.

“It was a magnificent night,” said Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen. “Love for the automobile is the common thread that brings us all together, which is why we wanted to honor a trio of gentleman whose automotive passions are diverse. The evening raised significant funds for our educational programming, which is something that was very close to the heart of Robert E. Petersen, the museum’s founder.”

After the honorees were recognized, the night closed with a unique performance by Jeff Beck who shared the stage with his violinist Lizzie Ball and guitarist Nicholas Meier.

For more information, please visit www.Petersen.org

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