Ford unveils Bronco R and confirms Baja 1000 participation

If you are like me, and have been literally waiting years for the new Ford Bronco, well you are in luck, as our friends at the Blue Oval have released a new teaser video. Of course it is not actually of the new 2020 Ford Bronco but it is Broll of the Ford Bronco R Baja Racer. According to the company, the Bronco R race prototype is designed with the same production model’s body-on-frame architecture to test its capability and durability, while also energizing off-road enthusiasts who eagerly await the return of America’s original sport utility vehicle. At the end of the day, although this truck is on steroids it is our best look yet at what the new Bronco might look like.

 

The newly unveiled Ford Bronco R racing truck arrives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rod Hall’s Baja 1000 victory in 1969. Shelby Hall, Rod’s granddaughter, will run the new one in portions of next week’s Baja 1000.

Source: Ford

California Part 3 – Santa Barbara Wheels and Waves show

After LA, we jumped in the Camaro SS and headed north on Route One to our next destination Santa Barbara. Along the way, we had a fun brunch in Malibu where we bumped into Chuck Zito, aka. Frankie Diamonds from FX’s Sons of Anarchy TV series.

After filling our stomach’s with some amazing grub we attended Santa Barbara’s Wheels and Waves classic car show.  Well, it certainly lived up to its reputation as one of the better classic auto shows in the southern California area.  With the town’s main street packed with lines of all types of classic cars and trucks the show had everything to offer for the enthusiast.  The level of show cars was top-notch and the cars look so darn good in the California sun. Here’s a glimpse into the unreal rides we experienced and to what California dreaming is all about….

Hot rods:

hot rod

1957 Chevy

hot rod

50s Chevy

hot rod

Custom hot rod

hot rod

Three window Ford Coupe

hot rod

Custom hot rod

hot rod truck

Chevy 1950s truck

hot rod

Chevrolet Corvair

hot rod

Custom resto business coupe

custom wagon

Ford Surfer wagon

Ford hot rod

1930s Ford wagon

Ford hot rod

Ford custom hot rod

Ford hot rod

Blown out Ford hot rod

Classics:

Porsche Speedster

Porsche 356 Speedster

Shelby Cobra

Matte black Shelby Cobra

Chevrolet Chevelle

1970 Chevelle -454

Ford Bronco

Ford Bronco

Low riders:

Monte Carlo

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Ford low rider

Ford LTD with Impala in background

Japanese classics:

Datsun hot rod

Classic Datsun truck

Japanese hot rod

Datsun Fairlady

California Part 2- LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum

After driving around town for the first few days, we headed over to check out LA’s amazing and historic Petersen Automotive Museum.  The pictures do not do it justice but the gist is, this is a must see for any car enthusiast.  The Museum entails the typical historical details and stories about cars and the people who built them but the really interesting part is the guided tour of The Vault. The Vault consists of all the vehicles that are not on display as well as many of the vehicles on loan from benefactors. Unfortunately, there is no photography allowed in this section so we were not able to take any pics which just means you must come here yourself. Nonetheless, here is our coverage from the museum section which included a range of vintage and new vehicles.

Supercar

1989 Bugatti

1989 Bugatti

Racing vehicles

Baja 1000 Bronco

Vintage Baja 1000 Bronco – rebuilt with modern technology

Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Toyota Baja truck

Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Toyota Baja truck

Classic cars

Chavez Ravine

Chavez Ravine – Former ice cream truck is tribute to LA community bulldozed to make room for Dodger stadium

1950s Ford Hot Rod

1950s Ford Hot Rod

Meyers Manx dune buggy

Meyers Manx dune buggy

1934 Packard

1934 Packard

1954 Kaiser Darrin

1954 Kaiser Darrin

Ford Country Squire

Ford Country Squire

1937 Delage

1937 Delage

A real "woodie"

A real “woody” wagon

Homage to fins

1950s boat with Mercury outboard

1950s boat with Mercury outboard

Hollywood rides

 Mercedes-Benz from Hangover

Mercedes-Benz from Hangover

Batmobile

Batmobile

Suki's Custom Honda S2000 - 2 Fast and Furious

Suki’s Custom Honda S2000 – 2 Fast 2 Furious

Vintage Ford Broncos

It does seem like a bit of an anomaly with all the hype around going “green” and getting better gas mileage but let’s be honest there is nothing quite like the smell and sound from a 1970s V8 gas guzzling engine.  That is likely one of the factors contributing to the rise in popularity and value of 1970s Ford Broncos.

The Bronco was initially introduced by Ford in 1966 as a competitor to the small four-wheel-drive compact SUVs of the day which were the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout.  It was based on its own platform and was built and sold by Ford until 1996.  Broncos can be divided into two categories: early Broncos (1966–77) and full-size Broncos (1978–96). The early Ford Broncos are now collectors items sought by enthusiasts around the world and can be very valuable if they are in original condition.

With the rise in popularity of these vintage Ford Broncos, one trend becoming popular with the enthusiast community is building an essentially new vintage Ford Bronco to all the original size specifications but with all the bells and whistles of modern auto technology.  This is a recent video courtesy of Adam Carolla’s CarCast where California based builder ICON shows off their latest beautiful handmade Ford Bronco model which comes complete with LED lights, Nike designed front grill and a brand new 5.0 Litre V8 pumping out a whopping 420 HP and 390 lbs of torque.  An incredible machine for the man or woman that has it all.

One celebrity fan of the Ford Bronco is Michigan music legend and outdoorsman, the infamous Ted Nugent.  Check out a video of him ripping it up in his classic 1974 Ford Bronco.

Another beautiful 1976 Ford Bronco for sale in Oklahoma.

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