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While Ford finally confirmed the return of the Ford Ranger and Bronco at the North American International Auto Show earlier this week, the automaker remains stingy with details on the reborn models.
It appears that a United Automobile Workers (UAW) representative may have spilled the beans on Ford’s plans for the rumored Ranger and Bronco return. The news is being reported now by multiple outlets, but the initial word broke during an interview for the Detroit Free Press when a UAW regional boss noted that the Ford Ranger and Bronco would be produced at the Wayne, Michigan, plant.
It was the model that kick-started a thriving aftermarket suspension business four decades ago, so what better way for Skyjacker to commemorate its 40th anniversary than to build a clean example of a first-generation Ford Bronco and unveil it at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas today.
Verona, WI – The hard work and the attention to detail not only resulted in another win for Dale Chestnut at Crandon International Off-Road, but his name will be forever associated with winning the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL Classix Championship for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. The Labor Day Weekend event at Crandon is more than just a couple races, it is truly one of the greatest spectacles in motorsports. The experience of standing on top of the podium for the final race of the year, and winning the championship will be a moment Dale Chestnut will always remember.
The weekend also saw Chestnut jump into Don Koehler’s Formula 4×4 race truck for the Friday evening B & L SAND TOYS Sportsman Trophy Race. With basically no real seat time in the truck, Chestnut completed all eight laps finishing twelfth in the twenty eight truck field.
Sacramento, CA – Brothers Don and Ken Moss and their ‘Black Bronco Crew’ have returned victorious from the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Off Road race on June 1 – 3 in Baja Mexico. This marks the crew’s eighth Baja 500 victory and an amazing 40th win in Class 3 competition with the same 1979 Transfer Flow Ford Bronco! Competing along with 259 other entries, the Moss Brothers, who took the green flag at 11 am and finished just shy of 2 am, completed the 450 mile course in just under fifteen hours to remain undefeated in SCORE Class 3 competition. The Moss Brothers are the nine time and reigning SCORE Class 3 champions.
Round four of the five race SCORE Off Road series, this year’s race saw entrants from 34 U.S. States and 15 countries competing on what Don Moss called an incredibly rough course, and which only seventy percent were able to finish. Moss stated, “This course is rougher because of the number of times it has been used as a race course. We ran this same course twice last year.” The course encompassed a wide variety of terrains, starting in Ensenada, winding east thru Ojos Negros and thru San Felipe and back west again near San Vicente and north to Santo Tomas and finishing in Ensenada. The course also featured five short controlled-speed pavement sections totaling 13 miles where race vehicles are limited to 60 miles per hour, and subject to time penalty violations. “We had no problems at all. We ran our own pace and we didn’t touch a tool or change a tire. Nothing. We just kept driving the whole way,” beamed a very happy Don Moss.
San Luis Obispo, CA – Synergy Suspension introduces the Jeep JK Heavy Duty Front Ball Joint Set, designed to replace the factory ball joint that is prone to premature wear on lifted 2007-Current Jeep Wrangler JKs with large off-road tires. Engineered and manufactured to outperform the factory ball joint assembly, a fully greasable sintered metal-on-metal bushing design promotes high wear resistance by eliminating problematic plastic liners found in OEM ball joints. Each ball joint boot is made from tear/wear resistant polyurethane and includes all necessary hardware for installation. Synergy Suspension brings a complete set of four to market for only $250 MSRP.
This just in from the “crazy off-road vehicles you never knew you wanted” department, we came across this eBay listing for a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle body with rear-suicide doors. Yep, this Caddi – which features a Dodge front engine, hood and grille – is listed for sale on eBay as we speak. The starting price is $3,500, though there is the option to make an offer. What is this beast worth to you?