2021 Ford Bronco Imagined With Iconic Rod Hall Race Bronco
If Rod Hall ever got the chance to drive a new 2021 Ford Bronco, we think it might look like this rendering. And there’s a good chance he left the competition in the dust. Rod Hall has dedicated his life to four-wheel drive vehicle racing, achieving one of the most impressive racing CVs ever seen in the world of professional off-road racing by winning over 160 major events and a variety of racing titles. SCORE, HDRA and BiTD championship.
One of his coolest accomplishments was competing in each of the first fifty SCORE Baja 1000s, one of the most prestigious off-road races in the world. From its inception in 1967 (then called the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally) to his last racing start on a Hummer in 2017 when he was almost 80 years old, Hall has racked up 25 class wins and thousands of memories. One of those victories in the Baja 1000 was his race victory in the 1968 Baja 1000 driving a Ford Bronco built by Bill Stroppe. This is arguably the only overall victory in a factory-chassis four-wheel drive vehicle.
With all of the gossip surrounding the new 2021 Ford Bronco, Rod Hall’s nostalgic Bronco has grown in popularity. The stars lined up perfectly to celebrate the Bronco’s early classic run while welcoming the new Bronco to the market. First, Rod Hall drove his 1968 Ford Bronco restored by Samco Fabrication in the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. Then, the Ford Bronco R built by Geiser Brothers, a slight foreshadowing of the upcoming Bronco production, paid homage to the Bronco race by participating in the 2019 Score Baja 1000 with Cameron Steele’s Desert Assassins team. And now, with the official unveiling of the 2021 Ford Bronco, we see how Hall’s early 1968 Bronco look would translate into the new Bronco, more than 50 years later. We dig.
Designer Abimelec Arellano, creator of the 6×6 Bronco, put together this Ford Performance Rod Hall Ford Bronco digital concept fitted with a Shelby GT500, dressing it in the modern 2021 Bronco aesthetic – and pushing out more power than carb ‘d 347 of the restored old Bronco. He’s going in a different direction, simpler than the super beefy Bronco R – but to be fair, there isn’t much of an actual Bronco to this Bronco. We are also pleased to note that, as on the original Rod Hall machine, this new version MotorTrend sponsorship on its hood.
This digital version is race-ready exactly like Hall’s restored machine, a detail that keeps this Bronco less cluttered and ready to hit the beach. The paintwork, however, pays homage to the original Bronco Hall, and KC HiLiTES HID lights are in the spotlight with the restored version. The tires are BFGoodrich, sure, but that offset might be a bit too much for feasibility, and we wonder how these fenders would hold up on rough Baja terrain. Like the restored Bronco, the tailgate and rear seat were removed to allow for a spare tire. The suspension would certainly be less effective on the kidneys than the stiff configuration of the original.
While it’s been over five decades since Hall won the Baja 1000 in his first Bronco, fancy flights like these illustrations help bridge the gap between then and now. Whether you prefer the early Bronco or the larger, contemporary new Bronco, it’s fair to say that this Rod Hall Ford Bronco concept has all the good vintage vibes.