After years of teasing and months of delays due to the coronavirus, Ford is finally ready to reveal its reborn Bronco. In a June 13 Instagram post, Ford confirmed the Bronco’s return on July 9. It will certainly be a great day for off-road fans, but it will also be a great day for someone else. July 9 happens to be the birthday of an Orenthal James Simpson. Yes, this O.J. Simpson.
For those who still don’t understand the correlation here, Simpson is a former NFL star and actor who may have participated in the most famous car chase of all time. On June 17, 1994, a white Ford Bronco in which Simpson was a passenger led the Los Angeles police on a long, low-speed chase. At that time, Simpson was a person interested in the murder of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife. The Simpson chase in the infamous White Bronco was broadcast live on just about every major television network, forever connecting the disgraced soccer star and the short-wheelbase SUV.
To Ford’s credit, we are told that the July 9 revelation date is just a coincidence when it comes to Simpson’s birthday. The new all-terrain vehicle was scheduled to arrive in late March or early April, but the rapid spread of COVID-19 has resulted in the delay of several new car debuts as well as major auto shows. As such, it is safe to say that this admittedly awkward coincidence was certainly not expected. This does not make this date of revelation Less awkward, however.
Given all the teasers, leaked photos, patent applications and years of anticipation leading up to this revelation, we believe the blunder will quickly disappear once the covers are lifted. All indications are that the new Bronco is a very robust off-roader that will compete directly with the Jeep Wrangler in both style and capabilities. With just a few weeks, we certainly cannot wish for our first driving adventure.