The Bronco is Turning 50 and It’s Time to Celebrate

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Do you own a Ford Bronco? Do you simply love them? Here’s some great news: the Bronco is turning 50 this year. To celebrate, a week-long party is being held in honor of this great vehicle — it starts at the Carlisle Ford Nationals and ends with the East Coast Bronco Roundup. Whether you can attend the whole thing or just one part, it’s sure to be an awesome time.

Denver Broncos Edition Ford Bronco

The Carlisle Ford Nationals will be held June 3-5 this year in Carlisle, PA. Here, the Bronco celebration will be full of highlights:

  • Ford Bronco legends Willie Stroppe and James Duff will make guest appearances!
  • An indoor display showing off the Bronco and the various ways they are used
  • Bronco restoration experts and builders will be in attendance
  • Numerous Bronco vendors will have displays set up on the show floor
  • Show classes for all kinds of Broncos

Carlisle Ford Nationals

Once the Nationals are over, the party will roll right into Pine Grove, PA for the East Coast Bronco Roundup. While the actual event doesn’t start until June 7th, there will be Bronco-related activities in the days leading up. Take a look at the schedule:

icon_br_1976_ford_broncoFord has had quite a few “50th anniversary specials” lately, from the 50th Anniversary Mustang to the recent version they made for Hertz, and more.  The Bronco is the next to get the 50th anniversary treatment, and has seen it all in 50 years. Originally marketed as an alternative to the Jeep CJ-5 and International Scout 800, it was introduced as an “All-Purpose Vehicle”. It looked more civilized, it drove better, and it was more powerful.

While all of these drew in fans, it was the Bronco’s capability as an off-road racer that really launched its legacy. The Holman-Moody-Stroppe racing team’s early wins rippled through the off-road racing world. Soon enough, Broncos were clinching wins everywhere — the Mint 400, Baja 500, and Baja 1000. Parnelli Jones, Larry Minor, Rod Hall, and Bill Stroppe were the faces of the Bronco revolution.

Classic Ford Broncos - F143170768- 1971 Bronco Mt. Vernon

The original Bronco was so popular, its production run lasted 12 years. Up until 1996, the Bronco underwent several facelifts, but still remained the same tough little SUV. In fact, the Bronco’s popularity is what helped pioneer the age of SUVs.

People love the Bronco so much, you can still spot many of them on the streets today. People that own them love them and pass them down through generations. When they sell them, they hate to see them go.


The lucky few Bronco owners take pride in customizing and keeping their Broncos in pristine shape. And you, the loyal Bronco fan, should do yourself a favor and come on out to the one-of-a-kind 50th celebration.

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Scott Huntington is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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