Every Mile A Story Told
Journey across the heart of America’s West – Cowboy Country – and you find its vast open spaces roll on forever. Interstates try, however, to hurry you across, promising a return to civilization as quickly as possible. But there is civilization out there, lots of it, scattered among the tumbleweeds, prairies and mesquite trees. Bronco Roads takes you there.
Each episode of Bronco Roads meanders the back roads of the American West. Along the way, you’ll find adventure in story, travel and song hosted by award-winning filmmaker, singer/songwriter and author Stacy Dean Campbell. Like the generations before them, these are hearty folk who represent American ideals. You’ll also discover unique travel destinations, experience adventures and explore the best in travel and leisure. And don’t forget the food. Can you handle those green chilies? Come along and let’s see.
Stacy Dean Campbell
Stacy Dean Campbell loves a journey. He’s been on one for more than 20 years as a singer/songwriter, performer and recording artist with Sony &Warner Bros. Music, as a critically acclaimed author of the novel “Cottonwood,” as a filmmaker and as an award-winning video producer. Along the way, he’s discovered there are some pretty cool stories about people and places just waiting to be told, and he tells them through music, film, books, video, you name it. Inspired by John Steinbeck’s, “Travels with Charley,” he once set off across his native New Mexico in a ’74 Ford Bronco exploring places he’d never been while creating a video journal of his travels. He loves the uniqueness of out-of-the way places and the people who live there, and he believes you will too. So, hop in the Bronco and join Stacy Dean for the journey.
You may look at Stacy Dean’s old ’74 Bronco and think it is pretty basic transportation, and it is by today’s standards. But when Ford introduced the Bronco in 1966 it was at the head of its class. Ford put it into production to compete with the Jeep CJ-5 and the International Harvester Scout, but the Bronco included suspension technology that enabled it to cut a tight turning radius. If you can believe it, those first base models sold for $2,194, but a rapidly growing supply of aftermarket accessories could quickly jump the price. The original model – like Stacy Dean’s – ended production in 1977, and the more common full-sized Bronco began in 1978 until it was discontinued entirely in 1996. Ford is releasing an updated version of the Bronco this year…and it is nice!
Some time back, Stacy Dean was driving through a neighborhood in New Mexico when he noticed a pretty trashed-out looking Ford Bronco sitting on a front lawn with a “For Sale” sign in the window. He had always been a fan of the old Broncs, so he pulled in to have a look. “Let’s just say that as far as first impressions go, I assumed it didn’t run, was probably held together with buckets full of body filler and more than likely needed a new transmission – if it even had a transmission at all” Stacy Dean recalls. He was quite surprised when the owner curiously looked at him and said, “Of course it runs!”
He took it around the block and the factory automatic transmission shifted smoothly through all three gears. The power steering was quiet and he could see little evidence of body work. On top of that, the wheel wells hadn’t been cut, making it “original” – which is a rare find in the older Broncos. He pulled back onto the lawn and wrote the guy a check for $2500 (not really even being totally sure he had $2500). The check did clear and Stacy was the proud owner of a 1974 Ford Bronco.
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