RaceDeck Garage Floor Owners (and Frequent Fliers) Kerry and Jorgen Moller left their passports at home this month in favor of a good old fashioned road trip. On the agenda: check out the stunning Pacific Northwest, nosh on fresh caught seafood, dip a toe in the pacific and (most importantly) pick up the newest member of the RaceDeck Speed Garage, Kerry’s original and unrestored 1969 Sky Blue Ford Bronco. After all, what better way to get acquainted with the 51 year old beauty than to stretch her legs over a 6 day epic road trip?
RaceDeck CEO Jorgen shares the memorable details:
Our 1250 mile journey began with picking up the classic bronco from the previous owner, Lisa Owen, in Olympia WA. Lisa had owned this bronco for over 20 years and was sad to see her go but ensured the car (and we) had an amazing send off. Lisa owns a restaurant named the Mark in downtown Olympia. The Mark is unfortunately closed to the public due to COVID, but Lisa treated us to a delicious private meal and a great evening on the patio of her restaurant.
The next morning we were off, ready to bounce down the coast in Kerry’s rustic ride. Our first day of driving successfully ended in Long Beach, WA. Long Beach is a cool seaside town that is famed for “the world’s longest beach” where we could drive the bronco on the beach down the coast—great fun, great seafood.
Following a quick breakfast in Ilawaco Harbor the Bronco took us to Oregon, passing through small towns and eventually hitting the coast at Seaside then down to Cannon Beach. Cannon beach is one of the most stunning and scenic coastlines in the world and we loved it so much we spent a couple of days there venturing out to along the coast to explore.
Next up was heading East to Portland. She (the bronco) was driving fantastic! First stops in Portland was to the famed Voodoo Doughnuts and Pizza Jerk, easy to see what all the hype was about, so good! Cruised through town and then headed out to Hood River. That’s when things really started heating up—literally! One the way to HR, the temps were climbing to around 95 with the bronco running solidly… the exception being the heater seemed to be stuck in the ON position. Our guess is the inside cab temps reached well over 100 and the floor almost melted our shoes. Once landing in HR, we both immediately jumped in the river to cool off, felt so good! We let the car cool down and decided it had to be a stuck heater valve in the hose coming out of the radiator. Quick fix for me to cut the hose into the cab and just loop the hose back to the engine. A test ride to White Salmon WA across the bridge confirmed that and it worked Yeah!—we had a great dinner on Main Street that evening.
The next morning we loaded up for our longest stretch to Boise ID. We made a number of stops in small towns along the way always swinging by local restaurants and hot spots. The bronco was amazing, cruising 65 all day. Spent the night and then headed out again to Twin Falls ID. From there it was an easy cruise home to the RaceDeck Speed Garage in Salt Lake City.
About the Bronco:
1969 Ford Bronco – Sky View Blue
3-speed on the tree
Unrestored and uncut. U14 code bronco
Owned by women for at least 42 of the last 51 years and now owned by Kerry Moller
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