Editor's note: You've already seen Art Eugenio's work with GETSOMEphoto. As it turns out, it's hard to chase races without a capable rig of your own, and Art has that in the form of his Ford Bronco — all trimmed out in BFGoodrich® goodness.
I’d been searching for a vehicle to use to scout race courses that would be reliable, have parts easily accessible in Baja, could lock up all my gear inside, and could take me wherever I wanted to go on race course in the United States and Mexico.
The Bronco platform seemed to be the best fit. It took some time to track down one that hadn’t been beat up over time, and it turned out a good friend of mine, Bob Bower, had the one I was looking for. It was completely cherry when I bought it: single owner and very well taken care of.
With the livery, I wanted my Bronco to have style and history as well as some cool factor. I worked with some of the folks at BFGoodrich® Tires and we come up with a combination of the Rothmans Racing livery with some BFGoodrich flair. It came out really nice.
I’ve had my Bronco for about 6 years now, and it’s gone through several changes over the years to make my job easier when I’m traveling deep into Baja covering races like the Baja 500 and Baja 1000, and other events like Vegas to Reno and the Parker 425.
- Powerplant: 351w upgraded with heads, long headers, and a E303 cam. Pulls a little over 400hp. Flowmaster muffler, oversized UMP air filter to filter out all that dust.
- Drive train: E4OD automatic transmission built by John Wood and runs external coolers to keep the temperature down when running in the soft stuff out in the 120º heat. Transfer case is stock, for now. The rear end is a trussed big bearing Ford 9” Yukon nodular case with 31 spline Currie axles, 4:56 gears, and Detroit locker. The front is trussed D44 twin traction beams also with 4:56 gearing. Custom drivelines front and rear by Axis Metal Design.
- Suspension: 2.5” King coilover 12” shocks with AGM sliders. Rear is 3” King smooth body and a custom leaf spring pack built by my friend Kris Hernandez. Other things like a swing-set steering from Threat Motorsports and interior cage Solo Motorsports to keep me safe. Lots of this was done with the help of my father Art Sr., my buddy Joe Desrosiers and many others.
- Interior: Mastercraft Baja RS seats, ARB fridge/freezer, Lowrance GPS, PCI race radio and intercom and a rack built to house a pit box, camera gear, and a spare BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire.
- Exterior: Baja Designs LED lighting, Vision wheels, converted the stock spare tire carrier into a fuel and water rack and custom bumpers front and rear.
When it came to deciding on a tire for my Bronco, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 launch held in Baja a few years back. I got to see the tire perform in the most extreme environment, and it was nothing short of amazing. The routes we did took us over some of the most extreme terrain you can think of, from desert sands, to rocks, mud, over mountains in the pouring rain, and down to the rocky coast lines of Baja.
This is pretty much what I get on any given event I cover. I was sold, and I got a set as soon as they were available. I am curious about the new Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 — I’d like to give those a try soon.
At the end of the day, I love that I can really just go anywhere in my Bronco. I travel solo in most cases, and you really need something that not only gets you out there, but can get you home, too.