Here’s the thing about Broncos, no matter the generation or year: They bring out the best people.
This week at Super Celebration (East), by attending, you have the chance to meet some of the most pleasant, interesting men and women who have loved Broncos forever, as well as those new to the brand.
And if you’re new to the brand yourself, the following are some companies that you should start following on Facebook and Instagram. I hesitate to even refer to them as “companies,” as these are really only related groups of people with an interest in you and your Bronco … even before business. These are brands that will help you build –– and rebuild –– any Bronco to your exact specifications, and do so with love and impeccable skill.
Let’s start with Jesse and Mariah, for instance, from Hella Bad Bronco, set up in the vendor alley behind Bronco Nation. I first had the chance to speak to Jesse at the BN campfire, where a bunch of folks were warming hands, chitchatting and cracking jokes.
Jesse’s mention of his family ordering of not one, but four 2021 Broncos perked my ears right up. They plan to build out each of them, but only after they break some stuff. Jesse and Hella Bad build their Broncos to last, so it makes sense to test the full limits before throwing parts at it. Not only does Hella Bad Bronco do restorations and builds, they can help you track down the perfect Bronco
I then had the privilege of meeting his wife Mariah, who helped us in our Instagram Live by removing the doors on a Bronco Badlands alongside Cassie of Roadster U13, joined by Tim and Amy. Jesse and Mariah’s story is one for the ages: Mariah has been into Broncos from the age of 7 and is regularly slinging driveshafts around in their shop.
Full of knowledge and supremely helpful, she walked me through several other of the companies present, starting with Fossilized Customs. They are making a custom chassis, 4” wider than stock, with a stainless steel four-link setup with stainless steel coils, to be fitted out with a Godzilla 7.3 motor.
We then traveled over to Bailie Bilt, maker of who Hella Bad holds as the best cages on the market. Owner Gordon Bailie fabricates “trail-worthy, show-quality” bumpers and cages, with more than 30 years of experience in paint, body, and total restoration.
Next, we hit up the Bronco Nation partner Wild Horses 4×4. I was able to talk to Mitch Creel earlier in the day –– he’ll be partnering up with BN again soon –– and listened to what he loves about Bronco. I believed him, of course, but hearing Mariah talk so highly about the family owned business run by Mitch’s mother and father solidified the understanding that the Bronco world is made up of good people with a common passion. These vehicles turn strangers into friends and humans separated by distance into neighbors.
I’ve barely begun to scratch the surface on these great individuals and excellent makers, and there are dozens more similar-caliber companies in this community at each turn. However, if you need starting points for a customization, help finding an obscure part or model, some good buddies to ride with, or somebody to bounce build ideas off of, these are it.
If you’re at Super Celebration (East) 2021, stop by these vendors for instant camaraderie. Everyone I have met in the Bronco space has been the kind of person you’re glad to have come across if even just once. And if you’re not able to attend this year, drop them a line –– all have contact info on their sites and would love to hear from you.