John Austin’s 1971 Chevy K5 Blazer
After several decades of making the same elk hunting trip with friends and family, the one thing that that always remained constant for John Austin’s annual trip to northern New Mexico was his 1971 Chevy Blazer.
John picked up the 1971 Blazer in the spring of 1972 and it became the trusty steed he and his dad would use for their annual hunting trip starting in October of that year. John and his dad began the tradition in 1965 and continued every year until their final trip together in 2005 — his father passed away that December, just two months after their final hunting getaway.
John and his wife had their daughter just a month after originally purchasing the Blazer, and his wife claims the bouncy ride helped keep the delivery on schedule. When she was old enough to drive, John gave the keys to his daughter so she’d have something to drive to high school. That means the Blazer not only helped bring her into this world, it also helped with her education. Proof that a good truck can do anything.
With around 160,000 miles on the 1971 Blazer, John decided to take the hunting trip again in 2015 and stay in the same campground to commemorate the 50th year since taking the first journey with his dad. His daughter came along, too, for the first time since she was four years old. In the 50 years of taking the same excursion, John had been accompanied by 50 different family members and friends, but the most consistent companion he’s had in that time has been his Chevy Blazer. The transmission and engine have been rebuilt, the paint restored, and the carpet and seat covers are new, so this Chevy Blazer should be able to continue the family tradition for years to come.
“Whenever that last trip takes place, my Chevy Blazer will get me there and back just fine.”