Texas Dealer Delivers First 2015 Ford F-150 to Retired Football Coach - Work Truck Review
The first production 2015 Ford F-150 made its way into a San Antonio customer’s hands just before Thanksgiving, giving him one more thing to be grateful for. Tim Kingsbury, a longtime Ford owner, ordered the truck in August and took delivery from Bluebonnet Motors last week.
Kingsbury, a retired high-school football coach, spec'd a Blue Jeans XLT SuperCrew 4x4, which appears to be lightly optioned. A chrome appearance package, bucket seats, and a few other features sweeten what will probably be the F-150’s most popular model.
A self-proclaimed avid hunter, Kingsbury has enjoyed his prior F-150s’ capability in getting him into and out of the southern Texas wilderness. Kingsbury liked the EcoBoost when it debuted in 2011, so he ordered his 2015 with one of the twin-turbo V-6 engines.
“Everything I’ve heard is, this is head and shoulders above the first EcoBoost I had in 2011, and if it is, it’s going to be a phenomenal vehicle,” Kingsbury says.
In addition to hunting, Kingsbury will drive the truck to football games in Lubbock, Texas, where his son Kliff is the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He said he often comes across wildlife on the six-hour drive from San Antonio.
“I feel very secure in my truck, because I know it can handle anything I might run into,” Kingsbury says. “I can’t wait to drive it outta here.”
Larry Gach, Ford Motor Company sales manager for the Houston region, says that one in five F-Series trucks are sold in Texas, and Bluebonnet Motors is a top-10 dealer in the United States, so the decision to deliver the first F-150 there likely came naturally.
We hope Kingsbury loves his new truck. The aluminum-bodied F-150 has caused some controversy in the truck (and steel) market, but we liked it when we drove it, and it’s already brought home several auto-industry awards. Despite, or perhaps because of, its unique construction, we’ve no doubt that it will continue to rank highly on best-seller lists nationwide.