Love, American fashion | Bonner County Each day Bee

HUETTER – Bob Brock loves America.

So much so that he tows a 1955 tactical hunter beautifully painted in red, white, and blue with a screeching bald eagle, and a 1997 Jeep Wranger, also in patriotic colors.

“What you see here is all born out of love for the country,” he said on Thursday afternoon at the hut service station.

He transports them with a semi and flat bed, which is also painted to reflect everything that is close to his heart.

It’s the “Love America” ​​tour.

“The country has done me really good,” said Brock. “I’ve had my successes and failures, but I love it. I love my fellow veterans – they have made so many sacrifices. “

Brock, a Vietnam War veteran who served four years and survived the Tet Offensive, said the truck, jeep and jet were designed to “lift the American spirit in everyone.”

Brock lived and sold real estate in Coeur d’Alene for about 20 years before moving to their family ranch in Dixie, Washington with his wife Jacque.

His current hike started there and he is heading to Farragut State Park for a family reunion on Saturday.

He’s sure to get attention – and welcomes it.

“I called the valet, ‘I have something else coming in,'” he said with a smile.

Wearing a Vietnam veteran hat and white American flag t-shirt, Brock wants to share his love for God, his country, and his family.

He points to his colorful taxi and the words “The Men of El Dorado”.

There are 27 names of men from El Dorado County, California, where Brock was born and raised.

“I went to school with all of these guys,” he said. “I knew them all. None of them made it back from Vietnam.

“I drive for you and for all who love their country in their hearts,” he said.

Brock’s mission began when he drove the Wrangler from Dixie to Washington for the first time a few years ago. When he returned home, he saw an F-15 fighter jet along the freeway and stopped to take pictures.

“I couldn’t get out of my head,” he said. “I came home and said to Jacque, ‘I need to have a jet.'”

He found one.

In 1955, a museum in Colorado offered him a Folland Gnat, a British compact fighter.

Brock picked it up, developed a design, and had a friend paint it.

People notice.

“You don’t see a jet drive down the freeway too often,” he said with a laugh.

This year Brock hopes to drive around the country, stop and share his patriotism. He plans to stop at VFW halls and veteran hospitals, “wherever I think I can serve the people and help strengthen their spirits.”

Brock said people are welcome to see the jet, jeep and truck on Farragut from noon on Saturday.

He hopes they are inspired.

“I think this is just an extension of our American flag and national anthem,” he said.

But really, he added, the love of the country is a matter for the people.

“It’s just nuts and bolts and tires. The spirit is in you, ”he said.