FORT COLLINS LOCALLY OWNED FAMILY BUSINESS
Ross and Vanessa Houk have owned Fort Collins 4×4 since December of 2013. They live locally with their 3 children and can be found adventuring with them when away from the shop. Together, Ross and Vanessa Houk have established Fort Collins 4×4 as a trusted and reliable source for automotive repair services in the Fort Collins area. Their combined expertise, commitment to quality, and dedication to customer satisfaction have made Fort Collins 4×4 a thriving business and a valued part of the community.
Ross started tinkering around with cars very young and by high school was convincing all of his buddies to own junker off-road vehicles. That combo made for some amazing stories to say the least. He had a successful landscape business in Littleton right out of high school, which he sold to head for the mountains. He spent the majority of his professional mechanic years building, tuning, maintaining and repairing snowmobiles and motorcycles at The Clinic in Minturn. From there, he worked in construction, served as the maintenance and facilities director of a large youth camp & managed a large transportation fleet. Throughout his working career, you could always find Ross in his garage re-building a 4×4 or out wheeling. He has gotten the chance to work with Baja Pits & drive a chase vehicle for the Baja 1000 dirt bike race. Ross truly is an off-road enthusiast. His vehicle of choice is anything International Harvester. You might spot him cruising around town in his 1966 green c-1200 International Harvester Travelette crew cab long bed truck. He has a 1971 International Harvester Scout 800B which is being equipped primarily as an offroad/rock crawler with a Hemi engine swap, Magnum – NP205 transfer case set up. He was a ‘Dirty Dozen Finalist’ for Motor Trend Fourwheeler’s Ultimate Adventure in both 2021 and 2022. He’s been leading his own Colorado Adventure with a group of wheelers every fall. He is currently building a IHC Travelall. Re-locating the shop to a new facility has not been without obstacles, but is a dream come true. It has been an honor and great responsibility to employ great people and serve this great community.
Vanessa had absolutely no clue about cars or what 4 wheeling was until she met Ross. On their first date, he picked her up in a rusty old Toyota 4 Runner and she thought he needed a new car! Little did she know he had been working on it for quite some time. Vanessa graduated from Texas A&M and moved to the mountains where she meet Ross. Vanessa has a local photography business and owns Fort Collins Headshot Studio located next to Fort Collins 4×4. Her dream vehicle is a restored Grand Wagoneer “Woody”.