As the arrival of the '11 5.0 Mustang marks yet another "new era" for our hobby, we find a
Fabulous Fords Forever 2010
For those of us who have been to most of them, it was tough to realize the West Coast's biggest all-Ford event had reached its 25th anniversary. But Knott's, as everyone calls the Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, has indeed hit a quarter century. Still, as usual there was little fanfare. Knott's is a populist gathering, where judging, tin cups, and speeches take a distant second to simply being there.
So, while it was the show's 25th-and Ford reminded everyone it was also the Taurus' 25th, the Falcon's 50th(!), the Thunderbird's 55th and the Lincoln Continental's 70th solar orbits-out on the show field the main experience was a great mix of prepared and daily driven Fords, with Mustangs making up about half of the 1,800-car field. The car count was down slightly for no apparent reason other than the stale economy as we saw a few car-less zones spread throughout the show.
Still, it wasn't like anyone went wanting for something to look at, and the crowd was as big as ever. The weather was perfect, and for once SoCal wasn't shaking, rioting, or burning and the mood was festive. A new trend we noticed were a few non-enthusiast locals and young families taking in the show, which is easily accessible and free of charge. If that sounds like a good way to enjoy a Sunday in April, it is; if you're in the area, make a point to check out next year's gathering.
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Eyeballing others' work is a prime reason to wander car shows, of course, and Knott's is g
Sitting near Dave's black convertible was this naturally aspirated silver example. There's
Former 5.0&SF magazine feature car "Molly Pop" is tough to miss, even from across the park
When was the last time you saw a '95 Cobra painted Viper Red? Mr. F. Shipton has one, augm
Looking sharp was this pair of red and blue Saleens that had taken the full course at Joe
For us, it's worth going to Knott's just to reacquaint ourselves with the '00 Cobra R mode